Since then I have been "making" homemade kefir every few days.
Not only is it delicious, filled with more probiotic power than yogurt (although we still do enjoy our homemade yogurt) and a great milk substitute, but it is so simple.
Here are a few ways we substitute our homemade kefir for milk:
- cereal and kefir
- a nice tall glass of kefir
- half milk and half kefir when mixing-up macaroni and cheese
Another way to enjoy kefir is
- drizzled over sliced and diced fresh fruit
|Kefir "grains," our pets with a purpose!|
So, first you would need to acquire kefir "grains*." They aren't grains... and science has never been able to reproduce them - the stuff sold in the grocery isn't true kefir. They have traditionally been given, not sold (although that's no longer true) and the origins date back further than your brain might believe. These little organisms grow rapidly, are alive (first pet anyone?!) and truly a gift of God!
Once kefir grains are acquired, pour some creamy organic whole milk over the grains, cover (no metal) and let sit for 12-24 hours. Because the kefir is fermenting the milk, the longer you wait the more curdled and sour your kefir will be. If you wait long enough, you can join Miss Muffet and chow on some curds and whey!
|Simple homemade kefir...much less involved than yogurt.|
Use a wooden spoon (or rubber or plastic, just not metal) to gently stir the grains to make sure I get as much kefir as possible. If a few grains fall into your kefir, no prob bob! The grains are super healthy for you and can be eaten, or you can fish them out and reunite them to their buddies (just make sure your hands are very clean!).
Here you can add a step of straining the kefir with cheesecloth to remove the whey - but we don't mind the whey and I love cutting out a step!
Put the kefir grains in a clean jar.
Pour more creamy yummy organic whole milk over your grains and cover (no metal).
Take the strained kefir and pour that into its own jar. This should last 2-3 days (some websites say 7-10 but it is usually gone before then anyway) in the refrigerator. I find it helpful to put a sticky note with the date strained on the jar.
We prefer our kefir chilled, and it pours over ice nicely. It also makes a great sort of filling snack for car rides and comes out of a sippy cup with no problem.
|Sippy cup friendly!|
|And the perfect bedtime snack.|
Have you had homemade kefir? Do you find homemade yogurt overwhelming?
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