For those people whose stomachs cannot tolerate lactose, minimal lactose is left in your kefir drink during the fermentation process. In addition, kefir drink has a slower transit time in your digestive system, which further inhibits lactose digestion.
There are many methods of making a good kefir drink, but it all boils down to the products used. In addition to the above-mentioned products, kefir drink can also be made from:
Â· Coconut milk
But for now, I am going to stick to animal milk. It doesnâ€™t matter the milk you are going to use, it can be from a cow, goat, sheep or even a camel. But before I delve into the matter, let me introduce a base ingredient known as kefir grains or seeds. Really what are kefir seeds? They resemble the cauliflower and are a combination of lactic acid and bacteria and yeast. Ordinarily, they are used to kick start the process of bacteria or yeast fermentation when introduced into milk. You will also require some container or a jar.
Kefir grains can easily be purchased from online and health food stores. Naturally, kefir seeds reproduce on their own and the first consignment can keep you going for a very long time because the seeds keep on reproducing forever. However, this will depend on how good you store them. For any prosperous storage, you must either freeze or dry the seeds. When exposed to elements such as chemical and very high temperatures they might die.
You will need a container from where the concoction will take place. The amount of the kefir drink you want to make will go with the container size. The more the amount, the bigger the container. Additionally, you will need a breathable lid. If you donâ€™t have one, you can easily improvise using a coffee filter and a container lid ring. For obvious reasons, never pick a plastic container, because you donâ€™t want the molecules seeping or leaching into your kefir drink. Itâ€™s advisable to sterilize your container with whichever means you are familiar with. Remember to dry your container thoroughly using some paper towel.
For your information, kefir is normally made from milk. Milk laden with fats may complicate matters â€“ you might as well be making ordinary yogurt. If you prefer some thick kefir drink, then go ahead and add some bit of cream. Before subjecting your drink to refrigeration, you can flavor with either some fruit your or herbs of your choice.
For those that are averse to milk, you can use water and still enjoy the same health benefits of kefir drink. You will need to follow the above procedure, the only difference is that you will be using water instead of milk. However, use purified water rather than tap water. Certain chemicals found in most tapped water would mess up your drink.
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