Note from Shannon: I am pleased to bring the voices of our lovely contributors to this space every Tuesday. Please welcome Bonni, Cultures for Health Customer Representative and Cultured Kitchen-Keeper.
Water kefir is a favorite in my house. We love it because it is so versatile. You can choose to carbonate or not and the flavoring options are endless. If you are going to drink water kefir, flavor is essential. It’s essential, but incredibly easy.
finished water kefir ready for lemon juice
After a 48 hour culture time, my water kefir looks like the lead photo in this post. There are lots of air bubbles on top, but no carbonation. No worries though, my husband prefers it this way.
my water kefir grains
He loves lemonade, which keeps my process super easy. After straining the grains, I add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to each finished quart of water kefir, pop a tight lid on it and into the fridge it goes. It’s as easy as that!
water kefir grains with fresh sugar water
As for me, I quit drinking soda years ago and I have to admit that I miss the fizz. A water kefir second ferment solves that problem beautifully. I’ve got a collection of grolsch style bottles. They are the secret to increasing carbonation.
finished lemonade kefir
My favorite water kefir flavor is mango. I dice a couple tablespoons of fresh or frozen mango, add it to a *groslch bottle and fill it with finished water kefir. Let that sit for a few days at room temperature before popping it into the fridge. I’ve also tried using blueberries and pomegranate seeds. You are only limited by your imagination.
What flavors do you like?
*Always check your bottles for cracks before using.