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Buying kefir in Cambridge / Somerville

sequins Oct 2, 2006 12:20 AM

I love kefir but it's kinda expensive. The Lifeway brand one sees at most places is fine, and I do prefer low-fat. I was wondering where y'all for whom kefir is a very regular purchase buy yours. (Cambridge/Somerville locations would be ideal for me.) Thanks!

  1. Luther Oct 2, 2006 11:16 AM

    FYI, I think Lifeway is just a bunch of pure bacterial cultures. The Helios kefir you can get at Whole Foods contains the yeasts necessary to give it that slightly alcoholic tang.

    1. t
      three of us Oct 2, 2006 11:24 AM

      I second the Helios brand at Whole Foods. I think it has the best taste.

      1. j
        JCreed Oct 2, 2006 03:44 PM

        If this is the stuff that I think you're talking about, I just bought some at Trader Joe's for $2.49; I believe it was a 16 oz. tub. It's called Mediterranean Cheese Style Yogurt on the front of the tub, but in the small print on back says that it's often called kefir or labneh. I thought it was extremely tasty, though I haven't had much experience with it so don't have much to compare it to.

        In fact, prior to buying it at Trader Joe's I'd only had it once as a dessert in a San Franciscan restaurant called Piperade (a great Basqeu restaurant). It was served wtih macerated cherries and some cookies and was an incredible way to end the meal. So, when I saw it at TJ's, I jumped on it.

        Just out of curiosity, how do you normally use it?

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        1. re: JCreed
          opinionatedchef Oct 2, 2006 04:07 PM

          j creed, this is not what peo above are talking about. the kefir they are referring to -is in a bottle and is like a thick yoghurt drink. the prod you are talking about- i use as an accompaniment to grilled moroccan lamb because it has more body than plain yoghurt( Casablanca in harv sq. introduced me to this combo). this greek style or meditt style thick yoghurt has been drained for a long time to get it thicker.

          1. re: opinionatedchef
            JCreed Oct 2, 2006 04:50 PM

            Thanks for the clarification.

        2. opinionatedchef Oct 2, 2006 04:02 PM

          i prefer the flavor of the lifeway line to the helios, for the flavored types. and i believe if you compare the sugar grams, you will see lifeway having the lowest. i have only bought at whole foods and tr joes and wild oats. each store has some, though limited types.

          1. r
            Redhohoho Oct 2, 2006 04:35 PM


            Trader Joe's does sell Keifer.. strawberry or plain. It's $2.49 for a bottle and it's in the yogurt/milk section.

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              AHan Oct 3, 2006 10:16 PM

              Lifeway makes the TJ's product. FWIW, I prefer either to Helios.

              1. sequins Oct 7, 2006 04:00 AM

                Thanks for all the replies. 'That slightly alcoholic tang' of the Helios brand sounds great. The price-point seems particularly compelling at Trader Joe's, though; I wasn't aware that TJ's carries its own store-labeled version.

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