Birch sap is rich in vitamins and macronutrients, so necessary for our body, but not everyone knows how to make birch kvass from it at home
Birch sap is rich in vitamins and macronutrients, so necessary for our body, but not everyone knows how to make birch kvass from it at home. After all, a fresh drink does not have a long shelf life, and kvass can be enjoyed for more than one month.
Birch kvass is an excellent alternative to preserving juice with preservatives.
Birch kvass is an excellent alternative to preserving juice with preservatives. In its manufacture, nutrients are not lost, but remain in the drink.
Useful properties of birch kvass
Kvass, infused with birch nectar, is rich in substances that have a good effect on the human body, improve the efficiency of the immune system, and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
By consuming this drink, you can get not only pleasant taste and thirst quenching in hot summer weather, but it also helps to remove harmful substances from the body, improve digestion (if there is such a problem). Kvass from birch sap has diuretic properties. It is recommended to drink to get rid of edema. Regular consumption of birch sap or kvass restores the environment in the stomach and normalizes its acid-base balance.
Organic acids and enzymes, magnesium and iron, calcium salts, vitamins and macronutrients saturate the human body. This drink can drink children, adults and the elderly.
Birch kvass is used not only as a tasty and healthy drink. It is used for cosmetic purposes, based on it make anti-aging face masks or hair strengthening products.
Organic acids and enzymes, magnesium and iron, calcium salts, vitamins and macronutrients saturate the human body
Tip! The use of birch sap helps in the fight against colds, and is also an excellent prophylactic during the cold season and for raising immunity.
Even one of the most healthy drinks has small contraindications. They are based on the individual intolerance of the product and the body's allergic reaction to birch pollen. It is in these cases that it is not advised to use birch sap or kvass or use it with caution.
Rules for collecting birch sap
In early spring, together with the end of frost and the rise in temperature, sap flow begins, it is at this time that lovers of this drink begin to collect it. In order to determine its beginning, one should carefully make a small indentation with the help of awls, about 5-7 cm. A drop of birch sap appeared, which means that it is possible to start collecting it.
The choice should be stopped on a birch tree, the trunk of which is at least 25 cm. On a tree with such a size, there is only one cut to collect the juice. For each additional 10 cm., 1 hole can be added to the diameter of the barrel. If you do not follow these rules, you can ruin the birch.
Tip! It is better to collect birch sap during the daytime, as sap flow slows down at night, as a result, it will run a little less into the bottle than we would like.
In early spring, together with the end of frost and the rise in temperature, sap flow begins, it is at this time that birch sap lovers begin to collect it.
To make an incision for collecting juice, it is better to choose the south side of the tree, at a height of 50-60 cm. Insert a special groove in the shape of a boat into it. A day from one tree can collect from 3 to 7 liters of juice. Once collected, it is necessary to cover the incision with dirt or moss, otherwise the liquid will continue to drain, and the birch can dry out.
It is more convenient to collect juice in plastic containers, but it is better to pour them into glass bottles for storage, which will preserve the healing properties of the drink.
Tip! To collect birch sap you should not choose a young tree or one that grows outside the window. Birch should be sought away from human settlements and roads, as trees tend to absorb all the harmful substances in the air.
In order for kvass to turn out tasty, you need to know some rules:
- For the preparation of kvass, you must use fresh birch juice;
- For fermentation it is necessary to use only glassware or enameled;
- For storage of finished birch kvass it is undesirable to use plastic containers. The drink well retains its properties in glass bottles.
- The shelf life of the drink can be increased up to 4 months by placing it in a refrigerator or a cool dark place.
It is possible to collect from 3 to 7 liters of juice per day from one tree.
Tip! Birch sap and kvass contain a large number of phytocytes. They are a natural antibiotic. Drinking this drink with sore throat, bronchitis, and pneumonia is very helpful.
There are many recipes and ways to cook birch kvass at home. Below are the most common.
Birch kvass with raisins (classic recipe)
For cooking you will need:
- 10 liters of fresh birch sap;
- Granulated sugar - 500 grams;
- Raisin - 100 grams (50 pcs.)
Birch nectar should be cleaned using a strainer or a gauze filter, rinse the raisins and dry. In an enamel saucepan, mix the sugar and juice until completely dissolved. Add raisins and cover with a rag cover. Put on fermentation at room temperature for three to four days. The resulting drink is again passed through a gauze filter and poured into clean glass bottles, tightly close the lids, cool. Delicious healthy drink ready for use.
Tip!Classic birch kvass with raisins is ideal for making okroshka. It will add interesting notes for your favorite dish.
For the preparation of kvass, you must use fresh birch juice
Birch kvass with the addition of large dark raisins
When using large dark raisins, the recipe and fermentation time varies somewhat.
- Fresh birch nectar - 3 liters;
- Dark raisins large - 25 berries.
Rinse and dry the berries, strain the nectar through a strainer. In a glass or enamel pot (it is best to use a three-liter glass jar), mix all the ingredients. Tightly close the container with the future drink and put in a cool place for three months, for example, in the basement. After the allotted time, kvass must be drained and you can enjoy a wonderful drink.
Honey birch kvass
- Fresh birch sap - 10 liters;
- Raisins - only 3 berries;
- Live yeast (fresh) - 50 grams;
- Liquid honey - 35-40 grams;
- Lemon (medium size) - 3 pieces.
