Friday, August 29, 2014

Kefir Grains

I have been looking for Kefir at the local Publix for a few weeks now.  I've been to three stores with no luck.

I went online to see if there was a Kefir shortage or something (!!) I was that perplexed. I like to use it rather than milk to make refrigerator oatmeal (old fashioned oats, kefir and berries in a 1/2 pint jar - LOVE IT).

Making milk Kefir at home is apparently a very simple process.

I found a link to a Facebook group that shares Kefir grain.  The idea of the group is to be able to request free Kefir grains (you pay postage), make your own Kefir and as you make batches, the Kefir grains "grow", then you offer to give them away.  Seemed like a neat idea.  There are other types of culture grains offered as well, which I don't know a whole lot about.  Yet.

I've signed up with the group, requested Kefir grains, and some kind woman has offered to share some of her grains with me.  I should have them by the end of next week.  They won't be shipped until Tuesday due to the Holiday weekend. So for $6 (priority mail due to being live culture) I should be able to start making my very own Kefir!  Very excited!

I understand you can use any type of milk - organic cows milk, goats milk, coconut milk, almond milk.  I might try all of them to see what I like best.

The recipes I've read say you only need a tablespoon of Kefir grains to start a batch which will make 1 pint of Kefir.  Here's a video in case you're interested:

And that's my excitement for the day.

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