Kefir — history, information and a kefir recipe

Centuries old cultured milk beverage from Russia

Kefir, traditionally pronounced ke-feer’, but spoken as kee’-fer in the West, is a many-centuries-old cultured milk beverage from Northern Russia. Kefir is a fermented milk drink prepared with kefir grains (see the spoon in the picture).

Flavored kefir drinks, mostly, have found their way to market in the USA because North American consumers have not scored unflavored kefir high in sensory evaluations — it has a tart, somewhat “yeasty” taste with a mouthfeel described as “prickly” or “sparkling” due to the liberation of the carbon dioxide gas (CO2) as the culturing progresses.