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Yogourmet Freeze Dried Kefir Starter, 1 oz. box (Pack of 2)
- Total of 12 starter packets
- Can be used with cow, soy or goat's milk
- No appliance needed
- Each box makes 6 quarts of kefir
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The kefir starter makes it a cinch to prepare a batch of kefir if you simply follow the directions that are on the box. They recommend that you use reduced-fat (two percent) milk for the best tasting kefir. All you have to do is heat a quart of milk to 180 degrees F, then remove the pan from the burner and let the milk cool to 73-77 degrees F before dissolving the kefir starter in the cooled milk.
The "secret" to producing a batch of excellent kefir is in following the exact instructions for heating to the proper degree and cooling to the proper degree. Deviations will ruin a batch and make it runny rather than "custardy." Try to purchase a thermometer that is accurate and easy to read.
I use quart-size canning jars for kefir, and when the milk and starter have been mixed together thoroughly, I pour the mixture into the jar which I then cover with its own lid and place on an upper shelf in a cupboard for 24 hours. No special heating equipment is required. Do not shake the jar or disturb it during those 24 hours. That's why I place mine on an upper shelf. After 24 hours the jar is placed in the refrigerator for about eight hours to stop the process.
I have learned another trick for preparing kefir easily to avoid scorching the milk while it's heating: I pour the quart of milk into my largest Vision Ware sauce pan and heat it in the microwave oven on high for three minutes. Then I stir it thoroughly with a small wooden spoon and heat it for an additional three minutes.Read more ›
7/8/12 update - I am coming back to add a comment, because since my initial review, I learned about the traditional way of making kefir, which involves using a living matrix, referred to as 'grains'. These look like gelatinous cauliflower, and you just keep reusing them, and they will multiply, so you can share them. The finished product has a different taste and consistency from what you will get from the powder, many more probiotic strains. These packets would be a second choice to getting your own grains, but they are fine for occasional use, and a step up from buying the stuff in the store. In theory, you could use your finished kefir from these packets to 'start' another batch, but it would only take a batch or two for the bad bacteria to overcome the good stuff, so I would not recommend doing that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. Easy to use... I prefer this to the grains, which are a hassle to me...Published 21 days ago by C. Ross
Best thing ever. Simple, no hassle way to make kefir. And so cheap!Published 1 month ago by AlphaBeta
The product arrived as stated, with 6 1oz servings in each box. The cultures did exactly what they were supposed to do. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah BEcker
This product works as advertised. I have reordered it and continue to use it to make my own kefir.Published 3 months ago by Yogi