The name alone evokes feelings of well being. I picture myself rejuvenated and fresh! Fermented, sprouted grains, it just smacks of everything nutritious.
Dr Anne Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, introduced this drink in the 1960’s. She used it as a digestive aid to increase the enzyme content into our eating plans. It is an earthy tasting probiotic rich cultured drink. Seeds or grains are packed with friendly bacteria that are released when they begin to germinate. The best part is that it is so easy to make. It also does not require a starter or a culture of any kind, so there is no ‘maintenance’ involved.
If you are reading this, then you probably already know how beneficial it is to include cultured and fermented foods into your everyday nutritional requirements. One of the huge benefits of Rejuvelac is that it can act as a gentle laxative to relieve constipation. It can also aid in breaking down undigested matter in your colon.
A shot glass in between meals on an empty stomach works wonders to help your digestive process. Consider it as a tonic, rather than a drink.
You can use rye, barley, quinoa or oats. I have even made it with fenugreek. My favourite is quinoa, although it is a tad pricey. So you really can play around and experiment.
To make one litre, use half a cup of your chosen grain.
Soak the seeds over night in unchlorinated water. Then place in a sprouter and sprout for two days, rinsing them twice a day.
The seeds may start developing a tail (sprouting). It does not matter if it has not started to sprout. After two days, the seed has swelled up and and is ready to start releasing sugars and bacteria.
Place the seeds in a jar and top up with water (1 litre). Put a lid on top and leave at room temperature for about 2 to 3 days.
Strain off the liquid, bottle and place in the fridge. You can use the seeds for another batch.
Don’t discard the seeds, use them to bake bread, place them in your compost heap. If you have any livestock such as chickens, they will enjoy eating the seeds.
It may be slightly fizzy but there is no need to use a swing top bottle. It will have an earthy taste depending on the grain that you have used.
I have made it often and really enjoy the taste. Go for it, it is a great ferment to add to your list and of course it adds variety.
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