I often wonder what someone would think if they stumbled into my kitchen these days. One corner of the counter is seriously starting to look like a science experiment! But I'm having soooo much fun!
I can picture it now. "Honest officer, it's just health food."
A friend of mine gave me some kefir grains and I'm having a blast brewing up all sorts of lovely concoctions. I keep calling it keefer, but I'm told it is supposed to be pronounced kefeer - oh well. This is Maine after all, so I'll keep pronoucing it as I see it.
What the heck is kefir you ask? Here is a place that can explain it better than I, but basically, they are not grains at all but a lumping together of different beneficial bacteria and yeast.
I have 2 types, water kefir grains, and dairy kefir grains. With the water kefir grains I can make an endless array of different flavored natural soda type drinks. With the dairy kefir grains, I'm making yummy smoothy, slightly yogurty drinks. Since I have a freezer full of organic berries of all types I harvested from my yard and local farms, I'm having fun mixing and matching.
There are tons of health benefits to kefir, so you may want to give it a try. For me, it is also a fun way to make something healthy and yummy for myself and my family that would cost A LOT more in stores.
Here in Maine, the general attitude is "Why buy it when you can make it?"
Here is a fun video showing how to use kefir for natural sodas. You can purchase kefir on line, but the stuff just keeps multiplying and many kefir users firmly believe in passing it on for free, so you may want to ask around in your area. If you are in the Lewiston/Auburn area of Maine I have PLENTY of the water kefir grains so just give me a call. I'll have more of the dairy ones as well in about a month or so. Happy to share!