Kefir - a medicinal mushroom from Caucasus
Kefir is a delicious and nutritious milk drink originating in the Caucasus.
According to legend, the cells and instructions for its preparation natives get directly from the Prophet Muhammad, together with the commandment about keeping secrets.
The inhabitants of the Caucasus, which are believed to vitality and longevity owed just everyday enjoyment of this medicinal beverage, indeed for centuries jealously guarded secret preparation of kefir. In fact, up until the moment when the story entwined love.
Unfortunately, unhappy love - at least according to one participant stories, Prince Bek-Mirza Barchorova.
At the beginning of the 20th century beautiful Russian woman Irina Sakharova decided to visit him in Kislovodsk, a city in the North Caucasus, in order to seduce him and elicits from him a few precious grains for the preparation of kefir.
The first part of the plan as a whole is managed, but not the second, because the prince in love for fear of penalties for violations of religious law, refused to grant a wish Irini, after which disappointed beauty work unfinished sent back.
But the prince he would not allow her to leave, and in accordance with local custom, ordered the kidnapping brides.
However, the wedding was ruined after Irina's entourage reported emperor of the prince's scandalous plan.
Exasperated prince procedure, the emperor ordered the prince to insult inflicted Irini correct it will get her a cup of kefir grains to prepare.
And so it began.
From then on, kefir gradually spread around the world, and over the past time, many were convinced of its medicinal properties.
Medicinal properties of kefir
This delicious and refreshing sour drink is made from so-called kefir fungus, although it is actually a symbiosis of beneficial bacteria and fungi.
Experience has shown that kefir is beneficial to health, and heals or helps in the treatment of many diseases and ailments.
Regular consumption of kefir ... strengthens the immune system purifies the body of toxins helps establish normal blood pressure reduces the level of cholesterol helps with stomach illness renewed flora and relieves bowel disease helps with liver disease, kidney and gall bladder heals inflammation (a natural antibiotic) helps with anemia and poor circulation treated respiratory disease helps with stress, insomnia and disorders of the nervous system slows the spread of cancer cells is effective against fungi and bacteria helps with asthma and allergies
Preparation of kefir
It is important to note that the industry produced kefir not drafted with the help of 'kefir mushroom', but hops and cultures of bacteria that drink give the same taste, but not the quality.
For this reason, kefir is best to prepare homemade.
Method of preparation of kefir it is really easy. It takes only milk and mushrooms, or kefir grains.
Traditionally, for the preparation of kefir does not use metal dishes and spoons, as they can undo the beneficial effects of the potion.
For half a liter of kefir should be two tablespoons of grains and any kind of milk (cow, sheep, goat).
Milk can be cooked or uncooked, but may not be hot.
It is recommended that milk does not contain less than 2.8% fat - the fat content in milk increased, kefir is better.
Milk pour into a glass or plastic bowl.
The milk put beads.
Cover (for example, the plate), and left at room temperature for 24 hours. The room temperature must not be higher than 30 degrees.
Within 24 hours the liquid will thicken. You can stir it occasionally to verify the density.
After that, kefir is necessary to filter (recommended use plastic colander), pour it in a bottle and keep in the refrigerator.
Mushroom kefir is necessary to wash it with cold or lukewarm water and a day or two (until the next use) leave in the refrigerator, in cold water or milk.
The beads kefir will rapidly multiply, giving rise to larger quantities of the beverage.
The amount of milk to prepare kefir increases proportionally the amount of grains.
The potion in order to maintain health and vitality can drink daily.
It is recommended to start with 1 dl and gradually increase the amount. In therapeutic purposes drink one liter of kefir daily.
Where to get kefir mushroom
Unfortunately kefir mushroom can not be purchased in stores. You can take it from someone who already has it. Kefir fungus multiplies rapidly, so it is no problem to share with others.