Kefir – Golden Yoghurt

Kefir is full of good bacteria for your gut. It originated from the people of the Caucus Mountain region, Russia. Kefir is milky looking grains that ferment cow, goat or sheep milk and help it become more easily digested.

So what’s the difference between kefir and yoghurt?

Probiotic Milk Kefir Grains

Normal natural yoghurt only contains a few strains of beneficial bacteria.  Kefir – what I call ‘Golden Yoghurt’ contains at least 30 strains of the good stuff.  Its superior to even Greek yoghurt and the good news is that you can make it at home.

As the  store-bought kefir has been  pasteurised, you will find that home-made kefir  not only tastes better, but is made of kefir grains that multiply and grow in any kind of milk you put it in. Except for UHT Long Life milk.

How Do You Make Kefir?  

Very  easily;

  1. Buy a tablespoon of kefir grains online.
  2. On receiving the grains, place them in 100ml of room temperature milk.
  3. The milk and grains are best placed in a thick glass jar and covered with a loose lid.
  4. Leave on the kitchen counter in a dry slightly warm place.
  5. The next day, check your grains.  If your room is warm, the grains would have begun to ferment the milk.
  6. Another 24 hours later, check your milk again.  It will get thicker every 24 hours.
  7. On the 3rd or 4th day, you will notice the milk turning into curds and whey.
  8. Taste the milk.  It should be slightly sour and even a bit fizzy as milk alcohol is produced by the grains.  You heard right – ‘milk alcohol’.  Don’t worry, it’s not strong enough to get drunk on.
  9. Pour the milk into a cup leaving the grains in the first jar.
  10. Repeat the process using the first jar.

You will notice the grains start to grow and multiply….You can slow down the growth of the grains by putting the milky substance in the fridge.

Personally, when I had half a Pyrex bowl of kefir grains, I started given away the grains to my friends.  They all loved it and one of my friends even put on some much needed weight.

Where You Can Get Ready-made Kefir Milk

I used to buy Kefir made from goats milk from Chuckling Goat, in the UK.

An alternative supplier is The Live Kefir Company.  They are highly recommended and you can get fresh kefir made from goats milk from them on Amazon.

 

And if You’re Lactose Intolerant?    

Do not worry.  The longer the milk ferments, the more the protein is broken down by enzymes.  It becomes more protein and full of Vitamin B-complex.

As a result, the kefir is easily digested by eczema sufferers.  I used to have a litre in the morning for my breakfast as I found it to be so delicious. My skin tone came back and I looked really healthy.

Regarding the benefits of kefir, the Eastern Europeans use it for weaning babies off breastmilk, prevent themselves from landing in hospital, and also use it for the elderly to keep them healthy and strong.

 

Here is a breakfast recipe you might want to try:

You will need oats, kefir milk, bananas and raisins

 

Method:

  1. Place half a bowl of warm porridge onto a firm table.
  2. Chop up 1 large banana on top of the porridge.
  3. Add a handful of raisins
  4. Then add the kefir milk as a topping.

Eat and enjoy!

  • Hello and thanks for sharing. What I find so interesting about yogurts is that they have good bacteria that can be of good benefit to your body. This is truly a good way to help your body along the way. Your post is well detailed and has a ton of good information.

  • Very interesting to see how kefir milk can be made! Does it hurt to had a little sweetener? Maybe some honey to help with the sour taste? Also, does heat kill the good stuff in the kefir? You said you can put it on oatmeal, so I think maybe the heat doesn’t bother it as it does with some probiotics.

    Thanks again for the healthy tips!

    • Hi Kat,

      I normally have my oats cold!  If you treat it like yoghurt, then you  can’t go far wrong.  Put fruit or honey in it as you desire.  It is very tasty.

      I also drink my kefir just as it is by the litre.  I actually like the tangy taste it has.  I am not sure whether heat affects the probiotic nature of kefir though.  I suppose lukewarm should be fine.

  • Very good post and great info!

    Never knew Kefir existed, here you only know and hear the things about how good yoghurt is, but knowing this now, I’m having a very good dessert for my wife!

    She is struggling with her stomach for a bit now and I know yoghurt helps, but reading this, 30 strains of the good stuff, well, I don’t doubt about it!

    It also looks easy to prepare, which for me is a huge advantage.

    Now one question, if she can’t go to the big toilet, does this help?

    • Hi Emmanuel!

      Chop up a banana into big chunks and eat it with the kefir.  This should help your wife go.

      She should also increase her water intake to 8 cups a day; 2 cups on rising, 2 cups after breakfast, 2 cups after lunch and 2 cups after dinner.

  • Hi Stella,

    I am quiet intriuegd by the idea of helping with my eczema and like the sound of making my own yoghurt alternative. I must ask tho, How long would a ready made batch generally keep for? does this stuff have an expiry date? Would be great to know. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers,

    Jarrin

    • Hi Jannin,

      Just make a litre batch of kefir at a time.  Each batch lasts for a week when put in your fridge.  Kefir turns from kefir milk to yoghurt to cheese. This could take up to 2 weeks depending on how warm or cold your kitchen is.

      The best way to keep your skin looking fresh is to eat and prepare your food freshly every day.  Only use your fridge to keep unopened and opened packets of vegetables.

      As kefir is a fermented food, you slow down the fermenting process by putting it in your fridge. Only up to a week!

      If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

  • Thanks for the very interesting information about Kefir Milk. I love the process of an easily digested protein of Golden Yoghurt. This is something different where milk nutrition is protected through this process. It will really help our body fit and energetic. This is practically a natural method with one banana which covers necessary vitamin level.

  • I love oats and its my number one breakfast meal any day. Its usually with skimmed milk, chopped banana or raisins from time to time. I have never had kefir milk or the yoghurt but after reading this, i think i will order some and give it a trial. The process you described doesn’t look like its difficult so it should come easy for me. I hope to share my experience with you soon, thanks for the enlightenment. 

  • Hello Stella. Thank you for sharing this information about Kefir – Golden Yoghurt. Full of bacteria? I thought bacteria are harmful… Oh, I guess I was ignorant.

    The truth is I never had indebt knowledge about Kefir. Seems like Kefir is a catalyst that helps speed up milk fermentation for easy digestion.

    I agree it is better to use home made Kefir. Food related factories these days are not getting any better. The steps are easy to follow

    Farewell.

    • Hello Barry,

      Beneficial bacteria is necessary for us!  Kefir is chockful of it and very easy to make.  Once you get started, take it easy as it can lead to weight gain..

  • Since I really don’t eat yogurt, I never heard of kefir. The only thing I knew you could grow in the kitchen was sour dough Although I have not tried to do that. . You explained it in very good detail. I will share this with my wife. I like your recipe at the end. Your pictures tell a lot. I can imagine myself trying to make this. I drink goats milk so all I need is the kefir grains. You also Informed me on where I can get the grains. Thank you very much