Check out our guide to kefir, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about halloumi, buttermilk and crème fraîche.

What is kefir?

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that’s similar to a thin yogurt. It’s made from kefir grains, a specific type of mesophilic symbiotic culture, prepared by inoculating the milk of cows, goats or sheep with kefir grains. Kefir is a popular and affordable health drink, served at breakfast, lunch or dinner in countries such as Russia, Hungary and Ukraine. As well as a drink, kefir is also used as an ingredient in soup, as well as in place of milk on cereal, granola, milkshakes and smoothies. You can also use it to make sourdough bread or as a buttermilk substitute in baking.

Where to buy kefir

The Collective kefir natural, £2.25/500ml, Ocado

Klever Kefir goat's milk kefir, £39, 5 x 700ml, olive shop

Kefir recipes

Check out plenty more kefir recipe inspiration.

Kefir, banana, almond and frozen berry smoothie

Full of plenty of good bacteria as well as lots of fruity nutrients, this smoothie, made with milky kefir, is a great on-the-go breakfast idea.

Kefir, banana, almond and frozen berry smoothie

Spring onion and turmeric kefir soda bread

Kefir goes into not only the soda bread itself here (along with spring onions, coriander seeds and turmeric) but also the salted butter that it's best served with lashings of.

Soda Bread Recipe With Homemade Kefir Butter

Kale and broccoli emerald salad with kefir dressing

Crisp and crunchy, this low-calorie salad with creamy kefir dressing would make a quick and easy healthy dinner idea. The toasted walnuts add a satisfying bite to the greens, and the kefir brings lots of probiotic goodness.

Kale and broccoli emerald salad with kefir dressing

Cucumber kefir and falafel salad

Whisk up kefir with dill, mint, lime and olive oil and then toss through shallot and cucumber for a dressing that will take your falafel to a whole new level.

A plate topped with slices of green cucumber and golden falafels

Chocolate-chai kefir cake

We've added milky kefir to this glossy, indulgent chocolate cake to help keep it extra moist. A great alternative way to use up that homemade kefir.

Chocolate Cake Recipe with Chai and Kefir