I first attempted homemade Beet Kvass over a year ago because I’ve read amazing things about it’s benefits for the liver. I ruined the first batch, which I’d found on a blog, and was hesitant to try it again. After gearing myself up for a second attempt, I chose a simpler recipe from Nourishing Traditions and had great success. Today we made our second batch, much to Emery’s excitement! She’s a die hard kvass fan, or as she calls it, “beet ken-voss!”
I was motivated to make it because of Andrew’s liver disease, but I have even more accountability now because Emery begs for it all. the. time. We picked up enough beets from our farmer’s market to make a double batch and I took some time to dice them the night before.
Emery filled the jars, added the whey and salt, stirred the jars to dissolve the salt, and topped the jars with coffee filters and rubber bands.
makes 1/2 gallon
- 3 medium or 2 large organic beets, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup whey [tutorial here]
- 1 TB sea salt
- filtered water
- Add beets, whey, and salt to 1/2 gallon jar.
- Add filtered water until full and stir well.
- Cover. Can be air tight or covered with a filter.
- Leave on counter for 2 days and then transfer to the fridge.
- You can reserve the beets for a second batch, but the kvass will be slightly weaker.
- Drink 4 oz, in the morning and evening.
As with any ferment, this should not be heated past 105* or the probiotics and enzymes will be destroyed.
According to Nourishing Traditions, it’s known for its medicinal qualities and digestive aid. It’s a blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver, treats kidney stones, and other ailments. It’s incredible for cancer patients – “lacto-fermented beets have a favorable effect on disturbed cellular function,” according to Annelies Schoneck, quoted in Nourishing Traditions. It’s beneficial during pregnancy, supporting the liver and preventing morning sickness. [I’m taking notes for future reference. I have horrible pregnancies!] And once you get used to it, it tastes pretty darn good.
Hope you enjoy making this with your little helpers!
If you have trouble getting them to drink it straight, try this Raspberry Orange Beet Kvass Smoothie!
We also love using our kvass to dye hard boiled eggs purple, though pickling!