KYF #020: Probiotic Fermented Beverages with Scott from Zukay (Giveaway!)

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Zukay Kvass Veggie Drinks


Scott and famiily

In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, you get to meet Scott Grzybek (pronounced Jibbek) from Zukay Live Foods. Zukay makes raw, fermented, delicious, and probiotic vegetable kvass beverages.

You all know how much I love fermenting and fermenting foods, so you can imagine what a treat it was for me to visit with him!

“We want to make the health benefits (and taste benefits) of raw, fermented vegetables available to everyone, and in ways people already eat and drink, so you can fit them into your daily diet real easily.” — Zukay

We talk about Scott’s family and his love for country life and fermenting and how he got started in the business of putting probiotic beverages into the daily life of people all over the country.

Prior to the interview, Scott had sent my family 4 bottles of kvass, and they were oh-so-delicious. My husband used the word “fresh” to describe them. When took my first taste, I was pleasantly surprised by the perfect sweetness (not too). Then I looked on the bottle ingredients and saw “raw green stevia” and I’m pretty sure the next word out of my mouth was “brilliant”.

As I told Scott during the podcast interview, I’m going to add stevia (Mountain Rose Herbs stevia) to my homemade kvass from here on out!

Yesterday I finally had the chance to see if our local grocery store, with a good health food section, carries Zukay. They don’t. I’m going to suggest that they do. đŸ˜‰

So here we go, you can listen to the podcast by pressing play above or below — and continue reading for links shared, resources for listener questions, and of course — the giveaway (where everyone wins! no joke).


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Listener Questions

Rhonda asked (via voicemail): how healthy are the green powders on the market and if she wants to make hers at home, can she dehydrate and powder leftover veggie scraps (especially greens)? Any preparations that need to be made?

Yes! Dark leafy greens and certain other veggies should be steamed and the water drained in order to reduce anti-nutrients. Then go on to dehydrate and then powder. I’ll work up a green veggie powder for the dehydrating class. (Thank you for the idea!) In the meantime, here are the veggies you’d want to cook a bit before drying. Dark greens such as spinach, chard, kale, beet greens, collard greens, and mustard greens contain oxalic acid which inhibits mineral absorption; steam and drain water to wash away this anti-nutrient. Some cruciferous and brassica vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, and Bok choy contain goitrogens which interfere with thyroid hormone production; lightly steam or roast before moving on.

Rhonda also asked (via voicemail): about sprouting seeds during the winter (beyond alfalfa). She especially mentioned broccoli.

I never had good results with broccoli sprouts, plus they gave me a tummy ache. Here’s the sprouting mix I mentioned (red clover, radish, and fenugreek). Here are a few other links I dug up from my archives (keep in mind I don’t do this much sprouting any more!):

Susan asked: If you had to decide between making yogurt or kefir with pasteurized milk which would you choose and why?

I would base my choice on the cow’s diet and breed. Here’s a post where I share my priorities: Choosing the Best Milk.

Thanks for the questions, Rhonda and Susan! :)

The Zukay Giveaway


This is an awesome giveaway because everyone can walk away a winner. No joke!

  1. 1 person wins a case of any 6 Zukay Kvass Beverages
  2. 10 people will win a free bottle coupon
  3. everyone can get a special book of 4 coupons that saves $5.50 off 7 bottles (see directions below)

Here’s how to enter.

To enter for the #1 or #2, use the widget below. Open to residents of the U.S. only.

To get #3, the special coupon book, visit Zukay on Facebook or the Zukay Live Foods website, and send them a message with your name and mailing address. They will not use your info for anything else ever again (Scott is a stickler for privacy) — but they need it to send you the coupon book.

If you have questions about any of this, please use my contact form (otherwise your questions will get buried in the comments).

This giveaway ends Sunday, February 17, 2013 at midnight. Best wishes everyone!

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Disclaimer: We received samples of Zukay kvass beverages, without any obligation of a favorable review. However, I can’t help but give a favorable review because they’re that good. This post and giveaway are sponsored by Zukay Live Foods.

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  1. says

    I’m Kvass-Curious. I’ve tried to make it at home, but the flavor was blah. Ho great, by the way, that more and more companies are making probiotic beverages.

  2. Tammy R. says

    Hard to pick just one but I think the Super Root Kvass sounds good. “Every root we could shove in a bottle!” LOL

  3. Stephanie says

    I love the beet and have the supergreens and root vegetables waiting for me to try. I will “eenie meenie miney mo” it tonight!

