More Great Kefir Tips!

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Andrea Fabry is a kefir devotee with very good reason. Not only is kefir loaded with nutrients, it is also a delicious and healthy alternative to soda.

Andrea recently shared her recipe for great-tasting Coconut Water Kefir here on HandPicked Nation. Now, in an article for Rejuvenating Recipes, Andrea shares more tips on making and flavoring kefir to your tastes with things like fresh herbs, fruit and fragrant vegetables!

Here’s Andrea’s Basic Kefir recipe.

Basic Kefir Ingredients

4 c. filtered water

4 tbsp. sugar

4 tbsp. water kefir grains or kefir starter packet

Sea salt and/or baking soda (optional)


Combine water and sugar; stir until dissolved. If using distilled water or highly filtered water, add a pinch of sea salt and/or baking soda for additional minerals. Pour sugar solution into quart-size container or jar. Add water kefir grains or kefir starter packet.

Cover with a breathable cover such as cheesecloth and place on counter at room temperature away from direct sunlight for 24-72 hours.

Strain the grains and enjoy your beverage! For added carbonation, store the drink at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-5 days. Use grains immediately to begin your next batch. (The grains will slowly multiply. These can be stored in the refrigerator or given away!)

Andrea advises using filtered or mineral water (tap water contains chlorine and flouride).

She also suggests using a mix of (organic) refined and unrefined sugars, approximately 3 parts refined to 1 part unrefined. If you’re worried about the presence of sugar in the recipe, don’t be. Andrea notes that the sugars are eaten by the kefir.

The part of the article that gets the food geek in me totally excited is where Andrea suggests adding things like, “peeled ginger, slices of organic lemon, figs, dates, fresh mint, fresh fennel” to the kefir recipe. My mind reels with possibilites, what about using cardamom pods or fresh summer berries? Would parsley be weird or wonderful? Perhaps the flavor possibilites are endless…

It all sounds so refreshing to me – and so much more attractive than a drink that tastes like orange (the color, not the fruit!)

Thanks Andrea!

Click here to read the article in full.

Photo Credit: Kristen Fabry

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