The fermentation craze has been sweeping North America for the past year and shows no signs of slowing down. We’ve seen it come in many forms including yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut, but the dairy-based drink known as Kefir is another fermentation wonder picking up steam. The drink tastes similar to yogurt, but with a consistency closer to milk and offers great levels of probiotics, which is the healthy bacteria that keep our digestive system operating at optimum efficiency.
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Kefir is low in lactose and high in calcium and phosphorus. It can be found in both effervescent (fizzy) varieties and non-effervescent and may be flavoured with fruit like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries or come plain. While kefir is now easily found in most supermarkets, those who enjoy a DIY challenge should read on to discover how to make your own healthy Kefir beverage at home…with these simple steps!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
You don’t need a whole lot to make a batch of probiotic-packed kefir, but there are a few necessitates. You’ll need fresh milk (organic is best), a large, a clean glass jar with lid, a wooden spoon, a fine mesh strainer (preferably nylon), a large bowl, and some kefir grains or a kefir starter kit.
It’s important to make sure all of your supplies and tools are extremely clean, especially the jar, because any contaminants will spoil the kefir and you’ll have to scrap the batch and start over again. No one wants to waste supplies (and ultimately money) so make sure everything is squeaky clean before you begin!