Fermented Beverages: Rejuvelac Tonic

I was recently gifted a copy of Nourishing Traditions by: Sally Fallon, a book I’ve been lusting after for quite some time now.  I’ve decided, as part of my Fermented Foods series, to make all of the recipes from this book.  So as I make them I will share them with you, along with our thoughts on each.

Rejuvelac is a raw food beverage made from sprouted wheat berries that are then soaked (fermented) in water for about 2 days.  The process of fermentation pre-digests the wheat making it easier for our bodies to utilize the nutrients, it’s a rich source of B, E and K vitamins.  You will also be creating yet another pro-biotic drink that feeds the digestive system by helping friendly bacteria to grow in the guts.  Most people are familiar with this benefit of yogurt ~ this is the same principle.

What you will need:

1 cup organic soft spring wheat berries
filtered water
cheesecloth, cloth napkin or screen lid on a mason jar

To sprout, place the berries in a quart-size glass jar and fill with water to about 1 inch from the top of the jar.  Cover with a cloth and rubber band or use a screen lid and let soak over-night. 

In the morning rinse well, drain and set jar at an angle to sit for 2 days.  Rinse and drain 3 or 4 times each day.  During this time you should notice the berries beginning to sprout.

At 2 days the sprouts should be around 1/4 inch long.  At this point you should rinse them well, then fill the jar with filtered water to about 1 inch from the top.  Soak for 48 hours.

You will notice bubbles moving to the top pretty regularly and the liquid will get cloudy.  If any foam forms on the top, skim it off and discard.

After 48 hours, strain off the “juice” and store in the refrigerator. 

You can then do a 2nd and even a 3rd soak to get even more rejuvelac from the berries.  These 2 additional ferments would be for only 24 hours and then you would need to discard the wheat berries (compost or feed to the birds) since you gotten everything from them that is available.  Add this additional “juice” to the first batch in the fridge.

How to Consume:

If you are not used to consuming fermented foods or beverages you will definitely want to start slow and build up the amounts you eat or drink daily.  With a beverage you can start out with an ounce or two, see how you do with that for a couple of days, then add another ounce every few days.  Rejuvelac in particular helps to cleanse your colon, so I’ll just let you use your imagination on why you would want to start slowly with this one.

The Taste?

Well, it’s quite strange!  I can’t really say it’s gross, though the smell would lead you to think it would be.  I’m currently drinking 1 1/2 ounces of it, but I mixed it into a little water and add in 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and a drop of stevia.  As long as I don’t pay attention to the way it smells, the taste really isn’t bad.  It’s mildy tart with a slight lemonyness to it.

I’ve read a few other people say if you don’t like the taste keep drinking, it will grow on you.   So I will keep trying it every day to see if I can work up to just downing it by itself, 2 ounces at a time.   But like I already said, I wouldn’t call it bad.  It’s just so different it will definitely take some getting used to.

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