Have you ever had water kefir? Maybe you’ve never heard of it. There’s a good chance you haven’t. It’s not even sold in many (if any) health food stores yet. You’ve probably heard of kefir. Kefir is sold in health food stores but kefir is made from milk and is simply fermented. Dairy kefir still has health benefits as it is rich in probiotics. I’m not a huge fan of milk in general because of the difficulty most people have digesting it, including myself.
Water kefir on the other hand is a beverage created with water and fermented. It’s rich in beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that help to heal and repair your gut as well as boost immunity. Water kefir tastes like soda, it’s the closes natural drink alternative to soda. You can flavor water kefir however you’d like. Plain water kefir is sweet flavored and refreshing.
You can also flavor it with fruits, specifically berries work best. You can use cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red sumac berries etc. Adding the berries adds a nice flavor and creates a unique probiotic blend in that process as well.
Here’s What You’ll Need To Make Water Kefir From Scratch
- A Glass Jar
- A Cheesecloth (to cover the top, found on amazon here)
- Organic Sugar
- Water Kefir Grains (Found on amazon here)
- Optional: Berries such as cherries, raspberries, blackberries etc.
How To Make Water Kefir Step-By-Step
Step 1: Pour 3-4 cups water (Preferably purified) in the glass jar.
Step 2: Add 1/4 cup sugar. Stir until the sugar crystals mix into the water.
Step 3: Next, Add the packet of kefir grains into the jar.
Step 4: Add cheesecloth to the top, seal with a rubber band.
Step 5: Once this is complete you’ll wait 3-4 days for kefir grains to feed on the sugar water.
Step 6: Rinse the sugar water, save the grains and repeat steps 1-4.
Step 7: In 24-48 hours you have an amazingly delicious and probiotic rich beverage to drink.
Watch the video to see the step-by-step instructions with explanation here: