My ds is allergic to dairy (and soy), so what is the best alternative for making yogurt and kefir? Coconut? Almond milk? Any differences in how I would make the yogurt? (I make whole milk or goat milk yogurt for the rest of us, I have yet to make kefir)
I can't be of help with the yogurt, but I just wanted to say that coconut milk kefir is delicious! I love it made into a smoothie with pineapple. YUM! You can also kefir juices. It makes them fizzy and yummy and has the added benefit of cutting down the sugar content!
Another idea is the water of young green coconuts for making kefir. (Coconut milk is the coconut water mixed with the meat of the coconut.) I makes this all the time. It is loaded with minerals! More info here!
i'm new at this too, we just went gf/cf about 2 weeks ago.
i've been making rice milk kefir for a little while (a week?). it doesnt act the same as cow milk kefir, ie it doesnt get thick, so i let it sit until the whey separates out. it gets made into popsicles, so i figure it doesnt really matter if it overprocesses. i was just reading sandor katz's book recently, and it sounds like he's made kefir out of just about anything you can think of (even gatorade!? definitely something we wont be trying out!) that's liquidy and has some carbohydrates in it for the kefir to feed on.
there's a cashew yogurt recipe here: http://www.pecanbread.com/recipes.html (about 2/3's of the way down the page) i plan to try it as soon as a get a chance to scout out a source of non-dairy yogurt start.