Make Your Own Kefir

If you do dairy, you’ve got to try kefir.  In case you’re not already familiar with it, kefir [pronounced kef-EER] is a tasty and healthy cultured drink you can make yourself from raw milk.

To make your own, you’ll need some kefir grains.  These can be found online or from any friends you have who make their own kefir.  (This is because the grains reproduce and so by making kefir you end up making even more kefir grains!)  We found them available online at Amazon as well as at G.E.M. Cultures and there’s even a site called livekefirgrains.com!

We like to follow the basic plan laid out by Jessica Prentice in her enjoyable book Full Moon Feast:

Find a clean 16-ounce jar and place just under one tablespoon of kefir grains inside.  Then pour 12 ounces of raw milk over the grains and set the jar aside in a warm spot where it can culture for the next 24 hours or so.

The kefir will go through various stages and consistencies as it cultures.  We like ours (like Jessica) when it’s yogurtlike.  This is usually about 24 hours into the process.

When it’s ready, just strain the kefir into a bowl and remove the grains.  You can usually just take them and put them immediately to use again making kefir.  You can also harvest the extra grains produced, and rinse them so they’re available to use in other projects (like ale, beer, or mead) or to give as gifts to your friends who are ready to start their own culture!

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