traditional kefir
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Traditional Kefir

Milk kefir is not only easy to make, it is a delicious, probiotic-rich, versatile beverage your whole family can enjoy. This recipe uses the direct starter culture. You will not have to maintain kefir grains. Perhaps you can learn that a little later.

Ingredients

Equipment:

  • Glass or plastic container
  • Plastic wood, or stainless-steel stirring utensil
  • Coffee filter or cloth
  • Rubber band to secure the cover

Ingredients:

  • 1- quart raw cow milk Needs to be very fresh. Don’t wait as the competition between beneficial bacteria is quite fierce. 😊
  • 1- packet of Direct-Set Kefir Starter Culture Google it to find a source you like. Remember “starter” culture, not kefir grains.

Instructions

  • Pour 1-quart milk into a glass or plastic container
  • If milk is refrigerated liquid, heat to room temperature or 70º-75ºF
  • Add 1 packet kefir starter culture and stir gently until the culture is fully dissolved.
  • Cover the container with a coffee filter or cloth, secured with a rubber band, and place in a warm spot, 72º-74ºF, for 12-16 hours.
  • Cover finished kefir with a tight lid and store in the refrigerator.
  • The culturing process is complete when the milk thickens to the consistency of buttermilk or heavy cream.

Notes

RECULTURING THE KEFIR
Kefir made with a direct-set style starter culture can often be re-cultured anywhere from 2 to 7 times. The exact number of successive batches will depend on the freshness of the kefir and hygienic practices employed. Be sure to re-culture within 7 days. Longer periods between batches may not result in successful batches.
  1. Pour 1-quart milk into a glass or plastic container
  2. If using a refrigerated kefir, heat to room temperature or 70º-75ºF
  3. Add ¼ cup prepared kefir from the previous batch and stir gently.
  4. Cover the container with a coffee filter or cloth, secured with a rubber band, and place in a warm spot, 72º-74ºF, for 12-16 hours.
  5. Cover finished kefir with a tight lid and store in the refrigerator.