Since I've been discussing all kinds of lemony goodness for the past few days, I thought I would mention our new interest in kefir. Kefir is a fermented probiotic beverage that provides all kinds of nutrional value to your daily fluid intake. It also happens to be really yummy.
Water kefir is made by brewing with kefir grains, dried fruit, a bit of sugar, and of course, a slice of lemon. Its taste is hard to explain. It's fruity, slightly sugary, mildly achoholic, and a bit tangy. It's also both refreshing and healthy. Kefir grains can last forever if they're taken care of properly, so it's also quite economical.
1/3 of a cup kefir grains (note: You need to purchase water kefir grains, milk kefir grains are similar, but not the same.We purchased our grains from Yemoos.)
a small handful of dried fruit (Raisins, figs, cranberries, apples - really, the choices are endless)
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 of an organic lemon
1 quart of water
Place all of the ingredients in a quart sized mason jar. Make sure to dissolve the sugar before including all of the other ingredients. Place the kefir in a dark place and allow it to brew for a couple days (usually 24 to 48 hours). Make sure to place a "loose" lid on your jar. There needs to be some air allowed in, or too much pressure can build. After those few days, strain all of the ingredients from the mason jar. The liquid that remains is your kefir!
The kefir brewing above is made with dried cranberries. The finished kefir at the top of this post is made with figs. Depending upon the ingredients you choose, it can really change the taste. So far, we've liked the figs the best.