Kefir is a wonderful, pro-biotic liquid that is so easy to make! When it’s finished, it has a sweet yogurt/buttermilk-type smell and can be used on cereal, for smoothies or enjoyed as a drink. It’s so incredibly versatile and useful, more about that in a minute.
When you open the package, you’ll find a little paper envelope that your kefir grain are in. Carefully open it as you read the directions.
First, start with re-hydrating the grain. You’ll add one cup of milk to the grain and just let it sit on the counter in a glass container (I like Mason jars), for 4-7 days.
You can use cow’s or goat’s milk. I’ve been using our goat’s milk, obviously. Every morning, the milk must be rinsed out and replaced it with fresh milk (throwing the old milk away) during the re-hydration process.
Just strain out the kefir grains, wash your container out really well with hot soapy water, cool the jar with cold water, put the grains back in, add your cup of milk and you’re done! Just cover loosely with cellophane. I mark on a sheet of paper nearby what day I’m on.
As the cultures grow, they look like little cauliflower. They continue to grow, soon you’ll have enough to share with your friends.
Once the kefir grain has completely developed (again 4-7 days, depending upon environment), your kefir grain is ready to be used regularly.
The kefir grain can then be added to milk and used within 24-48 hours. You will want to sniff your kefir after the first 24 hours and decide if it’s about the strength you want. I like my kefir at the 24 hour point, however, you may like it a bit stronger. If that is the case, let it sit another day and repeat the sniff test.
Once you’ve reached the thickness and aroma you desire, strain the kefir grains and enjoy your kefir! Then you can start over again. It’s easy and pretty much effortless.
Need more ideas for what to do with kefir? “Cultures for Health” has a wonderful little recipe book, free when you sign up for their very informative newsletter. I use and recommend it. Today, the newsletter has a recipe for “Chocolate Kefir Bread“. Works for me!
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Have you ever tried kefir? Ever thought about it?