About Kefir

Kefir Tzatziki Dip

Transform your over-fermented kefir into a delightful tzatziki sauce with this simple recipe. Over-fermented kefir, with its pronounced tanginess, provides an excellent base for tzatziki, adding depth and probiotic goodness to this classic Greek condiment.

Kefir Pancakes

Savour the goodness of our Kefir Pancakes recipe for a scrumptious morning treat. Delight in the harmonious combination of fluffy pancakes infused with gut-friendly kefir and served with your favourite toppings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a fermented milk. It naturally contains live cultures of beneficial bacteria and yeast that may help support your gut health and function.

Drinking kefir regularly may help balance the gut microbiome (the bugs that live in our gut). The microbiome helps to break down our food so we can absorb as much nutrients as possible from the foods we eat, which in turn supports our immune system.

How do I take kefir?

You take it like a supplement to your diet. It’s not used as a milk replacement.

I take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, as I feel it sets me up for the day. Others take it last thing at night, to allow the bugs to work away while you sleep. Both are perfect ways to take it, whatever works best for you.

Drink it straight, or blend it with a banana to make a banana milkshake which makes it so easy to drink, and kids will love it this way too.

How much kefir do I need to take?

I recommend starting with 100mls a day, and see how that feels for you. Somedays you might feel like you need to double the intake, and that is totally fine. You do you! But I wouldn’t drink more than 250mls a day. 

If you’re new to Kefir, the Recommended Daily servings when starting out are:

Adults and teenagers: 100mls

Under 12: 50mls

Under 2: 1-2 tablespoons

Do you sell it in a smaller bottle?

Kefir is something I want to drink every day for optimal gut function. So having a litre of Kefir in the fridge helps me to incorporate it into my daily routine. The commercially made kefirs available in supermarkets are usually 250mls. This would only be a two day supply! The litre bottle of Kerry Kefir works out at €1 a day for your gut health and will last 10 days. You will be more inclined to drink it if you have a supply readily available to you in the fridge.

What’s the difference between your kefir and the other kefirs on the market?

Kerry Kefir is made using live Kefir grains, as opposed to powdered cultures. This sets Kerry Kefir apart from the rest of the kefirs on the market. The grains are natural and boast a broad range of beneficial bacteria and yeast strains. See “Traditional vs Commercial Kefir” to read more.

Does kefir go off?

Because Kefir is a fermented product, technically it doesn’t “go off”. It just continues to ferment in the bottle as the weeks go on. It will get thicker and stronger tasting, but it’s still fine to drink even after 3 weeks.

Eventually, the bacteria and yeast will run out of food to eat, and they’ll die. After a month I’d advise against drinking it.

Can I give kefir to my kids?

 YES!!! Please do!

Kids need good gut bacteria just as much as adults do. It’s a brilliant idea to introduce kids to fermented foods early in life. It will help them digest better and support their immune system among many other long-term benefits.

If you’re new to Kefir, the Recommended Daily servings when starting out are:

Adults and teenagers: 100mls

Under 12: 50mls

Under 2: 1-2 tablespoons

These amounts can be slowly increased over time, if needed.

Should I take kefir if I’m taking an antibiotic?

Absolutely! Antibiotics are great for killing the bad bacteria that’s making us sick. But they usually don’t differentiate between our good bugs and bad bugs.

Taking a good quality probiotic is always recommended when taking antibiotics. Natural yoghurt can have up to 5 strains of beneficial bacteria. Kefir, made using kefir grains, can have up to 30 strains of beneficial bacteria. So it contains a broader range of living cultures than most probiotic capsules.

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