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Live Milk Kefir Grains Starter Kit

By Chris Johnston / June 20, 2018

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The Tale of the Disappearing Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / March 31, 2018

We make a lot of kefir. We drink it every day along with making kefir cheese and kefir sodas, so we make it daily. As usual, my husband and kids were helping me make kefir on April 1st, 2014. As I poured out the jugs into the strainer, no kefir grains appeared. . .

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Goat’s Milk Kefir with Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / February 3, 2017
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Goat’s Milk Kefir Using Live Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / February 3, 2017

Goat’s milk kefir will not thicken like regular cow’s milk but rather stay creamy and quite delicious.

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Did I Kill My Kefir Grains?

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2017
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Storing Your Kefir Grains While on Vacation

By Donna Schwenk / January 9, 2017
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Never Rinse Your Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Making Kefir with Live Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / January 4, 2017
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What amount of water kefir grains do I need to make water kefir?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

You’ll need three to four tablespoons of kefir grains to culture four cups of water kefir every 24 to 48 hours.

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What do I do if my water kefir grains are slimy and smell bad?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

This is usually a result of over-mineralization: Sugars such as coconut sugar or honey can contain to many minerals and it is best to switch to an unrefined sugar. Warmer temperatures can also make your grains culture faster and can lead to over mineralization, shorten the culturing time and change the grains to new sugar…

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How do I know if my milk kefir grains are still good?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

They will culture your milk and turn it sour and thick within 24 hours. Make sure that you have enough grains for the amount of milk that you are using or it will separate into whey and curds which is still ok to drink but not as thick.

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Why aren’t my milk kefir grains growing?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

If you are making kefir every day, your grains should be growing and multiplying. If they aren’t, it is because the temperature in your house is cooler than usual, slowing down the grains, or your kefir grains have died. If your milk is turning into kefir by becoming sour and thick, your grains are still…

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I stored my milk kefir grains in the fridge for a week. Is the milk that the grains were stored in okay to drink?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

The milk that the grains were stored in is not really kefir. It won’t hurt you to drink it, but it probably won’t taste very good. Milk needs to culture at a warmer temperature to really turn into kefir.

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I left my milk kefir grains in the refrigerator for a few months. Are they still good?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

Probably not. Kefir grains eat the milk sugars (lactose) out of the milk to live and to make their bacteria. This is why the milk gets more sour. When the grains run out of food, they begin to die. They’re living organisms and need food. Treat them like a pet and make sure you feed…

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Donna’s Live MILK Kefir Grains

By Chris Johnston / December 31, 2015

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Kefir Using Live Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / August 19, 2014

Kefir grains last forever if you take care of them and they can last for generations. Kefir grains are not really grains but rather combinations of good bacteria and yeasts that infuse your milk or non dairy milk with over 50+ good bacteria and good yeasts. They look like little pieces of cauliflower and feel a little rubbery. They’re tough little guys and you can pull them apart, and they just grow more. Kefir grains are a little like having a pet. You have to feed and take care of them but that’s easy to do and I can show you how. If you need more help, check out our Faq’s about kefir page.

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Don’t Rinse Your Kefir Grains!

By Donna Schwenk / July 8, 2012

If you like this, then please share! The Dog That Kefir Saved The Dog That Kefir Saved Sauerkraut Without a Culture Don’t Rinse Your Kefir Grains! Edit Kefir Grains Never Rinse Them in Water I get so many emails from people, who in attempt to help their kefir grains, will rinse them in cool water.…

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Yogurt Versus Kefir – Which Is Better?

By Donna Schwenk / July 13, 2019

So, what is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Which is better? Kefir is far superior, but yogurt has its benefits too. I read once that yogurt is like wine and kefir is more like champagne. It has more pizazz! […]

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Episode 84: The Many Reasons I Drink Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / June 4, 2019

Coconut water is one of my favorite drinks! It is fast, super easy to make, and wow is it good for you. Listen and check out the many health benefits and why drinking this can help with anxiety, kidney stones, blood pressure, and more. It’s bubbly, tangy, and delicious! […]

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Episode 72: Kefir and Diabetes

By Donna Schwenk / March 5, 2019

Kefir was life changing for me in regards to blood sugar problems. Find out how kefir can help your blood sugar by changing the microbiome and enhancing your overall health. . .

