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Monday, April 19, 2010

Kefir Sour Cream and "Ranch" Dressing

Kefir can make an excellent (not to mention a nutrient dense super food) sour cream!  Here's how:

Once your kefir is done and the grains are removed, line a large mesh strainer (I ordered mine from Cultures for Health) with a couple layers of cheesecloth.  Place strainer in a bowl or other collection container.  Pour desired amount of kefir into the cheesecloth/strainer.  Allow to sit in the fridge for a couple of days, until the whey has drained off and you have soft curds.  Whisk gently and enjoy this tangy treat! 

Another option at this point is to whisk in a few tablespoons of your favorite jam and enjoy it as a cream cheese on your bagels or crackers.  You can also sweeten lightly with honey and enjoy on fruit!

Add a flavorful punch (and enjoy as a veggie dip or spread on whole grain crackers) by whisking in a garlic seasoning blend of your choice.  Here is a recipe for a kefir dressing, this uses fresh kefir (not whey strained/thickened).

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