Learn to Make Kefir

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Learn to make kefir from the CFH staff and other Real Food pros. Choose from a wide selection of articles, videos, and recipes. Rate articles and share your suggestions too! Click here to view all of our kefir articles.


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Milk Kefir versus Water Kefir

Milk Kefir vs. Water Kefir
Did you know there are two types of kefir? Both are delicious probiotic-rich beverages but there are a few differences including a dairy-free option.
Learn about the differences between milk kefir and water kefir.

 Milk Kefir FAQ

Milk Kefir FAQ
Making milk kefir at home is easy and can save a lot of money. Milk kefir can be made with cow milk, goat milk, or even coconut milk.

Read more about milk kefir including the types of cultures you can use as well as tips and tricks to get you started.

Water Kefir FAQ

Water Kefir FAQ
Water kefir is an easy to make, dairy-free alternative to milk kefir. It can be flavored using juice, dried fruit, fresh fruit, flavor extracts, and even herbs. It's consistently one of our favorites!

Learn to make water kefir for your family.


Featured Articles

How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir
How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir
Did you know milk kefir grains can be cultured in coconut milk? This is a great way to avoid dairy while still getting your daily kefir.
Learn how to culture coconut milk with kefir grains.

 How to Make Fruit Juice Kefir
Flavoring Water Kefir
Juice, fruit, herbs, and more! It's easy to find a flavor combination your family will love. Check out our video and 10+ flavoring ideas.
Read more about how to flavor water kefir.

Click here to view our complete selection of how-to articles, videos and more.

Recipes Using Kefir

Learn about the many ways you can use homemade kefir in recipes. Click here to view all of our recipes using kefir.

Featured Recipes

Herbed Soft Kefir Cheese Recipe

Herbed Soft Kefir Cheese
Milk kefir can be strained of some of the whey to make a soft spreadable cheese that can be flavored with herbs.

Kefir Banana Bread Recipe

Kefir Banana Bread
Make delicious whole grain banana bread with milk kefir.

Water Kefir Lemonade Recipe and Video
Water Kefir Lemonade
Make a refreshing probiotic beverage for your family.  Instructions and how-to video.
Kefir Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Smoothie
A quick and easy breakfast or snack.

How-to Videos

Learn to make kefir with our collection of How-to Videos.  Click here to view our entire collection of kefir how-to videos.

How to Make Milk Kefir Video
How to Make Milk Kefir

How to Make Water Kefir Video

How to Make Water Kefir

How to Flavor Water Kefir Video

How to Flavor Water Kefir

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 All Kefir Articles, Recipes and Videos  

Milk Kefir

Milk Kefir Articles & Videos

How to Make Milk Kefir (VIDEO)

How to Make Kefir with Direct-set Starter Culture

Introduction to Milk Kefir

Milk Kefir FAQ

Can You Make Kefir from Prepared Kefir without Grains or Starter?

Milk Kefir Grains Troubleshooting FAQ

Milk Kefir Grains Instructions

Straining Milk Kefir Grains

How to Make Raw Milk Kefir

Introducing Milk Kefir Grains to Raw Milk

Choosing a Kefir Culture: Grains vs. Direct-set Starter

Composition of Milk Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts

How to Activate Dehydrated Milk Kefir Grains (VIDEO)

Choosing Equipment for Making Dairy Kefir

Choosing Milk for Making Kefir

Using Previously Frozen Milk for Culturing

Reducing the Lactose Content of Kefir

Timing Milk Kefir (to manipulate flavor)

How to Flavor Milk Kefir (VIDEO)

How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir

How to Make Goat Milk Kefir

Dairy-free Kefir Options

Encouraging Milk Kefir Grains to Multiply

How to Use Kefir as Sourdough

Five Ways to Use Kefir

The Amazing Number of Kefir Dairy Products

How to Take a Break from Making Kefir

Putting Starter Cultures on Hold for a Vacation

Warm Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Cool Weather Care for Starter Cultures

How to Remove Milk Kefir Grains from Kefir

How to Strain Kefir (make thicker kefir)

All About a Second Fermentation for Milk Kefir

Ways to Use Whey

Kefir: The Sustainable Dairying Culture

Compare Milk Kefir with Water Kefir

What is the Difference between Yogurt and Kefir?

