Burakovyi kvas (fermented beet juice)

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 pounds Beets
3 tablespoons Coarse rock salt kosher not table due to additives in it.
1 slice Sourdough bread
2 quarts Water; up to 3 maybe needed
1 Square cheesecloth and strin
1 gallon Glass jar or stone crock
4 quarts Jars; or
8 pints Jars

Scrub beets, pare and cut into quarters. Place in a clean jar or crock and sprinkle with the salt. Boil the water and pour into the jar. Cook, add the bread to aid in the fermentation, cover with the cheesecloth and tie with the string. Set in a cool place to ferment for about 1 week. (Do not do this in hot humid weather; it will decompose, not sour.) Remove any mold as it appears. Flavor develops in 1 to 2 weeks. Remove the bread, mold, and cheesecloth. Taste.

It should be sourish but mild, not brackish. Pour into clean dry jars and cover, keeping it refrigerated until ready to use. It will keep well in the refrigerator.

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