Keeping Kefir Under Control

Several months ago, we decided to venture into the world of kefir.  While new to us, it was apparently a pretty popular item in the world of raw milk and kefir lovers.  We ordered some kefir grains online and were really excited when our little tablespoon arrived.
IMG_1044 I remember we chuckled at how small the amount was.  The instructions that were included warned that the grains would eat us out of house and home.  Again we chuckled.  As the weeks progressed we did notice that they had multiplied a little.  But, you know, when you watch something grow on a daily basis, it is not as impressive as when you look away for a period of time and then come back to it.

Well, our daily jars started requiring more and more milk and we had to transfer some of our grains to a separate jar.  We placed those extra grains in the fridge (still being fed by raw milk) to keep them in a dormant state until we might need them.  We do rinse them and replace the milk regularly.  Would you like to see just how much our kefir kids have grown?  Here’s the little tablespoon we started with:
IMG_1049And here they are after a crazy growth spurt:
IMG_2187And to think we weren’t really noticing the growth!  I think we may need to start selling some kefir grains (they usually run about $10-$15 per tablespoon).  Why not?–we’ve got extra!

Now, if you’re not familiar with kefir (it tastes a lot like yogurt with many more healthy benefits) or have just seen the flavored stuff in the grocery dairy department, you may be wondering how we use our kefir.  Well, we make daily smoothies at breakfast.  We load them with fruit and whip them up in the blender.  Some of our standard flavors are banana/apple and banana/apple/blueberry.  It’s a super healthy breakfast.
IMG_1050We also use our kefir in pancakes on the weekend (shhhh!….the kids think they don’t like pancakes this way, but they actually love them.)
IMG_1687Sometimes we use the kefir whey to make other items, like ginger ale and salsa.
IMG_1258    IMG_1244
If you’re interested in the benefits of kefir, do a little research online.  You’re body will thank you!  If you have any questions for us, let us know.  We’re not experts by any means but we can tell you what has worked for us.

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