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Kefir: What It Is and Its Many Uses

Kefir seems to be a trending topic right now. What is it, and what do you use it for? Read on for interesting facts about kefir and inspiration on how to use it

Kefir: What It Is and Its Many Uses

Kefir (kuh-feer) is a cultured beverage made from fermented milk, usually cow's milk. However, you can also use goat's milk, sheep's milk, or nut milk to make kefir. Another variation is kefir water. Kefir water is made from water or coconut water and kefir grains.

Kefir health benefits

The hype around kefir has to do with the probiotics and yeasts it contains. Probiotics help to populate your gastrointestinal tract (GIT) with beneficial bacteria. We chatted about the benefits of probiotics briefly in the post about gut-healthy foods.

How to Make Kefir

There are many kefir beverages and products available in health stores and supermarkets. However, armed with some good quality kefir grains, you can make your own kefir yogurt at home! Kefir granules are grain-like colonies of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. They look similar to cauliflower florets. Where to find kefir grains near me? You can buy kefir grains online, at health food stores, and even in some supermarkets.

Here is the step-by-step for how to make kefir milk:

  1. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of kefir grains into a clean and dry jar. More grains will result in a faster culture process.
  2. Add about 500 ml of milk to the jar. Milk from grass-fed cows is ideal.
  3. Leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space at the top of the jar and seal with the lid.
  4. During the next 12 - 36 hours, the microorganisms in the kefir grains multiply and ferment the sugars (mostly lactose) in the milk.
  5. The mixture is ready when it starts to thicken and look clumpy.
  6. Strain the liquid from the granules. There you have it — your very own DIY kefir.
  7. You can now add your grains to another batch of milk and start the process again.

Recipes with Kefir

Due to the fermentation process, kefir has a slightly tart flavor, similar to yogurt. The best way to use kefir is in healthy smoothie recipes. For breakfast on the run, simply blitz up your favorite fruits with kefir, a bit of lemon juice, and a drizzle of honey. For a healthier alternative, you can substitute kefir for milk or buttermilk in baking recipes such as devil’s food cake and blueberry muffins. However, some of the nutritional value of the kefir is lost when it is heated. Some more kefir recipe inspiration:

  • If you have any smoothie leftovers, pop them in a popsicle mold to make yummy (and healthy) ice pops for the kids!
  • Make a healthy and delicious dipping sauce for chicken kebabs. Add chopped herbs, a pinch of salt, and a grind of pepper to a cup of kefir yogurt. Drizzle over your kebabs just before serving.
  • Try this nutritionally dense avocado and kefir salad dressing: Add 1 avocado, ½ cup of kefir milk, ¼ fresh lemon juice, 2 cloves of garlic, ¼ cup green onion, ½ cup fresh herbs, ½ cup olive oil, salt, and pepper to your blender. Combine until smooth. Et voila! A delicious salad dressing with heaps of goodness.
  • Make a refreshing drink by infusing coconut water kefir, lime leaves, and ginger.

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