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Topic: Kefir

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Posted on: May 17, 2014 07:03PM

faerywings wrote:

I have a friend who makes her own kefir. I have been reading how is is very healthy and good for cancer and Lyme (which I both have) plus an immune system booster (desperately needed). She lives in CA and I live in NJ so she can give me her extra grains. But have any of you had success getting grains from supermarket kefir or online somewhere?

Also, any good recipes to share or do you just drink it sttraight?

"No Day But Today" ~Rent Dx 1/17/2014, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+ Surgery 3/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/7/2014 Breast
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May 17, 2014 09:06PM MickeyGallagher wrote:

Dear Faerywings,

I love your name, by the way!

On the internet, there are many kefir blogs and Yahoo groups of people who are really “into” kefir.You can check out

Two reliable sources of kefir grains are:   and    Cost is generally around $30, and your grains will reproduce and last forever.

I’ve purchased grains from both of these ladies to give as gifts to friends when I didn’t have enough of my own grains to share at that particular time, so I can personally vouch for the integrity of these two sources.

Kefir can be consumed plain, blended with fruit or veggies as a smoothie, poured on cereal, used as the base of a salad dressing (yummy mixed with blue cheese), in scrambled eggs, or in baked goods (the heat of cooking will kill the probiotics, though).

I usually drink my kefir with a bit of stevia or erythritol sweetener, a dash of vanilla and/or almond extract, and I frequently add some unsweetened cocoa, ground flax, cinnamon, ginger, ground almonds or walnuts, blueberries, raisins, bananas, dried plums (aka prunes), whey protein, or good local honey. Sometimes, I add ALL those ingredients at once (!!), and sometimes I add just a few...

Excess kefir grains can be consumed in a shake or blended right back into the kefir, itself.

Some people wait until the kefir has "separated" into curds and whey during the process, and they then strain the kefir from the whey (and then remove the grains for the next kefir-making), and they use the thickened kefir to make cheese. Some people use the whey to ferment veggies (think cucumbers, cabbage, beets, and so forth).

Quite a few people give kefir to their dogs; it's been recommended by many vets. My two elderly Border Collies each drink about 1/3 cup a day and love it.

Hope this information helps you!

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May 18, 2014 01:52PM faerywings wrote:

MG- thank you for the links and info. My hubby saw grains being offered on Craigslist a few times too. Interesting, right?  But I will check out the group and sites.

I never would have thought about giving it to dogs. My lab mix is 9 and I want to keep her around as long as I can, so that sounds great too.

"No Day But Today" ~Rent Dx 1/17/2014, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+ Surgery 3/3/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/7/2014 Breast
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May 19, 2014 12:19AM MickeyGallagher wrote:

I'm glad you found the info useful. I wish you the very best!

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