We have been busy running weekly fermented food workshops and so I thought in this Newsletter I would address some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please do send them in to us.
How long does fermented milk kefir last in the fridge?
How long does fermented veggies last in the fridge?
Up to 9 months. Just check no mould forms.
Do I have to throw my vegetable ferment if white mild forms on top?
Often this is not mould but Kahm yeast. Scrape it off the top and if it smells and looks fine then your ferment should be safe.
Can water kefir grains be used to make milk kefir and vice versa ?
No Only water kefir grains can be used to make water/coconut water kefir and milk kefir grains can only be used to make milk kefir.
Can you use non-dairy milks to make milk kefir?
Yes, you can use coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk soy milk etc but the milk kefir grains need to go back into diary milk about once a week as they need the lactose in it to feed on. You canâ€™t use UHT milk.
Can you have too much fermented food and drinks?
Yes, like everything it is about balance. Kombucha is quite acidic so you donâ€™t want to drink too much of it or have it every day. Milk kefir is fine every day and so are fermented veggies but not in too large quantities. Keep it balanced and listen to your body.
Is it Ok to give fermented foods and drinks to Children?
Yes it is very food for them but start off with small amounts and build up slowly. Adding milk kefir cheese to dips is a great way of getting it in them. They usually love water kefir but remember there is still some sugar in water kefir.
Is there anyone who should avoid them?
If you have issues with salicylates and histamines you will need to be careful and would probably avoid fermented veggies and Kombucha. Or just try very small amounts. Be careful with Cabbage if you have low thyroid function. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and can suppress Thyroid function.