So, I love kefir. Well, not so much the taste of kefir, but he health benefits of consuming kefir. I swear by kefir, fermented cod liver oil, and a very low amount of refined sugar in the diet for staying healthy all winter long.
Swear by it.
What is kefir?
Kefir is a cultured dairy product made from milk. The end product is similar to yogurt, although the texture is a bit runnier. The culturing process not only results in a final product loaded with beneficial bacteria and yeasts, but lactose is removed during the fermentation, which means people with lactose issues can typically tolerate homemade kefir. (Store-bought kefir is not the same caliber as homemade kefir. Read more on that here.)
I’ve outlined the many benefits of this strong probiotic before– the purpose of this post is simply to save you some dish washing time.
Allow me to explain.
The old Ashley may have thrown a few silent (or not so silent… ahem) fits at bedtime upon realizing the kefir still needed to be switched over before bed. That would be because “switching over” involved:
Photo credits: All photos above from David Niergarth, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution, edited.
Did you catch how many dishes were dirty after that process? In addition to the used mason jar, colander, bowl, whisk (or wooden spoon in my case) pictured above, I also used a funnel to pour the completed kefir from the bowl into a clean mason jar for storage in the fridge.
This processes, while not that difficult, made want to feed my kefir grains to the chickens and just go to sleep.
(If you’re new to making kefir and you have no idea what just happened up there, see THIS post for step-by-step instructions on making kefir the easy way.)
BUT, all that has changed. I now laugh in the face of a late-night kefir switch over.
It’s simple. You just use a spoon (or your very clean hands will work also) to fish the kefir grains out of the top of the completed kefir.
Tah-dah! No colander, no bowl, no funnel, no nothing. Your completed kefir remains in the jar it cultured in- simply refrigerate. Then stick the grains in a new jar, add fresh milk, and leave on the counter to culture.
Let’s review. Gather materials- a new jar for your grains and a spoon to fish grains out with:
Locate the grains. They will be floating in the top portion of your completed kefir, and they are pretty easy to spot:
Scoop the grains our with your spoon:
Put grains in new jar and cover with new milk. Leave them on the counter to culture. Stick the completed kefir in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
I’ve been doing it this way for about five months, and I’m loving every single kefir switch over. I feel like I am cheating the real food world!
I received a slotted wooden spoon set for Christmas (similar to this set), which works perfectly for fishing out the grains. Before I had a slotted wooden spoon I just used one of my regular stainless spoons and it worked fine. The slotted spoon allows me to scoop around and make sure I’m not missing any new baby grains in there though.
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