How to Make Milk Kefir
Here at www.kefirgrainsuk.co.uk we are crazy about milk kefir and the longer we work with cultures the more we are convinced purchasing FRESH cultures is always a better option than dehydrated cultures as we strongly believe there is some compromise to the cultures during the dehydration process.
Milk Kefir is one of the easiest fermented cultures to make at home and today we are going to show you how to make milk kefir.
Making milk kefir is not difficult and in simple terms – Add the milk kefir grains to a glass jar, add milk, let it sit, take the grains out and you are done!
So let’s get started making milk kefir...
You will need the following:
Fresh milk kefir grains
Glass jar with coffee filter or muslin cloth to use as a cover for the jar
Plastic/wooden spoon (preferably plastic)
Instructions for Making Milk Kefir
Add 1 heaped teaspoon of kefir grains into approximately 180ml fresh whole milk (cold or at room temperature) in a clean glass jar.
Cover with a muslin cloth/kitchen paper or coffee filter paper and secure with a rubber band.
Store your grains somewhere out of direct sunlight and away from a direct heat source but where the room temperature is approx 20-28C for 24-48 hours.
Shake or stir occasionally. Note: The colder the kefir grains are the longer the kefir will take to brew. During this me, the healthy cultures will ferment the milk, preventing it from spoiling while transforming it into kefir.
As soon as you notice the texture change, stir the mixture and strain the grains from the milk using a plastic sieve.
At this point, you can drink the milk kefir as is OR do a second ferment for improved flavour and extra bacterial content.
Put the grains into fresh milk increasing the amount to 250ml.
Cover and repeat as before. The grains can’t live long without food so you need to repeat the process.
Milk kefir is pretty easy to make at home and it is a delicious beverage the whole family can enjoy. If you are just learning how to make milk kefir at home then this is a great place to start your brewing journey. Our instructions will help to make culturing milk kefir easy.
How to remove your Milk Kefir Grains from finished Milk Kefir
The best option for removing milk kefir grains from the finished milk kefir is to use a plastic sieve. Place the sieve on top of a jar and pour the contents of the finished milk kefir through the strainer into the jar, the sieve will catch the grains and allow the liquid to pass through. Next, transfer the grains to a new jar with organic milk and repeat the steps above!
How to Make Flavoured Kefir?
Learning how to make milk kefir tasty is not difficult, provided you are making it correctly to begin with.
Here is just one quick idea:
Blend the milk kefir up with fresh fruit. One-two cups of fresh milk kefir blended with 1/2 cup of strawberries is my favorite. Add some vanilla extract (or similar) and sweetener if desired.
And, of course, there are numerous ways to use kefir besides a sweet drink – salad dressing, dip, spread, soaked muesli, you name it. Like we mentioned above kefir is a versatile beverage!