- 1 cup of milk, whole, raw, or 2%
- 1 tablespoon of almonds, crushed
- Tablespoon of kefir grains
Kefir is a drink made from cows milk that is fermented with good active bacteria. Using a simple process, and twenty-four hours, kefir can turn an ordinary glass of milk into a delicious creamy drink that is tart to the taste and resembles the texture of yogurt.
There are many benefits to consuming kefir on a regular basis. Kefir is jam packed with nutrients that you may not be getting from ordinary processed foods. Kefir contains probiotics, even more than yogurt. This delicious cup consumed daily can protect against cancer, improve the health of your bones, and improve the digestive system.
To make kefir, you simply follow these steps:
Equipment you will need:
* a strainer
* Stir stick
* Pint sized glass jar
* Cover for the top of the jar
* Rubber band
Prepare the kefir
Add the kefir grains
Cover the Jar
Ferment for 24 hours
Place the jar in a dark warm place for twenty-four hours. The ideal temperature should be somewhere around 70 degrees. Check the kefir throughout the twenty-four hours to ensure that the texture is changing over to a yogurt or smoothie type texture. If after twenty-four hours, it hasn't changed, let it set for up to twenty-four more hours.
Separate the Kefir Grains
Pour the crushed almonds into the kefir and stir to spread the almonds all around.
Refrigerate or Consume
Put a lid on the jar and leave it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Be sure that you prepare your kefir in a clean area so that the good bacteria’s do not pick up any unwanted bacteria that could make you sick upon eating your kefir. Using canning jars for kefir will ensure that the jar is clean because it is see through.
Once your kefir has fermented and you have separated the kefir grains, you will be able to start another batch by simply adding the sifted kefir grains into a full cup of whole milk. Repeat the process as it is listed above.