Fermented foods seem to be the rage right now. Because I love cooking and playing in the kitchen, I had to jump on the fermenting bandwagon. As part of my fermenting experiment, I began reading about kefir. I had no idea what it was and kept reading more and more about it so decided I had to try it.
As I was researching kefir, I found many claims for health benefits and while I’m not real sure what’s true and what’s hype, I am convinced that it is healthy enough that it’s worth making and worth drinking. Please do your own research and see if it’s something you might want to try. This site has a lot of good info and might be a good starting place if you’re interested in reading more.
First, I bought a few “kefir smoothies” . . the already made kind in the dairy section of the grocery store. We had never tasted kefir and I wanted to be sure it was something we liked. They were delicious. Kefir is a fermented milk and a “starter” called kefir grains is used to start the process. The next step was to find kefir grains.
They aren’t really grains but more like a cottage cheese looking substance. To make the kefir, I poured about 1-1/2 cups of whole milk over them, placed a coffee filter over the jar and let it sit at room temp for about 24 hours. During the 24 hours, I gently stirred the milk a few times.
The next step, after the fermentation period, was to strain out the kefir grains and the milk was fermented and ready to be used. I’ve read that it’s best to use utensils that are not metal. Therefore, I make and store the kefir in glass jars, use a plastic spatula for stirring and a plastic strainer for draining.
The grains grow with each batch and soon I’ll have enough grains to make a second batch of kefir. As soon as the grains are strained out, they can go into another batch.
My grains were ordered from Yemoos Nurturing Cultures and you can read more about making kefir on their website. I find it all very interesting!
This morning I added a little honey to the kefir, a banana and a grape, and a little freshly rolled oats, and we had it like a smoothie. We’re feeling so healthy! 🙂