Kefir and me!

Authentic Food is my Medicine !Kefir is a fermented milk using “Kefir Grains” (looks a little like cauliflower flowerettes) with cow or goat’s milk, originating from the area around the Caucasus Mountains.  These grains are a living organism full with lactic acid bacteria and yeast.  The grains feed on the sugars in the milk, creating this bacteria that helps digest the lactose. Over time the grains grow, especially in summertime when temperatures are higher than the rest of the year.  I have notice by making Kefir milk/yogurt every day I have increased my daily calcium intake. Personally, I think this simple routine of making Kefir has increased my drive to improve my overall health.   For years, I had aching pains in my left hip and sometimes at the end of my spine. Many  years ago, I was diagnosed with Osteopenia, (part of my autoimmune disease) and have been taken 2 calcium tablets a day since then to relieve the pain. If I miss taking them for more than one day I could feel a dull pain coming back again. Now as I look back , I feel my body was crying out for  authentic food, but  I just kept ignoring  what my own body was telling me, always too busy to put my health first.  So, if there is anyone out there in a similar or worse situation, please , listen to what your body is telling you, your health is your wealth (this was one of my father’s quotes). Doctors prescribe medication where many have a limited knowledge on beneficial food nutrients.  If you can read this blog, then you have the key  to achieve optimal health and take control of your health. So why not start today,  take a baby step by introducing something healthy into your diet.  🙂

In the last couple of years I was  getting a slight pain in my right hip and my left knee was locking when I went walking.  This pain was the catalyst that inspired me to take control of my own health. I felt if I didn’t grasp this moment now I’d be in a terrible way in a few years, it’s never too late to change. So this slow process begins, through reading books, articles on foods, their nutrient values and watching interesting YouTube videos. It can increase your knowledge in  understanding how important authentic food is to the body.  As I was doing that I came across many articles about fermented foods and the impact they can have on the body.  So this little Kefir grain by way of the internet, has introduced me to fermented foods and between making Kefir milk, Kefir yogurt , eating soft cheeses and taking 2 calcichew  d3 tablets every day, my bones feel much stronger than ever before. May my family, friends and myself be always blessed and surrounded by veritable organic foods , especially these little grains and authentic milk.  Now to simple steps and photos in making this special elixir , well for me anyway.

Kefir:

Buy your Kefir grains on the internet (kefir.ie) or perhaps you may be lucky enough to receive a present of them from a kind person or a friend.:)

Step one:

Place grain/grains into a clean glass jar and pour in your milk of choice .  If you have just one or two grains just put around a quarter cup of milk and as they grow add more milk.  I usually gauge it to one tablespoon of grains to one cup of milk.. ( When it increases in size, I put what I don’t want into refrigerator, placing it in a glass jar with  milk and  the lid on. You can also feed it to your plants in the yard , garden or a plant pot, especially in the warmer weather,  it’s great for roses and even the bird’s love it:)

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Step two: (first fermentation)

Cover the jar with a tea towel and place it in a dark area, like your cupboard. Leave it there overnight.

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Step three:

Next day , strain milk into your jug with a plastic sieve. Now, you have your Kefir milk.

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Step four: ( second fermentation)

Pour strained milk into another glass jar with lid on and let it stand for another eight hours or longer on your counter. I leave it overnight  on the counter and in the morning I have a slightly thicker milk.. (Kefir yogurt)

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Step five :

Repeat all the above steps by placing the grains again into a clean glass jar with your choice of milk. Cover with a clean tea cloth and then place it into your cupboard. Simple or what!

Finally, every morning I make a smoothie with the Kefir yogurt ,adding a banana or apple or berries and  honey or maple syrup into a blender , as it has a tart taste and I find it hard to drink without the fruit etc.

Notes : – Use a clean glass jar to store the grains. – While taking out the grains from the plastic strainer always use a wooden spoon. – Never let heat touch your grains as it will destroy them.

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Why not give it a try !