Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of YHVH (the LORD) doth man live.

10/11/10

~Beet Kvass~

 ~I know what you thinking, Beet Kvass, what the heck is that?  In short it is a blood tonic made from beetroot. The result is not so much epicurean (gourmet) as medicinal, although beet kvass is often added to borscht (beet soup). No traditional Ukranian home was without its bottle of beet kvass, according to Lubow A. Kylvska, author of Ukranian Dishes, "handy and ready when a pleasing, sour flavor had to be added to soups and vinaigrettes." Beet Kvass is a simple fermented product that is easily produced at home.

Folk medicine values beets and beet kvass for their liver cleansing properties and beet kvass is widely used in cancer therapy in Europe. Anecdotal reports indicate that beet kvass is an excellent therapy for chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, allergies and digestive problems. It is an excellent blood tonic, cleanses the liver, promotes bowel regularity, aids digestion, and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.

Here is an article written By Sally Fallon The Author of "Nourishing Traditions", including the recipe~
This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are loaded with nutrients. One(2 to 4 once) glass morning and night is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments. Beet kvass may also be used in place of vinegar in salad dressings and as an addition to soups.

•3 medium or 2 large organic beetroot, peeled an chopped up coarsely.

•1/4 cup whey made fresh from raw milk, leave raw milkon the bench it will turn to cheese and whey within a few days (if fresh whey is not available just add another tablespoon of sea salt)NOTE: for a quick "how to" on separating your cuds and whey click HERE

•1 tablespoon sea salt

•filtered water

Place beetroot, whey and salt in a 2-quart glass container. Add filtered water to fill the container. Stir well and cover securely. Keep at room temperature for 2 days before transferring to refrigerator.

When most of liquid has been drunk, you may fill up the container with water and keep at room temperature another 2 days. The resulting brew will be slightly less strong than the first. After the second brew, discard the beets and start again. You may, however, reserve some of the liquid and use this as your inoculant instead of the whey.

Note: Do not use grated beetroot in the preparation of beet tonic. When grated, beets exude too much juice resulting in a too rapid fermentation that favors the production of alcohol rather than lactic acid.

About the Author...
Sally Fallon is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters and 9000 members. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. Author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G. Enig, Phd, Sally has a encyclopedic knowledge of modern nutritional science as well as ancient food ways. Her grasp on the work of Weston Price is breath taking and her passion for health freedom, inspiring. In each edition of Nourished Magazine Sally answers your questions about nutrition, health, food and medical politics. 

*Take a look at what can happen when our livers become tired, overworked and congested:

Exhaustion
Hypothyroidism
Anger
Anemia
Weight Gain or Weight Loss
Hemorrhoids
Mineral Deficiency
Water Retention
Allergies
PMS
Chemical Sensitivities
Constipation and Diarrhea
Headaches
Sinus Problems
Hormonal Imbalances
Inability to Tolerate Cold or Heat
Bloating
Sluggish Metabolism
Low Energy
Anger and Depression
Eczema, Acne, Hives, Rashes and Itchy Skin
Diarrhea
Muscle Pain
Heartburn
Nausea

Drinking beet kvass is just one way we can be good to our livers. Here are some other suggestions~ stop taking Tylenol, cut down or stop drinking, and do a liver detox(get the info here- liverdoctor.com). You will be happy to know that the liver is very quick to heal. So do something good for you liver and give beet kvass a try, I think it tastes salty, bitter and earthy, I don't really drink it for the taste but for the health benefits!
 
I submitted this recipe to thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Monday Mania LINKY, check it out!

3 comments:

CarmenV said...

Thank you Moira for sharing this informative information. I'm sure this will be beneficial to others too! I have never tried beet kvass, maybe I will like it, I love beets.

blessings ~ Carmen

Mommy Set Free said...

I love Kvass! Funny thing. All last week everytime I ment to say Kefir, (as in water kefir) I said Kvass. It must be on my mind! Used to by it at a local Russion Gorcer we had back in PA. I have been craving it...I think I will add it to my homemade bev list...now since I have so many fuin Grolsh bottles to fill. (I recently splurged!) :-)

EverydayMe said...

this is so interesting... will have to try it... will call you talk about it... love you... m