Water kefir

I am really enjoying drinking / eating milk kefir in smoothies or smoothie bowls every day. My husband hasn’t taken to the flavour in the same way as me – if I mix in Greek yoghurt he will then consume it! He does however act as if I he is being punished!!

So…I decided to start fermenting with water kefir grains as well.

Step 1: live grains ordered  from Crave Longevity (conversation point at work when they arrived!)

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Step 2: let the grains settle in – 500ml of boiled and cooled water with 2 tbsp sugar.Left in warm dark place for 24 hours.20160628_192347Strained and process repeated 2 x more.

Then 1L of boiled and cooled water and 4/5 tbsp of sugar.

Step 3: second fermentation. Drained liquid put in to a glass jar with sealable top and left in a warm dark place for 72 hours.20160702_190654I put a couple of prunes in the jar – created a ‘cream soda/ Dr Pepper type flavour.

Step 4: put the drink in to the fridge

Result: a delicious mildly effervescent drink 🙂   – which I am delighted to say my husband seems to enjoy.

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He particularly enjoyed the batch I made without any additions of flavours at the second fermentation stage but instead added a slice of lemon and a couple of drops of vanilla prior to serving.20160709_091829

 

Kale, papaya and kefir smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

300 ml Kefir                                         200 ml coconut water

Papaya peeled and deseeded          large handful of kale

2 tbsp chia seeds

Method:

Put all ingredients in to a blender and blitz.

 

 

 

 

Kefir, Kefir, I love Kefir!

I have a new obsession in my life…kefir. Having read many articles, seen many recipes and heard great things about this product I decided to try it. My first hurdle was to locate it. I eventually found a supermarket that stocked it – after many, ‘What’s that?’ responses to my queries around which aisle it was in.

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a cultured, creamy product made from any type of milk. It is made from gelatinous white or yellow particles called ‘grains’. These grains ferment the milk.

Why Kefir?

As well as beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help the body with healing and maintenance functions. It is rich in vitamin B12, B1 and vitamin K.

I now ensure I drink kefir every day  – in smoothies or neat.

Glass of Kefir and piece of coconut bark (recipe posted).

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My next step is to locate ‘grains’ and start making kefir myself …

Mid – April I purchased some kefir grains – came by recorded delivery!

I now have Kevin the kefir grains working hard and providing me with a new batch of Kefir every 2 days.

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