In the next two minutes you’re going to learn how to make water kefir. It’s an astonishingly simple, uniquely delicious drink for building Superhero health. The ingredients need to be organic, and yet the total cost is still pennies per day. How’s that for some magic math? 🙂
Lauren Lionheart’s Tried & True
Water Kefir Recipe
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup water kefir crystals
- 1/4 cup organic sugar
- 8 organic raisins
- slice of lemon or lime, with some pith
- pinch baking soda
- purified water, warmed to body temperature (distilled & tap water WON’T work)
You can start with 1/2 cup and it will quickly double to 1 cup of crystals. You can share them, eat them, or make a new jar and experiment with recipes. There are TONS of kefir varieties to be created.
Have some first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for maximum results. (It has a better chance of quickly gettin’ where it needs to go. Ya know?) There is no recommended dosage, just follow what your body is asking for. Just want one glass today? Great! Three glasses tomorrow? Fantastic! Let that beautiful body of yours be your guide.
Tools You Need
- wooden spoon – Metal tools are a no-no due to acidic reactivity. Wood can be sterilized by boiling and doesn’t introduce plastic into the delicate mix.
- 1 quart (32 oz.) glass jar like Ball or Mason. No lid required.
- paper towels
- rubber band
Water Kefir Tips
- Water Kefir Crystals: Buy water kefir crystals – also called tibiscos or Japanese water crystals – from a good healthy batch. People frequently give away their extra crystals, so connect with someone locally if you can. Etsy is another great option.
- Water: Distilled water & tap water WON’T work. Other purified types should be fine. I have found 7pH purified from my water ionizer is ideal.
- Fermentation Time: For your first few batches, taste the water kefir after 24 hours, then every 12 hours after that. If it’s too sweet, let it ferment longer and the remaining sugar will be converted to beneficial acids. If it’s too tart, just dilute with water.
- Organic Sugar: Turbinado, Rapidura, sucanat, muscovado, or evaporated cane juice/white sugar are good. (Turbinado is easiest to measure!) The darker the sugar, the more complex the taste of the kefir. If you use white sugar, add a drizzle of unsulphured molasses to give your kefir the nutrients it needs to thrive. Artificial sweeteners and honey DON’T work.
- Organic Dried Fruit: Raisins work really well, are crazy cheap, and available everywhere. Any organic, unsulphured, no sugar added dried fruit – like figs or dates – should be fine. I’ve used fresh fruit with pretty good results, too.
- Organic Lemon/Lime: This acts as a pH regulator so your water kefir doesn’t get wildly acidic. How big a slice should you use? You have lots of wiggle room so have fun experimenting with amounts 🙂
- Calcium Supplement: Baking soda gives kefir the calcium it loves. Note: If you live in a hard water area and are using purified tap water, your kefir is probably getting enough calcium. Hard water contains higher than usual concentrations of calcium and other alkaline minerals.
Did you find our Water Kefir Tips helpful? Do you have water kefir questions? Leave a comment now, because I want to hear from you!