How to Make Young Coconut Kefir and Coconut Kefir Cheese

  • fresh young coconutWhat moist and fresh young coconuts look like.
  • old coconutsExamples of old, moldy coconuts: The water inside may still be fine to ferment.
  • slicing the coconutsLay young coconut on its side and cut several thin slices from the bottom.
  • circle, center of the coconutA circle appears (often white, sometimes a brown ring). This indicates the soft spot or way into the sterile, sweet coconut water.
  • cutting out the knot centerSometimes a hard knot makes it more difficult to cut through the coconut. Usually the hole is in or beside this knot.
  • creating a cocount hole in the shellPoke down through soft spot, creating a hole in the coconut shell.
  • widen the hole in your kitchen sinkSetting the coconut down into a sink, so “cone-shaped” head nestles firmly into drain makes this easier. Widen the hole with a carrot peeler, so water can pour out.
  • measuring cupsEach coconut contains 1½ cups of liquid. Open 3-4 coconuts to obtain 1½ quarts.
  • straining coconut waterPour Coconut Water through strainer into sauce pan. Ideally, Microflora prefer that the liquid be 92° F (31° or 32° C), so be careful not to overheat.
  • Checking the water temperatureUse an inexpensive thermometer if desired, to check the temperature.
  • Test the temperature with your finger if you'd likeOr wash your hands well and dipping your finger into the coconut water, test for the right temperature. At 92, you won’t feel hot or cold. It will be a neutral feeling or “natural feeling”.
  • Add the BED starter kitAdd Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter or Body Ecology’s Culture Starter to the heated coconut water. The culture starter contains plantarum, an antiviral bacteria, and the kefir starter contains lactobacillus and beneficial yeast.
  • Put a lid on your new mixturePut lid onto glass container and shake well!!
  • Too cold or hot in your house? Keep your mixture in a coolerIdeally the room temperature should be around 70°F to 75° F). If your room is colder you may want to place glass container into insulated storage. Kefir is ready in 36 hours (may vary with temperature).
  • Cloudy, light colored that's right, and a yellowish one that's wrongOnce fermented, coconut water will become cloudy and lighter in color (left jar is fermented).(After fermentation is complete, you will want to refrigerate your kefir to extend its life. It should maintain its fresh flavor for about 3 weeks.)

How to Make Coconut Kefir Cheese

  • knife and a mallet toolUseful tools for splitting the coconuts.
  • split your coconut with the knife and malletStrike the coconut with the cleaver to get started. Then strike the end of the cleaver repeatedly, driving it almost all the way through the husk.
  • white meat on the left is clean, the grayish pink on the right is badThe coconut on the left has a nice white color to the meat, whereas the meat on the right is turning gray in color and should be discarded. Note that pink coconut meat has not gone “bad” — pinking in coconut water and meat is not harmful or related to hygiene, bacteria, or contamination. Phenolic-antioxidant compounds, naturally found in plants, may react with the enzymes in the coconut to turn water and meat pink, in some cases.
  • Using a spoon, pry the meat and the skin freeScoop out meat.
  • rinse off the brown skinRinse any brown skin off of the soft white meat.
  • Using a blender, mix your starter and coconut meatLace in a blender and puree with enough water to create the consistency of a creamy pudding (you may use water or coconut water).
  • dissolve the starter kit with warm water into a measuring mixDissolve the kefir starter in warm water (you may add EcoBloom if using regular water to aid in fermentation).
  • Pouring mix into a small glass containerPour mix into a glass container.
  • Sealing the container with a simple wrapPut a lid onto the container.
  • Insulate, again, as neededPlace container into an insulated container if necessary.
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