Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Who Would Like Some Kefir Grains?

OK, people I know in real life. Who would like some kefir grains? I have them multiplying like mad and I can give you a couple of teaspoons--enough for you to start your own batches of kefir.

Then, they will multiply like mad for you. When you want to take a break from production, as I often do, you simply put them in the fridge with some milk and they will slow down and sort of go dormant--but, not completely. When you want to make more, simply take them back out, put in some fresh milk and leave on the counter overnight. Voila! The next day--kefir!

Use your kefir straight--delicious to drink with some honey and vanilla. Or, you can mix into a fruit smoothie--your kids won't know it's there. Or, you can take a couple of tablespoons and soak some oats overnight with warm water and make delicious, creamy oatmeal the next day. Or, make kefir dough to use for pizza or calzones. You can soak whole wheat flour with it and make pancakes or banana bread or any other whole wheat baked good. The soaking in kefir eliminates phytic acid in grains and seeds which blocks absorption of minerals--so, if you don't soak, you can actually be leaching out important minerals (magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc) every time you eat anything whole grain, or dervied from whole grain such as unfermented tofu...it's a bummer to learn that, you know. You think you're doing something soooo healthy by eating whole grains, and then you find out that if the grains are not soaked or sprouted, they're probably not too healthy. Any way, with kefir you can correct that.

OK. Who wants 'em? You can answer me here, or e-mail me at you-know-where...

7 comments:

DoulaMomma said...

I have such admiration when I see things like this. I don't make my own bread or granola or kefir, but I so like the idea. sigh...
maybe there is a New Year's resolution in there...

Laura said...

I don't bake my own bread either...well, except for banana bread. However, I do get sprouted wheat bread from Trader Joe's--yea!

I'm going to try to regularly bake our own bread soon. I did it when I only had one baby. And then, I stopped.

I can do it again!

Kefir is the easiest thing in the world to make. Throw grains in jar, add milk, every once in a while swirl when you remember to--next day, kefir. That's it!

Tamsen said...

I'd love some kefir grains. I thought I'd just go buy some but then saw the cost. I'd rather it go to you, if this is a real offer. So, if there are any left and you'd send some to me, I'll send something to you. What would be good? And where? And ... I used to make all my own bread and found it much more satisfying than a bread machine. Maybe a resolution there! Let me know here if there is someplace to go with the kefir and we'll figure it out.

Natalie said...

Dang it! I wished you lived near me! I'd kill for some kefir grains that I didn't have to buy!

And now I totally have a kefir craving.

Laura said...

I am going to find a way to have an e-mail address here. Then, those who want me to send them kefir grains can let me know!

Spread the wealth!

Until then, I can't really figure out a good way to arrange it.

Sue said...

I'd kind of like some. I don't know too much about it, except that it's supposed to be really healthful. But I'd be afraid of killing them and having to look you in the eye and telling you I killed your kefir. lol

Laura said...

Kefir is like a liquid yogurt. Very easy to flavor how you'd like.

You know what, Sue? I committed kefircide once--right after I posted all about how to make and manage kefir on this very blog...irony. Then, I had to order some grains because I didn't know anyone in real life that was brewing kefir.

Then, I learned that you can refrigerate them, you won't kill them, you don't HAVE to brew everyday--it's OK.

Are you going to be you-know-where Friday? I can bring some, if you'd like.

You can look me in the eye no matter what...

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