Kefir Substitutes

Kefir Substitutes

This article provides an overview of kefir, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make kefir substitutes.

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a fermented, low-lactose milk drink similar to thin yogurt or Ayran. It is used as a drink or to add to sweet desserts or savory dishes. It originated in North Caucasus, which it became popular in Russia and then spread to Europe and the US. It is made by inoculating animal milk, often from cows, goats, or sheep, with kefir grains.

What does Kefir taste like?

Kefir has a tarty, tangy, and creamy taste which is similar to yogurt or buttermilk. It has a distinct sour smell and slightly fizzy consistency.

Is Kefir readily available in Supermarkets?

Kefir should be available in the dairy section of major supermarkets, however, you may struggle to find it in some rural areas and local stores.

What are some alternative names for Kefir?

Kefir is also spelled as kephir or kefier. In Russian, where it is very popular, it is spelled differently again.

What is a good substitute for Kefir in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for kefir. These include:

  • The best substitute for kefir would be yogurt thinned with milk or greek yogurt
  • When being combined with other ingredients in recipes, you can also easily substitute Kefir with the below for a similar sour taste