Yesterday I attended a fab workshop run by Tiffany Jesse for Culturelove on how ‘All About Kefir’. - what it is, what it isn’t, where it came from, the history which is as exotic as the food, the health benefits and - how to make it.
If anyone is suffering from chronic conditions with digestive problems I would recommend learning about kefir and other fermented foods and their health benefits.
Here is a link to her recipe for making your own kefirs at home -
Once you have the kefir ‘grains’ (kefir doesn’t come from any grain that can be grown by the way’ - it doesn’t cost as the grains multiply, all the equipment you need is fresh milk, preferably unhomogenised but can be cow, goat, buffalo (if you have one in the back garden), plastic sieve, wood spoon, glass jar and kitchen paper & elastic band. So when they multiply to overwhelming multitudes and you have more than you need. you can divide them, pass them on, or put them on the compost heap - but please put them somewhere they can do good.
Kefir is safe to take at any age, but making your own at home is fun and just tastes MUCH nicer than the bought variety and of course cheaper.
The photo here is of water kefir grains - there are 2 types - water or milk and they are NOT interchangeable! For water kefir you need only unchlorinated water and sugar - which is what the kefir live off - they consume the sugar so that you don’t have to! Water kefir is fizzy, you can flavourings such as apple juice, my favourite, or ginger, like ginger beer, or make up your own.
I hope this isn’t taken as advertising - I’m not selling or promoting anything and I don’t gain in anyway. Livingwelkdevon is a community project set up to provide health education within our community and no-one is paid nor do we handle money. Just spreading the word.