I like to ferment veggies. I think it’s pretty cool to do & it’s cheaper than buying fermented veggies at a store or from someone else who is making them in their kitchen just as easily as I can. Fermented vegetables are a great way to get probiotic support into your dog. Fermented beet juice also is known as Beet Kvass. Fermented beet juice is known to boost immune system function, cleanse the blood, and provide support for allergies and digestive problems.
Fermented Beets & Fermented Beet Juice for Dogs
One of my favorite ways to feed fermented vegetables in a meal is by soaking (marinating) meat chunks in the fermented juice or infusing the fermented vegetables into a meat grind. Both are great ways to do it. Note: Feeding the actually fermented beet should be done infrequently and as a treat. Fermented beets can still hold a lot of sugar in them. The fermented juice is an awesome probiotic and support food for leaky gut in dogs. A 2015 animal research study confirms the gastrointestinal benefits of lacto-fermented beetroot juice, showing it helps improve gut microbiota and metabolic activity. To learn more about the benefits of fermented beets for dogs you can head over to Dr Mercola’s article here.
My Beet Juice for Dogs Recipe
Everybody has their own way to ferment veggies. If I’m making a strictly for humans batch then I DO use sea salt or Himalayan salt because it tastes better and I want my family to actually consume the fermented vegetables and juice. However, when I’m fermenting veggies for dogs I don’t want to give them any added salt. For the beet kvass I make for dogs; I use a sauerkraut that has some low levels of sodium already in it.
Cut organic red beets into cubes (I do clean my beets first) & put them into an airtight glass jar
Pour in enough filtered water to cover the beet
Add 3 tbsp of sauerkraut juice *It’s okay if kraut strands get into the juice
Optional: Add a pinch of sea or Himalayan salt and shake (the kraut I use has low sodium in it)
Seal jar with airtight lid and shake. Set on countertop fermenting for 3-5 days
*This is good refrigerated for 20 days
Every day at about the same time of day, you want to “burp” your beets. Slowly open the airtight lid and once you hear the gas escape you can re-seal the jar and give it a gentle shake.
Tip: If you feel like your beet juice needs a boost you can add a bit more sauerkraut juice or a pinch more of salt, shake and re-seal.
Tip: If your beet juice develops a film or a scum on the top of it, you can skim it off with a plastic spoon.
When is it ready? Your fermented beet juice is ready when you see bubbles on the top and the color has deepened to a deep reddish/purple.