From St Petersburg, I made my way to Kaliningrad, Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.
In the local supermarkets I came across a few different kefir varieties which are different from those sold in St Petersburg supermarkets.
Speaking to a local lady I found that kefir, apart from drinking, is also widely used in cooking for making blini and oladi (traditional Russian crepes and pancakes). In this blog post I will introduce you to the Zalessky Farmer Kefir, the delicious kefir from the Kaliningrad Region.
Zalessky Farmer Kefir (Залесский Фермер Кефир)
Zalessky Farmer brand produces a variety of dairy products like milk, cheese, tvorog, sour cream and of course kefir.
Zalessky Farmer Kefir comes in 900 ml and 500 ml bottles with 2.5% fat content. Comparing to the Prostokvashino Kefir which I talked about earlier, the Zalessky Kefir has a very distinctive tangy taste and is very thick. It has a strong smell like cheddar cheese.
Prior to drinking Zalessky Kefir it is recommended to shake the bottle otherwise the kefir poured into a glass will look lumpy. If you forget to shake the bottle do not panic as lumps will dissolve in your mouth as fast as fairy floss.
Due to its distinctive taste I could not drink the Zalessky Farmer Kefir as much as the Prostokvashino Kefir at once. While the Prostokvashino Kefir I enjoyed drinking on its own, I enjoyed having the Zalessky Kefir mixed with corn flakes and fresh strawberries for breakfast. This simple breakfast is absolutely delicious and it is perfect for travellers on the go.
Here is nutritional information per 100 grams serving which is very similar as the Prostokvashino Kefir :
fats – 2.5 g
proteins – 3 g
carbohydrates – 4.0 g
Energy value per 100 g:
50 kcal / 211 kJ
Even though the nutritional content between the two types of kefir is very similar the taste is very different. This is likely to be due to the type of milk used as stated on the Zalessky Farmer Kefir cows are fed with wheat, corn, barley and hay.
What is the best tasting kefir you ever tried?