Monday, March 8, 2010

Nutrition Monday ~ Kefir

As promised last Wednesday, I write you about kefir.  Kefir is the new yogurt (except it was invented over 250 years ago). The best part is, it's easier to make (no special equipment needed besides a 1-quart canning jar and a lid), and has far more of a veriety of healthy bacteria than yogurt.  And guess what?  If you're steering clear of cow's milk, you can also make kefir with coconut, goat, sheep, or rice milk!  And another couple of added bonuses?  You save money making it yourself and homemade kefir seems to be way more effective in the health-promoting department.  Trader Joe's sells non-organic kefir for $2.69 for 1 quart.  See how much you pay for 1 quart of milk (it costs me $1).  That's some good savin's right thar.  The picture above is what kefir culture, or grains looks like.  Kefir, the product, is the consistency of drinkable yogurt.

The Homegrown Family is now selling high-quality kefir cultures, or grains, for the best price I've seen, and the shipping is free!  Jimella, over at The Homegrown Family did such a wonderful job writing about and how to make kefir, there's no need for me to reinvent the wheel.  Do yourself a favor.  Read about kefir.  Consider buying some grains.  Your gut (and the rest of your body) will love you for it.


  1. First let me say I've really been enjoying your blog...lots of good stuff for us newbies who're going natural :-)

    After reading this post I went out and bought some kefir to try. Yum.

    Just one question--is it 1 tsp grains for 1 quart milk? Seemed like that's what I should do but I want to make sure.


  2. Hi! Nice to meet you. :) You can make about 1 pint of kefir with 1 teaspoon of grains. The more you make kefir, the more grains you'll grow, and the more kefir you can make at a time. If you buy the grains from The Homegrown Family, they send really helpful, easy to understand instructions of how to make kefir and all the measurements. Have fun! :)

  3. Hi Katie,
    I thought I'd come check out your kefir post! Oh,and I think I can feel your happy dance all the way to IN about your home/land buying purchase!!!

  4. So I know this post is old... but I have a question. I got some kefir grains from the local farmer that I get my goat's milk from. She gave me a TON of kefir grains (I'm talking like a cup of them) and said that they make about a quart of kefir. That's not what I've always read!! I've read it's like a tablespoon to make a quart! But when I tried to make the kefir with the amount that most people say to use, it didn't culture. Is there a difference in kefir grains maybe? Does that mean these aren't very potent, or good quality? They seem to make fine kefir when I use a bunch of grains, but I was just curious if you know why I have to use so many?

  5. Wow, a cup is definitely more than I've ever used! Maybe the ones your farmer gave you are less potent? I'm not an expert on kefir grains, though. I just use them. :) But yes, I usually only need 1 Tablespoon of grains to make a quart.

  6. hi :) quick question, did you buy your grains from The homegrown family or from the other link to milk kefir, cultures for health? thanks so much!

  7. I bought them from the Home Grown Family 3 years ago but they no longer carry them, so I recommend getting some from Cultures For Health.

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