I have had a lot of people ask me how to use water kefir or milk kefir, especially when I give out my extra grains. I’ve searched for a simple online link to send but most instructions make it more complicated than it has to be. Sure it’s fun to play around and change the flavor, but for someone who went from not knowing what kefir is to having some in a jar, that might not be the easiest thing to start with. So what is kefir?
Kefir is a drinkable beverage created after fermenting liquid (milk or water depending on the type of grains you have) in kefir grains. Kefir grains are full of many different strains of healthy bacteria and yeasts and they feed on the sugars (just like bread yeast) and convert it into a healthy probiotic drink. You can get the grains from suppliers online or from friends. Sometimes you can find starter cultures which aren’t true kefir grains and although they’ll produce the beverage, they won’t multiply.
There are countless reasons to drink kefir, too many to go into, but they are great at restoring and balancing your body’s natural bacteria. So many health problems are gut related and kefir is just one thing you can use to help keep things in balance. Probiotics should be a part of everyone’s diet and drinking kefir is just a much more economical way to get the proper amount… as opposed to buying probiotic supplements.
This post is in no way going into the details and technical aspects of kefir. You can google it and find a wealth of information out there, it’s a little overwhelming. What I mean to do is to simplify the instructions. There are so many different ways you can make kefir and it can get complicated, but it doesn’t have to be if you don’t want it to be. If you understand how kefir works it is pretty easy to keep it alive: Kefir is living so it needs to eat, sugar makes it really happy, and fruit makes it taste really good.
My instructions are very simple and they are what’s worked for me for the past 2 years. Some may argue that you can use nut milks in milk kefir or coconut water in water kefir and that may be true for many, but I stick to what’s simple and keeps my grains happy. I will also post typed instructions at the end so you can refer back without having to scroll through pictures.
Water Kefir Instructions:
Strain grains into a fresh jar
Dump grains back into original jar
Add water (3/4 of the jar) and sugar (1/3ish cup) and stir
Put a loose lid on it and set on counter for 48 hours (repeat)
Add fruit of choice to the jar of fresh juice and set on the counter for 48 more hours (with a tight lid).
Stick the kefir juice/fruit mix in the fridge when you change out your next batch.
You only have to worry about it every 48 hours!
Milk Kefir Instructions:
Strain milk into a fresh jar
Dump the grains back into the original jar
Add fresh milk to the grains and sit on the counter (repeat every 24 hours)
use the kefir milk in smoothies or find other recipies for it!
This is where I keep my kefir so it doesn’t take up my counter space…