I used to be a heavy drinker of all kind of diet soda’s but mostly Diet Coke. My regular intake was probably 3-5 cans of Diet Soda. I was so afraid of drinking sugar and so bored of just water that I thought I was doing something good for my body. Just recently I started reading more and more about nutrition, food and what impact some foods can have on our body when I stepped over the fact that diet soda’s are really bad for you. A study from “National Insitute of Health and Science” discovered that around 4 glasses of diet soda increases your risk to develop depression around 30 per cent. There are many more rumors about the impact that aspartame and other sweetners can have on your health.
Not sure all these theories are true but probably better to have healthy, natural drinks like water, tea or this Ginger Root Kefir that also delivers a lot of vitamin B’s and probiotics. I started doing my own Ginger Root Kefir when looking for healthy alternatives to diet soda. Since I also have problems with immune system and Ginger Root Kefir delivers immune system supporting probiotics I thought that Ginger Root Kefir is something I should try. I did not try but have been making my own Ginger Root Kefir for a while now.
You can either buy kefir bacteria at some health food stores but those are mostly for milk kefir or kombucha. I do not like the taste of milk much therefore that was not an option for me. I also first tried with that probiotic powder that can turn your liquid in kefir but was not totally convinced. Through some research I found out that you can buy live kefir cultures online. I decided to give Ginger Root Kefir a try. First a little pouch with liquid and some kefir crystals will arrive after some rounds your kefir will grow and you can make either larger batches or give some of the kefir to friends.
The Ginger Root Kefir is very versatile, you can make fun longdrinks withit without having to buy Ginger Beer or you can mix it with some carbonated water to have a nice fizzy drink or some fresh juice. It is important to be very clean when you work with those live cultures. Always rinse your equipment very hot, try to use as less dish soap as possible since the kefir is not a huge fan of it, the same for metal. So use plastic spoons and a plastic sieve.
You can add different herbs like cinnamon, vanilla, turmeric or anise to change the taste of the Ginger Root Kefir. Your body will receive natural probiotics that support your immune system within your gut.
Ginger Root KefirPrint This
- 5 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 EL Molasses
- 2 ounce Ginger fresh, peeled and sliced
- 3 slices Lemon
- 1.1 ounce Dried Fruits – not sulphurated
- 1/2 cup Ginger Root Kefir Crystals
- You need a glas Mason jar that holds at least 8 cups and has a lit that closes but carbon dioxide can get out.
Add the water, sugar and molasses to the mason jar, stir with a plastic spoon.
- Add the lemons slices, ginger, dried fruits and any other herbs or spices you want to add as well as the kefir crystalls.
- Close the lit and have the ginger root kefir at a warm, dark place for 1-3 days. The longer you have the ginger root kefir sit, the more fermentation will happen and the taste will be less sweet and more fizzy.
- After those 1-3 days you take out the ginger, lemon, dried fruit and poor the liquid through a plastic sieve.
- Make sure you get rid of any fruits, ginger etc. within the crystalls that are staying in the sieve. Wash your crystalls in some cold or luke warm water, start again with the process.
- You can store your ginger root kefir for 1-4 days in sealed bottles.
When you are on vacation or you need a break from your kefir you can store it for up to 4 weeks in some water, sugar, molasses, dried fruit in your fridge. The container should not be air tight.