Are you finding kefir just too sour? Is yogurt just too much bother (and the fact that you have to heat the milk...)?
I recommend trying viili (pronounced vee-lee). Viili is a Finnish culture which is as easy to make as kefir, but without any straining. The biggest benefit? The result is very yogurt-like and much more mild than kefir.
I bought a culture from eBay - it came on a cotton ball!
You soak the cotton ball in 1/4 c milk for 12 hours (might have been 24...) Then, you take out the cotton ball (dehydrate for future use if desired) and add another 3/4 c milk for another 12-24 hours. Follow with another 12-24 hours in the fridge. At this point, you should have a yogurty culture with a mild taste. For each further culture, you only need a tablespoon or two viili per cup of milk left out about 12 hours and refrigerated a further 12 hours. (You only need 12 hour increments for the active culture.)
When I was making sauerkraut the other day, I simply warmed up about a cup of kefir (per half cup of whey needed) on the radiator, lol, and about an hour later, I just had to scoop off the thickened viili and use the whey - dead easy! (I intend to try this thickened stuff on crackers like cream cheese - will let you know how that one works out - or not. I'm sure it would be good in lasagne though.)
Viili is super durable too. I have chronic fatigue syndrome and sometimes it's just too much to tend to - I ended up leaving the viili (in the fridge) for a couple of MONTHS!!! I would have given up except that I didn't want to have to order another culture (and my cotton ball hadn't survived either!) I mixed the viili up again and took just a little (1-2 Tablespoons) and added it to about 1/4 c of milk - just like at the beginning. Lo and behold, it worked! I had resurrected my viili!
I now have two jars of viili on the go as one of my children loves to drink it with a little prune juice or a bit of jam. I also use it in my egg smoothies (subject for another topic, lol). I even use it to calm tummy upset.
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