Vanilla Milk Kefir

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Ingredients

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1 teaspoon of kefir grains
1 cup of milk whole fat animal milk from a cow, goat, or sheep
1/4-1/3 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Vanilla Milk Kefir

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    Vanilla is a great taste anytime of the year. If you want to add a delicious flavor to your kefir, start with the basic ingredients such as vanilla.

    • 1 cup
    • Serves 8
    • Easy

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    Milk kefir is a great way to get more probiotics into your daily diet. Kefir is a drink that tastes sour and is made by using cows milk. This milk is combined with a certain bacteria that can work with the digestive juices to help break down food easier increase your gut health. Kefir is a grain like substance that is full of probiotics and will become active when mixed with milk.
    Milk kefir is full of important vitamins and nutrients that are very imporant to the body; they help to improve bone health, fight against cancer, and has antibacterial properties as well. This drink is good for those who are lactose intolerant. If you have certain allergies or suffer from asthma, choosing kefir drinks can make a difference.

    Vanilla is a great way to flavor milk kefir. Bringing in a common staple in many kitchen cabinets will leave your kefir with so much flavor not to mention the sweet aroma of this unique bean. Vanilla goes with so many flavors to create a combination of flavor that your mouth will want over and over again. Vanilla is mild and doesn’t leave a bitter aftertaste or seem uncooperative with other flavors. Vanilla is the perfect addition to milk kefir.
    For this recipe, you can crush your own vanilla bean or use vanilla extract.

    You may also be surprised to hear this but you can add a crushed egg shell that has been rinsed off if you want to add more calcium to your kefir water.

    Steps

    1
    Done
    2 minute

    Mix everything together

    Combine the milk and the kefir grains together in a glass jar. Now is the time to add the egg shell if you are going to.

    2
    Done
    24 hours

    Leave it to work it's magic

    Leave the mixture setting at room temperature for a full twenty-four hours. This will give the healthy bacteria and yeast time to mingle and ferment.

    3
    Done
    2 minutes

    Examine your Kefir

    Your kefir should now look thick and have the consistency of maybe buttermilk, somewhat thick milk but not curdled. Taste your kefir and see if it has a semi-tangy taste, much like the tangy taste you get in yogurt. If you have these two things, your kefir is done.

    4
    Done
    2 minutes

    Separate the Kefir Grains

    Strain the kefir grains from the milk and use transfer the grains into another cup of milk for another batch.
    Note: You can use the kefir grains indefinitely as long as you take care of them. Keeping them active in a cup of milk is a good way to guarantee longevity.

    5
    Done
    2 minutes

    Add Vanilla

    Measure and add the vanilla to the kefir. Let it set long enough to infuse the flavors together before refrigerating or drinking it.

    Note: The recommended amount for the vanilla can be adjusted according to your preference. Some like more while others like less.

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