For those of you who have read my Death to a Microwave post, you know that I received my inspiration from a friend, R. This same amazing friend also gave me some kefir cultures. I asked way too many questions but she was very patient and answered them all.
So I gave it a try. I am so surprised at how easy it is and how much my family loves it. I put the kefir and milk (1/4 cup : 4 cup ratio) and let it sit.
I tried it after 12 hours initially. It was sweet and a little tangy. After 24 hours it is a little thicker and after 48 hours it was tangier and much thicker (as compared to 12 hours). Here is what it looks like after 20 hours:
It looks a little curdled but it isn't. The chunky parts that you see are the kefir grains. This evening I will strain it out and probably put the grains in some new milk in the refrigerator.
After two days, I usually have enough kefir for two or three days so I put the jar with milk into the refrigerator so that it will slow the growth. Then when I need more, I take it out and leave it out for 12-24 hours. Just remember that if you want to leave your kefir grains in the refrigerator for a long time, you still need to change the milk every week.
So after the first time (12 hours) I poured it out and gave some to my husband as a breakfast drink and used the rest to make Chia Pudding:
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup kefir
heaping tsp of honey
cinnamon to preference
Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, then serve chilled.
The kids loved it. They just call it pudding but they couldn't get enough. So far I don't need any other recipes because this is all they want to eat. I am serious, picture the two year old cradling his cup and spoon like a football, while running away from my one year old who is trying to stick his spoon in the older one's cup. This is what my kitchen looked like last week. What was I doing? Trying to refill the one year old's cup. Yes, that is how demanding they were. 10 seconds without and they were fighting with spoons. If that isn't a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.
After I had been trying it out for a few days, I got a great email (the universe is speaking now) from diyNatural titled How to Make Kefir. Yep guess it was time for me to learn some more information.
The kids are also drinking it with honey as a drink snack in the afternoon. I am looking forward to trying this Gelatin Treats recipe from diyNatural. R tried it with her kids and they loved it. Now I will have to pick up strawberries. I can't wait.
Do you make your own kefir? What are you making?
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