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7 Reasons I Drink Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / December 29, 2018

Coconut water is one of my favorite drinks! It is fast and super easy to make and wow is it good for you. Water Kefir Crystals make fantastic coconut water kefir. It’s bubbly, tangy, and delicious! All you need are water kefir crystals (which are different from milk kefir grains) and some coconut water and 24 hours. . .

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Coconut Clementine Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / December 29, 2018

This recipe is great for winter time when clementines are in season, and your body is needing extra vitamin C to fight off colds and viruses. I love adding clementine juice to coconut kefir. The addition of clementine juice makes a wonderful drink filled with nutrients and tons of Vitamin C. More than half of your daily value for vitamin C is in one clementine!

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History of Kefir, Kombucha, and Fermented Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / December 1, 2018

We all have trials and struggles throughout our lives and often these struggles have brought me to my knees. But without fail, each and every one of them has been a blessing in disguise. The pain turned to wisdom and I found myself so grateful for the struggle that brought me so much pain. . .

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Super Easy Kefir Pots

By Donna Schwenk / November 23, 2018

This is a fun and easy way to make lots of little jars of kefir that are ready to serve and handy to take with you on the go. You can even use chocolate milk to make Easy Kefir and kids love this! I like to top these pots with fruit and granola or just a spoonful of jam for a fast and easy breakfast. You can make any size jar, just keep the ratio of 1 tablespoon of Easy Kefir to 1 cup of milk. Double and triple the amounts if you want to make a bigger jar. It’s super easy and you get all the benefits of kefir without having to strain out the kefir grains. This makes for a thicker curd kefir that is a lot like yogurt only super easy to make with over 50 bacteria!

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Which is Better – Water Kefir or Milk Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / August 4, 2018

People often ask me about water kefir and milk kefir and which type of kefir I think is more beneficial. Water kefir is a non-dairy kefir that is gaining in popularity. Many people start with this method of making kefir because it’s so easy and fun and they want a non-dairy option. . .

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Live Water Kefir Crystals Starter Kit

By Chris Johnston / July 24, 2018

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Non-Dairy Milk Kefir FAQs

By Chris Johnston / July 11, 2018
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Water Kefir FAQ’s

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Milk Kefir FAQs

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7 Tips for Summer Kefir ☀

By Maci / June 23, 2018

Kefir is a living food that tends to have a mind of its own. It ferments differently in the winter than the summer, so understanding the process can make a huge difference. I’m sharing seven tips to help you make great summer kefir. . .

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Kefir And Your Blood Pressure

By Donna Schwenk / June 7, 2018
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Kefir And Your Blood Pressure

By Donna Schwenk / June 2, 2018

In 2001, I was battling hypertension and diabetes. It was then that I started drinking kefir and I noticed an interesting occurrence. It seemed that when I drank a glass of kefir every day my blood pressure would go down; and not just a little, but quite a bit. It would put me in the normal range. . .

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Cocoa Kefir Krunch Puff Breakfast Video! 📹

By Donna Schwenk / May 19, 2018

This is my daughter Holli’s favorite breakfast. I make extra servings of the crunch topping and store it in a jar for her to use whenever she makes her morning smoothie. This was the recipe that really changed her more than any other recipe. My family is like everybody else. . .

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Is Kefir the Answer for Acid Reflux?

By Donna Schwenk / April 14, 2018

One of the first things I noticed when we started drinking kefir was the help my husband received with eliminating his acid reflux. It was quite surprising to me since he popped antacids like they were candy. . .

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Learn How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 7, 2018

Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose. These special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the water kefir crystals consume the sugar in the sugar water, and they produce probiotics, new enzymes, vitamins, and help repopulate your gut flora. . .

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Basic Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 7, 2018

Water kefir is a great replacement for soda pop. There are many beneficial bacteria and yeasts present in the water kefir crystals. These special probiotics metabolize the sugar, making it a bubbly effervescent drink that is loaded with over 14 different probiotics along with extra vitamins and minerals too. Your water kefir crystals can change in color due to the sugar you use or if you add molasses or another mineral.

