Milk Kefir
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Serves: 1 quart
Preparing milk kefir at home is remarkably easy and quite affordable. It takes considerably less effort than homemade yogurt and homemade yogurt requires very little effort, indeed.
  • 1 heaping tablespoon milk kefir grains (available here)
  • 1 quart whole milk, preferably raw
  1. Place milk kefir grains in the bottom of a clean mason jar. Cover with 1 quart fresh milk.
  2. Very loosely, place the lid and band on the mason jar. You do not want to tighten it because, as with all fermentation, carbon dioxide is created and needs to escape. Culture for 24 – 48 hours at room temperature. For a for a thin, mild kefir you can culture for 12 hours.
  3. Once culturing is complete, strain milk kefir into a new mason jar, cap and refrigerate. Begin reculturing a new batch of kefir, if desired or allow your kefir grains to rest in water in the refrigerator for a few days until you’re ready to make kefir again.
Recipe by Nourished Kitchen at