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Is store bought kefir dead?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 07, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Is store bought kefir dead from pasteurization and thus a waste of time? Well a waste aside from the taste.

*I don't know if they pasteuri*ze it or not??? I just assumed as a liquid dairy product it would probably have to be pasteurized to sell it. If it weren't wouldn't it continue to ferment on the shelf and pop and spray goop around on the shelf.

It just seems you ferment it for such a short period of time at home, and it's only good for such a short period of time that it must be dead.

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on April 07, 2012
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Kefir you make yourself doesn't go bad in the fridge - it just gets sourer. Check out Dom's kefir making website: he did an experiment leaving kefir in the fridge for a year - and then drank it. He said it was sour, but fine. http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/Makekefir.html#Storing

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It is cultured after pasteurization,so it's not dead.You can use it to culture a new batch

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It's not dead, but it doesn't contain most yeasts or most bacteria strains, so it's kind of limited healing abilities: http://ezinearticles.com/?Homemade-Kefir-Vs-Commercial-Store-Bought-Kefir&id=4512536

I personally do my own kefir, from goat milk.

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