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How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 7, 2018

Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose.The special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the water kefir crystals consume the sugar in the sugar water, and they produce probiotics, new enzymes, vitamins, and help repopulate your gut flora. They are dairy free…

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Kefir and Diabetes

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Kefir is Your Ally Against Toenail Fungus

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Your Kidneys Might Need Some Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Your Kidneys Might Need Some Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / February 17, 2018

I’ve received several emails from people who have been greatly helped by cultured foods in regards to kidney health. More and more medical research is showing great benefits to using probiotics for kidney health […]

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I Am Having Difficulty Straining My Kefir 📹

By Donna Schwenk / February 3, 2018

I love kefir that is thick like yogurt. However, it can sometimes be difficult to strain out the kefir grains. There is a super easy remedy for this. Enjoy the benefits of kefir and find an easy and quick way to strain it. Check out the video for tips. […]

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Winter Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 30, 2018
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7 Reasons to Make Goat Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 27, 2018

Goat milk was a godsend for my tiny daughter, Holli. She was born eight weeks premature and this little one rocked my world. I became a woman on a mission to help her be well. Nursing this tiny infant was a challenge […]

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Winter Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 20, 2018

I love winter kefir! It’s often creamier and thicker than summer kefir. Kefir acts differently in the winter than in the warmer months of the year, due to cooler temperatures that make it ferment more slowly. […]

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Kefir and Diabetes

By Donna Schwenk / November 4, 2017

I remember that day quite vividly. It was over fifteen years ago. It was February and bitter cold outside. I made myself a breakfast that I thought was healthy – high-fiber cereal and skim milk. Thirty minutes later a terrible feeling came over me […]

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Episode 7: 7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / October 24, 2017

Lots of people write articles about kefir, but few of those people have drunk and made kefir for 15 years. I am a believer that kefir is not just a food but a healer. Find out 7 ways it can help you too. […]

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Episode 6: Kefir Soda – The New Probiotic Pop

By Donna Schwenk / October 17, 2017

I can teach you three different ways to make a delicious, bubbly, probiotic soda. Find out the good things, and the things you need to be careful about when deciding if this is the cultured drink for you. […]

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Nut Milk Kefir That Looks and Tastes Like Thick Yogurt

By Donna Schwenk / August 12, 2017

We went to a nut farm this weekend and found just about every kind of nut you could imagine. Nuts are prebiotic foods and your gut loves them. I love my kefir, but nut milks don’t always make thick and creamy kefir as much as cow’s milk — until now. […]

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Kefir is Your Ally Against Toenail Fungus

By Donna Schwenk / July 15, 2017

So, do you want to know why you have certain persistent problems with things like ringworm, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot? All of these are caused by a fungus that can spread and grow like crazy and last for years and years. […]

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7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / April 28, 2017
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FAQ’s Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / February 22, 2017
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My water kefir has changed and smells yeasty or funny?

By Donna Schwenk / February 22, 2017

If your water kefir has a yeasty aroma you may be over-culturing, which can cause an imbalance. Make sure to reduce the culturing time in warmer temperatures, to keep the grains well-fed and in balance. With grains that have been in use for a while but have begun to smell yeasty, you might add  ⅛…

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FAQ’s Non Dairy Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / February 10, 2017
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Does non dairy kefir ferment faster?

By Donna Schwenk / February 10, 2017

Generally speaking non dairy kefir does ferment faster than regular cow’s milk kefir. (18- 24 hours) It will also depend on temperature in your home and what kind of culture you’re using. If you are using a lot of kefir grains your kefir will ferment faster. It is best to taste it, if it’s sour…

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Over Fermented Kefir 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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I Am Having Difficulty Straining My Kefir 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2017
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Root Beer, Cucumber, & Italian Ice Water Kefir 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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FAQ’s Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Whey – The Liquid Gold in Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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How to Make Your Kefir Creamy Again

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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The Thick and Thin of Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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My Kefir is Too Sour

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Which is Better – Water Kefir or Milk Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / January 8, 2017
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Sixteen Ways to Make Non Dairy Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2017
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Non Dairy Kefir Wants a Date

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2017
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Intro Non Dairy Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2017
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Second Ferment Your Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 6, 2017
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Is My Kefir Done? 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2017
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Starting Your Next Batch of Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2017
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Kefir History

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2017
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Kefir Benefits

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2017
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What is Kefir? 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 4, 2017
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Donna’s Live WATER Kefir Crystals

