- What is kefir?
Goat yogurt and kefir are similar in taste and texture; however kefir is drinkable . . . like a thick smoothie, while yogurt is like custard. The yogurt, with the addition of small amounts tapioca starch and pectin, is thicker. Our kefirs do not contain anything to thicken them. Our kefirs contain Flourish®, a custom blend of 10 different probiotics, compared to our yogurts which contain 4. Both are absolutely delicious and contain billions of probiotics in every serving!
- Do your products contain lactose or casein?
Goat milk naturally contains less lactose than cow’s milk, but it is not lactose-free. Our goat milk yogurts and kefirs both contain about 2% lactose. Under our sister brand name, Green Valley Organics®, we produce lactose-free yogurt, kefir, and sour cream made with organic cow’s milk. Visit the website to learn more at Green Valley Lactose Free.
Casein is a natural protein that is present in all milk. Many people who are milk allergic or who have difficulty with casein, especially the Alpha S1 found in cow milk, may incorporate goat milk products into their diet successfully due to the major prevalence of Alpha S2 casein in goat milk. Please consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any dietary changes.
- Do you still sell goat milk?
As of September 14, 2012, we no longer sell our fresh bottled goat milk. Because goat milk production is seasonal, there are times of the year when we have less fresh milk than others. Coupled with the fact that our goat milk yogurt and kefir are very popular, we have decided to discontinue bottling our fresh milk. You may wish to enjoy our delicious Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir in place of the milk; many people use our kefir on their cereal, over fruit, and in their smoothies. Thank you for your continued support!
- Why are there 5g of sugar in the plain kefir?
The sugar listed is lactose that occurs naturally in the milk. We do not add sugar.
- What are probiotics? How many probiotics are in a serving of your kefir?
Probiotics literally means “life giving,” and our goat yogurt and kefir contain live and active cultures, also referred to as “friendly bacteria”. For more information visit www.probiotics.org, a website devoted to probiotic research.
Flourish® is our proprietary blend of 10 different live and active probiotic strains. We selected each strain for its unique and complementary role for flavor development and synergy. They are: L. Acidophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Casei, L. Rhamnosus, L. Lactis, L. Diacetylactis, S. Thermophilus, L. Cremoris, Leuconostoc, and B. Bifidum. Together, this signature blend of 10 probiotic cultures is responsible for the terrific, signature “tang” of the products they’ve cultured and their smooth, creamy textures.
When testing our products for probiotic amounts, we use new product as well as product at the end of its “shelf life.” We then average these numbers because batches and probiotic counts can vary.
Kefir — 10 different probiotics = 589.68 billion probiotics per 8oz. serving (average)
- What is the difference between goat milk and cow milk?
Although cow milk and dairy products are popular in the United States and Western Europe where an abundance of alfalfa and supplementary grain feed are available, they are not so popular in the rest of the world. Fresh goat milk and fresh cow milk have comparable flavor and nutrient content, but goat milk is more digestible because the fat particles are smaller. It is not uncommon for people who have trouble with cow milk to successfully switch to goat milk.