Hey guys, here is the post you’ve been asking for… how to make coconut kefir, a delicious and bubbly elixir of life! Making your own coconut kefir is really quite easy and fun and of course so beneficial for your body’s inner health! Although I truly love the water grain method because of it’s never-ending reusability, culture starters do also work. Please just follow the instructions provided with the culture you buy. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I do. Please let me know if you have any questions…
Step 1. Finding Water Kefir Grains:
You must first acquire high-quality, real “water” grains (such as the ones from my favorite company: Cultures For Health) You can also use a starter culture although you will probably only get a few uses out of it before having to buy more. If cared for correctly, the grain method can last indefinitely!
Step 2. Rehydrating Water Kefir Grains:
If you purchase water grains, they will most likely come dehydrated and will need to be rehydrated and woken up from their slumber, so here is how:
1. Dissolve 4 to 6 tbsps of sugar in 4 cups water (you will likey need to heat the water so the sugar will dissolve). Be sure to allow the water to cool to room temperature before proceeding to the next step.
2. Place the dehydrated kefir grains inthe water and cover with a towel or coffee filter secured witha rubber band. Allow the mixture to sit for 3-4 days until the grains are plump. Do not allow the mixture to sit for longer than 5 days. Once the grains are rehydrated, you are now ready to make you kefir
Step 3. Making Coconut Kefir:
1. You will first need to buy a coconut and drain out the water. If you are new to the world of coconuts, do not be scared, draining and cracking them can be quite easy. You will find tons of different methods for safely getting the water out on youtube. But make sure to enjoy the meat inside too… so healthy for you!
2. Once you have your coconut water ready for use in a glass jar, you will simply need to add the rehydrated water grains. About one coconut should yield enough water for a tablespoon or so of grains. Cover the jar tightly with a towel and rubber band to keep out fruit flies and ants.
3. Now is where the magic happens! Allow the kefir to culture for 24 to 48 hours by simply leaving to sit still at room temperature (and out of direct sunlight). 24 hours will yield a sweeter coconut kefir. However if you are sensitive to sugar, culture the kefir 48 hours to give the grains a chance to consume a larger portion of the sugar in the coconut water. Do not let the kefir grains culture longer then 72 hours. As the kefir grains culture, you may notice tiny bubble forming and traveling to the surface, but also do not be concerned if no bubbles appear (see below).
4. Once the kefir has cultured for the desired period of time, strain off the finished liquid into a seperate container (using a fine mesh plastic strainer if possible; stainless steel is acceptable if neccessary, but NO METAL) and cover with a tight lid. Finished coconut kefir does not require refrigeration, but can be refrigerated if you desire a cold beverage.
5. Add the grains to a new batch of coconut water and proceed with your next batch!
Things to note:
• It is common for kefir grains to not appear active for the first few weeks. This is not an indication of whether they are working, rather dehydrated kefir grains can simply take some time to become fully active.
• To determine if the grains are “working”, simply taste the liquid before and after the fermentation process. Finished coconut kefir will not be as sweet as the original liquid and you may notice a slight effervescence and color change.
Please let me know if you have any questions! (-:
There is a HUGE difference between “Coconut Kefir Starter Cultures” and actual “Coconut Kefir Grains” aka Water Kefir Grains. These “starter” packets that are commonly sold are not the real thing! They are designed to keep you dependent on purchasing more and more. They say you can take a small amount from the previous batch to start your next batch of Coconut Kefir, however it will dilute in potency with each batch and usually only last 4-5 batches. And then you will need to buy more! With the real Coconut Kefir Grains, your grains will multiply and gain strength indefinitely creating enough for you to share with your friends and family forever just like the Milk Kefir Grains that you use with dairy. They are even the same price usually so its really a no brainer when it comes to buying the right grains. Get the real thing! They will provide a stronger culture and its fun to watch them grow and care for them. After all they will give you and your family health and vigor, so care for them like a pet and give them lots of love.
Once you understand this simple truth, you’ll next want to know that there are two types of real kefir grains: Milk Grains and Water Grains. For your own Coconut Water Kefir you will want to find pure water grains. They look much different from one another too… The milk grains are milky colored and look sort of like gelatinous, chunky cottage cheese when active, while the water grains are more translucent and resemble large chunks of sugar granules. But both hold miracle secrets we may never fully understand!
The Best Coconut Kefir Grains to Buy:
The very best real kefir grains I’ve stumbled across so far are from this site: Cultures For Health. A box of “water kefir” grains cost me $16.99 and shipping was only $4, not too bad considering they will multiply and you will have them for life! And if it cost you are concerned about, then making your own Coconut Kefir at home is definitely the way to go. For example, I have seen jars of already made Coconut Kefir sold at Wholefoods that costs over $15 for just 16 ounces!
I’ve been using my grains from Cultures For Health for about 6 months now and they are still very healthy and alive and have tripled in quantity, so I’ve been able to share my extras with friends. They come dried in a nicely packaged box seen below:
Please feel free to post any questions comments that you have about Coconut Kefir!
Coconut Kefir is a delicious, naturally occurring probiotic drink made from fermented coconut water. Much like it’s relative Milk Kefir, it is derived using a similar method. Learning how to make coconut kefir is simple: Add Water Kefir Grains to Coconut water and let sit at room temperature and that’s basically it!! When special water kefir grains (called grains due to their grain-like appearance) are placed in the water and left to rest for a period of time, the grains will eat all the sugar and miraculously transform the liquid into a bubbly elixir filled with loads of healthful probiotics! These particular grains contain a unique symbiotic community of natural bacteria and yeasts, which are able to ferment natural sugars and multiply, creating this delicious probiotic-rich beverage. Real Coconut Kefir is literally ALIVE with nutrition!
Coconut Kefir is also a wonderful dairy-free choice for those who wish to enjoy all the benefits of kefir without the side effects of dairy. It’s very easy to make yourself, so please give it a try and let me know what you think! I know you will enjoy the refreshing flavor and how great it will make you feel!
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