Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Enzyme Drink


After stuffing our faces with Christmas and Chinese New Year grub, I think tis the perfect season to stop the binge-ing. The same time last year, I made me some orange enzyme from the overabundance of Chinese New Year oranges and ever since then, I was determined to make some edible enzymes.

This week, I went by the supermarket to get some lemons and organic sugar after daddio and mumsy bequeathed grateful me with some gorgeous super sweet Sarikei pineapples. I now share the how-to with you guys  :)

Ingredients
3 Lemons
2 Pineapples  
(I used 3 Sarikei pineapples as they are rather small)
300g Organic Crystal Brown Rock Sugar

Things You'll Need :
An airtight large-ish glass canister

Prepare :
  1. Wash your glass canister with soap and boiling hot water. Set it out to air-dry.
  2. Remove skin and eyes from pineapple - use a clean and dry chopping board.
  3. Cut the pineapples into small pieces.
  4. Slice the lemons into rings.

Layering :
* Ensure that your hands are clean and the canister is dry.
  1. Place the pineapples in a single layer onto the base of the canister.
  2. Arrange some lemons on top the pineapples.
  3. Distribute some rock sugar onto the lemons.
  4. Repeat these layering steps until all ingredients are used up (I repeated this layering process 4 times).
  5. The fruits should not exceed 3/4 of the canister (this is to leave some space for the release of gases during the fermentation process).
  6. Shut the lid tight.

* Store at room temperature in a cool dry place.

* For the first week, shake the canister on a daily basis to mix the contents. Untighten the lid each time after shaking contents to release the fermentation gases.

* After the first week, keep the lid shut and only release the gases on a weekly basis.

The Pineapple and Lemon Enzyme can be consumed after 30 - 40 days. Into glass bottles, sieve the contents through a funnel to separate the liquid from the fruit. Once bottled, the enzyme can be stored at room temperature.

To Drink : Before each meal, consume 1 tablespoon of Enzyme, with or without water.


Pineapple Enzyme Health Benefits :

Low in fat and cholesterol, pineapple enzymes are loaded with vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. Here's some additional health benefits :

It helps to build healthy bones. Pineapple enzymes are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for your body to build bone and connective tissues.

Strenghtens gums to make it through the years .

Pineapple enzymes contain a magnitude of beta-carotene that is good for the eyes and vision. Studies show that drinking a cup of pineapple enzymes a day may lower your chance of getting age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in older folks.

Aids in relieving painful osteoarthritis : Bromelain is considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Coughs and Colds: Loaded with Vitamin C, the bromelain present in pineapples helps in suppressing coughs and loosen mucus.

Digestion: The bromelain aids in digestion. Eating one slice of pineapple after each meal will reduce gas, bloating, nausea, constipation and the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Fresh pineapple juice also aids in removing intestinal worms.

Sinusitis and Bronchitis: Bromelain has been shown helpful for upper respiratory tract infections such as Sinusitis and Bronchitis. Bromelain helps in reducing nasal inflammation and break up the mucus in the nasal, sinus and respiratory area.

Blood Clots: Reduces the risk of blood clots due to the bromelain present in the fruit enzymes and thereby preventing heart problems.

[source for health benefits: www.enzyme.com.my]

1 comment:

Oogamy said...

That's great, now I know those pines are well taken care of, haha!
x

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