How To Make Kefir
Monday, March 27th, 2017
How to make kefir:
In today’s video you will learn how simple it is to make kefir both dairy and non-dairy.
Also added in here is a vegan recipe for sunflower seed and flax vegan yogurt, for those who are intolerant to dairy!
Ingredients used in the 3 videos:
- kefir grains
- blended sunflower seed and flaxseed soaked for a day
- dried apricots
- kefir grains sitting in cow’s milk
Benefits of kefir:
- full of probiotics
- good for those with lactose intolerance
- helps you digest milk probiotics
If you can’t drink straight milk, sometimes kefir is just fine.
Kefir is one of the top promoted products by health enthusiasts, BUT ONLY if you make it at home. The reason for this is the starter that is used in an industrial environment is a powdered culture that is a mono culture and its added to milk and it sits for 24-48 hours and you end up with a sterile environment.
Kefir grains are made up of some bacteria and some yeast and one of the bacteria produces cellulose and they hang out and live in the granules and then you put them, about 1 tablespoon in the milk or coconut water, put in a jar and let it ferment somewhere warm for 24-48 hours.
Probiotic rich, delicious and a little sour with about 1% alcohol
Key component- get your hands on real kefir grains so you aren’t using starter cultures.
Key is to get your hand on real kefir grains, not a starter culture because the starter does not have the same benefits.
This is me about to plop kefir grains into a fresh jar of raw milk.
Apricot Fizz Kefir:
Take a jar and add 1/2 cup apricot and 1/2 cup of water and add 1 tsp- 1 tbsp of kefir grains, put the lid on it and let sit for 24-48 hours.
If your grains were kept in the fridge beforehand your apricot fizz kefir will need the 48 hours to ferment.
The finished product will taste like an apricot soda, so delicious!
Sunflower Seed Flax Yogurt:
This is very versatile and can be used as a sour cream, you can add onions to it or use it on crackers and add spices.
Sunflower seeds and flax seeds have been soaked for a day and then blended in the blender to make a paste.
Then you need to thoroughly rinse the kefir grains and get all of the milk off of them.
Add the kefir grain that have been thriving in the cows milk.
Once cleaned off, plop them into the sunflower and flaxseed mixture.
Put a lid on it and let it sit for 24-48 hours.
Rule of thumb for making kefir: Use 1/4 of liquid to a tbsp of kefir grains. This is not an exact science.
TIP- After awhile of the kefir grains being out of the milk they tend to look sad, add them to some milk and they will plump back up again.
I have eleven more (free) videos at http://fermentationist.com/make-kefir/ if you want to learn how to make more probiotic-rich fermented foods!!!
Comment below with any questions you have about kefir. What is your favorite way to drink kefir?