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What is kefir?

Kefir or “kefir” is a lacto-fermented drink that is very similar to yogurt. The word kefir is derived from the turkish word “kief”, which means good feelings. It is traditionally made from cows milk but can also be made with goat, sheep, and other types of dairy. Kefir is thought to originate from the caucus mountains thousands of years ago, but its exact origins are a mystery. What we do know is that kefir has always been celebrated for its health benefits.

Kefir has been called the champagne of milk and rightfully so. With its smooth, creamy, bubbly texture, slight tartness, and abundant health benefits, kefir is admired by connoisseurs of fermentation.

Some promising studies demonstrate that homemade kefir is an excellent source of probiotics. It would take 250 cups of store-bought yogurt to equal just one cup of homemade kefir.

So how is kefir made?

Kefir is traditionally made from milk kefir grains. Milk kefir grains look like cauliflower florets, but are actually composed of a complex sugar called kefiran.

On the surface of each kefir grain lives a symbiotic community of bacteria and beneficial yeasts.

When you place the kefir grains in milk, the bacteria and yeast consume the lactose and transform the milk into kefir. This process also creates new kefir grains which can be used over and over again.

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