- 1 teaspoon of kefir grains
- 1 cup of milk, processed whole milk or raw milk from a cow, goat, or sheep
- 1 Tablespoon of fruit juice
Kefir is finding it’s way into homes as more people become intolerant of milk and milk products. Kefir is an alternative for those who cannot consume milk any other way. Kefir is beneficial because it holds antibacterial properties, it can improve bone health, help decrease the development of osteoporosis, help protect against cancer, and improve digestive health. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on dairy free products in the store; make a healthy alternative right in your home.
Anyone can make kefir at home using some basic tools that includes:
* a glass jar, pint size
* Stirring utensil, preferably metal
* Strainer, small
* A breathable cover such as a napkin or cheesecloth
* A rubber band
* Kefir grains
Kefir can take twenty-four to forty-eight hours to ferment. Once the fermentation process is complete, you can add the flavoring to create a different taste every time. If the kefir is acting a little sluggish, you may need the full forty-eight hours to ferment. You can also check the temperature in the room that the kefir is fermenting in to make sure that it is right at 70 degrees.
Start the Process
Cover the jar
Place the covered jar in an area that will maintain the temperature around 70 degrees the next 24 hours.
Once the twenty four hours is up, examine your kefir mixture to see if it looks like it is the right consistency. It should be thick and creamy in texture and have a tangy taste to it. If not, you will need to leave it a little longer, up to forty-eight hours. Check the mixture throughout to ensure that it is working.
Strain the Kefir grains
Add the juice