Salty beet kvass is a refreshingly salty and sour fermented beverage. The flavour reminds me of a clear Polish-style borscht and makes an excellent mid-afternoon drink.
It’s a perfect probiotic beverage for anyone looking to avoid sugar or dairy. While it’s not the same as a sparkling sweet kombucha, it’s just as packed with probiotics. If you’re interested in the health benefits of beet kvass check out Wellness Mama’s blog post.
What is beet kvass?
Kvass is the Russian word for a simple fermented sparkling beverage. Beer likely originated from bread kvass. Brad’s Doukhobor cookbooks always have a recipe for cucumber kvass. And beet kvass is a simple beverage made from fermented beets. It can be salty or sweet, depending on whether you use salt or honey to control the fermentation.
Here are a few ways to enjoy salty beet kvass:
- Enjoy it as a tonic, taking small shots of kvass every day.
- Serve with ice on a hot summer’s day.
- For a sparkling beverage, dilute it 50/50 with sparkling water.
- My Doukhobor cookbook suggests using it as a dip for fresh bread.
- Since organic beets are a fairly reliable ferment, this kvass can be used as a starter for other fermented vegetables.
- Personally, I like using kvass to make purple fermented eggs.
Salty Beet Kvass
Salty and sour beet kvass is a sugar-free fermented beverage that is refreshing on a hot day. It tastes similar to Polish borscht. It is a great source of probiotics and can be used to culture other vegetables.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Polish
- Diet: Low Calorie
- 1 medium-sized beet or 2 small beets
- 2 tsp salt (non-iodized)
- 3 cups filtered water (chlorine-free)
- Since this is a longer ferment, start with a clean and sanitized quart-sized jar.
- Wash the beet. Leave the skin on, but remove any bad spots, particularly mould.
- Dice the beet into cubes and add to the jar. Use a weight to keep the beets from floating.
- Dissolve the salt in the water, pour over the beets.
- Top with a loosely fitting lid or a fermentation lid. Leave the beets to ferment in a dark location for at least 1 week, or up to 1 month.
- When you’re ready to drink it, strain the kvass into a bottle and store it in the fridge. Consume within 1 month of bottling.
- Organic, farm-fresh beets don’t require a starter, however, you can use sauerkraut juice or a purchased starter (affiliate link) to get the ferment going.
- You can flavour the kvass before drinking by adding dried dill and garlic powder (for a borscht flavour). Brad enjoys adding a stick of celery and drinking it like vegetable juice!
- The leftover beets are perfect for a Ukrainian salat.
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