One of the first questions I am asked out baking with Kefir is “How to bake and reap Kefir’s Benefits”. There are thousands of wonderful recipes online for making some wonderful dishes with kefir. But does heat kill the kefir? Well, read on and it will become clear.
So, first things first. It is known that kefir grains will not survive high temperatures. That is why it is not the best practice to buy commercially made Kefir products. These products are pasteurised and all the goodness of live Kefir is lost.
So why does everyone publish all these Kefir recipes on their blogs? Is it to let people follow the links to their sites to sell more Kefir products. The answer to this is an emphatic NO!
Kefir Beyond Baking
OK, So now we have baked with the kefir and it is now dead. What was the purpose? Well, consider this. If you eat meat, you are eating something that is dead, right? So too if you are a vegetarian, the veggies are dead and often cooked. Non the less, we derive goodness from meat and veggies, cooked or not.
There are a lot of vitamins and minerals in the kefir that your body can still benefit from. Yes, the Kefir grains are dead but the goodness is not.
The Goodness Of Kefir After Baking
These kefir grains are still rich in proteins, sugars, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. The important nutrients in kefir that will not be destroyed due to heating are calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acids, biotin, and Vitamins A, B2, B12, D, and K.
Your baked Kefir products still have incredibly important benefits for you.
Getting It All
Even if your bread, baked with kefir has no live Kefir culture left, You can still get it all! Make your own Kefir cottage cheese or hard cheese. Make a Kefir salad dressing to eat on your salad or make Kefir ice cream for dessert and put all those wonderfully healthy live Kefir grains into your body. Double the vitamins and minerals and the benefits of the live Kefir grains.
So yes, the heat does kill the live Kefir grains but, there are still tones of goodness in the Kefir grains that will benefit your health. It is definitely worth it to include kefir in your daily diet, whether with live Kefir grain products or backed/cooked food.
There are tones of Kefir recipes available to ensure that you get it all.
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