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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
With one of my first college degrees being in microbiology, I have made yogurt for 40 years; so, I decided to make Kefir with this product. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shiratha
I thought I knew (and loved) what kefir tasted like based on my experiences buying store-bought kefir, but after making my own (using this starter packet), I don't believe I will... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Laura
I actually love this stuff for the ease of making milk kefir at home. The taste is superior to store bought in our opinion. Read morePublished 14 days ago by plumasgal
I haven't used it yet. I love Kefir, and just have to get around to making some. Hopefully, it will work just fine for me.Published 21 days ago by Sandra Waller
Product arrived as expected, good supplier, quality product.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I can use one packet to start a quart of milk. In 24 hours I have a nice thick kefir. I use two heaping tablespoons of that kefir to start another quart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anita Lewis
Love our homemade Kefir! My girls can't wait to have a drink! What a healthy snack. We were buying plenty at the store, and I'm happy to make this at home; it's super easy.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer