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Episode 171: 7 Ways To Use Your Extra Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / August 31, 2021

Kefir grains themselves are made up of many different species of bacteria and yeasts. Within the cell walls of the grains are cellulose microfibrils which are embedded in a polysaccharide matrix consisting of proteins. […]

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7 Ways to Use Your Extra Kefir Grains

By Donna Schwenk / July 24, 2021

I love my kefir grains and they love me. It’s true! We’ve been in a long relationship for over twenty years and they never cease to amaze me with everything they can do. […]

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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
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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

A What amount of water kefir grains do I need to make water kefir? 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

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

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

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

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

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Why aren’t my milk kefir grains growing?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

A Why aren’t my milk kefir grains growing? 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…

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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

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

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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

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

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Donna’s Live MILK Kefir Grains

By Chris Johnston / December 31, 2015

These live kefir grains mean a lot to me and I wanted to make sure I found the perfect way to ship them and get them to you safely. I pack these live grains in a jar, (size and shape of jar may vary) with fresh milk. Then I give them a prebiotic for extra…

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Kefir (Using Live Kefir Grains)

By Donna Schwenk / August 19, 2014
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Don’t Rinse Your Kefir Grains!

By Donna Schwenk / July 8, 2012

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. You should NEVER EVER EVER do this. It damages them and rinses off the protective bacteria that makes them thrive. So many times they will either die,…

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Episode 177: Why People Fight Over Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / October 12, 2021

Listen To My Podcast One of my favorite things about kefir is the many stories, legends, and history behind it. It has been around for thousands of years and the stories are many, as are the mystics behind this food. It would make a great documentary! Kefir seems to have been around since time began…

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Why People Fight Over Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / August 28, 2021

The Many Legends of Kefir One of my favorite things about kefir is the many stories, legends, and history behind it. It has been around for thousands of years and the stories are many, as are the mystics behind this food. It would make a great documentary! One of the first stories I heard dates…

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How Many Calories in Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / July 31, 2021

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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Episode 165: Foolproof Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / July 13, 2021

I love kefir grains, but I didn’t start my journey making kefir using kefir grains. I started with powder kefir packages and was very glad I did. […]

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Episode 164: How To Make Your Kefir Creamy Again

By Donna Schwenk / July 6, 2021

In these summer months, has your kefir been fermenting faster and turning into curds and whey before you know it? […]

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What Kind of Milk Do I Use To Make Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / June 12, 2021

There are many ways to make kefir with many different types of milk, and believe me, I’ve tried them all. Mostly to try to help you. I have some of my favorites, but I will explain which ones you can use and let you know my favorites too. […]

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Kefir Made Easy

By Donna Schwenk / May 29, 2021

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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Milk Kefir FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / March 27, 2021

Kefir is my favorite cultured food. It has the most probiotic strains of any cultured food (over 50 strains) and is also super easy to make. It was the first cultured food I tried and it made me well in so many ways that I started on a journey to learn all I could about this magical food. […]

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Why and How You Should Soak Your Beans, Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

By Donna Schwenk / November 14, 2020

More and more people are eating raw and unprocessed whole foods which is a good thing – unless they’re loaded with enzyme inhibitors and phytates. […]

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Apple Kefir Bircher

By Donna Schwenk / October 28, 2020
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Kefir Sourdough English Muffins

By Donna Schwenk / October 24, 2020

Get extra Minerals from your Food Making Cultured English Muffins There is a famous bakery in Kansas City called Wolferman’s that sells their gourmet baked goods to many distributors (like Harry & David’s) and has been around since 1888. Every fall I used to drive thirty minutes to get their legendary super-delicious English muffins that…

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How to Make Your Kefir Creamy Again

By Donna Schwenk / August 22, 2020

“Kefir is worth the trouble of making. Like all things virtuous, you have to struggle to gain the reward. Trust me, the rewards are many.” Donna 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…

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Dairy-Free Kefir – Every Kind You Can Imagine

By Donna Schwenk / April 4, 2020

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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Whey – The Liquid Gold in Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 25, 2020

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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7 Reasons I Have Kefir Every Day

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2020

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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My Kefir Is Too Sour!

By Donna Schwenk / January 4, 2020

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 Thick and Thin of Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / October 12, 2019

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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Episode 95: Dairy-Free Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 9, 2019

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. We have 16 in all and I want to tell you which ones I like the best and how to make it thick like yogurt! […]

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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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Kefir Donut Holes

By Donna Schwenk / March 30, 2019
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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
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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
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Easy Kefir Sour Cream

By Maci / October 16, 2018
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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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7 Tips for Summer Kefir ☀

By Donna Schwenk / 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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White Bean Kefir Grain Hummus

By Maci / April 11, 2018
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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
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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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Thick Nut Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / August 11, 2017
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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

A My water kefir has changed and smells yeasty or funny? 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…

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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

A Does non dairy kefir ferment faster? 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…

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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 of…

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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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Kombucha & Water Kefir Mai Tai

By Maci / June 3, 2016
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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
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Pumpkin Kefir Smoothie for Dogs

By Maci / March 20, 2016
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Can I take a break from water kefir grain?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

A Can I take a break from water kefir grain? 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,…

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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

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

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

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

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

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Why is my milk kefir starting to separate and curdle?

