With my personal love for all things milk kefir, it makes sense that I’d begin with MKGs as we start a new series highlighting some of the cool stuff Cultures for Health carries. Nothing fancy here, just some useful information and obvious or less obvious ways these things can be used.
Let me start by saying I’m one of the world’s worst culture keepers. I kill cultures all of the time, you guys. I have a baby, I kill a culture. Someone gets sick, I kill a culture. We have a busy season on the homestead, I kill a culture. I completely forget that I’m even making kefir, sourdough, kombucha, you-name-it, I kill a culture.
I’m not very organized is all. So I need some durable cultures who can take a beating and keep on keepin’ on and I’m betting you do too.
And while I’ve killed more cultures than I’d like to admit, I’ve also brought these milk kefir grains back from the brink more times than seemed possible. They’re durable, and I need them that way.
There are a few more reasons I love them, including the fact that hey can also be used for a few other fun things besides milk kefir
Other Benefits to Milk Kefir Grains
They’re totally reusable. If you can keep them alive, they could produce milk kefir for you for years. One purchase, hundreds of gallons of kefir.
They culture at room temperature. Milk kefir is easy-peasy compared to the thermophilic yogurt cultures that require a specific temperature be kept.
They make a feel-good beverage. The word kefir literally translates to “feel good” and you’ll know why when you start drinking the real deal.
Other Uses for Milk Kefir Grains
If you’re not into keeping kombucha or water kefir because you’re like me and the more cultures you have, the more you kill, then getting many uses from one culture is a must.
Cultured Fruity Beverages. Rinse your extra milk kefir grains really well and then add them to a quart of juice or sweetened water. They make something akin to water kefir, though they won’t multiply as they might in milk.
Make Coconut Milk Kefir. Follow these directions to make a dairy-free version of milk kefir for delicious smoothies and probiotics.
Make Cultured Vegetables. If you want to use the kefir culture as a starter culture for cultured vegetables, then you can either use well-rinsed grains or whey strained from fresh kefir. Using kefir grains, particularly, can be helpful for those looking to minimize salt intake. It also speeds up the fermentation process.
So there you have it, folks. A detailed look into the world of CFH Milk Kefir Grains.