Frozen kefir: Think yogurt, but tangier and with more active cultures

May 24, 2013 10:00:58 AM PDT
A local company's frozen kefir is gaining tasty ground at Starfruit Cafes around the city.

As summer draws closer, many of us will be seeking out cool treats like ice cream and gelato. Frozen kefir is another option.

Lifeway Foods is based in Morton Grove and the company has been serving the Russian and Turkish population for years with its kefir: think yogurt, but with more active cultures and a little tangier.

The company has been ramping up over the past few summers with its frozen line, served at several Starfruits around town. And today, the company's CEO, Julie Smolyanski joins me to talk about frozen kefir.

Starfruit
starfruitcafe.com

Wicker Park
1745 W. Division
773.395.9300

Loop

Block 37, Pedway Level
108 N. State St.
312.658.1241

Lincoln Park
2142 N. Halsted
773.868.4900

Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, suite 238
312.527.3674

Wrigley Field
Main Concourse Concession
1060 W. Addison

Chocolate kefir gelato

  • 2 QT Lifeway lowfat kefir plain
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 banana's
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1/4 c simple syrup (2T of water and 2T of sugar)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Blend everything together in a blender; then freeze. Using an ice cream maker will result in a creamier product.

Lemongrass kefir ice cream

  • 1 pint frozen Lifeway kefir original
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 T minced lemon grass (steep in the simple syrup)
  • 3/4 c simple syrup (3 oz of water 3 oz of sugar)

Directions:

Blend everything together in a blender; then freeze. Using an ice cream maker will result in a creamier product.


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