1 package hydrated kefir grains
1/2 cup organic sugar
1-2 tablespoons molasses
1 pastured egg shell, rinsed clean
1 cup diced fruit
Note: do not use tap water, it will kill your kefir grains; do not use Brita water, it doesn't remove flouride and other toxins that can kill your kefir grains
1. Fill a half gallon glass jar with filtered water. Now pour a little of the water out into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add sugar to boiling water, stirring until sugar dissolves, and then pour sugar-water back into the jar to fill it up again.
2. Add molasses to the jar of water and stir with a wooden spoon to mix in. Gently add water kefir grains and egg shell.
3. Cover with a dish towel or cheesecloth to keep out dust and bugs and so the kefir can breathe.
4. Let sit on the counter for 1-2 days. Then, pour contents through a strainer into a new jar. Discard egg shell. Reuse kefir grains for your next batch.
5. With the strained kefir in the new jar, you can now choose a fruit to flavor the kefir. I like using strawberries. Add diced fruit to kefir jar, cover again, and let sit at room temperature for 1 more day.
6. Remove cover and replace with a screw top lid. Leave at room temperature for a couple of hours to build up fizziness. Place in refrigerator to stop the fermentation process.