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Beet Kvaas – Bang-Up Bacteria

I am no cook. Food freedom advocate – yes. But in the kitchen, it is often me and the toaster oven. So when my friend inspired me to make Beet Kvaas, I thought that I may accidentally knock myself off. I am happy to report, that has not happened, and that you shouldn’t be afraid of good bacteria. Careful, yes – afraid – no. Beet Kvaas is a powerful nutrient-dense drink that will have your insides humming. Just some of its associated health benefits include:

* Blood Tonic

* Digestive Regulator

*Blood Alkalizer

* Liver Cleanser

So, I have documented the steps of how to make the plain-jane version. I only learned this through some other amazing sites that made me feel confidant – my dear friend at GrassFood Farm (http://grassfood.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/beet-kvaas-updated...) and then this really hoot-of-a-series called “52 Weeks of Bad-A** Bacteria (http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/category/food-news/52-wee...)”.

First of all, you need the following ingredients:

1. 5-7 organic beets cut up into large cubic shapes (be sure and rinse your beets).

2. ½ gallon purified water

3. 1/8 cup whey (how I made my own whey is below)

4. 1 heaping tablespoon high-quality sea salt

To Beet or Not to Beet – THERE IS NO QUESTION!

If you don’t have whey readily available, you can easily make it. Pick up some plain organic kefir and some cheese cloth, and simply strain the kefir through several layers of cheese cloth overnight. On the bottom of your bowl, you will have the whey that you need.

Put your cubed beets into a large (1/2 gallon) Mason jar. Over the beets, pour your 1/8 cup of whey, and the heaping tablespoon of salt. Pour the purified water into the container until about ¾ inch is remaining on top.

Let this concoction sit on your counter or table for three days, and then put in the refrigerator for seven days. It will be ready to drink and has a nice, salty and fizzy disposition. I fell in love with this at my friend’s GrassFood Farm, and can now make it myself – a very powerful proposition. It is fun to be able to create your own menu, and very powerful to know how to grow your own food. If each of us were able to do even just little bit, it would add to our Food Freedom, Food Security, and levels of Fun (most importantly).




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really good post

Thank you so much!

-quiet engineer

Debbie's picture

Thank you so much Tisha, I am going to try this! I already make

Kombucha, and am about to try water kefir, with which you can make a great "soda" by adding some fruit juice. Here is the link to a site for all kinds of cultures:
http://www.culturesforhealth.com/starter-cultures/kefir-cult...

Once you get them you just keep them going, so it's not expensive, or you can get them from a friend if you know someone who has them.

Debbie

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NOT

God/Universe made you bump this!

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I will harvest my first crop (ever) of beetroot in a few weeks

Tisha, I thoroughly enjoy happy coincidences. Your extraordinary post comes to my attention as I await the final ripening of my beetroot plants. I take this as an omen that I must make some Beet Kvass from my harvest.

I am building a permaculture farm on a Mediterranean island. After collecting my livestock over the last few years, I have moved our operation (last September) to a marvelous new location.

Now, I can build and plant the gardens and grove components. I managed to prepare and seed a small (approximately 30 square meter) raised bed in time for our winter growing season. Beets are a part of the polyculture mix and are doing great.

You are so right about the "Fun" part. I have never had more. And, I am an old man.

BTW, beets first appeared here --In Egypt, Greece and the eastern islands in the late B.C. centuries. Aristotle mentioned the beetroot in his writings.

Beets are really good for you

after you add the the kefir bacteria fermenting for a week you have a real powerhouse food.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

There is so much bacteria in our intestines and all around us

Bottom line is some are favorable to humans and some not. Pure and simple, we are living organisms with microorganisms that help create homeostasis and those that are detrimental to our health and well being.

beephree

We consist of 10 times more bacterial cells than body cells

I find it amazing that there are at least ten times as many bacterial cells as there are human cells living in our bodies. Some of this microbiota perform tasks that are useful for the human host. However, the majority have no known beneficial or harmful effect.

The human organism is a marvelous cellular structure. In sheer numbers, each of us is host to around 100 trillion cells. The number is mind-boggling and looks like this: 100,000,000,000,000.

There is an incredible and harmonious give-and-take transpiring every second within each of us as trillions of organisms go about there lives mostly for the good of all, as well as for their host.

How is at that we humans, who number a paltry 7 billion or so organisms, find it to be so daunting to live together in peace and prosperity on the outside?

Thank you for the beautiful detail

and the great finishing question.

beephree

You are welcome, herbrp!

And, thank you for your encouragement.

Alas, there is no good answer to that question other than most of humanity has gone delusional and has forgotten that we are all a seamless part of Nature too.

Bump....

To The Beet....

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for sharing. You can't go wrong with Kvaas!

Thanks for sharing this!

I happen to have yogurt straining right now, and just bought beets for juicing. I'll try it. =)

Thanks~

I haven't tried it yet but it's been on my to-do list for a while. I seem to recall it being used in traditional Russian recipes like borscht.

Thanks Tisha

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Can You Use Canned Beets

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skippy

Yes we all need probiotics

I make saukraut myself.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Tisha! This is so awesome

I first had beet kvaas about 3 months ago. It was delicious! I've been thinking ever since that I should figure out how to make it, since I make all kinds of weird stuff at home, including my own:

- soap
- yoghurt
- granola
- kale chips
- dehydrated flax crackers

Thank you for the recipe! Just one question for our vegan friends here: Is there something that one might use instead of whey?

I have heard this is an excellent book: Wild Fermentation. Times are a little tight, so I haven't bought it just yet, but fermented foods of all kinds have great health benefits.

Big mike made some fermented hot sauce with peppers that he grew. Yum, yum!

Thank you for the post.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

One option...

Whey is what's left over after your curdle the solids out of milk. When you make tofu the same thing happens. You get the solids (tofu) and a transluscent liquid. You could use this for the whey substitute (and cut down the liquid). If you need it "sweet" just use water with a little soymilk in it for sweetness (whey is slightly sweet and slightly acid)

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Thanks

Have you done this before? Ever had beet kvass? Just curious.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

No, I have not....

Have you seen this?

http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734

It is the best nutrition/health documentary I have seen...Life changing :)

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I agree. Forks Over Knives is

I agree. Forks Over Knives is definitely the best health documentary ever.

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I have seen part of it. I liked it but I already knew most of

it. The one that really changed life for me was Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/289122

And if you liked either of those, I just watched this one, which is also excellent:

Vegucated:
http://www.amazon.com/Vegucated/dp/B006LZSF8M

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Michael, if you make your own yogurt you have whey!

I make yogurt too and drip it to thicken it like greek. I use a coffee filter in a colander or strainer set over a bowl. Milk filters (farm store) work better yet. Put my yogurt in in and set the whole thing in the fridge overnight. Whey is what drips off into the bowl.

I like to mix a little homemade vanilla and honey in the yogurt, mmmm.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Yes, I have whey

But after watching vegucated, I was wondering about a solution for our vegan friends.

There was some terrible footage in the film about how farm animals are treated. Some people have moral objections to eating animals as a result. I know there are some vegans here among us.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.
Debbie's picture

I'm not vegan, but I would never eat those kind of farm animals,

just the grass-raised and free-range types, not the factory farm animals.

Debbie

DOH! (facepalm)

...of course you know that, lol!

I want to thank you Michael, for posting the Fat Sick Nearly Dead link. DH and I watched it tonight. I start a new diet plan tomorrow and that was a great kick in the motivation pants.

Will have to watch the others too.