We’ve been brewing and drinking water kefir for more than a year now. We may be ready to add new ‘pets’ to our collection now 🙂 For those who love dairy (like my boys), milk kefir drink would be a good option for a dose of beneficial bacteria.
Milk kefir drink is not new but the recent interest in fermented foods have brought this cultured drink back in vogue. I haven’t made or drunk this for many years but I’ll share what I can remember.
The live kefir grains look like lumpy milk solids. Note that they are alive, hence I call them pets! To make the drink, it is very similar to water kefir. While water kefir grains feed on sugar, milk kefir grains feed on milk. They are active at room temperature so brewing takes place outside the fridge. Once the kefir is ready (usually after 24 hours), just strain the liquid out and consume (or keep in the fridge for later). You can repeat the same with the grains.
It is said that milk kefir is better than yoghurt due to the many strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast. Other nutritional values in it depends on the raw material (unfermented milk) that is used. If you’re looking to add probiotics to your diet, milk kefir might be what you’re looking for. If you have been making and/or drinking milk kefir, we would love to hear your experience.