How to Make Kefir

How to make kefir

Kefir production begins by collecting a group of kefir grains and soaking it in the liquid that one will use to ferment the grains. The most common of such liquids is milk. Although a starter set or collection of kefir grains are necessary to start the fermentation process, kefir grains grow in size and number during the fermentation process as well. Obtaining grains for one’s starter set is easy, as they can be bought or even asked for free from kefir growers.

Traditionally, a certain percentage of kefir grains are infused in milk in a container that is covered and free from acid. The container should be shaken or stirred a couple of times a day to ensure proper fermentation. The container should not be filled so that the kefiran and carbon dioxide produced during the expansion for fermentation will have room to grow.

One more thing to consider during kefir production is where that container is stored. Make sure that it is in a dark place to ensure ultimate absorption of nutrients. After 24 hours of fermentation in 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit or 10-25 degrees Celsius, the grains are sieved from the liquid and are put in another batch of liquid for the second fermentation stage.

The temperature during this second time is no longer very relevant to the fermentation process. Just ensure that the temperature is in the range of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and 39 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius and 4 degrees Celsius.

This second batch of liquid is now ready for consumption. Some preparation methods tend to keep the second fermentation longer so as to make the liquid sour and thicker.

Kefir can be produced using powder cultures available in a variety of health shops. The resulting kefir from the starter set could be kept for future fermentation.

To know more about this wonderful grains:

 

Creamy Apple-Grape Salad

This yummy treat is best to serve for dessert. A colorful dessert treat for the whole family to enjoy!

apple grape saladIngredients

  • 2 yellow apples, cored and diced
  • 2 tart green apples, cored and diced
  • 2 red apples, cored and diced
  • 2 cups Seedless Grapes
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the diced apples, the chopped candy bars and whipped topping. Mix them well and serve.

Enjoy!

Banana Kefir Smoothie

Go ahead and enjoy this cool drink for a quick breakfast or as snack after hitting the gym.

I learned about this drink when I was in Singapore. It’s a simple drink that I can make at home in a few minutes, literally.

 

banana kefir smoothieIngredients

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until fully smooth. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Blueberry Smoothie

For those who loves to drink smoothies everyday try making these delicious smoothie.

blueberry smoothieIngredients

  • 1/4 cup Sucanat (or other sweetener)
  • 1 cup frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 4 cups homemade kefir

Instructions

  1. Blend ingredients all the indgrients until fully combined. Pour into any container and refrigerate. Shake before serve.

Enjoy!

Quick Fish Curry

This fish curry tastes so delectable and its easy to make that the whole family can enjoy!

Quick Fish CurryIngredients

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • Icelandic cod fillet, skinned and cut into big chunks
  • 1-2 tbsp madras curry paste (Patak’s)

 Instructions

  1. In a deep pan, heat the oil and gently fry the onion and garlic for about 5 mins until tender.
  2. Add then stir-fry the curry paste for about 1-2 mins then tip in the tomatoes and stock.
  3. Bring to a boil, then add the fish. Gently cook the fish for 4-5 mins until the fish flakes easily.
  4. Serve immediately with rice.

Enjoy!

Yogurt Fruit Salad

This salad recipe is very simple, quick to prepare yet it so delicious. You can use any type of fruit you want.

Yogurt Fruit SaladIngredients

  • 3 apples, cut in chunks
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits, well drained
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 6oz strawberry yogurt (kefir)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Combine in a bowl all the ingredients and stir well to coat. Serve chilled.

Tip: Leave out the bananas if you want to make it ahead and add them right before you serve it.

Enjoy!