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    Health-promoting/healing tonic, increases daily intake of antioxidants and probiotcs. This recipe is from Lisa Herndon - Lisa's Counter Culture Organic Beets (peeled and chopped into 2 to 3 inch cubes) 2% brine [20 grams per liter of filtered water] Optional: Ginger (peeled and sliced into 1" pieces) 1/8 teaspoon or less cayenne (optional, add after primary ferment) The key is to fill the jar half way with beets, not less. Place clean, peeled chopped beets into The Probiotic Jar, half way to top. Add a few 1 inch chunks of peeled ginger. Fill 2% brine almost to neck of jar. Float Brine Bowl on top of brine. Add airlock with water. Ferment away from direct light at room temperature. Ferment in a warm place (mid 70ºF to low 80ºF) for 7 to 9 days. Bubbles forming on the top indicates active cultures are thriving. Taste after several days. It should not taste like salty water ~ keep going with the primary fermentation. Not salty tasting ~ proceed to the second fermentation or drink as is. I prefer the deep rich flavor that comes with the second ferment. Secondary Fermentation (for fizz and depth) Optional: Add less than 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or flavor listed below, seal and let ferment for several more days at room temperature ~ even weeks. If it tastes good, then go ahead and move it to the fridge ~ it gets better over time. It will become richer, deeper in flavor, and perhaps fizzier. Some of my best kvass is several months old! I prefer to drink it cold. More Flavors: rosemary, turmeric, or even lavender during the second fermentation. Leave in one chunk so the active bacteria have something to work on. keep the head space small relative to the amount of kvass. If you like fizz, you can pour it into a sealing flip-top Jar so that pressure will build and cause carbonation, but be mindful of too much pressure for safety.

    Ingredients

    • 2 large beets, chopped into 1 inch pieces
    • 3 tablespoons of sauerkraut or pickle juice (if buying, make sure to get it from the fridge section, like Bubbies)
    • ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt (optional; I don't use it)
    • Enough filtered (or better filtered, boiled and cooled) water - OR - freshly squeezed beet juice, or combination of both

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 70 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 1095 mg 45.63%
    • Calcium: 40 mg 4.04%
    • Potassium: 608 mg 17.37%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 13 mg 73.28%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 16 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 0%
    • Sugar: 12 g
    • Protein: 1 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 470.01%
    • Vitamin C 5.98%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat0
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables3
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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