Well-Being for Moms

Kefir


Prep Time

2-5 days depending on room temperature/season

Prep Notes

This is a homemade probiotic drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp kefir grains
  • fine mesh strainer

Directions

  1. In a glass container add kefir grains to milk. Place the lid on top loosely (it needs to "breathe"). 
  2. Let sit in a dark place at room temperature for 1-2 days in summer, more days in winter. Visually, solid parts will float to top and liquid stays at the bottom.
  3. Shake it and either strain right away or place in refrigerator until you have time for straining.
  4. Place a cup (ideally something you can close and store) underneath a fine mesh strainer and strain the kefir, using a spoon to help leave only the grain left in the strainer. 
  5. You will drink the thick smooth liquid in the cup.
  6. Store your kefir in the refrigerator. Probiotic potency goes down after about 2-3 days. (I like 2 days at room temperature in summer and then 1-2 days in fridge for a really nice spark.
  7. Plop the grains back in a cup of fresh milk. Repeat indefinitely. 

Notes

*The grains will grow. You may make a bigger batch of kefir or you can rest them by freezing them. When you want to use them again, you just place them back in milk and repeat process.

**Refrigeration slows the process. If travelling, you can place the kefir grains in 1 liter of milk and keep them like this for months. 

***I tried drying them too, but that didn't work for me, they went yellow and gradually died.


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