Using Kefir in Everyday Recipes

Creative Ways to Use Dairy Kefir

A Complete Guide to Cultured Smoothies

All Milk Kefir How-to Videos

Kefir-related Posts on the CFH Blog


Special Milk Kefir CFH Blog Series


Milk Kefir Recipes

How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir

Five Ways to Use Kefir (includes links to 20+ Recipes)

Cultured Butter (using Kefir Grains)

Sour Cream (using Kefir Grains)



Herbed Soft Kefir Cheese

Hard Kefir Cheese

Potato Cheese (made with milk kefir)

Kefir Cheese, Peanut Butter, and Banana Spread



Chipotle Avocado-Kefir Sauce

Green Goddess-style Kefir Salad Dressing


Main Dishes and Sides

Deviled Eggs Made with Cultured Cream instead of Mayonnaise

Creamy Orange Kefir Fruit Salad

Kefir Cucumber Salad

Mexican Rice Salad with Sour Cream and Kefir Dressing

Apple Cinnamon Kefir Pancakes Recipe

Cultured Dairy Soaked Gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes

Make a Cultured Enzyme-rich Breakfast Parfait

Spiced Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup with Kefir

Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Kefir Soup

Okroshka (Cold Kefir Soup from Russia)

Cold Borscht with Kefir

Minted Kefir Fruit Salad

Piña Colada Fruit Salad with Kefir Dressing


Baked Goods

Simple Milk Kefir Yeast Bread

Soaked Flour Whole Wheat Bread

Kefir-soaked Muffins

Soaked Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Kefir Cornbread



Chocolate Kefir Bread

Cultured Dairy Chocolate Cake

Whipped Cultured Cream to Top Your Dessert

Kefir Dessert Sauce

Chocolate Kefir Popsicles

Cultured Ice Cream (and how to make it without a machine)

Kefir Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Raspberry Kefir Ice Cream

Apple Cinnamon Kefir Ice Cream

Coffee Kefir Ice Cream

Lemon-Blueberry Kefir Ice Cream

No Ice Cream Maker Required Kefir Soft Serve Ice Cream

Kefir Chocolate Frosty

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Kefir Ice Cream



Kefir Eggnog

Chai-spiced Milk Kefir

Frothy Orange Kefir Beverage

Fresh and Frozen Any-Fruit Kefir Smoothie

Instant Probiotic Smoothie

Cranberry Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Basic Fruit Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

Healthy Smoothie

Orange Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

Cantaloupe Kefir Smoothie

Peachy Kefir Smoothie

Dairy-free Piña Colada Smoothie


Water Kefir

Water Kefir Articles & Videos

How to Make Water Kefir (VIDEO)

Water Kefir FAQ

Water Kefir Grains Troubleshooting FAQ

How to Activate Dehydrated Water Kefir Grains (VIDEO)

Water Kefir Grains Instructions

Choosing a Kefir Culture: Grains vs. Direct-set Starter

Composition of Water Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts

The Origin of Water Kefir

How to Flavor Water Kefir (VIDEO)

Bottling Water Kefir & Kombucha

Encouraging Water Kefir Grains to Multiply

10 Ideas for Flavoring Water Kefir

Choosing the Best Water Kefir Ingredients

Choosing a Water Source for Making Cultured Foods

How to Take a Break from Making Kefir

Putting Starter Cultures on Hold for a Vacation

Warm Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Cool Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Rehabilitating Damaged Water Kefir Grains

How to Remove Water Kefir Grains from Kefir

Water Kefir: A Kid-friendly Beverage

Compare Milk Kefir with Water Kefir

Water Kefir vs. Kombucha

Why Did My Kefir Soda Explode?

All Water Kefir How-to Videos

Water Kefir-related Posts on the CFH Blog


Water Kefir Flavor Ideas

10 Ideas for Flavoring Water Kefir

Coconut Water Kefir

Lemon-Ginger Water Kefir

Apple "Cider" Water Kefir

Any Berry Water Kefir

Lemon-Lime Water Kefir

Orange-Vanilla Water Kefir

Piña Colada Water Kefir Punch

Pineapple-flavored Water Kefir

Refreshing Grapefruit Water Kefir

Water Kefir Lemonade (VIDEO)

Making Kefir with Fruit Juice

Mojito-flavored Water Kefir

Flavoring Water Kefir with Syrup from Canned Fruit


Water Kefir Recipes

Lemon Water Kefir Ice Pops

Blended Berry Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert

Grape Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert with Plums

Piña Colada Ice Pops

Coconut Water Kefir Ice Pops

Rainbow Fruit Ice Pops

Water Kefir Fruit Juice Ice Pops

Raspberry Kefir Granita

Quick Thai Peanut Sauce

Fermented Salsa

Shamrock Water Kefir Shake

Tangy Citrus Water Kefir Gelatin Dessert

Water Kefir Honey Mustard Dressing

Water Kefir Fermented Tomato Ketchup


















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