Since kefir has been scientifically proven to: fight cancer, boost immunity, build bone density, heal IBS and IBD, has a positive effect on allergies and asthma,
will improve lactose intolerance and supports detoxification I decided that, despite not suffering from quite a few of the above, I would give it a try.
I started by watching a video on line in which an earnest man explained how easy and inexpensive it was to make Kefir. The video was suspiciously long. If it is so easy to make, how come it took so many painstaking minutes to explain how to strain the kefir grains from the milk, and why did it need lots of special (and presumably costly) equipment? I decided to order kefir on line instead.
This proved not as easy as I had imagined. It was either not available, failed to be delivered, or was unbelievably expensive. I decided to take a walk on the wild side: buy frozen kefir grains, and make some kefir using absolutely no special equipment. And it worked. And it’s cheap. And it’s really easy to do. Ha!
How to make kefir
You need to heat your milk (I use about a litre of whole milk) until it is blood temperature. To check if it is hot enough, put your little finger into the milk and if you can just about bear to keep it there for 20 seconds, then it is the required temperature. After that you add your grains, which can be bought frozen or dried, and stir. Cover loosely with cling film and leave out of the fridge until it has fermented. This can take up to 24 hours, but if the milk is warmed, I find it takes less. Test to see if it is done by gently shaking the container. If it wobbles, you are good to go. When you need to make some more, simply use about a mug full of the kefir as the starter for the next batch. And that’s it.
So does it work?
Well, I am glad to report that I still don’t have most of the conditions on the list, but the one I do have – IBS, seems to be quite a lot better. My guts, which had developed a rather noisy and rumbustious life of their own, have settled down and started to behave. And I say again … ha!
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