Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Learning new skills

As well as learning more about dehydrating, I have started to make Kefir. I thought I had killed it as when it arrived in the post. It wasn't opened for about 4 days as I thought it would be dehydrated but nope. It was a living thing in a couple of tablespoons of milk.

Anyhow, I set too and after 24 hours strained the 'sludge' and threw away the liquid as it smelt  yuck and tasted extremely sour. Added more milk and carried on. I was having to use semi skimmed as that is what we use but apparently whole milk is better. We bought some of that today.

After 3 days, it was growing a little and smelt and tasted better so I kept the liquid. Had some in my morning smoothy and drank some before retiring to bed. That is the reason I am trying it, to see if it will help with my sleep.

Today, day 4, it smells okay and tastes okay. Today is also its first go with whole milk so I will be interested to see what it is like tomorrow morning.

The petrol at Asda has gone up 5p per litre since last week and Morrison's by 2p. Maybe theirs will raise more when they have a top up from a tanker, time will tell!

We treated ourselves to a Chinese takeway last night and were given a new price list. The last one was dated December 2021. Almost everything has risen between 20p and 50p with some things £1. No doubt that too will change again soon.

8 comments:

  1. I shall be interested to hear more of your adventures with kefir. I tried with grains but with limited success and eventually I gave up. I can;t remember what milk I used. I'd also like to try making kimchi and sauerkraut - have you tried either?

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    1. No, my next adventure will be general fermented vegetables. The secret I have found is leaving it out of the fridge for 24 to 36 hours whilst fermenting. Once strained and fed, repeat. The resulting liquid is kept in the fridge with a loose fitting lid as it is still slowly fermenting. I think it will take quite a while to build up my sludge to large grains.

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  2. I had been wondering about making kefir. Is it significantly cheaper than buying it in the supermarket?

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    1. I don’t know, never tried or bought it before. I would imagine the initial expense of buying the grains is probably the worst bit. After a few days, it can handle more and more milk, eventually able to deal with 1 litre or more a day.

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  3. It seems like everyday prices are rising.

    Enjoy your kefir and I hope it helps with your sleep.

    God bless.

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    1. Indeed they are, seem particularly high in Canada.

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  4. That's really interesting, thank you. xx

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