The first time that I tried kefir, I was not impressed at all. Its taste was too strong, and it was obvious that the drink has been fermenting for a while (or maybe for more than a while). For years I thought that I do not like kefir until one day one of my friends shared with me that she has discovered “a great yogurt drink, which is super healthy.”
At first, I did not even know that she was talking about kefir, so I tasted it, and…wow! I was surprised by the soft yoghurty-like sour taste. At that time, I did not know about the healthy functions of the kefir, so I decided to do some research on it. From then on, I am a big fan of kefir, and I even started making it at home. If you are curious already, the you will find the recipe below!
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How to make kefir?
Even if you are not a master in the kitchen, we are sure you will succeed in making kefir.
5 tablespoon cold kefir grains
1-litre cold milk
How to prepare it:
Put the kefir grains in a glass container, then pour the milk. (It is crucial that the kefir does not touch any metallic objects. Use only glass, plastic or ceramic containers, spoons, etc.) Cover with a towel (to block the access to sunlight) and let it sit (NOT in the fridge) for 12-48 hours. The time depends on the kefir grains that you have used for the specific batch and the temperature of the ambient. Check it on the 10th, 20th and/or 30th hour of fermentation. When it smells like mild yogurt: the kefir is ready. When it is ready, take the kefir grains out of the container and put in the fridge. If you notice that the kefir drink has any lumps, just put the drink in the blender, to make it homogenous.
- When the kefir has been in the fridge for a few hours, the water may separate from the thicker substance. This is totally normal, so just stir the kefir and drink it without any worries.
- It is not recommended to wash the kefir grains after each use. Just take out the grains from the first batch container and put it in the second batch container. This way, the consistency of the kefir will become thicker.
- Do not close the container when the kefir is fermenting, because it is essential that the air can circulate freely inside it.
How to store the kefir grains?
As the kefir grains grow in volume with every batch of kefir that you make, at some point, you will have too much, and you will need to store some of them (and maybe give them to somebody else).
When you take the grains out of the ready kefir drink, just wash them and place them in a clean container. Cover it with 1 part cold milk and 1 part cold water, close the container, and put it in the fridge. This way, you can store the kefir grains for up to 6 months.
What do kefir grains look like?
The healthy kefir grains are white and often look like cauliflower. There should not be any black or brown spots. If the grains are slimy, just wash them with cold water.
How to consume kefir?
If you have never tried kefir before, but you want to make it part of your diet, the specialists recommend that you gradually integrate it into your eating regime. As the kefir is very rich in all kinds of vitamins, probiotics and good bacteria, big amounts of it can cause bloating and cramps to people whose bodies are not used to it.