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Old 03-07-2011, 12:49 PM   #11
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I also grew up on raw milk. Mmmmm good stuff - the cream rises to the top that you can make butter with.

Raw milk is "LIVE" and has many live probiotics - heat pateurizing kills all the live goodness.

California - sells raw milk in stores but it is costly. Farms sometimes have milk for purchase "for pets".

I am 40+ never had a problem drinking raw milk (entire family drank raw milk)
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:39 PM   #12
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Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids, and sugars. This symbiotic matrix forms "grains" that resemble cauliflower. Many different bacteria and yeasts are found in the kefir grains, which are a complex and highly variable community of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. Kefir grains contain a water soluble polysaccharide known as kefiran Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids, and sugars. This symbiotic matrix forms "grains" that resemble cauliflower.
Many different bacteria and yeasts are found in the kefir grains, which are a complex and highly variable community of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. Kefir grains contain a water soluble polysaccharide known as kefiran. (source: wikipedia)
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:15 PM   #13
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There are stores that sell kefir here. I wonder if I could make some by using the store-bought kefir that has live organisms in it.

I am new to the kefir thing and am excited to learn more.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:41 PM   #14
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Kefir

There are kefir grains and starter

I think the grains are better
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:20 PM   #15
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I freeze and dry the grains. I sent some to Miter. I have used my dried grains and they sometimes need to hydrate for 2 days before the flavor is up to strength. If your house is warm it may take less time.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:05 PM   #16
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I received my frozen dried kefir today in the mail from my sister.


I started the kefir - I received in the mail today at noon ...

I just checked and they are already floating and visible --- about an inch across!
Oh my goodness "they're alive" !
Oh boy, at this rate they will be huge by dawn.
Invasion of the kefir



Sister Z-- thanks a million for the kefir

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Old 03-07-2011, 10:10 PM   #17
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There are stores that sell kefir here. I wonder if I could make some by using the store-bought kefir that has live organisms in it.

I am new to the kefir thing and am excited to learn more.
Very posible that you can.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:53 PM   #18
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Totally worth a try. If it fails, I can always try sending an email to people with whom I work. There are many health-conscientious people. I'm sure one would know where I could get grains...or could have them!
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For sure there are some starters or other things in your local health store. Do you have Whole Foods for example? They sell some dry sruff, not sure if it is a starter or bacteria.

To trry to make from existing kefir. Warm up milk, it should be very warm, but not hot. It will kill the bacteria, add kefir, mix well, leave it overnight on the counter, you can even wrap it in a blanket, by the morning you should have something usable. The approximate proportion should be about 1 galon of milk to about 16 onces of kefir. This is very rough. You might have to tweek with it. Or maybe somebody has better recipe.
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For sure there are some starters or other things in your local health store. Do you have Whole Foods for example? They sell some dry sruff, not sure if it is a starter or bacteria.

To trry to make from existing kefir. Warm up milk, it should be very warm, but not hot. It will kill the bacteria, add kefir, mix well, leave it overnight on the counter, you can even wrap it in a blanket, by the morning you should have something usable. The approximate proportion should be about 1 galon of milk to about 16 onces of kefir. This is very rough. You might have to tweek with it. Or maybe somebody has better recipe.
Thanks! I actually ordered some from this vendor who is rumored to have a good reputation. Once I get them, I will have to let everyone know how it turns out!
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