How to Make Water Kefir


Hi everyone.
Water Kefir is amazing for our guts and our health in general.
It’s so easy to make your own water kefir and it contains millions of beneficial probiotic microorganisms, vitamins, minerals amino acids and live enzymes.

If there’s one thing we’re missing in this day and age, it’s good bacteria,
Antibiotics, unhealthy foods and our general western stressy life-style kills off our friendly bacteria that we so desperately need to keep ourselves in tip top form.
Brewing your own  water kefir could be helpful in  balancing the bacteria in the gut.

Kefir is mild and a little fizzy and only takes about 24 to 72 hours to brew.

You need  your water kafir grains,  you can get them online or from a friend (you will have more than you need after a couple of brews).

Mix it with white sugar, ginger, lemon juice and a handful of dried fruit.
The grains grow and metabolise the sugar and you end up with a really tasty , refreshing drink full of healthy bacteria.

I use white sugar because I think it gives the drink a smoother taste, but you can use most sugars, but stay away from honey as it’s antibacterial and can hamper the grains growth.

You can put a lid on your jar or just a cheesecloth with a string around to keep creepy crawlies out.
Leve it on your countertop for at least 24 hours, the warmer your house the quicker it goes.. Taste as you go along.

Use a wooden or plastic spoon. to taste..

When your kefir is done, strain with a plastic sieve..
The grains are ready to be used straight away or you can keep them in the fridge for a week with a little sugary water.
I use the fruits in my stews.
Transfer to bottles and keep in the fridge.

Water Kefir
Ingredients:

– Water Kefir Grains  I get mine here

– 1 litre filtered water

– 1/3 cup suger

– thin slice of ginger

– 5 apricots without sulphites

– juice from 1/2 lemon

Method:
Dissolve the sugar in the water. Add ginger, apricots, lemon juice and the kefir grains. Let it brew between 24 and 72 hours. Use 1/2 cup of the grains or a bit less to start the batch.

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Kombucha for Beginners

Kombucha is a drink, where bacteria and yeast from the mushroom or scoby (symbiotic Culture of bacetria and yeast) work together with tea, sugar and water and ferments into the final health promoting kombucha drink.
It’s full of probiotic microorganisms, active enzymes, beneficial bacteria, C and B vitamins.
According to researchers it can have a positive effect on stomach ulcers and liver/kidney function.
The drink originally comes from China, but it’s also consumed in eastern europe and Russia, and is used for treatment of a whole host of disorders.

I love it that I can grow my own probiotics at home, It’s really empowering, easy and cheap, and it tastes so good as well!

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Kombucha for Beginners
Ingredients:

– Scoby medium size (mine was from here)

– 4 teabags

– 1 litre filtered water

– 90-100 grams sugar about 1/2 cup

– 1 tablespoon raw vinegar

Simple Steps:
Wash your glass container in the dishwasher on a high temperature or put it in the oven 150 C for 20 min to sterilize it.

Boil your filtered water and add tea and sugar, seep for around 20 min, remove tea bags and let it cool.

When luke warm add the scoby and vinegar.

Cover the container with a cheesecloth, muslim or thin kitchen towel. Place in warm dark place like an airing cupboard.

Leave it for 5 days, then with a wooden or plastic spoon taste it every fem days until it has the strength you like.

When it’s ready take the culture out together with some of the kombucha and start the next batch.

It’s now ready to drink!

(look out for my post about 2nd fermentation where you add flavourings! Coming soon)

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Video: Fermented Pear and Ginger Chutney

Hi everyone,
This Lacto Fermented Pear & Ginger Chutney is great way to get more probiotics in your diet and as an extra bonus it tastes divine.

Ingredients:
3 pears
1/2 teaspoon Probiotic powder
date paste made by soaking 7 dates in water over night and then mixing
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon of grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice

I forgot to say in the video that when the fermentation is done put it straight in the fridge this will stop the fermentation. It keeps in the fridge for about a month.

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Take this when you’re on antibiotics

Probiotics

I’m on super strong antibiotics. Bu!
All the stress of the last couple of months have finally taking its toll and I ended up in A&E over the weekend with a ginormous infected cyst.
Pretty it wasn’t!
Antibiotics is of course there to blast away all the nasty bacteria, but nice, friendly bacteria will also perish in this blood bath and this is when the trouble starts.
Yeast overgrowth, lowered immunity and maybe even thrush.
Yikes!
To help my gut I always get probiotic especially made for when you have to take antibiotics.
It’s important not to take the probiotic at the same time as you take the antibiotics, or they would cancel each other out. Wait around 2 hours and just alternate them.

I always take my antibiotics with food or I might start feeling sick shortly afterwards, but I have to say taking probiotics really helps.
I also try to eat really healthy with a lot of greens and no sugar.
When the course is over I will continue with the probiotics, have loads of Vitamn C and garlic and also do a little de-tox, to really flush out and clean up. (maybe even a colonic, even though I hate it) 🙂

♥L