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I have too many grains. I hate to throw them away. It seems like there is so much you *could* do with them, but I haven't figured it out yet...

Today we had a bowlful of grains, tossed with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. Not bad!

What have you done with them?

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What have you done with them?
not made kefir, that's for sure. i don't think i'm doing it right. off to read the kefir thread in TF...

back to topic, though, is it just like eating a huge mega-serving of probiotics or, what?

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Joined Kefir Evangelical? Started knocking on doors spreading the good word of kefir?

Seriously though, I've just started preaching to my friends and giving them yummy tastes of kefir when they come over and grains to start their own. I've also made experimental batches with grape juice & grapes (champagne kefir!) or fun flavors like papaya/lime kefir. MMMMM!
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Where did that smilie come from!?

You two aren't being helpful with recipes... Though thanks for the reminder to do kefir juice

I'm thinking jello... some sort of bubble tea.. in salad dressing... get creative!

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I dunno... I have eaten the fruit out of my batches of kefir (raisins, papaya, apricots), and it made me sick to my stomach. So does the grain sludge at the bottom of the jar.

Maybe once my detox pathways are more functional

Have you tried that pumpkin seed kefir?
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You two aren't being helpful with recipes... Though thanks for the reminder to do kefir juice
Sorry, I forgot who's thread I was in.

I like the idea of bubble tea.

Mix it with some fruit and yogurt or coconut milk? "ambrosia"

put it in a sweet & sour sauce?

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not made kefir, that's for sure. i don't think i'm doing it right. off to read the kefir thread in TF...

back to topic, though, is it just like eating a huge mega-serving of probiotics or, what?
I just ordered kefir grains for the first time. I'm so excited to try them
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Sorry, I forgot who's thread I was in.

I like the idea of bubble tea.

Mix it with some fruit and yogurt or coconut milk? "ambrosia"

put it in a sweet & sour sauce?
You know I was totally just teasing, right?

ambrosia. Now THAT's worthy of an entry into the contest

how would the sweet and sour work?

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You know I was totally just teasing, right?
of course. we're all friendly friends here.

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ambrosia. Now THAT's worthy of an entry into the contest
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how would the sweet and sour work?
er... off the top of my head... some ACV + some tomato paste + some fish sauce + some honey + garlic (if you can do it, i'm so sad that we can't ), simmered until "saucy". cool and stir in kefir grains (bonus: it's a thickener, too) and some green onion tops. serve over steamed veggies & meat of your choice.

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eeeewwww... I can't even stand it if a grain gets in my mouth while I'm drinking my water kefir.

But your last post reminded me of a question- are whole food probiotics still viable if you cook them??

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But your last post reminded me of a question- are whole food probiotics still viable if you cook them??
highly doubtful - the enzymes would denature, and the bacteria would die. I wonder what happens to the histamine...

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highly doubtful - the enzymes would denature, and the bacteria would die. I wonder what happens to the histamine...
That's what I figured. I just noticed that your last recipe said to COOL the sauce before adding the grains.

So what would be the benefit of sourdough bread or injera (which I just made)? Just easier digestion? (sorry, totally ot.)

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So what would be the benefit of sourdough bread or injera (which I just made)? Just easier digestion? (sorry, totally ot.)
Yup. And more bioavailable nutrients.

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Yup. And more bioavailable nutrients.
Aah, yes- I forgot about the nutrients.

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not made kefir, that's for sure. i don't think i'm doing it right. off to read the kefir thread in TF...
I didn't have any luck with mine until I stuck the big mason jar (the eight-cup one, I think?) in my Salton yogurt maker. I think it heats it up just enough to make the grains happy in my freezing cold house, but with the top off and the jar sticking half or more out of it it doesn't get TOO hot.

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Where did that smilie come from!?
From us tea drinkers.

ETA: Wanted to sub here but I don't have kefir grains... yet.

