Taking Care of Kefir
You will need 1 large glass jar with lid. Fine meshed metal strainer, wooden spoon, bowl, Kefir grains (Kefir starter is also available on Amazon.com)
Sterilize jar. You will be adding your Kefir grains to this jar so be sure to let it cool really well first.(Too hot could kill it)
Simply add Kefir grains to the jar, cover grains with milk. Any kind of milk will do. I usually l use organic whole milk. Cover LOOSELY with lid and set on counter. Leave for 24 hours.
Shake jar a bit, pour into strainer over your bowl. Press through with wooden spoon. Voila! You now have Kefir! Store this in fridge and use as you like. Typically I use mine in fruit smoothies and put all sorts of goodies in with it, including my supplements, tonics etc. I sweeten it with Stevia. If you come up with other yummy ways to use it please share with us as I am making lots of it now!
For those of you who may never had Kefir, I think it is an acquired taste. When I received my grains from a friend, she said to use app. 7 Tsp milk to 1 tsp Kefir grains. But I use more, because the more milk you use the less tangy your Kefir is.
Kefir needs a bath every 3-4 days. All you do is pour distilled water over it, rinsing it well.
Press through strainer with wooden spoon to remove as much water as you can. Back into the jar it goes! Soon you too will have enough grains to share!
Lots of interesting info on the web too. Have fun with it.
PS. My mom uses Kefir all the time, and she has found that larger, rinsed grains that are dried on paper towel, with a little dried milk powder added, can be frozen, and used to start other batches should you need it, or want to share. Just thaw first then start.