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15 minutes

4 servings

Easy

Say hello to the pound-for-pound world champion of probiotic foods!

While everyone is talking about kombucha, those of us in the know are still fawning all over the king of probiotic drinks…milk kefir!  Unfortunately, most recipes for making it at home can be kinda off.  To save you from ending up with off-tasting kefir (or even milk moonshine!) we have our tried & battle tested system for making perfect kefir time after time.  Let’s do it!

Ingredients

14 fl oz / 1 liter pasteurized cow’s milk*

 

1 tablespoon kefir grains

 

Plus special equipment – see below

Directions
  1. In a large pot heat some olive oil over medium heat and add in your beef bones/meat. We want to brown them here, which usually takes about 5 minutes.
  2. Rinse your vegetables. Chop them up. And then add to the pot, along with 1 teaspoon of salt & pepper.
  3. Pour water into cover, add the apple cider vinegar and bring to the boil. *If you have Candida Overgrowth or SIBO skip the apple cider vinegar as it can potentially contribute to bacterial imbalance.
  4. Once boiling, turn it down to a simmer and let this broth of the gods cook away on a low heat for 6-8 hours.
  5. Check periodically to see if there is enough liquid in there, and if needed top up with water.
  6. When ready strain away the bones and vegetables, so you just end up with the liquid broth. Pour a cup and sip away!
Made For You

Everyone’s gut is unique.  That’s why we use the Digest Life Food Matrix to check each recipe is okay for people on specific diets like the low FODMAP diet, gluten free diet etc.  You can find relevant alterations below and of course, be sure to check with your healthcare professional.

Lactose intolerance

Homemade milk kefir usually has very little lactose, because it is fermented long enough for most of the lactose sugar to be eaten up by the kefir grains.  But to be on the safe side, consider using a lactase enzyme with approx 10,000 ALU when drinking it.  Alternatively, try our dairy-free water kefir recipe.

 

Popular Questions

Can I use metal utensils & equipment to make kefir?

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How do I store the kefir grains after I’ve made it?

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Where can I buy milk kefir grains?

This is a great question!  And we actually have a big article devoted to where to buy milk kefir grains.

How can I flavor milk kefir?

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Our Recipe Notes

My boys love the chicken version of this recipe. It seems to have a lighter flavor to it. So if you are looking to serve it for the whole family, maybe try that version before the beef one.

Also, if you have a big enough pot, consider doubling the ingredients and making a lot, as it stores really well in the freezer. I even use ice cube trays to break it out into smaller servings which I can add to any soup or sauce I’m making later during the week. At our house we can’t get enough of the stuff!

If you can let it cook longer than my recommended cooking time above, even better. 8 hours is the perfect amount.

Lastly, if you are thinking of buying it from the store, make sure you go for one without preservatives. They’re always kept in the fridge section and you’ll probably notice the expiration date is short (thanks to no nasty preservative).

Discover exactly what to eat and avoid on the low FODMAP diet!

No more endless Googling or flicking through 400 page gut health books to find answers. Finally, you can see exactly which foods you can eat and which to avoid with our Digest Life Low FODMAP Diet Guide.