What to do on a rainy Monday afternoon? Make Beet Kvass of course!
Kvass (pronounced ka-voss) is a traditional tonic made by the natural fermentation of bread and flavoured with fruits. It has Russian roots and is commercially manufactured and available in Russia by Coca-Cola.
Beet Kvass is a traditional Ukrainian drink and I use the recipe in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Beets are readily available right now- local and organic and they are full of nutrients.
Because beets grow below the earth, they naturally have a contractive, root-down energy, making them the perfect thing to help our bodies transition into this naturally contractive/introspective/grounding time of year.
When beets are fermented and we drink the juice, we are reaping many benefits:
Makes 2 quarts
3 medium or 2 large organic beets peeled and chopped coursely
1/4 cup of whey *
1 tablespoon sea salt
Place beets, whey and salt in a 2-quart glass container. Add filtered water to fill the container. Stir well and cover securely. Keep at room temperature for 2 days before transferring to the refrigerator.
Drink a small cup first thing in the morning and a small cup in the evening before bed.
When most of the liquid has been drunk, you may fill up the container with water and keep at room temperature another 2 days. The resulting brew will be slightly less strong than the first. After the second brew, discard the beets and start again. You may, however, reserve some of the liquid and use this as your inoculant instead of the whey.
*Whey: I get my whey by separating organic yogurt.
Place a strainer over a large bowl and line the strainer with cheesecloth. Pour a container of organic, plain FULL fat yogurt into the strainer. Liquid will begin to strain out of the strainer- this is whey. Leave this to strain overnight by covering and placing in the fridge. In the morning you will have a couple of cups of whey and home-made cream cheese! Use the whey for your Beet Kvass and spread some of the “cream cheese” on a bagel, and spread some jam on top. Delicious!
Here are some other uses for the whey.
Feel free to leave some questions below if you have any, and from my glass of beet kvass to yours.....cheers!