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I didn't have any luck with mine until I stuck the big mason jar (the eight-cup one, I think?) in my Salton yogurt maker. I think it heats it up just enough to make the grains happy in my freezing cold house, but with the top off and the jar sticking half or more out of it it doesn't get TOO hot.
I put mine on a heat vent with a box over it. too hot? maybe if i put a towel between the jar and the vent?

ETA: this was after 36hrs in my pantry yielded zero change.

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I put mine on a heat vent with a box over it. too hot? maybe if i put a towel between the jar and the vent?

ETA: this was after 36hrs in my pantry yielded zero change.
Huh. Maybe that's not quite warm enough? I'm on the shores of Lake Michigan too. It's dang cold here!

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Huh. Maybe that's not quite warm enough? I'm on the shores of Lake Michigan too. It's dang cold here!
It was negative 9 yesterday morning. negative 6 today. :

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I dunno if this might help, and I don't want to get in trouble! BUT...

The neighbor who gave me grains said our water is too soft for them to work well, so you need to add minerals. Brewing minerals (?) she said, or use mineral water, OR add a boiled sea shell (like oyster/clam). I have one batch w/ shell, and 2 without, the shell one gets fizzier and reproduces better than the others. Maybe that could make a difference?

Now as to those grains... Add them to the blender for your blender batter? Or your green juice? Creamy soups?

Add them to your epsom bath?
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hmm. we have well water, and it's pretty mineral-y tasting to me... where did you get your oyster/clam shell?

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Now that I have a huge jar of grains just chillin' (literally) in my fridge...

BUMP!

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You could offer them up FFS.
I looked all around locally to find water grains, and turned up nothing! I might not have been looking in the right places, so I finally ordered some.

And - not much help with the recipes from personal experience, sorry. I'm expecting my grains any day now.... But when I get going, I'm going to try some of these (you'll need to scroll down to get to the recipes....)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3725032/Wa...anchesPenalver

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Actually, I have. I'm sending out three packages today to MDC mamas. And I have three friends IRL to whom I'm also giving grains. I'm making 4L every 2 days. My grain surplus is growing faster than I can literally give them away.

However, per that link you posted, I've been making my kefir "wrong".

The link says 3T per 1L/4C water + 1/4C sugar.

I've been doing 2T of grains per 4C water + 1/4C sugar. I started with 4T grains, 8C water and 1/2 C sugar. Now I'm up to 8T grains per gallon of water + 1 cup sugar. Just thinking aloud here.... When I make the new batch tomorrow, I will use 12T grains to my one gallon water/1C sugar... That's said, my surplus is going to grow even faster now.

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That's said, my surplus is going to grow even faster now.
You must have some super grains! It's nice to know that even if you don't do things perfectly it may still be just fine. But in the event that I kill my grains, now that I've jinxed myself, I'm going to be looking you up for some of those extraordinary, fool-proof grains you've got going!

And if you try some of those recipes, please post and let us know what you liked.

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Well, credit where credit is due, I got them originally from ChangingSeasons. :

It's funny b/c they just weren't growing for so long. I got them in winter (where the outside temps were in the negative 10s). My house was averaging in the mid-60s during the day and lower at night... They were barely hanging on. Now that summer has hit full tilt here, with warm temps at night even, my grains have gotten frisky. They are reproducing fabulously.

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Well, credit where credit is due, I got them originally from ChangingSeasons. :
And you thought they were dead....

I got them from dogmom, so she's the one that gets credit for selling a good product!!

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i know. they are so NOT dead.

woohoo dogmom!!

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I got them from dogmom, so she's the one that gets credit for selling a good product!!
Well, then, I should be good -- since I ordered mine from dogmom! Can't wait to see those frisky little grains!

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Tonight I'm making dosas for dinner. I sauteed some leeks& greens in olive oil with salt & pepper, ginger, nutmeg and oregano. I whirled it in the food processor with some ACV and some more olive oil. I let it cool and added some kefir grains then whirled it some more. It kind of tastes cheesy or at least yogurty or something. It's fabulous. I've got a cucumber salad on the side and dinner will be ready in 5 minutes. :

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