Category Archives: Kefir

dormant kefir

Standard

we’ve been getting through a lot of milk making kefir drink every day. lately we’ve felt we probably have too much, so a couple of days ago i put the kefir grains in a small jar with a small amount of milk into the fridge. this significantly slows the process down and you can keep it like this for a couple of weeks before that milk turns to yoghurt. from now on i will make three batches three days in a row and then put the kefir to sleep again.

been reading about what more we can do than make yoghurt and cheese is now on the cards. need to acquire some cheese cloth and read up on the process. if we can make some good cheese, then that would be an improvement on our current cheese situation which involves buying small quantities of expensive imported cheese. some of this isn’t even great quality and is still expensive. there is one local cheese you can buy here though, “rubing” 乳饼. this is goats cheese. we bought some this morning at the market and will fry it with broccoli as a dish for dinner tonight.

Adam

Advertisements

Kefir

Standard
Kefir

Here is our Kefir, given to us by a friend here in China. He brought his initial batch with him from the USA when he moved to China and has been donating bits since living here to anyone interested. So there is a small community now using it.

Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with Kefir grains, although you can use the grains to make alternative drinks from non-dairy products. The Kefir grains basically look like a blob of congealed milky stuff (see picture). You leave this blob in a glass or jar of milk for 24 hours and from that you get a thin yoghurt drink. The blob grows in size and eventually you should break off some and start another batch, or preserve it in the fridge until you use it.

Anyway, we’ve only just started and are still in the first couple of weeks of making this. The blob has grown and soon I will break it in half and experiment with one half, starting with coconut milk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir

http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html

Adam