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Milk Kefir

How to make milk kefir, a probiotic-rich fermented drink that has lots of health benefits! It's easy to make at home!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 teaspoons kefir grains
  • 3 cups fresh milk (cow or goat milk)


  1. Put kefir grains, about 2 teaspoons of grains, into a clean glass jar with about 3 cups fresh milk. Make sure you leave about 1-inch of room at the top of the jar.
  2. Place a plastic lid on top of the jar, but do not tighten it. You want the lid to be loose on top of the jar.
  3. Place the jar in a warm place, out of direct sunlight, for 24 hours. I put my jar in a cabinet in our kitchen. You will know your kefir is done when it has slightly thickened and smells fermented.
  4. Tighten the lid and shake well. Place a stainless-steel strainer or plastic strainer over a clean jar. Strain the kefir into the jar.
  5. At this point, you can add fresh or frozen fruit if you want to do a second fermentation. I add ½ banana and then put the lid on tight and let the kefir sit out on the counter for another 2 to 5 hours. This will double the amount of probiotics. If you don’t want to do the second fermentation, you can put the lid on and store the kefir in the refrigerator.
  6. Now, you start the process over again with the kefir grains you have in the strainer. Put the kefir grains in a clean jar, add milk, put the lid on (but not tight) and repeat the process.

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