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Spring is already on the doorstep and soon many lovers of birch sap will go to the forest. The harvest, as a rule, turns out to be rich, but, unfortunately, the freshly picked drink is not stored for a long time, maximum 2 days. Therefore, you should learn how to make kvass from birch sap with bread. This is an amazingly tasty and healthy drink that will not only saturate the body with the necessary nutrients, but also cleanse it of toxins and harmful substances accumulated over the winter.
How to make bread kvass from birch sap
The sweetest juice is obtained from old birches, and in order to saturate the drink with the desired color, you will need bread, preferably rye. Take yesterday's loaf, cut into slices, fry in a dry skillet or dry in the oven. Overcooked bread gives an amber hue and enhances the fermentation process. Then prepare the sourdough. This can be done as follows:
- with dried crackers, fill half a liter container (except for aluminum);
- pour boiling water for 2/3 of the volume;
- add sugar;
- leave to swell, the result should be a bread slurry, if it is a little thick, add more boiling water;
- pour yeast into a warm mass, stir, cover with gauze, bubbles should stand out during fermentation;
- in a few days the sourdough will be ready, you can add it to the drink to ensure the fermentation process.
Such a leaven is stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week. In addition, fried crackers are added to kvass. The higher the degree of roast, the more intense the color they give. There is no need to seal the jar, the air must pass through. The fermentation process is alive and oxygen must flow freely. After the end of the technological process, strain the kvass through a cotton cloth to clear it of bread crumbs.
Attention! It is better to cook kvass in small volumes. After 4 days, it loses some of its beneficial properties.
Classic kvass from birch sap on breadcrumbs
It is worth considering an example of a classic recipe for bread kvass from birch sap with the addition of sourdough. The following ingredients will be needed:
- juice - 15 l;
- sugar - 1.5 cups;
- dried crackers - 2/3 loaves;
You can take any bread, you can use a mixture of different types. Add all the ingredients to the bottle, do not cork, cover the neck with a piece of gauze. Leave in a warm, but not hot place for a few days.
As soon as the kvass gains the necessary taste, acidity and pungency, strain and pour into 1-1.5 liter bottles. Send for storage to the refrigerator, cellar, any other place where the temperature is kept low. The remaining bread gruel can be used to prepare the next portion. Birch sap leaven with bread can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
A simple recipe for bread kvass with birch juice
Add to a 3-liter jar of birch sap 3 handfuls of ordinary gray bread, dried naturally or with a light heat treatment. Then add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Cover the neck of the jar with a gauze napkin and leave for a couple of days. When the kvass is ready, strain it through a multi-layer filter. For a rich color, the sugar can be fried until brown.
Important! Bread kvass is very useful for hypoacid gastritis, sleep disorders, neuroses, depression, coronary artery disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis.
Kvass on birch sap with bread crust
Collect an incomplete three-liter can of juice, which has already stood for a day or two. Add burnt bread crust, yeast (or sourdough) and sugar, you can use crushed cinnamon. Mix everything and keep warm for up to 4 days.
If wheat baked goods are used to make kvass from birch sap with bread crusts, it always turns out lighter than from rye crackers. Therefore, they take a burnt crust so that the taste and color of the drink are more intense. But this is not always good for children. Therefore, to give a richer color, you can use caramelized (toasted) sugar, juice of berries or vegetables.
An unusual taste and aroma is obtained if honey, jam, berries or fruits are added during fermentation, partially replacing sugar with them. Jam from cherries, raspberries, strawberries is suitable, and from fruits it is good to take apples, pears, apricots, grapes. Citrus fruits, citric acid, rhubarb, sorrel, rose hips, whey, any sour berries or fruits will help to give the drink an interesting sourness. In order to experiment for your own pleasure, there are many opportunities here.
Important! Kvass, prepared with the addition of yeast, increases the body's resistance to aggressive environmental factors, normalizes the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract, strengthens the nail plates, hair, and protects against prolonged exposure to radiation.
Bread kvass from birch sap with currant leaves
Birch kvass has many useful properties, which increase significantly if cooked with herbs. Leaves of currant, raspberry, mint are usually used. Thanks to them, kvass enriches not only the chemical composition, but also acquires an amazing aroma. You will need:
- juice - 3 l;
- bread (rye) - 0.03 kg;
- sugar - ½ cup;
- currant leaves (black) - a handful.
Heat the juice (<+100 C), dry the bread, the leaves should also be dry and clean. Place rusks, sugar and juice in one container, add herbs. Cover with gauze and leave for up to 5 days. At the end of the fermentation process, filter everything, pour into separate containers.
Birch sap kvass with rye bread
Kvass made from birch sap on rye bread crumbs has a pleasant sweet and sour aftertaste, rich amber color. It tones well, effectively quenches thirst, gives strength. Our ancestors "refueled" such kvass at haymaking - the most difficult field work.
Heat the juice, pour crackers and sugar over it. After cooling down, add yeast. Cover the opening of the bottle with a breathable napkin, leave for several days. Cover the pot with a thin towel. You can try kvass the next day of fermentation. After a few days, it will acquire a sharper and more pronounced taste.
Kvass with birch sap: a recipe with bread and coffee beans
To make bread kvass from birch sap, you can use a recipe with coffee beans. You will need:
- juice - 2.5 l;
- Borodino bread (stale) - 3 crusts;
- sugar - 0.5 cups;
- coffee beans - 0.05 kg.
Fry the grains, dry the bread crusts in the oven. Load everything into a 3-liter jar; instead of a lid, use a rubber glove, on which a puncture should be made first. By its state (fullness), it will be possible to determine the beginning or end of the fermentation process.
After a few days, when the glove falls off, filter the finished drink and pack it in suitable containers. Kvass from birch sap with Borodino bread turns out to be especially tasty, and the presence of coffee beans gives it a unique flavor.
Important! Care should be taken to treat kvass with hyperacid gastritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, colitis and gout.
Birch sap kvass on bread with malt and honey
There is a very quick recipe for kvass from birch sap with black bread. It can be used after 2-3 hours of infusion and fermentation process. You will need the following ingredients:
- juice - 2.8 l;
- honey - 1 spoon;
- yesterday's bread (black) - 0.4 kg;
- malt - 20 g.
Fill a saucepan with juice one or two days old. Add malt and honey, heat up to +30 degrees. Pour back into the jar and add the crackers. Do not cover it with anything, leave it warm. After a few hours, strain and bottle.
Attention! The bread should not be fresh, as it will quickly get wet and the kvass will turn out cloudy.
Rules for the use and storage of the drink
Kvass should be stored in a cold place: cellar, refrigerator. It can also be poured into plastic bottles, but you need to remember that glass containers are always better for storing food.
Kvass from birch sap with bread in villages, as a rule, is harvested in large quantities. So people, without knowing it themselves, cleanse their body, feed it with useful substances and vitamins after the winter deficit of vegetables and fruits.