How to Make Rejuvelac
Rejuvelac requires a few days to make because you need to first sprout some grains, then allow the culture to take place, and that requires a few more days. So, depending on the temperature in your home, you should allow about 4-7 days to fully culture the liquid. But, once made, Rejuvelac will keep for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator and you will have a great chance to make a lot of cheese during that time.
This is the method I first-learned from Miyoko Schinner, perhaps one of the best authorities on making vegan cheese.
Yield: about 1 1/4 liter (5 cups)
200 grams (1 cup) whole wheat grains
1 1/2 liters (1 1/2 quarts) water
- Begin by soaking the grains in a 1-liter glass jar. Add enough water to completely cover the grains, then place a towel over the mouth of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Allow the grains to soak for about 8-12 hours.
- Drain, then add just enough water to moisten the grains without completely immersing them in the water.
- Put the jar in a warm place out of the direct sunlight for 1-3 days. Rinse the grains once or twice per day by draining them and moistening again. Each time, make sure to add enough fresh water to just moisten the grains.
- Continue this process until the grains have begun to sprout – they will have little tails emerging.
- To culture the grain liquid, divide the sprouted grains equally between to 1-liter glass jars. Pour 750 ml. (about 3-cups) water into each jar. Cover each jar with a clean towel and secure it with a rubber band. Put the jars in a warm place out of direct sunlight for 1-3 days. The water will turn a bit cloudy and the liquid will have a slightly tart flavor. When this happens, your task is finished. Strain the liquid into a clean jar and discard the grains.
- Keep refrigerated. After a day or so, the Rejuvelac will take on a noticeable cheesy aroma. This will intensify as you age the liquid.
Jack’s Fresh Tip
Make sure the whole grains are not shelled or pre-soaked. This will affect their ability to sprout and you will end up wasting your time.
You can also use other grains to make Rejuvelac. Brown rice, Quinoa, Rye, Kamut, etc. Personally, I think the wheat grains tend to work the best in creating a strong culture.