Kefir grains? What are they, and what do they eat in winter? This article will answer your questions about milk kefir grains, their origin and where to find them.
Do not confuse them with water kefir grains! (click on this link to learn more about them).
What are kefir grains?
Milk kefir grains are small, gelatinous white balls that are used to make milk kefir. Visually, they have the shape of small cauliflowers clustered together.
These strange little clusters harbor a veritable jungle of bacteria and yeasts beneficial to humans. As soon as you mix the grains with milk, they activate to create kefir. This fermented milk is creamy, tangy and slightly sparkling. In addition, it is full of probiotics and it is said to have many health benefits.
Once the kefir has been created, the grains can be collected and put back into fresh milk. And off we go for some new kefir!
Warning! Kefir grains cannot be planted in the ground! They are not plants. They are called "grains" because they have the shape of grain, but they are not seeds.
Where do kefir grains come from?
Milk kefir grains are said to have originated in the plains of the Caucasus mountains a few thousand years ago. Nomadic peoples used kefir grains to preserve milk for long periods of time, long before refrigeration arrived. Kefir was consumed there for its benefits and for its virtues of longevity.
Over the years, kefir grains have spread all over the world. The grains that we use today are therefore descendants of those used in the plains of the Caucasus! The story of their origins is fascinating.
Where to find kefir grains?
You have two options: find or buy them.
As milk kefir grains multiply when taken care of properly, a culture of sharing has emerged around this fermentation. When a person has too many grains, they often offer them to their friends and family. So, if you have a friend who has some good quality kefir grains, ask if they would like to share them with you!
Kefir grains are small white balls that contain billions of microorganisms that turn milk into kefir.
The more kefir we make, the more grains we have, and the more we can share the know-how of this nutritious and tasty drink!
You can find kefir grains from friends who have extra kefir, or you can buy them from our online store.