Milk Kefir

Kefir Is Easy to Make at Home

If you are unsure about the quality of store-bought kefir, you can easily make it at home.

Combined with fresh fruit, kefir makes for a healthy and scrumptious dessert.

Kefir grains are available in some health food stores and supermarkets, as well as online.

Supplies needed:

Glass mason jar(s) with ring lid 

Paper towel, or coffee filter 

Whole milk, organic/grass fed if available

Tablespoon of Kefir Grains

Fine mesh strainer (nylon if available)

Wooden spoon

(optional) Fresh or frozen fruit, honey

  • Put 1–2 tablespoons (14–28 grams) of kefir grains into a glass
    jar. The more you use, the faster it will culture.
  • Add around 2 cups (500 ml) of whole milk, preferably organic Milk from grass-fed cows is healthiest. Leave about an inch headspace at the top of the jar. 
  • Use a coffee filter or piece of paper towel with a ring or rubber band, to allow it to breath.
  • Leave it on the counter for 12–36 hours at room temperature.
  • Once it starts to look clumpy, and the grains rise up to the top, it’s ready.
  • Have a clean glass bowl or blender ready.  
  • Place the fine mesh colander over the bowl or blender.
  • Gently stir the kefir to combine any separated whey and milk.  Pour slowly into the colander and allow the milk kefir to drain into the bowl/blender.
  • After you gently strain out the liquid, the original kefir grains are left behind.

You can now put the grains in a new jar with some milk, and the process starts all over again.

  • You can blend it with your favorite fruit, use in place of buttermilk for baking and cooking, and you can keep growing your cultures with each new batch.  Use honey or your favorite sweetener.  Add a little vanilla and you have a healthy, refreshing smoothie. If you are not drinking it now, place in refrigerator for up to two weeks.  Shake well before use.