BY: Camila Costa

Ginger and Carrot Water Kefir Recipe

The memories of my childhood visits to my grandma’s farm are etched deep within my heart, and the taste of her homemade ginger and carrot water kefir drink remains a cherished part of those summers. As I reminisce about those carefree days spent exploring the farm and enjoying the simple pleasures of life, I am reminded of the special connection I shared with my grandma through her recipes.

Each time I prepare the ginger and carrot water kefir, I am transported back to that sun-kissed farm, where time seemed to stand still.

Beyond their delightful flavours, ginger and carrot also offer a plethora of health benefits. Carrots provide a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, promoting healthy vision, glowing skin, and a strengthened immune system. Meanwhile, ginger acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, and adds a refreshing zing.

The water kefir grains will use the naturally occurring sugars in the carrot and ginger in addition to the added cane sugar, to ferment.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Dissolve the sugar: In a glass jar or container, add the filtered water and stir in the organic cane sugar until it completely dissolves.
  2. Add ginger and carrot: Add the sliced ginger and grated carrot to the jar. These will infuse the water kefir with their flavors.
  3. Add the water kefir grains: Gently place the water kefir grains into the jar. They are responsible for fermenting the mixture and creating the carbonation.
  4. Cover the jar: Place a breathable cloth or coffee filter over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. This allows air to circulate while keeping out contaminants.
  5. Fermentation: Allow the mixture to ferment at room temperature for about 24 to 48 hours. The fermentation time may vary depending on the ambient temperature and desired taste. Keep an eye on the jar, as the fermentation process may create pressure. If necessary, “burp” the jar by slightly loosening the lid to release excess gas.
  6. Strain and separate: After fermentation, strain the water kefir through a plastic sieve or fine mesh strainer into a clean container, separating the kefir grains from the liquid. Set the kefir grains aside for your next batch.
  7. Bottle and flavor: If you prefer a fizzy drink, transfer the strained water kefir into airtight bottles and allow them to undergo a second fermentation. This can take an additional 24 to 48 hours. Add a few slices of ginger and carrot to each bottle to enhance the flavors further.
  8. Refrigerate and enjoy: Once the desired level of carbonation is achieved, move the bottles to the refrigerator to halt fermentation. Chilling also improves the taste. Serve the water kefir chilled and enjoy its refreshing flavor!

Remember to reserve a portion of the kefir grains for future batches. You can reuse them to make more water kefir, adjusting the flavorings according to your preferences. Check out our water kefir recipe page for more recipe ideas

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