Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kefir Grains

Yesterday I wrote that I had received two batches of Kefir grains...One milk, and one Water.....I'm on a journey of trying new healthier choices in my diet to improve my pain levels...and hopefully reduce the amount of painkillers I need to take to function on a daily basis......

Lisa, I am looking after your babies....when they arrived. I rinsed them straight away..I even drank the rinsing water and milk...they were both yummy...and if that was anything to go by...I'm in for a treat...The packaging was great too, No Leaks! Yay!   But I wonder how much longer they would have lasted, as the base of each container was beginning to  bulge....lol.....for a little container...they had a lot of punch...

Can you see them rocking?

For the Milk Kefir...after rinsing...I added the grains into a jar with 1 cup of milk....placed a larger than needed lid on top...I'm still not sure if I want fizzy milk...lol.....

After 24 hours...some of the grains are floating..
L to R: My first Milk Kefir drink, 1 cup of milk for the next  batch,
the strained and rinsed Kefir grains.

For the Water Kefir...I rinsed the grains...with tank water....then set them aside....then added them  To a large glass jar, I added the following:
2 cups of tank water
half a tablespoon of sultanas 
1 1/2 tablespoons of black sugar...which is raw Cane Sugar...It was recommended by Lisa to use Rapudura Unrefined Cane Sugar...but as my local health food shop was out of that, the gentleman recommended the Raw Cane Sugar...which is apparently even less refined that the Rapudura sugar....
2 cups of water..

I need to gather some clip lock jars to brew these in....

After rinsing the first time.

All mixed up...Now we wait!

 Waking up this morning...and after 12 hours of fermenting...I had bubbles!...Yay!

For tomorrow, I now have two Pro-biotic drinks to enjoy while making my Fruit & Nut Loaves....I will enjoy the Milk Kefir with some crushed Strawberries...It will make a lovely breakfast....
Later on while making the nut loaves...I will enjoy sitting down to this new flavour....
Thanks heaps Lisa...I'm looking forward to experimenting with ginger, pineapple and other flavours...It's all so exciting...I hope I can get it fizzy enough to replace the "dreadful sugar-free soft-drink habit" I have....

Tomorrow's new flavours for my palet.
After having fun with these..and chasing everyone around to convince them to try these new concoctions I have..I made the next ones....

This time I added a slice of lemon and half a dried fig...instead of the sultanans....I can't wait to see what flavour I get this time....


  1. Looking good Narelle. How long are you fermenting the water kefir for? I usually leave it for two days before straining, that way grains have more time to consume the sugar and you get more fermentation.

  2. Much excitement Narelle, I am watching with interest about the water kefir, something else I am looking at buying. I was wondering how you flavoured the water, I had no idea you put the flavour in with the grain.
    Cant wait to see what happens next.

  3. You are so amazing! Looking forward to learning more about kefir thought you - thanks for a super post! Let us know how it all tastes :)

  4. Lisa: Thanks for checking in...Yep, I only left the Water Kefir for 24 hours...thought it was the lid that let out all the carbination....This time I will keep it for 48 hours...

    Wendy: Once I get mine established...if you don't have any Water Grains...I can send you some....
    I like paying it forward...

    Little Home in The Country: Oh Sherrie, your so sweet...I'm looking forward to it too.
    I love learning about new things, especially when they are good for you....

    Off to get some pavers, then into the kitchen.

  5. I would love to try this but how do you find someone to get the kefir grains from. Do they have to be local


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