By Donna Schwenk / December 3, 2016

Water kefir crystals are often referred to as water kefir grains, or tibicos. They make a bubbly fermented drink that is loaded with probiotics! Water kefir crystals are translucent in nature and also dairy free. They contain a healthy combination of probiotic bacteria and yeasts, and grow and multiply for as long as you take care…

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Living Longer on Yogurt and Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 17, 2016

I love to eat and make kefir as well as yogurt. I’ve been having lots of fun making different types of yogurts made famous in different parts of the world. I have discovered that in certain parts of the world, yogurt and kefir have been strongly linked with an unusually high number of centenarians. […]

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Whey – The Liquid Gold in Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 3, 2016

Don’t throw out your kefir if it separates into whey and curds. Your whey, although less appealing to many individuals, is a superfood which contains a lot of healing properties. There is something known as “The Whey Cure” which was used throughout history. In fact, Hippocrates and Galen, two founding fathers of medicine, frequently recommended whey to their patients to heal them. This whey was often referred to as “liquid gold.” […]

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Kombucha + Water Kefir Mai Tai Mocktail!

By Maci / June 3, 2016

This is an alcohol-free cocktail that is based on rum extract, kombucha, coconut kefir, and fruit juices. It’s refreshing and a great summer drink!

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7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / May 8, 2016

Lots of articles are popping up about reasons you should have kefir, but few of the people writing the articles have actually drunk kefir every day for 14 years. This post is specifically talking about milk kefir and not water kefir. My reasons for drinking kefir are very personal and specific to me. […]

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Coconut Water Kefir Saffron Lemonade

By Maci / April 9, 2016
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Coconut Kefir Mojito Mocktail!

By Maci / April 9, 2016
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Coconut Water Kefir

By Maci / April 9, 2016

This recipe is made using water kefir crystals, which are different than milk kefir grains. You can use them again and again to make a lot of water kefir. We recommend switching back to feeding it with sugar water every couple of feedings. Coconut water can be a little acidic and hard on the grains if they’re continually left in coconut water.

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Kefir Dog Smoothie!

By Maci / March 20, 2016

Warning: May result in a happy dog! This recipe is designed to be a full first meal for a 50-60 pound dog. You can cut it in half or fourths for smaller dogs or double it for larger. You can mix it into regular dog food or serve it alone to add sooo many nutrients into your pet’s life! This smoothie contains probiotics, prebiotics, healing bone broth, anti-inflammatory turmeric, and soothing pumpkin which promotes healthy bowels in dogs.

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Can I take a break from water kefir grain?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

To take a break from making water kefir, prepare a sugar-water solution, place the grains in the sugar water, place a tight lid on the container, and place it in the refrigerator. This will keep for a couple of weeks in your fridge. After that, you need to replace the solution with fresh water and…

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I’m going on vacation. How do I keep my grains alive and happy while I’m gone?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

If you don’t want to make new kefir and want to store it, place the grains in at least 2-4 cups of milk, remembering the “1 tablespoon of grains to 2 cup of milk” rule. Then add a little more milk. I like to store mine in at least 4 cups of milk to make…

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Why is my milk kefir culturing so fast and how do I fix it?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

This happens for one of two reasons: Your grains have grown, but the amount of milk you’re using hasn’t increased; or your kitchen is quite warm. If the former, either remove some of the grains or add more milk for the next batch, so the grains to milk ratio remains correct. If a too cozy…

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Why is my milk kefir starting to separate and curdle?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

It has cultured faster than expected. This is not a bad thing. It just means that your kefir is ready. Remove the grains, and shake or stir the kefir to mix it together again.

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How Many Calories in Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / March 6, 2016

Kefir can be made with many different kinds of milk, be it non-dairy or dairy milk. It differs in calories and nutritional differences depending on which type of milk you use. Kefir is far superior to regular milk. Fermentation is the alchemy of milk. […]

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Macadamia Nut Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Pecan Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016

When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for Pecan milk in the recipe below.

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Flaxseed Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Oat Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Dairy-Free Kefir- Every Kind You Can Imagine

By Donna Schwenk / January 10, 2016

I have seen many people benefit from kefir, and this includes non-dairy kefir. So many people need a dairy-free version, so we created just about every kind of non-dairy kefir we could think of. […]

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Pistachio Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016

When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for Pistachio milk in the recipe below.

