All About Kefir + A Recipe for Homemade Organic Kefir with Lemon Zest & Raspberries

by Michelle on July 7, 2011 · 4 comments

in Healthy Snacks,How To/Tutorial,Information,Meal

What Is Kefir?

Kefired milk (or Kefir; said as ke-fear), is the fermented dairy* product made from adding Kefir grains** (which are also known as Kefir; see picture above which shows kefir’s cauliflower-like appearance) into milk to ferment. The Kefir grains are a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast which exist on a structure of polysaccharide, protein, amino acids and lipids. Kefir grains ferment milk to produce a probiotic milk, similar to yoghurt. Kefir is another beneficial probiotic/cultured/fermented food which you may like to try adding to your diet. It’s relatively inexpensive and so very easy to make at home. And you don’t need any special equipment!

Some things to know about Kefir:

This is a really delicious way to eat kefir! If you’re new to kefir you may like to try this simple recipe. This recipe also disguises the taste of kefir somewhat, which can take a bit of time to get used to. Like all fermented foods, starting with a small amount at first is best.

Recipe: Homemade Organic Kefir with Lemon Zest & Raspberries


  • 1/2 C. to 1 C. of kefired milk (made from organic milk)
  • raspberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen to chill my kefired milk)
  • lemon zest, (best from an organic lemon, otherwise gently scrub a non-organic lemon to help remove the wax coating)
  • B-grade maple syrup/honey

How to:

Pour the kefired milk into a bowl, add the berries, lemon zest and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!




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Gwilym May 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Excuse me pointing it out “kefir” is NOT pronounced ‘ke-fear’ that is a totally wrong Anglisized pronounciation.

Kefir (pronounced keh-FEER) originates from the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe. It’s believed that the name comes from the Turkish word “keif” which means good feeling. Out of respect for the origin of the word then it should be pronounced properly – and NOT bastardised to accomodate English syntax.

Phonetically it shoud be pronounced “KEH-FEER”

Thank you,



Christine December 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

And “anglicises” is spelled with a “c” not an “s” but really does it matter? To come across your comment after reading such an interesting website made me rather sad. Is it really necessary to make points over such petty things? Respect for a words origin? Oh for goodness sake!


Nigel June 12, 2017 at 2:46 am

Get a life , “Gwillam” or whatever your name is.


Lisa September 4, 2017 at 12:47 am

About the pronunciation, looks to me, THAT spelling of the pronunciation is different. However, it appears it is said he same, or similar enough. Stop being a book snob and enjoy the world around you. Start with some Kefir!!


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