  4. Janine Wood says

    I am loving the sound of the super green kvass! My tummy doesn’t handle greens too well so I wonder if the fermenting process would make them easier for me to digest. Hope to get some!

  5. Erin says

    These all sound so awesome! I had no idea there was anything like this out there and my #1 “to do” is to ferment a variety of raw vegetables. Can’t wait to try these! Great to take ‘on the go’!

  6. Katie says

    I would love to try beet ginger. I searched for them near us and the nearest place that carries their stuff is a 2 hour drive. :( They need to get into the raleigh market! There are lots of foodies and health conscious people here.

  7. Jenika says

    Can BEET really taste good in a bottle?!? I would love to give it a try! Try as I may, I can’t make beets taste good!

  8. says

    OMG! I was just out at the Zukay website last night looking around (from some information I got at the Kitchen Stewardship blog yesterday). What a great website they have! I am so bummed that there are no local stores anywhere within 100 miles that carry their products. However, at least I can buy them online!

    I would love to try all of their fermented beverages – especially the beet kvass!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  9. Elle says

    I’ve had the beet ginger which is de-lish!!! Next, I would love to try the super root, as that’s definitely not something I’m going to make at home!

  10. Brandi says

    The beet ginger sounds tasty. I have read about their product before and thought of trying it and I just found out the other day that our health food co-op does carry it. :)

  11. says

    wow! They ALL sound delicious and intriguing! These are totally my kind of drinks! I would probably want to try Super Root or Beet Ginger, so hard to decide! Thank you for the chance to try win these.:)

  12. Dinika says

    Carrot ginger sounds delicious! But the super greens would be great for an energy boost in this last stretch of pregnancy.

    P. S. per his comment on child birth. The amazing thing is that after the baby is born, we forget all the pain because the joy is indiscribable as well! That’s why we want another one, and another, and another! I wonder if its te same in business? After all the pain of start up then you see success, would you do it again?

  13. says

    This looks really interesting. I have been working up to buying some water kiefer grains from cultures for health but I would love to try the kvass.

  14. Karin C. says

    I would try the Super Green Kvass-I am baby stepping my family and I into Nourishing Traditions fermented foods and just bought the GAPS diet book too, so I am very interested in more fermented foods with rich ingredients for my family! Thanks!

  15. Karen says

    The first time I tried Zukay was at the Mother Earth News Fair back in September. They
    were so good. I got another one to take home. I love the one with ginger included! they are all very good. Very impressed with their kvass.

  16. says

    Wardee, Thanks for the post. I’m excited to try them out. My daughter loves Kvass even more than I do! The Super Root Kvass sounds wonderful.

  17. Malisha Burns says

    I have tried to kvass a couple of times but it never comes out. I guess, I’ve never had one someone else made. This would be a great way to figure out what I’m aiming for.

  18. Erika Watkins says

    I have never tried kavass of any kind but would like to . . . have made kombucha before and like that . . .? Would try the original beet kavass and carrot ginger sounds good too!

  19. Cristin Jones says

    I’m trying to increase the amount of probiotics our family gets. I’d love to try this to see if we’d like to incorporate it regularly.

  20. Melissa says

    Oooh – I want the Beat Ginger, but I think my husband would love the Carrot Ginger. He’s a huge carrot juice fan. I finally got him hooked on kombucha, and I would love for him to embrace another fermented drink!

  21. says

    I had no idea they had so many flavors! I have seen Zukay at the Health Food Store but didn’t know too much about them – KYF really helped me learn more about who they are, what they do, and how they get their food. I would love to try their Carrot Ginger or Beet Ginger Kvass!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  22. Crystal says

    My family has tried zukay. The super green was very mild. What a great way to get the kids to drink their greens! I also tried the super gold this morning and found it to be an eye-opener. It was strong flavors but very tasty!

  23. Jennifer says

    I’ve been drinking this but the WF has a very limited selection! I want to try the beet ginger or the carrot ginger so bad! I kinda love ginger!

  24. JeriP says

    I would try Veggie Medley first. I do not like beets so thought all kvass would not be of interest to me. Perhaps I need to be a bit more adventurous. Thanks for an interesting podcast.

  25. says

    I haven’t ever tried any but the super greens looks wonderful, I would be most interested in trying the super root however since I have less of those in my current diet than the greens.
    Thanks for adding real food to the market!

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