Recipes Kefir and Kombucha

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Recipes Milk Kefir Water Kefir and Kombucha
Recipes Milk Kefir Water Kefir and Kombucha

Here you can find some recipes for delicious preparations made from milk kefir, fruit kefir and kombucha strains:

You will find here the basic recipes for each of them.


Milk Kefir Recipes

Recipes Milk Kefir
Recipes Milk Kefir

This recipe is easy to achieve, ready in a jiffy!

Once you have prepared it all, as described below, all you have to do is to be a little bit patient in order to let the milk kefir grains do their work and transform the milk into a delicious yoghurt look-like drink.

So, let’s have a look on the kitchen tools. For the basic recipe, you will need:

  • a non-metallic container, like a canning jar for e.g.. In fact, any glass will do;
  • a fine mesh plastic strainer;
  • a small plastic spoon ;
  • a muslin and
  • an elastic.

…and for the ingredients :

  • 20-25 grams of milk kefir grains and
  • 250 – 300 ml of animal milk (whole or semi-skimmed milk)

How to prepare the recipe ?

Recipes Milk Kefir Grains
Recipes Milk Kefir Grains
  1. first, put the milk kefir grains into the non-metallic container;
  2. secondly, pour the milk over it, by taking care to leave a margin, because the fermentation of the grains will swell the volume. The milk should be at room temperature or cold. Use in preference whole or semi-skimmed animal milk;
  3. further, put a muslin retained by an elastic on the container, so that the air can circulate and also in order to prevent dust to enter;
  4. place the container away from light;
  5. leave it all ferment at room temperature until the desired ripening, which could vary between 10 and 48 hours, depending on the temperature and the volume of milk that you used;
  6. from time to time, when thick formations appear on the surface, or whey at the bottom of the jar, stir gently using the plastic spoon, in order to homogenize it all;
  7. if you are a beginner, it is better to taste the kefir from time to time, in order to stop the fermentation on time: the beverage must be sour like yogurt, but not acid;
  8. when the kefir is ready, strain it through the fine mesh plastic strainer and then store it or consume it immediately;
  9. you can retrieve this way all the grains (milk kefir baby grains included). Once a week, the grains need to be carefully rinsed into bottled spring water;
  10. carefully wash the jar just like explained in the section Hygiene compliance and proceed as explained above for the next beverage.

At the end, and if you wish, you can add a little sugar or honey in your drink, but only once prepared and not only during the fermentation process.


Water Kefir Recipes

Recipes Water Kefir
Recipes Water Kefir

This water kefir basic recipe is also easy to achieve, ready in a jiffy!

Once you have prepared it all, just as described below, you will only need to be a little bit patient, as you have to let the water kefir grains the time to do their work and offer you a delicious look-like soda drink, good for your health!

Let’s see what you will need as kitchen tools:

  • a non-metallic container, like a canning jar for example, but in fact any glass will do;
  • a fine mesh plastic strainer;
  • a small plastic spoon ;
  • a muslin and
  • an elastic.

…and for the ingredients, in order to obtain 2 liters of beverage :

  • 100 grams of water kefir grains;
  • 2 liters of water at room temperature (bottled still water or filtered tap water);
  • 100 grams of sugar;
  • 1-2 dried figs without preservatives, washed and
  • 1-2 slices of untreated lemon of about 1 cm thick. If the lemon is treated, the skin has to be removed.

How to prepare the recipe ?

Recipes Water Kefir Grains
Recipes Water Kefir Grains
  1. melt the sugar in ½ liter of water;
  2. when the sugar is completely melted, put the ingredients into the jar and then fill with water, without filling completely;
  3. put a muslin retained by an elastic on the container so that the air can circulate and also in order to prevent dust to enter;
  4. let it all ferment for 24 – 48 hours at a temperature between 15-20 ° C (59-68F);
  5. when the fig(s) float(s), this means that the drink is ready;
  6. strain the beverage through the fine mesh plastic strainer and retrieve this way all the grains;
  7. wash the grains in cold tap water;
  8. now that it’s ready: you can drink the beverage immediately or put it in a tightly closed bottle, making sure to open the container from time to time in order to avoid excessive accumulation of gas. Lemonade bottles would be a perfect choice for that;
  9. carefully wash the jar as explained in the section Hygiene compliance and proceed as shown above for the next beverage;
  10. amounts are to be adjusted each time, depending on the weight of kefir grains you have.

Kombucha Recipes

Recipes Kombucha
Recipes Kombucha

Even if it is easy to achieve, the basic recipe for the kombucha drink needs patience, as it will be ready in about a week!

 Kitchen tools needed:

  • a pan for boiling the tea;
  • a non-metallic container: any glass will do (a canning jar for e.g.), opening as wide as possible;
  • a fine or medium mesh plastic strainer (if you use leaf tea);
  • a muslin and
  • an elastic.

Regarding the ingredients, you will need the followings:

  • a piece of kombucha strain (whatever form it has);
  • some recovery liquid (for the 1st drink);
  • non sparkling bottled water or filtered tap water;
  • 70 grams of sugar per liter of water and
  • 5 grams of tea, which means about 1-2 teaspoons of tea (equivalent of a teabag).

How to prepare the recipe? Steps to follow:

  1. while preparing the tea, drop the kombucha strain into a soup dish containing cider vinegar; it helps to rinse the kombucha fungus with cider vinegar in order to prevent any mold, whose appearance is undesirable;
  2. pour the water into the pan and then heat it;
  3. put about 70 grams of sugar into the water which is still cold or warming gradually and mix until the sugar is completely melted;
  4. once that water boiled, remove the pan from heat and add the tea into it;
  5. let the tea infuse into the pan for about 10-15 minutes;
  6. if you used tea leaves, retain them into a strainer;
  7. if you have opted for tea bags, remove them from water;
  8. then, let cool tea until it has about 30°C ;
  9. pour the sweet tea into a glass container;
  10. add approximately 10% of the previous beverage. If you make your first beverage, it is the recovery liquid that you will need to add (you can also add a few drops of cider vinegar, only the first time);
  11. put the kombucha strain into this liquid;
  12. put a muslin retained by an elastic on the jar so that the air can circulate and in order to prevent dust to enter into it too;
  13. place the fermentation container into a warm place, away from light and airflows.

After that, you have to wait about a week and then continue preparing:

Recipes Kombucha Grains
Recipes Kombucha Grains

14. remove the kombucha with your hands (once your hands are carefully washed);
15. fill in a bottle the obtained beverage, using a strainer;
16. let the yeast precipitate into the fermentation container, but empty it every 4 weeks and rinse it with hot water;
17. carefully wash with the kombucha under tap water and place it into the fermentation container;
18. keep about 10% of the liquid from the fermentation container in order to further acidify the amount of tea to be prepared;
19. if you don’t drink immediately the beverage thus obtained, place the bottle containing it into a cool place;
20. carefully wash the jar as explained in the section Hygiene compliance for kombucha and proceed as above for the next beverage.