I am so so so so so excited! My milk kefir grains have finally arrived which means I can start making my own kefir! I recently acquired a taste for tart food items, so when I tried Kefir I FELL IN <3. Kefir is definitely one of those items that someone automatically loves or needs to acquire a taste for, as the taste is too tart for many people.
Anyway, after researching the health benefits of kefir many of my sources said that you should really make your own kefir as you never know what manufacturers put in their kefir. Plus it ends up being soooooooooooooooooo much cheaper to just make your own.
The health benefits of kefir are plentiful, but just to name the most important ones to me it's a source of calcium and it really boosts your digestive system.
Basically, to start making kefir you need to purchase milk kefir grains. I bought mine at Cultures for Health. You then follow the directions that are included in the package to rehydrate the grains. This consists of soaking the grains in milk for 5 to 7 days and changing the milk everyday. So here is my experience rehydrating my grains!
And so it sat there calling my name for 5 days long days ...... Of course I had to put a Do Not Touch sign on to prevent some culprit **cough** my husband **cough** from drinking it accidentally..... And finally after 5 days my grains were rehydrated, no longer stinky, and ready to use. I filled a cup with milk and the graines, covered it tightly, and let it stand for one more day. The next day I put it through a stainless steel strainer (cannot use metal strainers for kefir), and voila! My first cup of kefir!
I have to say it tastes completely different than store bought kefir. In a better way!