These days we’re all crazy for fermentation. We’ll take it anyway we can get it, be it pickles, kimchi, or kombucha! However, a favorite of late has to be Kefir. This delicious dairy drink tastes similar to yogurt, but with a consistency closer to milk that offers an excellent nutritional profile.
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You’ve probably heard about kefir before (and maybe you’ve even tried it for yourself), but perhaps you haven’t heard what’s really going on behind the scenes in this delicious, nutritious ‘living’ beverage. So let’s get up close and personal with this fantastic fermented drink. Here are ten things to know about kefir…
1. It All Starts With Grains
Kefir production all starts with kefir grains, which despite their name, aren’t actually a type of cereal grains like we would think. Kefir grains are small rubbery bits that have a gummy bear-like texture and are used to start the fermentation process when making milk kefir.
These rubbery bits are actually masses of live probiotic bacteria. The bits are responsible for creating more of the healthy gut bacteria we want.