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Do you make your own kefir?
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:06 PM
Kefir, my newest 'thing'. I bought my starter pack today and can't wait to get started.
My mum has a lot of gastric issues, so I'm hoping she'll like it, too, and that it might be of benefit for her (along with the BioBubble pribiotic drink I bought her).
Figured I'd post this on EB to see if y'all have been doing this for some time and I'm just a little slow, or if I'm a trend-setter
Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:08 PM
i dont personally but a very good friend of mine does
she even make kefir cheeses
Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:11 PM
What IS it? is it that weird tea that needs scum on top of it to do you any good?
Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:17 PM
its a lacto-ferment drink like a probiotic tastes like lime splice
Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:25 PM
Yep. My DP suffers from a few health issues including diverticulosis as well having a few problems digesting white products.
A tbsp or two of ground flaxseed and LSA in the morning plus some kefir and all his problems have "disappeared". He also supplements with some fish oil tablets, flaxseed tablets to ensure he is maintaining his omegas.
He is the healthiest he has been in ages, the doctors are really impressed. For a guy who was facing long term diverticulitis flare ups as well as kidney failure, he is doing fantastically.
I remember reading a few basic links to get started and once I was comfortable making it I played with it a little more. Here is a link I bookmarked:
Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:29 PM
I make it using the packs you can buy in the health food shop. From memory it is about $9 for 5 packs and each makes up to 3 or 4 litres. I can buy it ready made at the local farmers market but it is too expensive that way.
We have been having it for years. I am not a huge fan of the taste so prefer to make smoothies with it.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:49 PM
yes - it was doing brilliantly last year then we went away over Xmas and the grains are still looking pretty sad. Still getting the kefir out f it though - mostly use in green smoothies for brekkie
Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:02 PM
No, but it sounds interesting. Where do you get the starter packs from?
Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:47 PM
I went to a health talk the other night and they talked a lot about kefir, so we are going to give it a try.
It was recommended to us to not buy it in packs or from the health food shops, that it should be from pure grains off someone - there is supposedly someone who will give it away. We are getting ours given to us by someone who has been growing the one batch for about 8 yrs -just have to wait till it has grown a bit more enough to share. If my memory is right, the ones from the health food shops etc, are missing something?
Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:50 PM
Yes, I brew water kefir and milk kefir. I also regularly kefir cream and culture butter.
The sachet's from the shops are crap, get some grains so that you can brew continuously.
The weird tea is Kombucha.
Edited by Bobsygirls, 06 February 2012 - 05:54 PM.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:58 PM
Yes, a friend gave me some grains and it was going great, then, just like a PP, we went away for Christmas, I read somewhere that you can freeze it? Well, it didn't recover, so I am getting some more. Can't wait
Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:30 PM
Ahh kombucha! That's the one I heard of
This kefir sounds intriguing.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:51 PM
Great to hear of other converts out there, now I have somewhere to ask if I need a hand
pp - I got my starter pack from our towns organic supermarket. With a cool glazed pot for fermenting it was $60 all up. You can do it heaps cheaper if you buy just the grains, though (or know someone who'll give you some).
Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:11 PM
The sachet's from the shops are crap, get some grains so that you can brew continuously.no they are not crap. I like the sachets as they are so easy to use and you can brew multiple lots from one pack. I just do it in the yoghurt maker, suits me and I have been a kefir drinker for about 8 years.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:07 AM
Onthephone I only meant they are crap because you keep paying for them. Much better to continuously brew then you can share the love too
Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:29 AM
I only meant they are crap because you keep paying for them. Much better to continuously brew then you can share the love toocool. I used to buy it made but it is just too expensive.
How hard is it to keep brewing your own? Can you do it in a yoghurt maker?
Posted 07 February 2012 - 09:41 AM
It's easy and you don't need any equipment just a glass jar, or a bowl.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:20 AM
Google Doms Kefir Site for the most thorough info about kfir.
We make dairy kefir (with raw milk) and Water kefir. I dehydrate my grains so that I hav spares if I go away for too long and neglect mine:)
I'm about to make ginger beer from my water grains and I tried some beaut pineapple kefir a few weeks back that my friend made me for my birthday.
Try Cultured Food Life too - they have the most wonderful recipes on there.
I tried the dried culture but it tasted nothing like the kefir I make from the grains.
Edited to say, you don't need any equipment that the regular kitchen doesn't have. I use 2 regular drinking glasses and one is just permanently sitting on the bench, the other is on the go. Oh, and a sieve.
Edited by blissfulqueenb, 07 February 2012 - 11:04 AM.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:17 AM
I culture mine in a mason jar.
I love ginger and lime kefir my absolute favourite. My friend has been adding different dried fruits to hers and I tried one she had made with pineapple and mango the other day and it was delicious!
Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:37 PM
I have a few questions about my kefir that I can't seem to find the answer to elsewhere, so I'm hoping one of you can help me out.
When it's made (24 hours in this heat!), do I then de-cant it into a glass jar and store it in the fridge? If so, how long does it keep for?
Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:42 AM
I haven't grown it myself yet, am waiting to get some, but we were told that if you put it in the fridge it will slow down the growth, but I am not sure if that also includes once it has been d-canted, I assume not as the grains would go back on the bench, so it should be okay?
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