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Mad Scientist!

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!


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Lisa Hicks
Hoang Realty - Augusta, ME
Serving Central and Southern Maine

"...a lumping together of different beneficial bacteria and yeast..."

...and they multiply!?!?!?  Sounds yummy (not.)

BTW - I'm Victor Frankenstein.  :D

Sep 17, 2010 01:25 PM #1
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
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kristen - OK - let's see - there was the blog about good food, the one about fresh milk, the continious whining about the best sea food in the entire universe ... and now bacteria and yeast!  So do you have pictures ... or is it too gross?  This one doesn't sound like something I'm ready for ... oh wait, I just look at the label of my Yoplait - live bacteria cultures .... hmmm .... nevermind!

Sep 17, 2010 02:08 PM #2
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
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Lisa:  Ah, ye of little faith!  Ok, so I didn't pick the most appetizing words to describe it, but that is what it is!  and it IS yummy to boot Vic.  :)  Self-multiplying food - how cool is that!

Jack:  Too funny.  Can you tell I'm a foodie?   I'll take some photos tomorrow.  The dairy kefir looks like crumbles of cauliflower.  The water kefir just looks like little translucent beads.  What can I say, we have it all up here! :)  You can buy dairy kefir in stores if you want to give it a whirl, but of course it won't taste as good as the stuff you can make at home...or mine with the fresh Maine milk. (sorry had to stick that in there)  Full of all of those probiotics that food companies are trying to copy and shove into everything.

Yes, it tastes like a thin yogurt with fruit added, but I bet that yoplait has a longer list of ingredients including those fun ones no one can pronounce.

Sep 17, 2010 03:00 PM #3
Daniel Francis
StepStone Realty, LLC - Austin, TX
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OK, i'm tempted AND scared!  Unlike my wife (who only eats what she's seen on school lunch menus), I'm adventurous enough to try it.  Count me in!

Sep 18, 2010 05:18 AM #4
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
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Give it a whirl!  I find the dairy kefir a bit easier.  Who knows, it could be showing up on a school lunch menu near you. :)

Sep 18, 2010 05:52 AM #5

I'm in Maine, and looking for Kefir grains for both water and milk.. Where did you get yours?

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