Rice Milk Kefir

Fermented rice provides great health benefits. The lactic acid bacteria break down the anti-nutritional factors in rice resulting in an improved bioavailability of micro-nutrients and minerals such as iron, potassium, and calcium by several thousand percentage points. For example, after 12 hours of fermentation of 100 grams of rice, the availability of iron changed from 3.4 mg to 73.91mg (an increase of 2073%). The university also found that fermenting rice for as low as 3 hours significantly increases the bio-availability of nutrients.
Course: Appetizer, Beverages, Breakfast
Servings: 1 quart


Rice Milk

Rice Milk Kefir (if using Live Milk Kefir Grains)

Rice Milk Kefir (if using Easy Kefir)

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Rice Milk

  • Add rice into a glass jar, cover with water and let soak for 8-12 hours.
  • After 8-12 hours, strain the rice and rinse it.
  • Pour rice and 4 cups of fresh water, into a high speed blender. Blend on high for 1-3 minutes until it looks smoother.
  • Strain with a fine-mesh strainer into a quart jar and discard rice remains.

Rice Milk Kefir (if using Live Milk Kefir Grains)

  • Add milk kefir grains and date paste to your 4 cups of rice milk.
  • Ferment 12-24 hours (separation is normal).
  • Strain out kefir grains and place Rice Milk Kefir in the refrigerator or enjoy immediately. This will last at least a month in the fridge but will continue to get sourer over time. Place the kefir grains in fresh rice milk to culture again, making sure to add more date paste or raw sugar.

Rice Kefir (if using Easy Kefir)

  • Add the Easy Kefir packet and date paste to 4 cups of rice milk.
  • Ferment 12-24 hours. (separation is normal)
  • 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 kefir, add to 3 – 3/4 cups of fresh rice milk, and culture again for 16-24 hours or until tart. You can do this many, many times over or until it stops working and making the milk tart, making sure to add more date paste or raw sugar. Then you will need a new Easy Kefir package.


Non-dairy kefir tends to separate because of the water, but this is normal. It also doesn’t get thick like milk kefir does, but you can just shake it and drink it! It has tons of benefits.