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Post  Mad Gnome on Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:34 am

My kefir is growing and growing and growing. I have one lot 'resting' in the fridge. But the other lot is working like mad and growing like mad, too. Kefir is wonderful stuff and I use it nearly every day in my morning fruit smoothie. I am not big on breakfast but at around mid-late morning I get slightly peckish. That's where a fruit smoothie is just the thing to have. It also ensures my daily fruit intake.

Anyway. Does anyone know whether the kefir grains can be used for something? Or do you have any ideas what to do with them? Other than giving away, that is. I would give them away if I found somebody who's keen on them, of course.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Smile

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Re: Kefir grains

Post  Blossom on Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:53 am

I tried making cheese last year. Went to endless trouble and it was horrible. Reason being I couldn't get non-homogenised milk at the time and it stank something terrible. I'd say if you can get none-homogenised milk it might be worth a go, but I'm not game to try it again. I have now sourced bio dynamic none-homogenised milk but never enough for left overs.
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Post  Fran on Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:26 am

Have a look here Mad Gnome - http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/recipe-index

Be interested to know what you make of it Smile
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Re: Kefir grains

Post  syrah on Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:04 am

Hello Mad Gnome

I have my active batch of kefir. When it gets too big I either compost the older grains - the enormous ones. I have kept two batches and frozen them - washed them, dried them thoroughly, sprinkled them with powdered milk and frozen them. I havent thrawed them yet and tested them.

I took a large number of kefir grains to my seedsavers meeting. They were more popular than I thought. People were dividing the packets that I bought.

You can also put some of the grains in your smoothie and blitz them with the fruit.

I now rest my grains in the fridge every week. I only get them out for 2 days which makes enough for our smoothies. I sometimes separate my grains and use one colony for sour cream.

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Post  Blossom on Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:34 pm

Mad Gnome, I'll pick up some grains when we visit in September if that's OK?
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Re: Kefir grains

Post  Mad Gnome on Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:35 am

That's fine, Blossom. I have tons. Smile

And thanks everybody for all the suggestions and websites. Very helpful! Smile

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