How to make Kefir

What is Kefir? 

Kefir is a fermented, cultured milk drink that originates from Eastern Europe / Western Asia. It is quite tart and has a sour taste – similar to yogurt. The ferentation process leaves you with carbon dioxide, which can add a slight fizz to the Kefir. Kefir is rich in probiotic bacteria (good bacteria) and is an excellent source of calcium.

Benefits of Kefir? 

  • Improves Digestive Health
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Fights Harmful Bacteria
  • Fights Cancer
  • Increases Bone Density
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Helps Detox

How to make Kefir? 

What you will need:

  • A glass jar
  • A breathable cover for the glass jar such as a towel, kitchen roll or a paper cup filter
  • A band to secure the cover on the jar
  • A non-metal stirring utensil
  • A fine mesh plastic strainer in order to remove the grains from the finished Kefir

Ingredients:

  • Cow Milk (we recommend our organic raw milk)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of active Milk Kefir Grains

Instructions to make Kefir:

  1. Transfer the active kefir grains into up to 4 cups of fresh milk.
  2. Cover with a coffee filter or tea towel secured by a rubber band or jar ring.
  3. Place in a warm spot, 20-30°c, to culture.
  4. Culture until milk is slightly thickened and aroma is pleasant. This generally takes 24 hours, but can take less time in warmer temperatures, so keep an eye on your grains.
  5. After the milk changes texture and culturing is complete, separate the kefir grains from the finished kefir.
  6. Place the kefir grains in a new batch of milk.
  7. Store the finished kefir in the fridge.

Some tips:

  • As your grains grow in size, it may be possible to remove them by hand. Make sure your hands are clean but make sure not to use anti-bacterial soap so you don’t contaminate the culture.
  • If your Kefir isn’t too thick, you may opt to strain the grains instead.
  • Your Kefir may curd if it gets too thick, making it difficult to strain. Try using a silicone spatula or plastic spoon to help the Kefir through the strainer in this case.

 

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