However! I soon got over myself and gulped the first couple of glasses with eyes shut tight and breath held. And you know what? It wasn't so bad, not so bad at all..
To make the kefir, I have been filling a jar or mug each day with cold milk and adding the kefir grains. The previous batch is strained of the grains and placed into a jar in the fridge to ferment a little further and be on hand for when we feel like some.
For those who are not in the know, as I was just a few of short weeks ago, kefir is a beneficial, nutritious drink that comes in either milk or water form. It is loaded with probiotics, much more than yoghurt, and is particularly useful for improving our intestinal flora.
It is made much the same way as yoghurt, being that the previous grains culture the next batch, although no heating of the milk is involved, which is great for the
The grains are odd looking things, resembling little cauliflower florets, about 3cm in diameter..
It is also quite interesting, I have noticed, as I can 'see' when the grains are active, they take on a bubbly state around them and appear...gassy:
In the short few weeks we have been culturing the kefir, they have been to Western Australia and back, safely tucked into my luggage. While in the west, I was feeding them with light milk and noticed a warmer ambient temperature made the grains ferment a whole lot faster and curdle the milk in a matter of hours.
Here at home I prefer to feed them with whole milk, straight from the fridge and find that a room temperature of around 15c is conducive to a fermentation that both hubby and I find palatable. I prefer to 'catch' the kefir just before it reaches a curdled state..by this time it is sour and slightly fizzy but not lumpy and requiring vigorous sieving.
To drink, hubby and I both have taken a liking to having it straight..ie: from the shot glass, baby!
Chilled, if possible, please.
I am actually coming to like, even anticipate the flavour of the slightly sour and fizzed (yes, fizzed!) milk drink. With a general feeling of improved energy, and all round improvement, I will be sticking with this little drink for some time yet.
Since I posted about the arrival of kefir in our house, a generous reader has posted me some of her water kefir grains which I am also enjoying experimenting with. Stay tuned for more on this fascinating drink, also full of probiotics!
Have you had your kefir today?