I never knew what Kefir was until one of my training clients told me about it a couple years ago. I started buying it in the store but I heard it wasn’t hard to make at home, and any time that I can get something without all the added preservatives and additives I prefer to do so.
I had read how to make kefir before but it wasn’t until my cousin offered me some of her kefir grains that I actually was ready to try it.
So what is kefir?
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that has some fabulous health benefits and is full of probiotics. It is known to greatly help your beneficial bacteria in your gut, which helps your immune and digestive system. It is similar to yogurt but contains different types of bacteria, has a different consistency and has a more tart taste, and is easier to make than yogurt. Here is a great article on yogurt and kefir differences.
How to make your own kefir: (this is just the basics, I’m not a kefir expert… Yet.)
1. Get kefir grains. You can purchase grains online (check out Amazon or at Kombucha Kamp) and they will be shipped to you. You can also ask if any of your friends make kefir, because if they do, after a little time they will have grains to get rid of.
2. Place grains in a glass/jar of milk (organic whole milk is best), then let sit on counter at room temperature. Cover the jar with something breathable like a paper towel or mesh cloth to keep any unwanted visitors in your kefir. It usually takes 24-48 hours for the kefir to ferment. Summer here in Florida is hot, and mine typically are ready in about 20 hours.
You can drink kefir straight, but it’s a little tart. My favorite way is to blend it up with strawberries to add some sweetness. You can add it to smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, make fruit Popsicles out of it and more.
Many people who can’t do dairy very well can still tolerate kefir, but there are several non dairy alternatives. Popular ones use coconut milk or water. I am going to try one of those kind next to see what I think. I don’t like to include much dairy in my diet, so either would be a good alternative.
Have you ever tried kefir? Do you make some of your own? I would love to hear your favorite way to eat/drink this beneficial food!