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Sunflower Seed Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Hazelnut Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Peanut Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Pumpkin Seed Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Easy Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 3, 2016
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Dairy Free Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 1, 2016

Many people have found that even though they can’t consume regular dairy products, they can eat milk kefir no problem. This is because kefir eats the lactose in the milk and makes it 99% lactose free. So those who are lactose intolerant aren’t actually consuming the lactose in kefir, because it’s already been consumed by…

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Grains Popup

By Chris Johnston / December 7, 2015

As you know, it’s hot outside. I can’t stress enough that if you order my live kefir grains, it’s your responsibility to make sure you will be home when they get delivered. Despite my best efforts to warn everyone, I’ve had too many people tell me that their grains were killed from the heat because…

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Reasons To Love Almond Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / November 22, 2015

I love almonds and they make wonderful kefir. Some people call almonds the healthiest food in all the world and they have tons of health benefits. But I know a thing or two about almonds that perhaps you do not know. […]

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Almond Kefir

By Maci / November 20, 2015

When making non-dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non-dairy milk has at least 8 grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It uses the sugars and creates probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead you get lots of healthy bacteria. If it doesn’t have 8 grams of carbohydrates, then you can add 1 teaspoon of date paste or raw sugar per quart to give the bacteria food so it can make probiotics.

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Foolproof Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / November 15, 2015

I love kefir grains, but I didn’t start my journey making kefir using kefir grains. I started with the powder kefir and was very glad I did. I was pretty much a wreck at that time in my life and I needed something easy and foolproof or it wasn’t going to happen. […]

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How to Second Ferment Kefir

By Chris Johnston / August 8, 2015

Many years ago I discovered a way to make kefir not only taste better, but to increase the nutrients in it. It is the only way that I make my kefir now because it is so delicious.  The process is called second fermenting. I have to admit that the reason I second fermented my kefir,…

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Non-Dairy Kefir Wants a Date

By Donna Schwenk / April 12, 2015

Kefir grains love to eat the sugars (lactose) in milk. These sugars are the primary food for this culture. Fresh milk kefir is only 1% sugar and live kefir grains contain over 50 different types of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. […]

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Date Paste for Non-Dairy Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 10, 2015

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Coconut Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / March 18, 2015

When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has 8 grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy bacteria. If it doesn’t have 8 grams of carbohydrates than you can add 1 teaspoon of date paste or raw sugar per quart to give the bacteria food so it can make probiotics.

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Kefir Snowtherland

By Donna Schwenk / March 10, 2015
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Video: How to Make Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / February 8, 2015

A few weeks ago I had a dream about kefir. I was watching TV in my dream and heard a newscaster say that kefir had swept the world and there was now kefir in every kitchen. I woke up and carried that dream with me for weeks. If everybody drank kefir, the world would be a better place. I am convinced of this. […]

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Cashew Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / November 13, 2014

When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for cashew milk in the recipe below.

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Video: Is Your Kefir Separating?

By Donna Schwenk / November 9, 2014

Is your kefir separating into whey and curds? Is your kefir thin and runny? Most of the time this is because it is over fermenting and you need to add more milk or remove some of the grains. It also might be warm in your home and this will make it separate faster as well. […]

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Walnut Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014

When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for walnut milk in the recipe below.

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Strawberry Gingerade Coconut Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Chai Kefir Parfait

By Donna Schwenk / September 2, 2014

I like to use Tazo Chai tea bags. You can use whatever Chai tea bag you like or make your own blend. Layer with your choice of toppings: Granola, pecans, toasted coconut, fruit, etc… Whatever you can dream up.

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How to Make Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / August 19, 2014
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Kefir (Using Easy Kefir Packets)

By Donna Schwenk / July 26, 2014

This method uses Easy Kefir powder packets. It’s made from freeze-dried kefir grains. It’s very easy to make, and is the way I made kefir when I first started.

