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Now, for every growler returned to our facility, or to our vans, we donate $.50 toward Ontario Beekeepers Association’s bee protection and advocacy fund! Together, we are making a difference!

This growler has been around three times, raising $1.50 for Ontario’s bees, just this one bottle! All bottles are washed and sterilized, before reuse. This survivor is shown with our latest thank you — a thank you to every one who returned bottles — !!

Hearty Soups Made with Water Kefir!

There are a million delicious things you can cook with wine, but after a while all that wine gets expensive, and that’s not even including the wine to drink with your food!  What can you use that’s more affordable and just as delicious?

Water kefir, of course!

Our tibicos drink is fermented like wine and can be used as a substitute for wine while cooking.  It is delicious in soups and sauces, or even as a marinade.  We’ve put together a few recipes for you to try out:

 

Pasta e Fagliole (serves six)

*With a bonus pork rib meal!

 

This pasta, tomato, and pork soup is an Italian classic!  The recipe traditionally calls for white wine, but water kefir is just as delicious.

 

Ingredients:

Rack of pork ribs

6 cups water

2 tablespoons rosemary

1 can beans (cannellini is traditional, but we used black beans)

2 cups egg noodles

1 bottle tomato sauce

2 bottles Original TibiBev water kefir/tibicos

1 cut onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 chopped beet

 

  1. First, you need to make the broth. We put the rack of pork ribs in the slow cooker and filled it with water about halfway.  We added rosemary and salt and cooked it on high for 8 hours. We had this as a meal by itself with some vegetables and then had dinner for two nights!  If you don’t like leftovers, you could make the broth the same day.  Place the meat and seasonings in a pot with about 6 cups of water.  Simmer at low boil for about 2 hours or until meat is tender.  Take the bones and gristle out of broth, but you don’t need to skim the fat out unless you would like.
  2. Flake the meat and remove the gristle. Place the remaining broth and meat in a pot and add 2 bottles of Original TibiBev water kefir/tibicos.  Heat at high simmer.
  3. Add the cut onions, carrots, and beet.
  4. Wash the canned beans and add to soup.
  5. Let simmer for five minutes and then increase heat to high until boiling.
  6. Once soup is at a rolling boil, add egg noodles.
  7. Reduce heat back to simmer.
  8. Once soup has stopped boiling, add tomato sauce. Let cook for five minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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French Onion Soup (serves two)

 

This is a soup that is loved all over the world, where the delicate, elegant onions meet cozy, hearty cheese and bread.  It’s incredibly easy to make at home and one of the best comfort foods available!

 

Ingredients:

2 bottles Original water kefir/tibicos

Salt

1 large onion (or 2 smaller onions)

4 slices of bread (or 2 croissants)

Cheddar cheese

 

  1. In a slow cooker, add 2 bottles of Original water kefir/tibicos and salt. Cut up the onions.  Cook on high for 5 hours.  If you wouldn’t like to use a slow cooker: place the ingredients in a pot and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. While the soup is cooking, put cheddar cheese on the toast or croissant and toast in the oven.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, place the grilled cheese toasts in the bottom of the bowls and spoon the soup on top.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Zesty Awesome Smoothie!

Zesty Awesome Smoothie

In a blender, place:

1)  32 ounces / 900 grams your favourite plain yoghurt

2)  10 ounces / 300 grams frozen raspberries

3)  a pinch of sea salt

4)  two bottles of Raw Tibicos RED PUNCH (24 ounces, or 700 ml)

Remember to put the lid on the blender, and blend for several minutes until smooth.

Enjoy with friends, or save it all for yourself . . .  !

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Electrolytes in Water Kefir

When it’s hot out, you need to stay hydrated.  And to do that, you reach for some water.  But are you replenishing the electrolytes your body lost through sweat?  Not with water, you’re not!

Water kefir contains those electrolytes and can help you feel much more hydrated and cool.  It’s like a natural, fermented sports drink.

Grab some water kefir and find out for yourself!

What’s the Difference Between Water Kefir and Kombucha?

A lot of times, when describing water kefir, people ask me, “Is it like kombucha?”. While they are both fizzy, non-alcoholic, gluten-free, fermented drinks there are some major differences.

To start, water kefir does not include tea and is therefore not caffeinated.  Also, our water kefir is always unpasteurized while the bulk of kombucha is pasteurized.  Our water kefir starts with less sugar than kombucha and therefore there is less chance for the drink to ferment into alcohol.  Kombucha has a more sweet and sour taste while our water kefir has a yeastier and maltier taste.  Kombucha is reputedly from Eastern Europe and water kefir is supposedly from Mexico.  And most importantly, our water kefir is cheaper than most kombucha!

Try some of our St. Michael’s or Raw Tibicos kefir and see the difference for yourself!

Sole in Water Kefir

‎Easiest recipe ever! Dover sole sautéed in about 1/4 bottle (about 2.5 ounces or about 80ml), with a splash of oil, salt, and lemon juice, to taste. Seen here accompanied by carrots and red rice! Delicious and quick — the sole remains moist and tender, without breading.

Bon Appétit!

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Social Media

Hello!  We’re so excited to announce a new bevy of social media.  We now have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for our Raw Tibicos and St. Michael’s brands.  We also have new websites for each brand!  You can find us at:

 

Raw Tibicos Facebook: Raw Tibicos

Raw Tibicos Twitter: @rawtibicos

Raw Tibicos Instagram: @raw_tibicos

Raw Tibicos Website: www.rawtibicos.ca

 

St. Michael’s Facebook: St. Michael’s Water Kefir

St. Michael’s Twitter: @stmichaelskefir

St. Michael’s Instagram: @stmichaelskefir

St. Michael’s Website: www.stmichaelskefir.ca