This is a repost from 2013. We are still making kefir, using our goat milk and love our kefir cheese!
I wanted to explain how easy it is to make Kefir. I read and read about doing it, but having a friend actually show me in her kitchen made it much less intimidating.
Did I mention it is delicious? Especially with a little
ground up Organic Sucanatand fruit on top? =)
|Lexie’s first time trying kefir- she LOVED it!|
First, what you need to make kefir is some milk kefir grains
So, you need:
- a jar
- a coffee filter
- a rubber band
- kefir grains
1) Put your kefir grains in the jar
2) add the 2 cups or so of milk.
3). Cover with the coffee filter, secured by the rubber band, and let it sit for about 24 hours (24-36 hours is average. (the purpose of the filter is to keep bugs, namely fruit flies, out but still allow the fermentation process the air it needs.)
Leave the jar sitting on the counter to do its thing- try not to have it near fruit or other foods you have that are fermenting. You can also put it on top of the fridge or something, but I would forget it up there ….
The longer you leave it after 24 hours, the tangier and fizzier it becomes! FUN! And, if ever you leave it too long (which I have done) you just sorta scrape off the top layer of really thick stuff, and continue on like normal.
|You can sorta see the whey starting to form “pockets” in there … that’s how you know it’s working! Sometimes it will start at the top, other times at the bottom .. the grains sorta have a mind of their own. =)|
over a bowl, so you can separate out the grains.5) When you are done, you will have your little grains in the strainer, and in the bowl you will have kefir! Put your kefir in a jar and place in the fridge, or go ahead and use it.
We like our kefir in smoothies, as a drinkable yogurt, and as “frozen treats,” (aka smoothie’s frozen into popsicle forms). You can also flavor kefir in a second fermentation (like you would kombucha tea). Learn more about that here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/second-fermentation-milk-kefir
So, people joke about kefir grains being like pets … and they kinda are.
You have to keep them alive…. BUT HAVE NO FEAR! They are so easy to keep alive.
If ever you want to take a break from making kefir, just put them in a jar or bowl, in the fridge and feed them milk every few days or so. They need the sugars from the milk to stay alive.