How I make kefir everyday
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim
Following on from my post encouraging you and your children to drink kefir everyday, here are the steps I follow to make my kefir. Note that the type of material you use is very important - if it is metal, it should be only stainless steel
Equipment I use:
Plastic Sieve & Bowl
Wooden Spoon or Plastic Spatula
Medium / large Glass or Plastic Jar with a screw top or lid
(the lid should be able to be left loose on top leaving room to breathe)
A spare jar with a lid to store your extra kefir seeds when they grow
Fresh whole milk - or even better, fresh raw milk.
How I make kefir:
Put your kefir seeds into a glass jar for fermenting (I do about one big tablespoon):
Pour milk over them leaving space in the jar:
Leave the lid on but loosely (too tight and you might have an explosion of kefir!):
Leave for 12-24 hours in a dark place (or use a dark glass jar) - When the weather or the room is warmer, less time is needed.
After fermenting, Pour the kefir into the plastic sieve:
Use the spatula to push the kefir out into the bowl
(I have a lot of seeds here - you only need half this amount to (about one tablespoon) to make a good batch of kefir.)
Put the seeds back into a clean jar for more fermenting!
Mix your kefir so that the watery part blends into the thick yoghurt part:
You can drink it directly like that, or you can blend it with a banana and /or honey as I sometimes do:
Here's my favourite step: enjoy your kefir drink! It's full of healthy good bacteria to help support your and your children's gut and immune systems.
I’m sure there are some variations on these steps, but this process is the one that works for me.
If you live in Dubai, specifically Mirdif, and would like some kefir seeds, let me know.
Remember that your kefir is alive: one of our humorous friends called theirs ‘Keifer Sutherland’, so as not to confuse ‘kefir’ with ‘Kafir’ (not something we should be calling anyone).
Kefir seeds are an exceptionally friendly seed to cultivate and grow quite fast when done with care, so I encourage you to share your surplus seeds too!
Let me know how it goes for you!
Margi Kulsoom Orchard
You can find more information on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir, and http://www.thewalkingencyclopedia.com/kefir/.
A useful youtube video guide is:
All photos are my own.