What is Kefir?

Kefir is a cultured, creamy product with amazing health attributes.

Kefir’s tart and refreshing flavor is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but it contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt. The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly. It is loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals and contains easily digestible complete proteins.

For the lactose intolerant, kefir’s abundance of beneficial yeast and bacteria provide lactase, an enzyme which consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process.

How is Kefir Made?

Kefir can be made from any type of milk, cow, goat or sheep, coconut, rice or soy. Although it is slightly mucous forming, the mucous has a “clean” quality to it that creates ideal conditions in the digestive tract for the colonization of friendly bacteria.

Kefir is made from gelatinous white or yellow particles called “grains.” This makes kefir unique, as no other milk culture forms grains. These grains contain the bacteria/yeast mixture clumped together with casein (milk proteins) and complex sugars. They look like pieces of coral or small clumps of cauliflower and range from the size of a grain of wheat to that of a hazelnut. Some of the grains have been known to grow in large flat sheets that can be big enough to cover your hand!. The grains ferment the milk, incorporating their friendly organisms to create the cultured product. The grains are then removed with a strainer before consumption of the kefir and added to a new batch of milk.

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  • Sarah

    My Kefir separates at the bottom, is this normal? Also what is the kefir grain to milk ratio should be? thanks in advance

  • Jules

    I’ve left kefir milk & grains on the bench for 48hrs. Is this too long and will it still be ok to consume?

  • susan awad

    hi all can somebody tell me if kefir is usful for diabets as i drink a cup of milk from kefir every 48 hours like to know if it is ok or not thks a million

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  • Molly Rossmiller

    Hi Everyone, I have water kefir and they are VERY healthy, my milk keifer, however, were never very good and eventually after having to leave them in the refidgerator for 6 weeks they died. I experimented with the water kefir which were abundant and put milk over a few of them. I now have kefir every morning from both water and now milk.
    I have wondered if i should have put milk on the wate kefir, would it have the same benefits? will they eventually die?
    would appreciate some advice, thanks, Molly

  • Jacob

    I have live water and milk kefir grains to share. Email nckefir@live.com if interested.

    • Lisa Smyth

      Hi Jacob, can you make dairy free coconut kefir from water grains? Lisa NZ :)

  • Reyna Dolande

    I don’t have time to do my own Kefir….is the one selling in the supermarket “Lifeway “Kefir .( i buy plain 1% milk fat.. o.k????) and i like to know if have the same friendly bacteria than the “grains”?

    • Jacob

      Supermarket kefir has fewer strains of bacteria and does not contain any yeast. It’s still good for you – just not as much as homemade kefir.

      • http://lalipopsanddaisies.etsy.com Yadira Del Real

        I used to buy mine at the store for 6.00 and it was a very small container. Now there are 6 of us in my family so one container was barely enough for all of us so that would be one container a day for only one serving each. Later I found that same container for 3.00 witch was better but still not good enough. Now I got my own grains and I buy a gallon of organic milk witch is 6.00$ but I can make enough kefir for a whole week. It takes about five minutes to do the process of straining maybe less. I am telling you I am super happy doing it this way it is so easy. Plus you actually know exactly what you are adding to it no hidden ingredients. Give it a try it is so easy, low cost and healthier.

    • Graham Ansell

      preparing home made kefir takes less time than it does to post on an internet forum.

  • littlemissgoodhealth

    I have been suffereing from chronic diarrhea and constipation for years and i was wondering if kefir will help me get balanced. The doctors took me several tests and can’t figure out what i have, everything comes back negative. One of my doctors told me i “might” have ibs but i don’t think i do, can anyone help?

    • jana

      You have IBS,trust me, I know!

      • littlemissgoodhealth

        what are you using jana, do you have the same thing too?

    • Pam

      Go wheat and gluten free. Study all about the horrible things that wheat, wheat products, and other whole grains do to us that few know about and others won’t tell us about! There’s a GREAT book called, “Lose the wheat, lose the weight”. The title BARELY scratches the surface and it changed the way I eat!!