Rejuva – what?
I promise I don’t have a Sunflower Carrot Loaf sitting up in my drafts (or any equally Circa early 90’s vegan recipes). I wouldn’t do that to you. I like you too much.
Back to the matter at hand. Rejuvelac is an enzyme-rich fermented tonic made from sprouted grains. It’s super good for digestion and it’s great for the colon (hello detoxification).
You can drink rejuvelac straight up or use it as a starter for nut cheeses and vegan yogurts.
I’m pretty sure it was big in the nineties along with the first popularity wave of the Chia Seed. Both cha cha cha chia and rejuv have made a come back and I’m guessing that your 50 year old neighbor guy with the Kokopelli stained glass, incense spilling out of his house, dream catcher in every window, shark-tooth necklace wearing and grey Pocahontas braids to top off his look is pretty stoked that Rejuvelac is cool again.
He’s been making the stuff since 1993 and finally people are listening to him carry on about it at all of his potlucks. This is awesome news for you because he will now be busy making Rejuvelac for his friends which means less time for naked yoga (phew!).
(Also, your neighbor definitely owns one pair of Jesus sandals and it is very, very, very likely that he has a Kombucha mother in his kitchen that is pretty much his pride and joy)
Now you can experience rejuvelac for yourself (no naked yoga, incense or shark teeth required).
Here’s how to make your own rejuvelac at home
- 1 cup grain of your choice (I use Barley but you can use quinoa, millet, rye, buckwheat or just about any other grain that you can think of).
- Water for rinsing and soaking.
How To Do It
- Place the grains and 4 cups of water in a sprouting jar (or a regular jar that will hold that much water) and soak for 24 hours.
- Strain the water from the grain and place the jar in a warm spot out of direct sunlight and allow the grain to sprout.
- Rinse and drain the grains a couple times a day until you see tails sprouting from the grains.
- When you see this the grains have sprouted. (It will take a couple of days for the grain to sprout. Longer if you live in a cold place).
- Rinse and drain the grains one last time and cover with 4 cups of water.
- Let sit for two days.
- After two days, skim the top of the liquid with a spoon and pour the liquid into a container with a lid and refrigerate.
- After the first pour, you can add another 4 cups of water and let it sit for 1 day for another batch.
The final product should have small bubbles in it and it should taste like slightly pungent lemonade.
It will stay good for 4 weeks. You can drink a little every morning and it will do wonders for your digestion. Or, you can use it as a starter for nut cheese and vegan yogurt recipes.
Now, get on your hippie sandals and get to the nearest bulk bin section near you – ASAP.
7 Minute Video Demo: How To Make Rejuvelac
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