Creamy, delicious and rich in gut-friendly probiotics, kefir is a yogurt-like, cheesy drink that has exploded in popularity in recent years. Unfortunately, it can be both hard to find in the grocery store, and expensive when you do find it. For those who want to try their hand at this west Asian super-drink, The CheeseMaker is happy to provide all the supplies you need - from fermentation jars to grains and recipes. Whether you're a novice learning how to make Kefir at home or a pro kefir cheese maker, our supplies will ensure you get the right taste, texture and quality every time.
What Is Kefir?
Kefir is becoming something of a health buzzword, but just what is it? Originating in the Caucasus Mountains, kefir is best described as a fermented milk drink made with kefir "grains," a type of yeast/bacterial fermentation starter. The grains are typically a combination of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts which, when fermented overnight with cow, goat or sheep's milk, yield a piquant beverage with a texture not unlike thin yogurt.
While similar to yogurt in taste and consistency, Kefir has some key differences. For one, Kefir ferments at room temperature, unlike most yogurt. It contains more fat than yogurt but also more protein, and its active yeast carries more nutritional benefits. At The Cheesemaker, you can find the best Kefir Grains recipe for your liking.
Give Kefir Making a Try
Making kefir is as simple as following three main steps:
- Blending the kefir grains with milk
- Placing it in a container topped with a breathable cover and secured with a band
- Putting it in a warm spot and allowing it to thicken to preference
Kefir is simple to make, with a slew of amazing health benefits. Why not give it a try? Get started on your own homemade kefir with supplies from The CheeseMaker and you'll be enjoying the many benefits of this exotic dairy drink in no time.