My kefir clumps around the grains, do I need to stir it in between starting it and straining it?
Does your kefir do this?
asked bytexas210 (687)
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on March 08, 2013
at 06:28 AM
I do stir right before straining. I don't stir while it's fermenting (which is, I think, historically inaccurate :-D) because stirring it makes it get done too quickly. With my kitchen temperature and no stirring a 24-hour cycle works great. If I stir while fermenting, by 24 hours the kefir starts to separate quite noticeably.
Oh, and yes, kefir "sticks" to the grains. I rinse them, but I don't think it matters whether you rinse or not.
on February 28, 2013
at 11:41 PM
Yes, just stir up the kefir before straining it. I stir it up gently, pour it through the strainer, and GENTLY push the kefired milk (NOT the grains) throuh the strainer. When your grains get bigger, you can hold them back with a spoon as you pour out the kefir, so less straining will be required.
It's fine to leave the grains coated with kefir--that helps innoculate your next batch. DON'T rinse!