- 1 cup of milkwhole milk from a goat, cow, or sheep
- 1 Tablespoon of kefir grains
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Kefir is a great alternative to those who cannot have dairy. With this recipe, you will be able to create a thick textured creamy substance that is good for you and can be combined with different flavors to make the perfect cup of goodness. This recipe uses the combination of vanilla and cinnamon. These two flavors go well with many different combinations.
When making kefir, you will need the kefir grains which will transform the liquid milk into a nutritious creamy tangy texture within a short period of time, usually twenty-four hours. This process, on occasion can take up to forty-eight hours, depending on many factors. If you have stored the kefir grains in the refrigerator and then bring them back out to ferment, it may take a while before the kefir grains are active again. Another reason your kefir is not thickening up in a twenty-four hour period is because of the temperature. If it is not warm enough, the bacteria and yeast cannot be active.
Even before flavor is added, kefir is a very nutrients drink. Kefir can provide more probiotics than what is found in some yogurts, contains antibacterial properties to help build the immune system, help fight against certain cancers, and improve the health of the digestive system, just to name a few.
For this recipe, you will need to follow the basic kefir recipe. Before you begin, you will need to gather up the proper equipment:
* one glass jar
* stirring spoon
* Napkin or paper towel
* A rubber band
Start with the milk
Add the Kefir Grains
Cover the Jar
Set for 24 hours
Allow the jar to set for 24 hours in a room that is away from the light and maintains a temperature of around 70 degrees. Check the mixture several times to ensure that it is thickening up.
Uncover the jar
After the 24 hours are up, you can take the lid off of the jar. Examine the texture and make sure that it is thick enough. If it's not, you will need to leave it to set for another 24 hours.
Sift the Kefir Grains