How you make your kefir and your kefir starter (grains) all have an effect on how your kefir will taste. There are many different ways to brew your kefir some folks are interested in growing the kefir grains to sell, while others like us just want the best tasting kefir for our personal use. i am going to show how we brew our kefir. This method will produce the best tasting kefir but will not allow your kefir grains to grow in size rapidly. There are no wrong ways to brew kefir it will depend on your taste buds and goals.
There are 2 types of kefir; milk kefir and water kefir. We make milk kefir because it's far more nutritious then the water kefir. I am lactose intolerant and have NO problem drinking the milk kefir. In fact, the kefir has allowed my digestive system to heal to the point I now can enjoy ice cream.
In order to make kefir you will need the live kefir starter, they are called live kefir grains. You can buy them on line or if you know someone who makes milk kefir you probably can get a starter. Also available are the starter grains in a powder form, most of the time these will only make kefir for a short period of time before you will need a new starter. Buy the live kefir grains, they will last forever, (they are a pet) as long as you feed them and take good care of them you can pass them on to your children.
- 2 glass quart jars with lids (we use half gallon jars)
- Plastic strainer
- Glass mixing bowl or large glass measuring cup
- Plastic large spoon to stir
- Milk (any type will work but I think whole milk taste best)
Placing the kefir into the fridge allows it to mellow in taste and will slow the fermentation process so it will not have a strong taste.
- After dinner we take the bottle of kefir that has not been strained it usually looks like the second picture with the whey at the bottom of the bottle and it's thick.
- Place the strainer over your glass container and pour the contents of the jar of kefir into the strainer. Give it a stir or shake, if it needs help going thru the strainer.
- Most of the kefir grains will stay in the strainer and the liquid that is dropping into the glass bowl is the kefir you will be drinking.
- Pour the strained kefir into a new jar with a lid and put it into the fridge so it will get cold and ready for consumption.
- The kefir grains in the strainer will be used to make the next batch of kefir. Place them into a clean glass jar and add milk to about 3/4 full.
- Your pets dogs and cats will also benefit from daily kefir, our dog Mike loves kefir and waits for his treat.
- To brew your new batch, place in a dark cupboard over night. It depends on the temperature in your home how fast it brews. In the summer since it's warmer it will take 8 - 10 hours. In the winter it may take up to 12 hours or more.
- In the morning we open the cupboard and check on the kefir. I will be thick and you will see the whey at the bottom of the jar broken out.
- Place it into the fridge until you need to brew another batch.
- Once your kefir grains have grown some, divide them so you have 2 jars going. Rotate them, that way in case you drop a jar or something happens you will still have your kefir starter grains.
- If you need to go out of town, add your grains to a large volume of milk and put into the fridge. They will be fine for a week or so. When you get back strain them and give them new milk to feed on.
- Make cheese, with your kefir.
- Add fresh fruit for smoothies, and honey for a sweet treat.
- Use the kefir like you would buttermilk in recipes.
- Makes a great ranch dressing!
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