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Kefir Made Easy

By Donna Schwenk / July 26, 2014

When your feet hit the ground in the morning are you pumped about the day? Do you feel appreciation and love for others? Do you have energy that will last all day? Did you know that you are supposed to feel this way? […]

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How to Make Your Kefir Creamy Again

By Chris Johnston / June 21, 2014

In these summer months, has your kefir been fermenting faster and turning  into curds and whey before you know it? In the summertime, kefir can change and many people think something is wrong with their kefir; then they throw it away which gives me complete anxiety! Don’t throw it away, it’s still good. Let me…

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How to Travel With Kefir and Be a Pioneer

By Donna Schwenk / May 7, 2014

This last month my husband and I had our 30th wedding anniversary. Ron and I and our three kids are a tribe and we’ve always done everything together. This was the first vacation we have had alone since our honeymoon which we spent on a houseboat in Lake Powell, Utah. […]

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The Thick and Thin of Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 10, 2014

Are you ready to master kefir and eat it every day? Most diseases begin in your digestive system, including physical and mental disease. Once you heal your gut, your digestive system will begin to work properly again and disease symptoms will begin to resolve. Kefir is a great place to start. […]

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Milk Kefir Starter Culture (2-pack) Powder

By Chris Johnston / November 24, 2013
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My Kefir Is Too Sour!!!

By Donna Schwenk / March 16, 2013

Perhaps you’ve seen this happen, and it even happens to me from time to time: My kefir will get really sour. This can happen for several reasons. During your first ferment, you let your kefir ferment too long on your counter, or your house might be warmer than usual. […]

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The Dog That Kefir Saved

By Donna Schwenk / January 16, 2012

Some of the best friends I have today came to me through cultured foods. I meet people who are looking to be well – they either come to one of my classes or they find me through friends to purchase kefir grains. […]

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What is Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / October 24, 2011
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Second Ferment Your Kefir – Your Taste Buds Will Thank You

By Donna Schwenk / October 4, 2011

Many years ago I discovered a way to make kefir not only taste better but also increase the nutrients in it. It is the only way that I make my kefir now because it is so delicious. The process is called second-fermenting. I have to admit that the reason I second fermented my kefir is that it tasted so much better. […]

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Starter Cultures ~ The Science Experiment

By Maci / August 13, 2016

So, let’s talk about starter cultures! I would like to clear up some confusion involving starter cultures and ratios. In my first book, Cultured Food For Life, the recipe for kefir called for 1 cup of milk to 1 tablespoon of kefir grains. […]

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Enzymes and Your Gut — You Aren’t Just What You Eat, You’re What You Digest and Absorb

By Donna Schwenk / August 17, 2019

Eating cultured foods have not only supplied my body with billions of probiotics but also tons of digestive enzymes. This is one of the many reasons I eat them so often. Having plenty of digestion enzymes is one of the keys to optional health. Digestion when you put something in your mouth. […]

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Probiotic Tomatoes

By Donna Schwenk / May 11, 2019

I have a diverse group of people who subscribe and are members of my site. They have very different diets but all are adding cultured foods to enhance what they’re doing. I’ve discovered that consuming cultured foods is one of the keys to living an incredibly healthy life. Not only have I experienced this, but others are recognizing this as well. […]

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UTIs, Yeast Infections, and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 16, 2019

We know that more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Although men also suffer from these infections, the occurrence is much less frequent due to anatomical differences. If you experience discomfort when you urinate, you may have an infection. There are two types of infections that commonly affect these areas. . .

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7 Reasons I Eat Sourdough Bread

By Donna Schwenk / February 23, 2019

So as I write, I’m waiting for my starter to become bubbly. Sourdough bread is only flour, water, and salt. It’s hard to believe it all comes together to make something that has such flavor and character. Bread made with a sourdough culture is a completely different food than bread made without this probiotic combination of bacteria and yeasts. . .

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Microbes – If You Don’t Feed Them They Can Eat You!

By Donna Schwenk / February 9, 2019

The microbes that have made your body their home are quite impressive, and most people are unaware of the magnitude of microbes that reside within them. One hundred trillion microbes is a tremendous amount, and let me better explain just how much this is. . .

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Easy Ways To Heal Your Microbiome

By Donna Schwenk / February 2, 2019

I talk a lot about your body and what your body is made out of. Those 100 trillion microbes (which is more than ten times the cells in the body) that call you home are your constant companions. Most of you don’t even know your microbes because you can’t see them, but they know you and work their darndest to keep you alive each day. . .

