Friday, March 9, 2012

Homemade Kefir Fizzy Drinks ~ Orange Flavour

Has anyone of you came across something like this???  This is what they called as Kefir grains. Actually, it has quite a number of names for instance tibetan mushroom, Japanese water crystals, fungus enzyme, tibicos and more. Whateverso, I have to thank my neighbour Diane again for these tiny little grains and also thanks Catherine Lau for the inspiration. Catherine is one of our local famous Chef & baker. What I love about her is everything she taught has to be start from basic. And kefir drinks is one of her fabulous work.

According the info I have, kefir grains is not a plant. It is actually a symbiotic cluster of friendly bacteria and yeast. Kefir grains is able to convert sugar into acid, carbon dioxide & alcohol. (This is not ME...I'm not a science person! haha...) Sounded just like those homemade enzyme, right! But this tastes much better than the enzyme I used to have. You'll be surprise how awesome they are.

(Recipe adapted by Catherine Lau)
Ingredients :
8 oranges, skinned and cut small
1 litre  chlorine-free water
130gm   sugar
40ml   lemon juice
30gm  kefir grains

Method :
(1)  blend oranges together with water, then mix with sugar and bring it to boil.
(2)  keep boiling over low heat for about 30 mins and then leave cool completely.
(3)  strain juice with a sieve once it's ready, discharge the pulp.
(4)  pour juice into a clean jar, stir in lemon juice and kefir grains.
(5)  put the lid on and let to ferment at room temperature for 48 hours ~ the juice will be bubbling actively.

This is how it looks after 2 days of fermentation. Now, you can strain mixture and allow liquid to drip without pressing the kefir grains. Then fill kefir drinks into bottles, leaving some space between the cap. The drink will continue fermenting and developing fizz. Keep refrigerated after bottling and serve chilled.

Ingredients for Plain Palm Sugar :
1 cup  chlorine-free water
2 tbsp  palm sugar
30gm   kefir grains
(combine all ingredients into a bottle and keep aside for fermentation for 48 hours or 3 days the max)

Further additional ingredients :
1-2/3 cup   chlorine-free water
2 tbsp        brown sugar/honey
(stir in the additional ingredients after 48 hours of fermentation and then set aside again for 2nd fermentation for another 48 hours and will be ready by then)

The one made with plain brown sugar tasted really good. My kids love it very much and the one made with fruit juice tastes something like vodka or beer. Very interesting though! These healthy drinks simply irresistible and good especially to bowel & digestion problem and of coz many more health benefits. So, what are you waiting for!


Aarthi said...

Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..


ICook4Fun said...

I never heard or see kefir grains before. It sound really interesting though :)

Mary said...

I have never heard of these before. Now you've gone and made me curious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jeannie said...

Neither have I seen or heard of these kefir grains. If the children like the drinks, they must be nice huh!

Fimère said...

superbe réalisation, bravo
bonne journée

Trix said...

I have never seen keffir grains!! How interesting, must try this drink : )

Katerina said...

I have never seen anything like that! Very interesting and the drink too!

Cheah said...

This is something new to me, Kristy.

Pegasuslegend said...

unique and intriguing!

Pam said...

This is really different and looks and delicious!

Lyndsey said...

This is new to me, and very interesting.

edith said...

I learnt something new!!! Tks for sharing. So where did Diane get those grains. Don't know Singapore will hv them.

Flavoured Bottled Water said...

It's great to read about people making their own Flavoured Bottled Water and experimenting with different ingredients.

penny aka jeroxie said...

How interesting! I have not seen this before.

lena said...

this is something new and never heard of these grain myself. interesting!

Alice's Kitchenette said...

Can u pls tell me where i can get tis grains tks.

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