How to Make Kefir
What does preliminary research suggest about probiotics?
Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video you will learn how to make kefir.Kefir is a creamy, fermented dairy beverage marked by a unique fizziness that is made with kefir grains and a dairy liquid. Milk kefir grains are composed of natural sugars, lactic acids and a symbiotic mixture of yeast and live bacteria; when fermented in milk, these grains produce a delicious, probiotic-packed drink.Probiotics are an essential ally when it comes to health. Preliminary research suggests that probiotics may stimulate the immune system, improve digestion and even lower chlesterol.To begin, you'll need:First, place your kefir grains in a clean glass jar and add milk. Use approximately one heaping tablespoon of kefir grains for every cup of milk that you pour into the jar.Next, cover the jar with a coffee filter or paper towel. Secure the filter tightly over the jar with a rubber band. This will prevent bugs and dust from entering your kefir. More importantly, it will allow for air circulation and for the safe escape of gases as the kefir ferments.Let the covered jar of milk and kefir grains sit for twenty-four hours at room temperature. Keep the jar away from direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to sunlight can kill the kefir grains.After twenty-four hours, remove the covering from the jar and stir the mixture. Next, pour the kefir liquid and kefir grains into a fine mesh strainer set over a large jar. Be sure to use a plastic or stainless steel strainer. Because kefir grains are naturally acidic, strainers made of reactive metals like iron and aluminum can easily leach small traces of metal into the kefir grains themselves.Gently stir the substance as it filters through the strainer to make sure all of the liquid moves through to the jar. As the kefir liquid moves through the strainer, the kefir grains will remain on top.Your liquid kefir is now ready to be enjoyed. To chill the kefir, refrigerate it in a clean closed jar for a couple of hours.Now that your kefir is prepared, rinse off the used kefir grains in filtered water and scoop them from the strainer into another jar. To make more kefir, simply pour milk into the jar and repeat the recipe.Thank you for watching. For more, visit About.com.