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Kefir (Using Easy Kefir)
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.~Donna
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Materials
Ingredients
  • 1Packet Easy Kefir
  • 1Quart milk(See Recipe Notes below)
Servings: quart
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Instructions
  1. Pour four cups of milk into a quart-sized glass jar.
  2. Sprinkle the entire contents of one Easy Kefir packet into the jar and mix well.
  3. Put a lid on the jar.
  4. Let this mixture ferment at 72° to 75°F for 18 to 24 hours. If the temperature is below 72° let it ferment a little longer.
  5. Place into the refrigerator. Even in your refrigerator the fermentation process continues, but chilling it will slow down the fermentation of the healthy bacteria and beneficial yeast.
  6. To make more kefir from this batch, go to the lesson — Starting your next batch of kefir.
Recipe Notes

Making Kefir
Most types of milk are acceptable, including whole milk, fat-reduced, non-fat, pasteurized, and homogenized. I mostly enjoy fresh raw whole cow’s milk to culture kefir.

You will know your kefir is ready if the milk has thickened and has a distinctive sour fragrance. The final consistency should be pourable and thicker like yogurt.

When you put the kefir in your refrigerator the fermentation process continues, but chilling it will slow down the fermentation of the healthy bacteria and beneficial yeast.

Re-culturing Your Kefir

Once you’ve made your first batch (quart) of kefir, you can use some of it to make more kefir, so don’t drink all of it! Simply take a portion of this kefir, add it to new milk, and let it culture it again.

  • To make a quart: use 1/4 cup from the previous batch.
  • To make 1/2 gallon: use 1/2 cup from the previous batch.
  • To make 1 gallon: use 1 cup from the previous batch.

You can do this up to seven times and in larger quantities. Or perhaps more than seven times if you do it every day like I do 🙂 Just keep doing it until it stops re-culturing, then you'll know that you need to use another Easy Kefir packet.

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