Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Simple Homemade Kefir - Powerhouse of Nutrition

Kefir is FABULOUS for your gut!!!  It has made my gut so much healthier. A healthy gut is imperative for a healthy immune system. It tastes a lot like yogurt but regular yogurt only has around five different probiotics, whereas, kefir has over thirteen! I make my own and it is very easy.

Buy a gallon of organic, whole milk.

Pour into a large pan on the stove and heat to a slow, rolling boil, stirring frequently.

Let cool to room temperature.

Add 1 cup of organic store-bought kefir to it and stir well.  
(After the first batch, you will save a cup from this batch for the next batch and so on.)

Pour into quart size mason jars.

Put on the top shelf in the pantry without a lid or in the oven with the light on.

Cover with a light towel.

Let it sit for at least 8 hours. Check after 8 hours and see if it is thick like yogurt. If it is separating, you have it in too warm of a place or have left it too long. If I put it in the oven, it takes 6 to 8 hours. If I put it in the cupboard, I can leave it overnight.

Cover with lids and put in refrigerator. It lasts up to three weeks. Just use as you would regular yogurt. Save one cup of your homemade kefir for your next batch. Eat a 1/2 cup or more a day for good gut health.