Lemons squeeze and mix in deep packaging with filtered birch juice. Add lively yeast, honey and raisins. Make sure that all components are evenly mixed, pour the mixture into a glass container, close tightly and put a cool place where bright light does not penetrate. After 3-4 days you can try a fresh tonic drink.
The shelf life of the drink can be increased up to 4 months by placing it in a refrigerator or a cool dark place.
Birch sap with orange
- Natural and fresh birch juice - 2.5 liters;
- Orange - 1 piece;
- Raisins - 15-20 grams (10 pieces);
- Melissa and mint to taste;
- Sugar 250 grams;
- Yeast - 10 grams.
Pound some sugar and yeast and pour into a prepared glass jar, add sliced orange. Pour out the remaining sugar, put a sprig of lemon balm and a few leaves of mint. Jar pour juice, cover and put in a leaven for two days.
Strain the fermented mixture through a sieve or gauze filter and pour into bottles. Add 2-3 raisins to each of them. Drink in the fridge for a day. Exactly in a day you can quench your thirst on a hot day with a tasty drink with citrus notes.
Tip!Early spring is the best time for harvesting kvass based on birch nectar with raisins. Thus, a delicious soft drink will be ready for the summer. A drink, in which honey is added, is better to stock up before winter, to raise immunity.
For fermentation, it is necessary to use only glass or enameled ware.
Grain birch kvass with coffee beans
To make kvass, you will need:
- Fresh birch sap - 2.5 liters;
- Borodino bread (preferably stale) - 2-3 pieces;
- Granulated sugar - 100 grams;
- A handful of raisins;
- A handful of coffee beans.
Fry the coffee beans in the pan, without adding oil. Slices of bread to dry in the oven. Wash and dry the raisins. Mix all the ingredients in a glass container (a three-liter jar is well suited for this), pour juice all over. Tighten the rubber glove on the neck of the jar, carefully pierce with a needle. Put the leaven for two or three days in a warm place. After this time, the kvass should win, the blown glove will tell about it. Already strained drink through a gauze filter poured into glass bottles and put in a dark cool place. After three days, you can enjoy a divine tonic, rich in vitamins and minerals.
Tip! To be sure of the naturalness of the birch drink, you should not buy it in the store, it is better to do it yourself. In the preparation of kvass, you can add various medicinal plants and herbs. This will only add a useful drink, so missing in early spring, vitamins and substances.
Birch kvass with the addition of dried fruit
To prepare kvass from dried fruits based on birch nectar is possible in two ways.
- Natural fresh birch juice approximately three liters;
- 150 grams of dried fruit mix.
For storage of finished birch kvass it is undesirable to use plastic containers. The drink well retains its properties in glass bottles.
Thoroughly washed dried fruits are placed in a glass jar, pour nectar and cover with a gauze cover. There must be access to oxygen. Put the jar with the future kvass to stand at room temperature for two weeks. After the time, strain the finished drink and you can drink and enjoy the amazing taste.
- Freshly harvested birch sap - 3 liters;
- A mixture of various dried fruits - 200 grams;
- Dry yeast - 10 grams;
- Honey optional.
Rinse the mixture of dried fruits well under running water and dry. Put in the container for the future ferment (not plastic). Pour out the yeast and pour over all the nectar of birch. If desired, add honey to the starter flavor. Cover the tara with a gauze cover and put in a warm place. After two days, the drink is ready, it remains only to strain through a small strainer and you can drink cool tonic tonic.
Tip! When cooking kvass using yeast, you must carefully monitor the time and try not to overdo it. In a warm room, such a drink is prepared very quickly, so you need to be especially attentive.
Birch barley kvass
Lovers of traditional bread kvass will like birch barley kvass. They have almost the same taste, but this drink is richer in vitamins and minerals. It will also be a good basis for okroshka. Below are two recipes for birch barley drink.
For cooking will need:
- 10 liters of birch nectar, preferably freshly harvested;
- 1 kg. selected barley.
Lovers of traditional bread kvass will like birch barley kvass. They have almost the same taste, but this drink is richer in vitamins and trace elements
Barley, rinse and dry, then it should be fried in a pan to a golden brown shade. In tara with strained birch sap pour grain, mix. Put in a cool place. Gradually, the juice will begin to grow stronger. Making sure that he has reached the desired fortress, strain and pour into the prepared container. This brew can be drunk until mid-summer.
- 10 liters of fresh birch juice;
- A pound of barley;
- 500 grams of sugar;
- 800 grams of rye bread;
- 100 grams of dried mint.
Cut rye bread and dry in the oven. Pre-washed and dried barley fry in a pan until golden brown. Boil the juice in advance and put all the ingredients in a little cold. Leave the mixture at a temperature of 22-24 degrees for fermentation for three days. Next, it is necessary to strain it, pour it into a specially prepared container and put it to cool. You can enjoy the divine taste of a cool drink. Kvass prepared in this way can be safely stored for six months.
If you want to enjoy a healthy tonic drink, you need to spend quite a bit of time on it.
Cooking birch kvass at home is not a difficult process. If you want to enjoy a healthy tonic drink, you need to spend quite a bit of time on it. A good addition during the collection of birch nectar is a walk through the forest and enjoying its beauty. And you will be sure that the birch kvass is made exclusively from natural ingredients.