So what is Kefir , you may wonder? Well, milk kefir is a very unique cultured milk product and most certainly one of the most probiotic-rich superfoods on the face of the planet and has incredible benefits and healing properties. It’s name originates from the Turkish word “keif” which means” good feeling!”
Kefir has been used in European and Asian folk medicine for centuries for many conditions it has been known to cure.
It is one of my favourite fermented beverages and I hope that after reading my article, you will consider including Kefir as part of your daily natural health regimen. Kefir boosts our immune system, remember that about 80% of our immune system is in our digestive tract. This nutrient- probiotic- rich drink definitely holds the key in improving health issues relating to the immune and digestive system. Tabbed as a “real food” of the 21st century, this probiotic food has as many as 30 beneficial strains of good bacteria which has the potential to fight against tumours, carcinogens, bacteria and so much more!
Milk kefir is made using starter grains, so these are living cultures, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast or SCOBY, forms grains that resemble Cauliflower and are somewhat gelatinous in texture.
However, these grains cannot be made or manufactured and therefore they are referred to as “real food.” No other milk culture forms grains, so this makes kefir very unique. This fermented drink is also suitable for lactose intolerant individuals like myself! It can be made from any type of milk such as goat, sheep, cow, soy , rice or coconut, even coconut water!
Some healing benefits of kefir:
- Boosts the immune system
- Probiotic powerhouse
- Potent antibacterial properties
- Improves bone strength and reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
- Fights against Cancer
- Generally tolerated by individuals who are lactose intolerant
- Helps with digestive issues
Types of Kefir:
For those of you who cannot tolerate dairy, you will feel happy knowing that there are types of kefir that offer probiotic-rich and many health benefits which are lactose and dairy free. There are 2 types of kefir, milk kefir which is made from goat, cow, sheep milk and also coconut milk and water kefir which is made from sugary filtered water or coconut water.
Milk kefir is also known as the champagne of milk! It most certainly has myriad uses that is beyond a breakfast smoothie. This milk kefir recipe is so easy to prepare, simply place grains in milk and wait for 18-24 hours depending on your taste preference as well as brewing conditions, then strain grains and repeat the process. Flavour your milk kefir with fruit, honey and spices, get creative!
Kefir grains are available at certain health food stores , you can also get them online , there are many people online who share them, including myself.
Here’s how you can make milk kefir at home.
1 Tbsp hydrated kefir grains
2 cups dairy milk ( conventional milk, make sure it is not UHT, if using raw milk, make sure that you get it from a safe and reputable dairy)
Half gallon glass jar
Mesh strainer or cheese cloth
Cloth with rubber band or plastic lid
Plastic spoon, measuring cup and funnel
Bottles or mason jars for the finished kefir
- Add milk to the jar
- Add kefir grains to the milk
- Cover with a cloth and secure with a rubberband or you could use kitchen paper or simply place lid on jar, remember not to screw on the lid.
- Let it sit for 18- 24 hours, no longer than 72 hours, as the kefir grains will begin to disintegrate.
- After 24 hours, strain milk kefir through a cheesecloth or plastic strainer to capture the grains.
- Once grains have been removed, flavourings can be added for a second fermentation or simply drink as is!
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