How to Make Milk Kefir
You will need some milk kefir grains to get started. You may find some at your local health food store or you can buy organic milk kefir grains on Amazon at a reasonable price.
Once you have your grains, follow these steps:
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of kefir grains to a glass jar
- Fill the jar with around 500 ml of fresh cow’s milk (organic if possible) or other milk of your choice
- Cover loosely
- Put to one side, stirring occasionally to ensure good distribution of the grains
- After 24 hours remove the grains and start another batch!
Reusing Kefir Grains
You will need to strain out the grains each time you make a batch of kefir milk, and for this it is best to use a plastic or cloth sieve as metal can destroy those health giving probiotics! Some people advise not washing the grains with water but simply allowing the liquid to drain off the grains.
Amazon sells a strainer specificaly designed for use with kefir.
There are a number of other variations to the above method of making kefir that you will find on the Internet, some of them resulting in very thick creamy kefir which looks wonderful!
Once made, you can drink it as is, add fruit powders for flavour, pour it over cereal, or use it to make kefir cream cheese.
Storing Milk Kefir Grains
Don’t panic at the thought of being swamped by massive amounts of Kefir grains! There are ways of handling their increasing production:
- You can freeze the grains at intervals and they will be preserved until you need them again
- You can dehydrate the grains
- You can dehydrate the kefir and make a powder to add to a multitude of dishes
- Make Kefir cream cheese (similar to cream cheese, easy and delicious!)