Date Paste for Non-Dairy Kefir

This is what I use to feed my cultures when I use them to make non-dairy kefir. Since non-dairy milk doesn't have any lactose in it, your culture needs something to eat to stay alive. 1 teaspoon of Date Paste is enough to sustain one quart of non-dairy kefir. This method also allows you to avoid having to refresh your kefir grains in regular dairy milk if you have problems or an aversion to dairy.
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

Date Paste

  • 12 whole datespitted
  • 1/2 cup waterenough to cover the dates

Non-Dairy Kefir using Live Kefir Grains

  • 2 tablespoons Live Kefir Grains
  • 1 quart nut milkUnsweetened. (Can be milk from coconuts, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon date paste

Non-Dairy Kefir using Easy Kefir powder packets

  • 1 packet Easy Kefir
  • 1 quart nut milkUnsweetened. (Can be milk from coconuts, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon Date Paste

Instructions

Date Paste

  • Soak your dates in filtered water for a few hours or until soft.
  • When the dates are soft, drain the dates and reserve the soaking liquid.
  • Place the dates in a food processor or blender. Process the dates, adding the soaking liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is smooth, but still thick. This will require 1/4 to 1/2 cup of soaking liquid depending on the type of dates, freshness of the dates, and the length of time they soaked.
  • Place the paste into a jar with a secure lid and store in the fridge.

Non-Dairy Kefir using Live Kefir Grains

  • Add 1 quart of unsweetened nut milk to a glass jar. (It can be coconut, walnut, almond, sesame seed, etc.)
  • Add 1 teaspoon of Date Paste to the jar and mix with a spoon. Then add the kefir grains.
  • Place a lid on it and let it ferment until tart and sour, 18-24 hours.
  • Remove the grains by straining and place in fresh milk with another spoonful of date paste. Repeat to keep your grains alive.

Non-Dairy Kefir using Easy Kefir powder packets

  • Add 1 quart of unsweetened nut milk to a glass jar. (It can be coconut, walnut, almond, sesame seed, etc.)
  • Add 1 teaspoon of Date Paste to the jar.
  • Mix in 1 packet Easy Kefir with a spoon or whisk or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Place a lid on the jar and let it sit for 18 to 24 hours or until tart or sour tasting.
  • Place kefir in the refrigerator or enjoy immediately. It should keep for at least a month although it will continue to get more sour and tart.
  • If you would like to make more kefir, take 1/4 cup of this mixture and 3-3/4 cups of fresh non-dairy milk and culture again for 8-16 hours or until tart. You can do this many, many times over or until it stops working and making the milk tart. Then you will need a new Easy Kefir package.

Storing your Kefir

  • If you making your kefir using kefir grains, you can place your grains in the same amount of non-dairy milk you would use to make your kefir. Add the Date Paste and then place in your refrigerator. Refresh once a week with new milk and Date pPaste to give them something to eat and keep them alive. Remember that you need to do this at least once a week.

Notes

If the kefir still tastes sweet after 24 hours add less date paste so it will ferment faster.