Beet Kvaas

Celeste Longacre

Canning and freezing—as methods to preserve food—are relatively new in the Grand Scheme of Evolution.

Our ancestors (who did not have the advantage of electricity) largely fermented their crops in order to eat them at a later date. Pickles, relish, ketchup, mayonnaise, sauerkraut and mustard were all originally fermented. Depending on the environment, fermented fish, eggs, miso, kefir, kombucha and yoghurt were also staples of early Man’s diet.

It’s too bad that we have lost our taste for cultured food because that is literally where culture begins. These particular edible items also contain much that is good for us; probiotics to keep our immune systems strong and digestive enzymes to help us to digest what we eat. Could the decline in our health be due to the loss of these “helpers” in our diet? It is said that the availability of vitamin C in cabbage is increased ten times when it is made into sauerkraut.

I have recently begun making—and consuming—a lot of beet kvass. It’s incredibly easy to make and it is loaded with probiotics. Dr. Joseph Mercola recently tested some fermented vegetables and found that one serving of these foods had as many probiotics as a large bottle of expensive pills. Why not have the same benefit for a lot less money?

Here’s what I do. I take three or four medium-sized organic beets and cut them into chunks (you don’t want to grate them or cut them small because they will ferment too quickly & turn into alcohol).

 I fill a quart jar about ¼ to ⅓ full with these beets. I add a teaspoon of good quality salt (like organic grey sea salt or Himalayan).

 Optional: I will often add a couple of garlic gloves and ⅓ cup of home-made whey, but this is not necessary.

Fill the jar with fresh (preferably not chlorinated and not with added fluoride) water leaving an inch of air space at the top. Cover tightly with a lid. Place on your kitchen counter for two days and shake a couple of times a day.

 That’s it—you now have some beet kvass for your refrigerator. And when the juice is gone, you can refill it with water and set it on the counter for another two days for an additional batch.

My husband and I now drink a shot glass’ worth of the kvass with our meals. For me, personally, it solved a heartburn problem I was having and I prefer this flu defense to any and all flu shots. I have shown these two smaller glasses with one regular one so that you can get an idea of the amount that we actually drink. To your health!


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How many times can you refill

How many times can you refill the jar before the beets run out of goodness?

Hi Anna C Some say that you

Hi Anna C
Some say that you can refill the jar several times, but each time the juice is more watery. I particularly enjoy the first batch.

Hi Celeste! When you refill

Hi Celeste! When you refill the jar with water, do you also put in more salt? Also, do you eat the beets when you're erady to start a new batch?

Hi Lorri K, No, I just add

Hi Lorri K,
No, I just add water. And, in our case, the chickens get the beets. You could eat them, though. Good luck!

Thanks for sharing this great

Thanks for sharing this great recipe, and information! Just broadened my fermented and DIY info :-)

Dear C.L: I can hardly wait

Dear C.L: I can hardly wait to try fermenting beets as u have mentioned. Would distilled H2O be ok to use? Thanks for this nutritious info.

Hi Jo, In general,

Hi Jo,

In general, distilled water is not good to drink. It has absolutely no minerals so it pulls minerals from your body in order to metabolize it. If the choice is chlorinated or distilled, I would go with the distilled but be sure to use good quality salt (with minerals) and you might want to throw in a piece of seaweed as well.