Once I started making water kefir, I ran into a problem pretty quickly…
What was I going to do with it all?! My family doesn't even like soda or fizzy drinks!
My probiotic elixir couldn't go to waste!
At first I mixed the water kefir with freshly-squeezed lemon juice to create lemonade, but soon my family wanted more variety.
So… I experimented with tea. We loved it, and here's how to do it.
How To Make Probiotic Water Kefir Tea
Start fermenting your water kefir. Let it ferment for 48 to 72 hours. For every 1 quart of water, use 1/4 cup of raw sugar or Rapadura. Don't let the amount of sugar startle you — the kefir grains will eat it! 🙂
When I make my 1/2 gallon batches, I use 1/2 gallon of water and 1/2 cup of raw organic sugar.
When your kefir is fermented (it's not too sweet any more), pour it into a 1/2 gallon jar through a small mesh sieve. This will separate the kefir grains from the newly-fermented water kefir.
Next, add either tea bags or tea leaves. Green tea or any favorite will work wonderfully. Per 1/2 gallon, use 2 large or 4 small tea bags. If you prefer loose tea, no problem — 1/2 to 1/3 teaspoon is the equivalent of a small tea bag.
You can also spice things up with sliced fruit and black tea — for instance, lemons for lemon tea or peaches for peach tea.
Put your tea bag(s) or loose tea (in a ball or mesh bag) and any fruit into the jar with the water kefir, and let it steep at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. (Or you could use cold brew tea bags and your water kefir tea will be done in less than 15 minutes.)
Remember — no heating the water kefir to brew the tea, since that will kill all of the probiotics!
Strain the tea or remove the tea bags and serve your water kefir tea over ice or chilled. And of course smile as the tummies in your household fill with probiotics.
If you are new to fermented foods, don't overdo it — this tea is full of probiotics! Try drinking 1 glass a day and work up to the desired amount.
What's your favorite probiotic food or beverage?
If you are interested in adding more probiotics to your diet, dairy kefir is great in smoothies or even for just drinking straight. Yogurt is also easy to make at home. Or, check out our Cultured Dairy and Lacto-Fermentation eCourses.
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