You may ask yourself, what is kefir and why should I drink it? Good questions, let me tell you!
Kefir is a probiotic drink made from fermented milk. More recently referred to as a drinkable yogurt which helps to balance your digestive system and recolonize it with good bacteria. It has been found to be one of the best ways to get many different bioactive ingredients, including up to 30 different strains of “good” bacteria into your diet. Made with good milk, it is great for your entire body from your bones to your skin and also helps boost immunity! Sounds like the perfect food, doesn’t it? Learn more health benefit specifics about Kefir from this informational page of Dr. Axe.
This probiotic super-hero of a drink has been around in various forms for thousands of years and can be made by combining nearly any kind of milk with kefir starter grains, which are a combination of bacteria and yeast. Naturally, we believe the best way to make kefir is with raw cows milk and that is also the Robertson’s personal preference in how they consume dairy on a daily basis!
Do I need to make it myself from Diamond S milk or can I purchase it already made?
As with many things in life, there is a lot of joy in the process. Making basic kefir is actually very simple and extremely rewarding. Simply combine milk with kefir grains, let it sit for 24 hours at room temperature, strain the grains out, and it's ready to drink. Easy instructions can be found here. If you are ready to make your own, contact Kris for your kefir grains and milk!
Making your own can be great, but if you are nervous of the process and want to just purchase some, contact Diamond S to get on her kefir rotation. Not only is kefir great plain, but for those a little less into a more sour, yogurt-like drink, Kris has perfected her Maple Kefir recipe which is absolutely delicious with its natural maple syrup as the sweet flavor. It’s perfection!
Oh, and did I mention that it freezes well!? Even when the dairy cows slow their production and kefir availability decreases, you can still have kefir by ordering ahead and freezing it!
What if I don’t like to drink kefir?
No problem! Do you like smoothies? Kefir makes an amazing base to any kind of smoothie, ice cream, or even popsicles for kids (or adults (; ).
An easy smoothie recipe would be combine 1 cup raw milk kefir with your favorite fruit, such as a banana and a handful of raspberries. Add a bit of water to thin if necessary. Add protein powder or mix with our cheese whey for the protein.
The Striff Family, loyal Diamond S customers and seasonal delivery drivers to Worland love popsicles. They say to put one quart of kefir (or yogurt) in with one container of any natural juice concentrate (orange is the favorite) in a blender and then into popsicle forms to freeze. It's a favorite snack of the entire family throughout the year!
Want more ideas for Kefir smoothies to fit your fancy? Check out this page! https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/recipe/milk-kefir-recipes/fresh-frozen-any-fruit-kefir-smoothie/
To Kefir or Not?
Check out the links above and if you would love to try Kefir, contact Kris to learn what Diamond S has available and how to order!
P.S. Want to learn about yogurt? You're in luck, that's our next blog post!