Kefir is an amazing superfood – a living probiotic culture that can improve lactose intolerance, reduce inflammation and help stop candida… Learn more below.
Buy some organic milk kefir grains – these cauliflower like structures are your kefir starter. Place the grains in a kilner jar (you should have about a dessertspoon) and cover with a cup of organic full fat (or raw) milk. Make sure the lid is open a little to allow air to circulate. Leave on the side for 24-48 hours until milk has thickened and a clear fluid can be seen. Pour mixture through a plastic sieve and collect the grains (which go back in the jar with more milk for the next day) and the liquid that has been strained is kefir yoghurt which you can drink or mix as below.
Make a kefir smoothie – Once you have strained your kefir yoghurt you can mix it with blended raspberries and blueberries, a little honey and even cocoa powder to make it taste great and easier to get the whole family to drink it. This superfood smoothie is supercharges your digestion.
Coconut or goat’s milk alternatives – for those who are very sensitive or allergic to cow’s milk you can also put the kefir starter grains in coconut milk or goat’s milk and make in the same way.
Home-made is best – Although you can buy kefir yoghurt ready made it is has far less friendly bacteria than home made kefir. I make kefir for the whole family daily and it takes me less than a minute. Tips for speed include swapping to a clean kilner jar and putting the old one in the dishwasher and giving grains to friends and family as the culture grows so they can make it for you too!
Kefir ranch salad dressing – Add a 1/2 cup of kefir yoghurt to a large pinch of chopped fresh parsley or coriander, 1tsp chopped chives, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 fresh minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and several grinds of black pepper to make a great salad dressing. You can also add mayonnaise to make it even harder for children to spot!