The origin of Kefir is not known with certainty, but the most widespread hypothesis is that it emerged in the Caucasus (region between Eastern Europe and Western Asia) and pre-Islam, being already very popular in the times of Muhammad.
It was precisely at this time that their healing qualities were observed especially in the treatment of diseases of the digestive system.
The formula of his preparation was kept secret for a long time, although Marco Polo allegedly discovered it in one of his trips to the East, at the end of the thirteenth century
However, it was not until the early 19th century that it began to be used in the West as a treatment for tuberculosis.
What is kefir?
During fermentation of milk, a group of bacteria and yeasts develop, group and form granules of white coloration that on contact with water or milk acquire a creamy consistency, mild acid taste and an appearance very similar to natural yogurt .
Nutritious properties of kefir
Kefir contains more than 40 types of microorganisms and also vitamins K, B12, B1, biotin (vitamin B which helps in the assimilation of others in the B complex), phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.
Healing properties of kefir
Kefir -establishes the intestinal flora, especially after periods of diarrhea , to achieve a good digestion and absorption of nutrients. This is due to the fact that kefir removes harmful microorganisms from the intestines by increasing the bacterial population beneficial and protective of health.
Due to its antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antibiotic properties, it is considered a natural remedy and suitable to prevent problems such as ulcers and gastritis .
By containing tryptophan, kefir has a positive effect on the nervous system because it improves the problems of falling asleep or deepening it and also benefits people suffering from depression .
However, due to their sour taste, many people refuse their consumption. For this reason, some prefer to incorporate sweet fruits such as raisins and dates chopped, which, in addition to improving the taste, seems to facilitate the fermentation process.
Currently, kefir is recommended as a home remedy to combat chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease and even pulmonary emphysema by toning and regenerating the body after ingestion of antibiotics .
Form of home processing of kefir
Here is how to prepare milk kefir correctly
Pour one liter of whole milk at room temperature into a glass or porcelain container. Add two to four tablespoons of kefir granules. Cover the container to avoid impurities, leaving an air outlet, as some gases will be expelled.
Let ferment for 12 to 48 hours. Then, it should only be sifted and taken as a soda in the next 24 hours (without refrigeration) and up to five days (kept in the refrigerator). To always have kefir on hand, use the bacilli with a new dose of milk.
Note: In the production of kefir, metal utensils should not be used because they can generate electricity due to the acidity of the medium and cut the “grains” unnecessarily.
Healthy recipes with kefir
Healthy recipe with kefir # 1: Corn flour flour and kefir
-2 cups (500ml) corn flour
-6 tabls. wheat germ
-6 tablespoons whole wheat flour
-1 tablespoon aniseed
-Baking powder 1 tablespoon brown sugar
-2 eggs, beaten
-1 tablespoon oil
-500 ml milk kefir
Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. In a large skillet place all the ingredients dry and, in another container, the liquids. Add the dry mixture to the pan, beat until the dough is smooth and creamy.
Spread the oil in a mold and pour the preparation.
Roast for 20 minutes or until the surface of the dough is browned. Serve hot with butter light sweet eye.
Healthy recipe with kefir # 2: Kefir cream with orange
Ingredients (4 servings)
-350 g kefir
-4 medium oranges
-100 g brown sugar
-A few mint leaves
-2 tablespoons light cream
-20 g peeled pistachios
Grate the skin of an orange. Pour the zest into a bowl, add the cream and kefir and stir well. Divide this cream into individual bowls and reserve.
For the rest of oranges. Place the wedges in a saucepan with the mint leaves and sugar and cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Grind and let cool.
Cover the kefir cream with the orange jam. Garnish with peeled pistachios and a mint leaf and sprinkle a little ground cinnamon
Healthy recipe with kefir # 3 Kefir liqueur with fruit
-55 g pineapple , diced
-55 g mango, diced
-2 strawberries, without the peduncle
-225 g kefir with low fat
-1/2 lime juice
Place the pineapple , mango, strawberries , soy milk and lime in blender or food processor. I smoked well; Stop the blender to clean the sides of the glass if necessary. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with little leaves.