History of Dairy Products: Kefir

About the dairy product kefir, information about the product made from cow or goat milk, uses and benefits, recipe to make your own.


Kefir originated in the Caucasus Mountains and can be made from the milk of a cow, goat, or sheep. Kefir grains cause the lactic acid and alcohol fermentation of milk that results in kefir. They are whitish or yellowish, and can be bought at health food shops. Homemade kefir can be made by placing some of these grains in warm milk and leaving the mixture overnight. In the morning, the kefir is ready, but strain it 1st, to recover the grains for further use. Refrigerate your kefir; and remember, a good kefir foams and fizzes like beer. Kefir appears to be of great benefit for old people, and in the U.S.S.R., it is one of the fermented milks used in the treatment of tuberculosis and other diseases.

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