How to make Homemade Kefir

How to make homemade kefir

How to make your own Homemade Kefir 

I have to say, that I’m thrilled you are here right now and want to learn how to make homemade kefir! One of my passions in life, is sharing with others how they can feel better by adopting healthy habits. Daily drinking homemade kefir is a healthy habit your body will love! Kefir is a secret weapon, a liquid gold for your gut. Your whole body will thank you for incorporating this drink into your everyday diet. 

90% of our immunity is based on gut health. If we don’t have a healthy gut, our whole body suffers; our mental health too.

Typically, about 50 stains of “healthy” bacteria are found in kefir. This is amazing because each strain imparts unique health benefits to our body. Standard yogurt only provides about two stains of “healthy”bacteria unless labeled otherwise. This is why homemade kefir is far more superior to anything you can buy in the store.

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 A Healthy Gut equals Happy Humans………90% of Serotonin is produced in our gut as well. When your gut is unhealthy it affects your body’s ability to do it’s job.

What you will need:

  1. Glass quart jar.
  2. Sprouting Lid or coffee filter and rubber band.
  3. Kefir grains.
  4. Organic Grass-fed whole milk that is non-homogenized or raw (my preference).
  5. Mesh strainer.
  6. Wooden spoon.

How to make homemade kefir

How to make homemade Kefir:

  1. Place 1 Tbsp. of kefir grains in your glass quart jar. As your grains multiply you can work up to 1/4 cup per 4 cups of milk.
  2. Add 4 cups of milk.
  3. Cover jar with sprout lid or coffee filter.
  4. Ferment for 12-48 hours at room temperature (out of direct sunlight).
  5. Pour the kefir through a fine mesh strainer into another clean glass jar. Use a wood spoon to help it strain faster.  
  6. Chill in the fridge for best taste (keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks).
  7. Start the process over, or rest you grains. To rest your grains, put them in a clean glass jar. Cover them with milk, place and airtight lid on the jar, and put them in the fridge (your grains can rest for 6 days in the fridge before they will die).
  8. Enjoy plain, or blend up and make a smoothie with fresh fruit.

Some basic Homemade Kefir making guidelines:

  • These grains are live organisms, they must be properly cared for and tended to.
  • It is really hard to mess it up.
  • You can ferment it to personal taste. I like mine quite tart and tangy.
  • The longer the ferment, the more probiotics.
  • There is less calories in probiotic drink than in milk. The grains eat up the sugar in the dairy.

Lastly, I hope you enjoy the taste & health benefits! As your grains multiply, share the “healthy gut love” with friends and family so they too can experience abundant health!

xoxoox,

Missy

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How to make homemade kefir

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Why use unrefined organic coconut sugar instead of white sugar?

Why use coconut sugar

Let me start out by saying that unrefined organic coconut sugar is scrumptious! This delicious sugar alternative is great for many reasons. It is excellent for baking (1:1 replacement for cane & brown sugar) or beverages. It is loaded with vitamins & minerals, and is easy to use. When I want to treat myself to a sweetened coffee, this is my new “go to” sugar! After you try it, I’m confident that it will be yours too!

This type of sugar is not heavily processed; rather it is a real food in its natural state. In fact, this natural sugar is derived from the flower blossoms of a coconut tree, and is very minimally processed by heating up the coconut sap in order to evaporate its water content. None of the extra gunk is needed to process it such as: additives, bleaching agents, or chemicals. It’s as close to natural as you can get!

Here are five reasons why you should throw out your white sugar and start using organic coconut sugar:

  1. It is known for its low glycemic index. When our bodies absorb sugar at a slower rate, our bodies are much happier!
  2. It is rich in amino acids & contains 16 out of 20! It is especially high in glutamine which is great for supporting metabolic function.
  3. By purchasing certified fair trade organic coconut sugar you help others quality of life. I personally like Organic Coconut Sugar by Big Tree Farms due to their commitment to paying certified fair trade wages, supporting sustainable agriculture, operating social programs to improve livelihoods, and they are from Ashland, OR, where I grew up.
  4. It’s tasty! It tastes very similar to brown sugar can be used just the same when baking, it also caramelizes nicely too! And you can even grind it into powdered sugar.
  5. It’s rich in Vitamins and Minerals. It contains 12 of the B vitamins.

There is nothing better than knowing that your purchase is helping another life!

Some of the poorest farmers in the world are coconut farmers. By replacing white refined sugar with coconut sugar you will be helping these farmers support their family. Many families of coconut farmers live on a little more than a dollar a day. When you buy certified fair trade coconut sugar you can help other families live a better quality of life.  Cheers to using coconut sugar!

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