I have a bomb. It’s on the kitchen counter. I’m very worried.
My wonderful, dear neighbor gave me a jar of water kefir grains. I was very excited. I’ve wanted to try making water kefir for a long time but I’ve been too much of a cheapskate to actually purchase the grains. Water kefir is basically fermented water. Kefir grains are crystals of probiotic bacteria that ferment sugar water into a glass of pure digestive delight. So when my neighbor gave me some of her kefir grains, I was very excited.
However, I have no idea how to care for water kefir grains. Hence, the bomb on my kitchen counter.
In my typical too busy way of life, I set aside the jar and said to myself, Self, when I have time I will google water kefir. Uh-huh. Well, I didn’t. And the thing with bacteria is that they continue to ferment and the fermentation process involves off-gassing. And this is happening inside a sealed mason jar that is now too pressurized for me to open (where’s a man when you need one?).
So I’m hoping someone will get home before the jar explodes and I’m hoping I haven’t ruined my water kefir. The saga to be continued…