How to make Milk Kefir at home
Milk Kefir is rich in probiotics, and this cousin of yogurt is a tangy and slightly lively dairy beverage. Starter grains are used to make milk kefir. These grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts that interact with the milk to create this fermented drink. The yeast can metabolize lactose, the sugar found in dairy.
Kefir is said to come from the Turkish word “keif” which means “to have a good feeling.” It’s a traditional brew from the Asian Caucasus Mountains. Looking for an easy way to add probiotics to your diet? This is a great place to start. And while everyone is spending more time at home these days, it’s the perfect time to start making your own healthy and delicious probiotic drink!
Our active and organic kefir grains are a gelatinous grouping holding a generous variety of good bacteria, from which you can continually make new batches of kefir.
Considered a nutrient-dense superfood, milk kefir is a healthy aid to well being. Enjoy its thinner consistency which allows it to be enjoyed as a beverage like milk. Learn more about the rich Health Benefits of Kefir.
How to Make Milk Kefir
This is all you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon milk kefir grains
- 1 quart whole milk
- Large mason jar
- Cheesecloth or non-metal strainer
Pour kefir grains into a glass jar and fill almost full with milk. Whole, organic milk is best. Cover with a breathable, clean cloth and leave on the counter, or top of the fridge if your kitchen is on the cool side. Wait for one to two days, stirring occasionally with a non-metal spoon.
The amount of time it takes to “brew” depends on how warm your kitchen is and how active the grains are. If your kefir has thickened a bit, separates and smells tangy, it is likely done.
Once thickened, strain out the kefir grains, taking care not to crush them. Place grains in a clean jar for the next batch.
Store your homemade kefir in the fridge for 4-5 days, or in the freezer for up to one month. Drink your kefir straight or add to your favorite berry-banana smoothie.
Milk Kefir Quick Tips
- Avoid using any metal items while preparing or storing your kefir.
- If you want to take a break from brewing, place grains in a glass jar, cover with milk, seal and refrigerate until ready to use again. The grains will last for many batches. Continue to add fresh milk to grow the grains.
- If kefir is new to your diet, start slowly and see how the probiotics work with your digestive system.
We’re so happy that tea drinkers are increasingly realizing how healthy and delicious fermented drinks are. We ship our well cared for grains, which have never been dried, and guarantee they will arrive safe and take very little time activating after their journey to your home.