Homemade Kefir

KefirI made Kefir!!! My kefir live grains are reactivated and making kefir. It’s amazing how these small grains (pic #1) change milk into probiotic deliciousness.

“Milk Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with either milk kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Milk Kefir Grains (once active) can be used to culture dairy milk, coconut milk or water. Kefir grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The term “kefir grains”  describes the look of the culture only.”

I decided to buy kefir grains instead of continuing to buy kefir at stores or buying powered kefir mix because of the cost benefits and eco friendliness (less plastic containers). The kefir grains have an unlimited lifespan and can be reused for years (as long as you take care of them). Just 12-24 hours in milk and the kefir is ready. Then I just have to strain out the kefir grains and place them in fresh milk to restart the process.

I recommend checking out Cultures for Health for more information, tips and related products.

The difference between yogurt and milk kefir (Cultures for Health):

  • Yogurt and milk kefir contain different types of bacteria, each of which performs different tasks.
  • Yogurt – the beneficial bacteria help keep the digestive tract clean and provide food for the friendly bacteria found in a healthy gut. They pass through the digestive tract and are called transient bacteria. This chart lists the bacteria strains found in each of our yogurt starters.
  • Milk kefir – the beneficial bacteria can actually colonize the intestinal tract. Kefir also contains a lot larger range of bacteria, as well as yeasts. For more information, this article lists two reasearchers’ findings on the bacteria and yeast strains comprising milk kefir grains.
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