By Chris Johnston / March 16, 2016

A Why is my milk kefir starting to separate and curdle? 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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Macadamia Nut Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Pecan Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Pine Nut Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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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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Pistachio Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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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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Rice Milk Kefir

By Maci / January 10, 2016
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Easy Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 3, 2016

Do you want to get started making Kefir? Try Easy Kefir. Kefir Made Easy! Kefir is a cultured drink, traditionally made by adding kefir “grains” to some type of milk, including non-dairy milks. We have gone a step further and freeze dried the kefir grains into a powder and made the process into EASY KEFIR. It’s…

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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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Almond Kefir

By Maci / November 20, 2015
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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
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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
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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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Strawberry Gingerade Coconut Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 20, 2014
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Walnut Milk Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 10, 2014
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Chai Kefir Parfait

By Donna Schwenk / September 2, 2014
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Kefir (Using Easy Kefir Packets)

By Donna Schwenk / July 26, 2014
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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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Coconut Almond Kefir Ice Cream

By Donna Schwenk / June 23, 2013

Probiotic Ice Cream If I had to choose only one cultured food, which would it be? If I were banished to a desert island, which one would I take to live with me, leaving the others behind? I really love them all, and it kills me to think about choosing just one. But if I…

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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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Second Ferment Your Kefir – Your Taste Buds Will Thank You

By Donna Schwenk / January 30, 2010

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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What is Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / January 24, 2010

What is Kefir? “What is kefir?” You’ve probably asked yourself this before. Pronounced “KEE-fuhr,” kefir is a tangy, slightly fizzy, FANTASTIC fermented milk beverage. It can be made with all kinds of different milks, dairy and non dairy. It looks similar to yogurt, but is far superior. Click here to learn more on the difference between kefir…

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How to Make Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 19, 2010

Gather Your Materials Most milk types are acceptable, including whole milk, fat-reduced, non-fat, pasteurized, and homogenized. Fresh raw whole cow’s milk is delicious too and goat kefir is one of my favorites! Please don’t use ultra-pasteurized milk when making kefir. Your kefir won’t do well. Many times organic milk that you purchase from a store…

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Non-Dairy Milk Kefir FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Dairy Milk Kefir This is actually normal for non-dairy kefir. Since most nut milks are made with mostly water it separates quite easily. This doesn’t diminish the product in any way. Stir or shake it up, or blend it into a smoothie. You might want to taste your batch while it’s…

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How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 7, 2010

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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Starter Cultures ~ The Science Experiment

By Donna Schwenk / 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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My Favorite Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 13, 2021

Almost two decades ago I had a revelation. No longer could I rely on any individual to solve all my health problems even if it was a medical professional. […]

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Eating Cultured Foods For 20 Years

By Donna Schwenk / February 13, 2021

Featured Image PositionClick to adjust the image position. Visitors will not see this. The Call  Finding My Way To Cultured Foods  You have to fight through some bad days to find the best days of your life I have always had a sense of urgency about my life. I never knew why this was, and…

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Sourdough Cinnamon Swirl Bread

By Donna Schwenk / December 5, 2020

When I was growing up, my mom always made a Christmas braid on Christmas morning that was filled with cinnamon and nuts and covered in frosting. […]

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You Are The One Thing In Life You Can Control

By Donna Schwenk / November 7, 2020

This is the week of the 2020 presidential election. Needless to say, whatever side you’re on, it’s been an intense week and a lot of people are struggling with strong emotions. I’m surprised to say that I’ve lived a long time (60 years) and now have some life experience that really serves me in times of uncertainty and fear. […]

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Prebiotics – As Important as Probiotics

By Donna Schwenk / May 2, 2020

In the last few years, I have been researching and ingesting a lot of prebiotics; and what I have discovered is that prebiotics are just as important as probiotics. What is a prebiotic and why is this so important? Prebiotics are certain indigestible fibers that nourish the good bacteria in the large bowel or colon. […]

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Episode 122: Cultured Foods Are Your Ally Against Toenail Fungus

By Donna Schwenk / April 28, 2020

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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The Most Powerful Cultured Veggies

By Donna Schwenk / March 14, 2020

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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Anti-Viral Cultured Foods

By Donna Schwenk / March 7, 2020

There is a lot of fear flying around about the flu and especially the coronavirus. If I can help you understand what happens in your body and how it works when you get the flu, or what it can do to protect yourself, then perhaps it will […]

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Tips That Nobody Else Talks About

By Donna Schwenk / February 29, 2020

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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Episode 111: Eczema And Probiotic Foods

By Donna Schwenk / February 11, 2020

Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red patches on different locations of the body and affects over 30 million people. Scientists are finding that infants with low intestinal microbial diversity during the first month of life are associated with atopic eczema. Check out how people are finding relief from eczema by fixing their guts first. […]

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