a jar of freshly made kefir

How to Make Kefir

If you haven’t come across Kefir yet, we highly recommend you do! It’s simple to make this nourishing probiotic drink and it is far more beneficial than the supermarket brands, plus a hell of a lot cheaper! This is unbelievably beneficial to our intestinal health, immune and nervous system. You can even enjoy kefir if you are lactose intolerant, as the bacteria in kefir will break down everything in the milk for you… the lactose, proteins, fats, and vitamins and minerals, making it easy for your body to digest and absorb all the nutrients.

Humans contain more bacteria than human cells. They are essential to keeping us alive. Out of the many hundreds of kinds of bacteria that live inside us, many of them are found in our gut. That’s because the gut is where most of our immune system is located. You need plenty of good bacteria to overcome the bad ones. As long as that happy balance remains inside, things are fine.

Yet modern day living can wreak havoc on our immune… stress, excess alcohol, antibiotics, excess sugars and refined carbohydrates are just some of the things that can destroy our good bacteria.

What you’ll need to make Kefir:

  • 1 pint whole cow or goats milk (preferably raw milk or pasteurised whole milk)
  • 1 pint sized (or bigger) glass jar
  • plastic strainer
  • plastic or wooden spoon
  • plastic or glass bottle

Sterilise the jar with hot water and allow to cool.

Place natural kefir grains in jar. Add the fresh milk. Close lid, ensuring it is fitted tightly.

Place jar in room temp and away from direct sunlight.This is found to be the best environment for kefir fermentation.

Leave for 1-2 days. The longer you leave it, the more zesty the taste.

Separate the kefir milk from the grains: Using a plastic sieve and spoon, pour out the mixture into a clean plastic or glass bottle. Do not allow the grains to come into contact with metal. The remaining kefir grains caught by the strainer can and should be used for your next batch of kefir making.

The liquid you strained onto the cup is now your kefir. You can drink this right away, or refrigerate it for later. One shot of kefir per day will have a significant positive impact on your digestive health.

Now, you can either start the process over again straight away, or allow the grains to rest for a few days in a little cold water or milk. Just put in the refrigerator. Rest the grains every few weeks to get the best from them.

One batch of Kefir can last a lifetime, if you look after them!

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