Easy Fermented Pro-Biotic Juices

Probiotic fermented juices stoke your body with healthy bacteria, and also help digest any sugars you may eat. Having the right type of bacteria in your gut is very important -- because the wrong type of bacteria can not only make you fat, it can also impede your immune system, organ, and brain development. 

If you buy products like Kevita or other fermented juices, it's kind of pricey and you end up with alot of glass bottles to toss.


So I've started fermenting my own juices. I make a point of drinking some fermented juice anytime I eat carbs, as the bacteria will feed off the carbs.  I notice I'm not as thirsty as I used to be, probably because there aren't as many toxins and sugars circulating in my blood system.  The added beneficial bacteria eat up a great deal of any sugars in my intestinal tract, so fewer enter my blood system. 


My cat used to drink alot of water. I started feeding her some fermented juice, maybe a teaspoon mixed with her dinner.  A few weeks later I noticed she wasn't drinking as much. She came from a junk-food background, so there wasn't a good stock of beneficial bacteria.

Process


The basic recipe is juice, a pinch of salt, and some form of live starter.  You can use fresh or frozen juice. For live starter you can strain the whey from a quart of yogurt (which leaves sour cream and liquid whey).  


You can also use Kevita or other fermented juices. But some of those juices don't have as many strains of bacteria as high quality yogurts do.


I live in a cold climate. So to ferment in winter, I place the bottles near my wood stove to keep them warm. When warm, it takes only a few days. When cold, it can take 5 days or so.


If you see mold on anything you've done, including your whey or the rim of the jar, throw it out. It's contaminated. I sanitize all my bottles with hot water.  I generally don't reuse fermented juice as starter, as it's harder to tell what the proportions are once it's been fermented.


Increasing the salt will cause the juice to ferment quicker, but many people don't prefer the salty flavor.


Many people have written instructions for fermenting juice and vegetables. Here's an  article for fermenting fresh vegetables with salt.  Here's an article for fermenting orange juice.


I can't stop drinking the stuff!  It's delicious.



How to Get Fresh Whey


To get the whey, you have to strain it out of the yogurt.  Dried whey does not contain the living beneficial bacteria you need.  Greek Yogurt has strained the whey out, which is actually a loss to you in terms of fewer proactive bacteria will be left in the yogurt.


To strain the yogurt: Get a sanitized cloth, and pour the yogurt onto it, and tie it up and drain it into a sanitized jar.  It can take several hours to complete.


Alternatively, you can also poke holes with a toothpick in in the plastic wrap sealing the top of a tub and drain the whey out that way.  I found that I also had to poke holes on the opposite side of the plastic seal to allow for the air flow, and that it worked best if the yogurt tub was placed as level as possible, to minimize yogurt plugging the holes.  The problem with aluminum tops is that you can't see through to see of the yogurt is plugging the holes and how much whey is accumulating.

My local food coop sells Kefir starter, but it seems expensive.  You may be able to ferment with pro-biotic capsules, but that would depend on if they have been created and stored properly, and still have active live cultures.


Basic Fermented Probiotic Juice Recipe


  • 1 can of frozen juice spit between two 32 oz. glass bottles (which I sanitize with hot water)
  • A few Tbsp of Whey (you get it from straining yogurt)
  • A few Tbsp of Kevita type beverage (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fill with reverse osmosis water about 3/4 full

Let sit a 2-5 days depending on temperature.


Traveler's Probiotic Juice Recipe - Yogurt


This recipe is good if you are traveling or just want a simple way to ferment the juice.

  • 1 Quart of Juice
  • 1 Serving Size of Yogurt (6 or 8 oz.) 
  • 1 Sanitized Spoon (such as wrapped in plastic)
  • Pinch of salt

Open up the quart of juice and pour out  a few ounces to drink, as you will need some room at the top once the fermenting starts (don't drink from the jar). 

Take your sanitized spoon, and dip out the center of the yogurt from the serving size of the yogurt, and let set for a few hours or overnight.  When the whey strains into the center, pour it into your quart of juice. Add salt and wait a few days.



Easiest Traveler's Probiotic  Juice Recipe - Kevita


This is the easiest recipe out there.


  • 1 Quart of Juice
  • 1/4 c. Kevita
  • Pinch of salt

Open up the quart of juice and pour out  a few ounces to drink, as you will need some room at the top once the fermenting starts (don't drink from the jar).  Add the Kevita or fermented juice, add a pinch of salt, sit back and wait a few days.

Like I said earlier, I prefer to use yogurt as high-quality yogurts have more strains of beneficial bacteria. But this is an easy option if you want one.



Which Yogurt to Buy - Don't Buy Greek Yogurt


Greek yogurt strains out the whey -- the healthiest part of the yogurt.  Some yogurts also use a great deal of gum agents, such as pectin or carageenan, and the whey won't separate out for you. Do some experimenting. It's best to go with organic or very high quality yogurts, because they have higher bacteria counts, and they typically have many strains of bacteria versus just one or two.  


I usually buy a large jar of Kevita, and use half Kevita, half whey.  The drawback of Kevita is they only have one or two type of bacterial strains.



Avoid L. Plantarum


I avoid this bacteria. It grows at  higher temperatures and lower temperatures more easily than the other bacteria.   So for example, I put my jars near my wood burning stove to heat them in the winter, and they got too hot. The l. plantarum over populated and the other strains didn't make it. When I drank it, it caused bloating on my intestines, then I had to re-stock all the good bacteria in myself.


So if I have a choice, I avoid products with this in it.


Conclusion

Hope you've enjoyed this article, and can put it to use! If you have any other suggestions, feel free to add them to the comments.







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