Kefir - Probiotic Health Drink
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented milk drink thought to have originated among shepherds in the Caucasus Mountains. Kefir is an easy-to-make food, usually taken as a drink such as a smoothie, which is said to be an excellent source of probiotic enzymes - or "friendly bacteria."
The Kefir grains are a living yeasty bacteria, a complex symbiosis of more than thirty microflora which if properly kept will multiply and sustain themselves, so you can re-use them time and time again.
Regular use of Kefir is believed to cleanse the digestive system, improve immunity, soothe intestinal disorders (including Krohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), and calm some nervous disorders (such as ADHD, depression and insomnia.) It is also believed to help AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Kefir is made with milk - preferably raw milk, though some people prefer goats' milk or soy milk. The Kefir grains will absorb most of the milk's lactose, making the end result ok for most people who have any lactose intolerance. As always, if in doubt, ask your doctor first before trying.
How to Make Kefir
- two (or more) storage jars with airtight lids
- long-handled spoon
- milk - raw milk or goats', sheeps', or cows' milk.
- heating pad (optional)
Put the sieve over a bowl, then pour the gloopy Kefir culture into the sieve. A sieve with a small mesh will serve to better catch the Kefir grains which look like a combination pulpy, gloopy cauliflower florets and stringy skin.
You can use the spoon to remove any clumps from the culture jar and to give the contents of the sieve a stir. Without mashing your grains at all, move them around to shake as much fluid as possible through the sieve and into the bowl.
Pour the contents of the bowl into a sterile jar, and you're ready to drink this. You may want to add some honey to taste.
Next, take the Kefir grains in the sieve and put them back in their jar, and top up with room temperature milk. Leave this to ferment once again, and repeat the process after a day or more. The longer you leave it, and/or the warmer the room is, the thicker and stronger-tasting will be your Kefir drink.
Some people prefer not to use any metal instruments when making Kefir. Also, cleanliness is important to reduce the chances of contamination from unwanted bacteria.
The videos above also demonstrate how to make Kefir.
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Kombucha is a delicious health drink made by combining black and green teas with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY.)
© 2010 Adele Cosgrove-Bray
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