The Beginners Guide to Milk Kefir
Milk kefir is a thick tangy flavored milk that has been fermented and is loaded with probiotics that help heal the gut flora. Learn how to make this healthy fermented kefir with this super easy tutorial. Kefir is a great way to get started with fermenting foods because it is so simple and easy. It’s hard to mess up.
Benefits of Milk Kefir
Kefir is loaded with gut healing probiotics. The modern lifestyle we have taken on with eating non-organic meats, processed sugars and foods, and the taking of antibiotics have ruined the healthy bacteria in our gut. Having a lack of good bacteria in our digestive tract can increase progressive diseases and lower the immune system.
Tips for Making Milk Kefir
- Kefir grains multiply quickly when fed regularly with milk. So you can give the extra grains away to friends, feed them to your chickens, or even put them in your compost.
- When you first get your grains it will take time for them to adjust after being shipped.
- Kefir grains last a long time.
- The whey will separate from the milk in the fermenting process.
- The length of time it takes for the grains to ferment will depend on the temperature of your home. The cooler your home is the longer the fermenting process will take and the warmer it is the faster it will ferment.
- Milk Kefir Grains
- Raw Milk but store bought milk works too.
How to Make Milk Kefir
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of grains in a mason jar.
- Fill the jar with milk 2 inches below the rim.
- Cover with cheesecloth or paper towel and rubber band.
- Let the milk sit on the counter until the desired sourness and thickness is reached, 12-36 hours.
- Strain the grains from your milk kefir cover with a plastic lid and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
You can drink your kefir plain or use it to make smoothies, dressings, mayo and so much more. Either start a new jar of kefir or store the grains in the milk in the fridge. Kefir is a great way to add healthy gut healing probiotics to your diet. For a dairy free options try water kefir. What are some of your favorite ways to use kefir? Let us know in the comments down below.