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How to Make Easy to Digest Kefir at Home | a2 Milk® USA Blog

How to Make Homemade Kefir

Posted on October 18, 2017

Even though kefir has recently grown in popularity, the beverage itself is not new at all. Also known as the “feel-good beverage” or “pleasure beverage ,” kefir has mythical roots that can be traced back to the Caucasus Mountains in Russia.

 

Kefir Health Benefits

This beverage, which is made from milk and is somewhat similar to drinkable yogurt, is as good for you now as it was then. While yogurt contains about five different strains of beneficial probiotics, kefir contains more than 60 of them!

 

Without further ado, let’s learn how to make kefir at home!

*Special thanks to Maruszka Hufstader creating the video and allowing us to share!

How to Make Kefir at Home

Making kefir at home is not only easy, but it can become an ongoing process that leaves you with continuous batch of homemade kefir anytime you wish. Here’s how:

Supplies

  • Wooden spoon
  • Large glass bowl or pitcher
  • 1 quart Mason jar with lid
  • Plastic colander

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place your kefir grains in the Mason jar.
  2. Shake your a2 Milk®, then pour it into the jar over the grains, leaving about one inch of space at the top for expansion.
  3. Place the lid on top of jar, resting it on top but not twisting it closed.
  4. Put the jar in a warm cupboard for 24 hours. The ideal temperature range is between 72 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Retrieve your jar the next day. You’ll know your kefir is properly fermented if:
    • The grains have risen to the top.
    • A yellow cream appears near the top.
    • The milk is thicker, with a consistency similar to buttermilk or pudding.
    • The smell is sour and, quite frankly, kind of stinky.
  6. Place your plastic colander over your glass bowl or pitcher, pouring the contents of your Mason jar into the colander. Use the wooden spoon to scoop the remaining jar contents into the colander and to stir the kefir within the colander to help remove grains from the liquid.

The liquid in the bowl or pitcher is your kefir, which is ready to go! Store it in the fridge and use it as desired, drinking it straight or mixing it into smoothies, baked goods, and other food items. You’re also left with a batch of kefir grains you can place in the Mason jar and cover with a2 Milk® to start the process all over again.  Cheers!

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