Sweet beet kvass is a lightly sparkling and refreshing beverage. Like mead, it relies on the natural fermentation properties of raw honey for a delicious and probiotic drink.
Fermented beverage provide a healthy alternative to soda pop. They are probiotic and refreshing on a hot sunny day. Both kombucha and water kefir are popular, however, they require you to continuously brew, as they need to be fed (like a pet.)
Salty beet kvass is a traditional tonic-style beverage reminiscent of cold soup.
Sweet Beet kvass
Sweet beet kvass is my favourite soda pop alternative.
- It is sugar free, since it is made from honey.
- Full of the vitamin and mineral goodness of beets
- It’s made from scratch, so you only need to brew what you want to drink.
- And it’s a beautiful shade of pink!
- 2-4 beets washed, and diced into cubes (about 1 cup)
- 2 tbsp raw honey (unpasteurized)
- Filtered water to cover (chlorine free)
- Sterilize a quart-sized jar, and fill it with the beet cubes.
- Dissolve the honey in 1 cup of water, pour over the beets, and add more water to cover. Use an appropriate container for fermentation because it will carbonate as it ferments. (See notes).
- Allow to ferment somewhere cool for 2-3 days.
- Store in the fridge and consume within 1 month.
-This won’t work with pasteurized commercial honey. Raw honey contains naturally occurring yeasts which are needed for fermentation.
-Make sure your fermentation container can handle the carbonation. Use a fido jars or mason jar with an airlock or pickle-nipple lid. You can also use a jar without a lid, just put a towel over top to keep bugs out.
-After the 3 days of fermenting, you can either store the jar with beets in the fridge and strain it each time you want a glass of sweet beet kvass. Or strain the kvass into a plastic pop bottle or a swing-top bottles for easy serving.
-You can replace up to half the beets with apple, but using some beets is necessary because they provide sugar for the ferment (think of sugar beets). You can also flavour the kvass by adding other flavours like cinnamon, mint or orange zest.