Water Kefir

Water Kefir

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From: EatingWell.com, June 2018

Similar to milk kefir, water kefir is a probiotic drink made with fermented kefir grains, but it's entirely dairy-free. It's flavored with fruit and can even be carbonated (like kombucha) during a second fermentation. Be sure to use water kefir grains and not milk kefir grains.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 8 cups hard water (tap water), divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup active water kefir grains, divided
  • ½ lemon, cut into 2 wedges, divided
  • ¼ cup unsulfured dried fruit, such as dried figs, dried apricots, prunes, raisins and/or dates, cut into pieces, divided

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  1. Heat 1 cup water in a small saucepan until hot. Pour into a glass or plastic bowl. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  2. Divide the sugar water between 2 half-gallon jars. Add 3½ cups of room-temperature tap water (65-70°F) to each jar. Add ¼ cup kefir grains to each jar and stir.
  3. Place 1 lemon wedge and 2 tablespoons dried fruit in each jar. Place cheesecloth over each jar and secure with a rubber band.
  4. Let the water rest at room temperature out of direct sunlight (65-80°F) until bubbly, 48 to 72 hours. The warmer the temperature, the quicker the water will ferment.
  5. Using a nonmetal strainer, strain out the kefir grains and save for making another batch of kefir. Use the water kefir as is or continue onto a second fermentation to add carbonation.
  6. To make carbonated water: Divide the water kefir among bottles that have sealable, nonmetal lids. Leave 1 inch of air space at the top of each bottle. Seal the bottles and let rest for another 12 to 24 hours, then transfer to your refrigerator for another 2 to 3 days. You may want to "burp" the water each day to release the pressure, as sometimes the pressure gets to be too great and the water may explode.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 61 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 15 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 0 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 16 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 8 mg sodium; 39 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate

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