I don't usually talk about food or recipes on my blog, as they are really not my forte... however I thought I would talk a little about this super food I have recently been exposed to ..."Kefir"
Have you heard about it?
I had not, until a friend, Belinda (This is her jewelery site... she makes beautiful rosary bead necklaces amongst other things....her site is nothing to do with Kefir) put me on to it a some weeks ago.
Kefir is a one of the oldest cultured milks, having its origins in the Caucasian Mountains.
It is made into a thickened drinking form by soaking a starter, called "grains" (actually a mixture of casein and gelatinous colonies of micro-organisms that are grown together symbiotically), in milk (any kind) in a proportion of grains to milk 1:5.
The container with milk and starter is left at room temperature for about 18-24 hours. The milk slowly ferments and thickens into a rich, creamy non-alcoholic liquid.
It is then strained and the living kefir culture is kept for the next batch.
The strained liquid is a delicious drink ... with a consistency similar to that of 'drinking yoghurt'.
Kefir is purported to have a multitude of health benefits including...
. providing beneficial bacteria to our intestines which aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
. Aids in digestion
. Improves immunity
. A wonderful calcium source
. Reduces cholesterol and helps alleviate allergies.
. It is believed to restore the intestinal flora of people recovering from a serious illness or being treated with antibiotics.
Here are a few photos of the Kefir making process which I use at home...
This is what the starter (grains) looks like... a bit like cottage cheese in consistency.
As you can see here it is thickening up... soaking in milk 1:5
Liquid for drinking, adding to cereal etc.
I really love the drink that is produced and I have two or three drinks a day... my calcium levels must have improved!
I can't get any family members to try it yet .. still working on that!
I also make my own yoghurt... I love the fresh, clean taste of both of these home made products.... as there are no added sugars etc, both are a little more tart in taste than the commercial varieties.
There is a lot of information on the internet about kefir. I have no idea if it is really doing the things it says it can do... but I like the flavour and feel it must be doing some good! ( or will in time!)
Here are some links if you wish to read more about it.
The starter is available via the internet.
Goodnight for now,