Milk Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow's milk or goat's milk. It is made by adding kefir "grains" to milk. These are not grains in the conventional sense, but cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria that resemble a cauliflower in appearance. Over a period of 24 hours or so, the microorganisms in the kefir grains multiply and ferment the sugars in the milk, turning it into kefir.
Then the grains are removed from the liquid, and can be used again. So basically, kefir is the drink, but kefir grains are the "starter kit" that you use to produce the drink.
Kefir originated from parts of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The name is derived from the Turkish word keyif, which means "feeling good" after eating. The lactic acid bacteria turn the lactose in the milk into lactic acid, so kefir tastes sour like yogurt, but has a thinner consistency.
You can buy fresh kefir grains from
daily Bread Bakery at Palafox Farmers market on Saturdays 9am - 2pm. They are naturally dehydrated just for sale and can be easily hydrated again to make delicious kefir!
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