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Beet Kvass is a beverage that I make from time to time. It's flavour is slightly salty, sour and tangy, with earthy notes. This nourishing, grounding and nutrient-rich drink makes my belly nice and warm. You know that feeling when you drink a lacto-fermented beverage (sauerkraut or kefir) and you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside? You can actually feel it doing something good in your body. I like consuming food/beverages that do that :)
I'll admit that I didn't love this drink right away. They're simply not flavours I'm used to consuming as a beverage, but after maybe half a glass (that's all it took) I found a deep appreciation for it. I find that on occasion my body really craves it.
Beet Kvass is a traditional beverage dating back to Russia some 1000 years ago. Traditionally it's made from stale bread, beets, salt and is fermented over a period of time. During this time friendly bacteria (probiotics) are formed, beneficial enzymes, lactic acids and increased vitamin levels. The nutrients in the beets are unlocked making this drink a great blood tonic, digestive aid, blood alkalizer and supports the liver.
It can be made with whey (from yogurt) or sauerkraut / pickle juice (lacto-fermented). Alternatively you can make it with salt, you'd just have to double the amount but it may take longer.
*If you've never made whey before it's very easy. You simply need a container of plain, full fat yogurt. Place a sieve into a bowl and a piece of cheesecloth inside the sieve. Pour the yogurt over the cheesecloth and let it sit for 2-16 hours. The liquid that's collected in the bowl is your whey. You can store the leftover whey in the fridge for up to 2 months and use in other recipes. The yogurt will now have the consistency of cream cheese so you can use it accordingly, It's super yummy and creamy!*
In my recipe I've added some heavy hitting herbs: Ginger and Turmeric for the additional healing benefits. And since it's blood orange season...hey, why not! Beets and oranges makes a lovely combination.
I hope you make this beverage as the nutritional benefits run far and wide. I feel better when I drink it. I consume it in the morning and evenings, and sometimes a small glass before lunch.
BEET KVASS with BLOOD ORANGE, GINGER and TURMERIC
You will need:
Jar or bowl that can hold up to 8 cups liquid (not stainless steel)
Weight, small jar or small plate that will fit in jar / bowl
Whey or sauerkraut juice
Thin cloth or cheesecloth
2 beets, diced into 1-2 inch cubes
1 blood orange, sliced (remove peel if not organic)
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 tablespoons ginger, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh turmeric or 1 teaspoon powder
4 cloves, whole
1 tablespoon unrefined salt
1/4 cup whey (*see directions above*) or sauerkraut juice or (2 tablespoons salt if not using whey or sauerkraut juice)
5-6 cups filtered water
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