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How To Make Beet Kvass – Instructions & Health Benefits

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Beet Kvass with it’s brillant red color

Kvass is a traditional fermented beverage that is generally made from stale rye bread in eastern European countries. It’s been widely reputed to have many health benefits and is often drank as a tonic on a daily basis.

In addition to kvass from bread, beets are used (originating in The Ukraine) which makes a beautifully colored drink that is also very healthy. Beets of course, have their own benefits for physical health, but the process of fermenting foods will add new compounds and vitamins that will provide additional health benefits.

While there are very little scientific studies that have been done on beet kvass, those who regularly consume it report many benefits. So, while the evidence is not yet “scientific” but rather anecdotal, this may be something you might want to consider adding to your diet. It is inexpensive and extremely easy to make, taking only a few minutes, depending on the quantity.

Reported Health Benefits of Beet Kvass

This red beverage has long been thought of as a blood and liver tonic, and it is quite possible that there is truth to this claim. We do know that beet juice (unfermented) has been found to have some very intriguing and amazing benefits with the ability to help athletes perform longer, using less oxygen.

Beets themselves are a powerhouse of nutrition and offer many reasons to eat them more often. Fermenting chunks of beets have been reported to help with prevention of hangovers, help with digestive issues, and provide a boost of energy. This boost of energy may be related to the nitrates found in beets. Perhaps it is this extra boost which has some who suffer with chronic fatigue claiming improvement with daily consumption.


Other anecdotal evidence suggests that drinking beet kvass every day increases immunity against bacterial and viral infections, assists in cancer prevention, and some pregnant women have claimed it cured morning sickness.

Could it also be a “fountain of youth?” In addition to the above, some have even claimed that it has reduced age related skin problems as well as restored hair, both in thickness and color.

We don’t know if drinking beet kvass is really capable of doing all that, but we are certain that it has health benefits if consumed regularly. Some suggest 4 ounces, twice a day is an effective amount.

How To Make Beet Kvass

Beet kvass is so easy to make and will literally only take five to ten minutes.  If you are hesitant about the taste, perhaps the first time you should only make a small batch (however some believe that kvass improves with age and a small amount may not be enough for you to determine this).

But to start with, you may want to use a 1 quart jar. You will not be filling this jar with beets, rather only about a quarter filled with beet chunks.

Many people peel the skin off the raw beets before cubing and adding them to the jar, while others don’t bother with this process. Some suggest if your beets are not organic, then you definitely should peel the skin first.

If you decide to leave the skins, be sure to scrub them to remove any earth that may be on the beetroots.

When you have filled the jar a quarter full, pour a salt water brine over the beet chunks, filling the bottle up to it’s shoulder.
The brine should of a ratio of 1 Tablespoon of salt to 4 cups of water.

Instead of filling the bottle with brine, you could also add a 1/4 cup of whey if you have some, which will speed up the fermentation process.

In summary:

 

Recipe: Beet Kvass

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 beets, depending on their size, cut in chunks
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup whey (optional).

Instructions

  1. Cover the bottle with a lid, and let it sit for several days on your counter or in a cupboard that does not get cold. Some prefer to allow the fermentation process to occur for four weeks before separating the beet chunks from the resulting liquid, and then refrigerating the liquid. The beet chunks can then be used again for another batch of kvass.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 6

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To separate the beet chunks from the kvass, you can simply spoon them out or pour through a sieve.

In addition to drinking the kvass on its own, some will make salad dressings using it as an ingredient while others add it to soups such as borscht.

Do you consume beet kvass now? What are your experiences that you can tell  us about? What health benefits do you believe you have discovered about this brilliant red beverage?

 

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8 Comments

  1. Blayne Armstrong on July 9, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I have some Ukranian friends. They swear by this stuff. I’m afraid to taste Beet Kvass though. Maybe I will get up the courage…

    • Ryan on July 13, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Dude! Give it a try. The first sip of beet kvass might be a bit odd to you like it were for me. You will get over the oddness pretty quick though. I find it refreshing.

  2. Sheila on July 16, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Ok.. so I tried it. Made it… tasted it… and you know what? I actually like it! The kids don’t, but I mixed the beet kvass with apple juice, and they enjoyed that.

    I think I already feel the benefits of it after just a few days of drinking a glass each day!

    • admin on July 16, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Awesome to hear about your experience with beet kvass, Sheila! Thanks for sharing and coming back to let us know. That’s a great idea about mixing it with apple juice so the kiddies can get it down 🙂

  3. Dave Roberts on July 17, 2015 at 3:51 am

    My buddy told me about this and sent me here, telling me I should try this beet kvass. He works out a lot and swears by it. Says he won’t miss a day without a full glass of this. So, I’m going to try it as well.

    You write that you should leave it on the counter for several days. He says he leaves it out for several weeks before it’s ready. Is there a right way to do it, in your opinion? Thanks so much!

    • admin on July 18, 2015 at 1:59 am

      Hi Dave, great to know that someone sent you here. Hope you will give homemade kvass a try, and please let us know your thoughts after you’ve done that. Look forward to hearing back from you!

  4. Olga on July 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Beet Kvass very very good for you! Everyday we drink it. Very easy to make and if don’t like taste, you get used to it after a time.

    Where I come from, we call it the “keep doctor away drink.” It is are gift to the world and is good medicine.

  5. KvassTonic on August 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    So good for you! You could use more than four cups of water for two beets – all depends on the size of the beets, of course! Beet Kvass is really wonderful tonic and a shame not many know of its goodness.

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