Kefir Shakes

Thought I’d share a bit about our mornings around here.  Every morning, we drink kefir.  A wonderful, probiotic, lacto-fermented beverage made from raw milk.  Here’s a link to get you started on research, if you’re interested in learning more about kefir.   🙂  Here’s a pic of what you normally see on my countertop, everyday.  At minimum, I make 1 quart/day.  As you can see, right now, I’m making 1/2 gallon/day.

After 24 hours +/- (totally depends on weather and humidity), the kefir grains change the milk into a thick & sour tasting drink.  Here’s a pic of the strained grains.

I always measure the weight of my grains with each straining…partly because I’m weird & LOVE to notebook progress (hard to believe, I know, lol…), and also because then I know when to thin my grains.  These grains LOVE our milk & grow very well for us.  Just let me know if you ever want any grains for yourself – I always have PLENTY!!  🙂

I keep a piece of masking tape on the tile under my cupboards where I log the date & weight.  Can you tell I’m a lefty?? 🙂

Then I add more raw milk over the grains, cover with a rag & rubberband, and we’re good to go for another day!  Since we are a seasonal dairy, we rely on our frozen milk from last year during these winter months.  🙂

While we CAN drink it straight, we all MUCH PREFER to turn it into a kefir shake.  🙂  Paul is our “official” kefir shake maker!  He LOVES food, and does have aspirations to become a chef some day…  He got a blender for Christmas, and makes a tasty shake for us every morning.  Here’s his recipe:  1 quart kefir, 7 banana chunks (we buy them when they’re super ripe & on sale, & then chunk & freeze them), 5 ice cubes, 1 T vanilla (we make our own), 1T jam (we make different kinds…strawberry, pear, peach – all with evaporated cane juice as the sweetener, FYI).  We are all out of our honey right now, or we’d use that instead.  Paul says we use a “4 second drizzle”, when we have that, lol! 🙂

Now we are ready for our family devotion time.  Thank you, Lord, for building our immune systems up through the many health benefits of kefir!  🙂

What do you like to drink while you read your Bible?

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