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…