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A Cold You Can Beat After A Holiday Treat

By Donna Schwenk / November 24, 2018

For many years, and way before I found cultured foods, we would travel to my mom’s house in Virginia for Christmas. It was a twenty-hour car ride from my home in Kansas City and we would often drive all night to get there so the kids would sleep. We would always be exhausted by the time we arrived at my mom’s home. . .

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Symptoms of an Unbalanced Gut

By Donna Schwenk / November 3, 2018

Sometimes I wonder how I got here. Symptoms of disease struck my life almost two decades ago and it broke me. Those symptoms shook me to my core and I didn’t know that my body was desperately trying to get my attention to help me heal. And heal I did. With a grateful heart, I’m here trying with all I know to help you too. . .

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Are Probiotic Foods Stronger Than Supplements?

By Donna Schwenk / September 22, 2018

Many people wonder if probiotic pills provide the same benefit as probiotic foods since they seem to be marketed in the same way—healthy bacteria for our guts. However, probiotic foods work significantly better because of their construction […]

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What to Do With Your Cultures While You’re on Vacation

By Donna Schwenk / April 21, 2018

Your cultures (kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and water kefir) are all living organisms and need to be cared for just like a pet. I love them like family, and have found ways to take care of them when I go on vacation. . .

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Episode 27: The Only Bread I Eat. The Bread Made with Culture.

By Donna Schwenk / April 3, 2018

Our bread is made so differently than in years gone by, and it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies. Understand the science of why this is, and how bacteria can change your bread into something healthy. Walk in the footsteps of those who made bread for thousands of years and called it the staff of life. . .

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Episode 26: Your Microbes Love Coffee!

By Donna Schwenk / March 27, 2018

If you love coffee, you’re not the only one. Microbes love the microscopic fibers in coffee too. Learn more about microbes and coffee and how they can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and more! […]

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Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 11, 2018
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Autism and Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / November 25, 2017

Her name was Mary and she changed my life the day I met her. It was the very beginning of my journey with cultured foods, and I was in hiding with my newfound knowledge. People didn’t understand what I was doing, and the thought of letting food ferment on your counter […]

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Six Easy Ways To Store Your Cultured Foods

By Maci / March 25, 2017

Having lots of fermented foods in your fridge is the same as having a medicine cabinet stocked with natural remedies. We reach for these foods not only to keep us healthy and disease free but also when we find ourselves struggling with a virus, stomach ache, or any other kind of ailment that requires extra body support. […]

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Tips That Nobody Else Talks About

By Donna Schwenk / March 4, 2017

Years ago when I was young and raising my kids, I was often influenced by well-meaning friends and family. They scared me to death with the latest news they had heard and would say, “Don’t eat this and don’t let your kids do this and did you read that story about how bad this is for you?” […]

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Gather Your Materials 🎬

By Donna Schwenk / January 5, 2017
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Decide Which Method

By Donna Schwenk / January 4, 2017
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Shipping Policy

By Chris Johnston / August 18, 2016

We offer free shipping to the lower 48 states for all orders over $25. Alaska, Hawaii, and the US territories do not qualify for free shipping. (sorry!) We will determine the most efficient shipping carrier for your order. We will normally use either the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or FedEx. All orders are shipped from Kansas City,…

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Probiotic Pets!

By Donna Schwenk / March 20, 2016

This little guy in the picture is my puppy Scoby (pronounced like kombucha SCOBY) enjoying his kefir. Kefir is incredibly good for dogs and we hear many stories of how it helps them in so many ways. Did you know that your pets need probiotics, too? […]

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Kombucha Treats For Your Dogs

By Donna Schwenk / August 1, 2015

Scoby treats 2I get an overabundance of kombucha SCOBYs (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). Every time you make a pot of kombucha you get another SCOBY. So what to do with them? I usually just put them in my garden. The plants love the B vitamins in the kombucha SCOBYs and they seem to nurture the soil and keep the bugs away. […]

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Coconut Milk

By Donna Schwenk / March 18, 2015
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The Most Powerful Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / November 1, 2014

I had no idea just exactly what I was making when I created this recipe several years ago. I just thought the combination tasted good and seemed to give me spectacular results during cold and flu season, so I kept making them and giving them to my family. […]

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