Rich, thick, creamy Kefir Sour Cream. It’s a super healthy alternative to store bought sour cream and easy to make using just heavy cream and milk kefir grains. Unlike conventional sour cream, Kefir Sour Cream has powerful healing qualities and will increase your vitality and longevity. Dollop it on top of tacos, add it to macerated fruit, sauces, dressings or my Orange Mango Kefir Creamsicles.
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus. It’s sour, slightly effervescent and has become popular in the U.S. It contains many strains of beneficial bacteria, enzymes and vitamins. Its made using milk kefir grains or a kefir culture starter to ferment milk. The only difference between making milk kefir and Kefir Sour Cream is that you will ferment heavy cream instead of milk. You are getting all the same, powerful health benefits of milk kefir in a rich, creamy sour cream.
Health Benefits of Kefir
Kefir has powerful healing qualities and is one of the most potent probiotic foods you can eat. It’s anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, incredible for digestion and your gut health.
I’ve been experimenting with fermented dairy using milk kefir grains to make milk kefir, kefir cheese and kefir sour cream for some time. Most people who can’t tolerate dairy can usually tolerate milk kefir, because the bacteria in it helps digest lactose. My husband is lactose intolerant, but can drink milk kefir. Not only that, but it’s nutrient dense, improves gut health, symptoms of candida and more. Milk kefir is a must in my fermented food arsenal to maintain a young, vibrant body.
I first learned about the benefits of milk kefir when I started the Body Ecology Diet. According to Body Ecology…
Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your “inner ecosystem.” More nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, it supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins.
The enzymes, probiotics and vitamins in milk kefir contribute to clear skin, a flat stomach, increased vitality and longevity. You can ferment milk using milk kefir grains (different from water kefir grains) or a powdered kefir starter. Currently I’m using milk kefir grains I bought from Amazon, but I have used the powdered kefir starter from Body Ecology too. I’ve been making milk kefir for years now and notice a difference in my energy levels and digestion when I drink it regularly.
Tools you will need
To make Kefir Sour Cream you will need milk kefir grains or kefir culture starter, a mason jar, a nylon mesh strainer (metal ones hurt the kefir grains), a silicon spatula and heavy cream. I use grass-fed, organic heavy cream when available, because it contains more vitamins.
- Pour the heavy cream in a glass mason jar.
- Add the milk kefir grains.
- Seal with a lid and set on your counter in a cool place out of direct sunlight for 24 hours.
- The kefir cream will get really thick like sour cream.
- After 24 hours strain out the milk kefir grains from the kefir cream. Use the strainer and a silicone spatula to push the cream through the strainer to separate the grains from the cream.
- Put the milk kefir grains in fresh milk and store in the refirgerator until you are ready to use them again. They will need fresh milk every week when you are not making kefir.
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