Kefir grains are the key ingredient to making kefir at home. Once you get hold of some kefir grains, you’ll be able to make this delicious and healthy probiotic drink over and over again as long as you keep your grains alive. For many people, getting hold of the kefir grains is the hardest part in getting started with kefir-making. This guide explores the types of kefir grains that are available for purchase and where to buy kefir grains or even get them for free.
Type of Kefir Grains to Buy
Milk or water kefir grains
To keep your grains alive, you will need to use them at least every other day. They can also be stored in milk or juice for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Fresh or dried kefir grains
Buy fresh ones if you are sure they can arrive and be given milk or juice within 1 to 3 days . Dried ones are better if shipping takes more than a few days as the fresh ones may not survive the longer journey.
Dried grains take longer to restore though, so you may have to throw out the first few batches of milk or juice before you start getting good kefir.
Powdered kefir starters
These are commercially-produced powdered starters and are not real kefir grains. Powdered starters cannot be reused indefinitely. They can be used if you do not want the hassle of keeping the grains alive. However, powdered starters tend to contain fewer strains of bacteria and yeasts compared to the real deal.
Where to Buy Kefir Grains
With Shipping to the United States
Cultures For Health - Dried milk and water kefir grains as well as powdered starters available
GEM Cultures - Fresh water and milk grains available
Keysands - Fresh and dried water grains available
Yemoos Nourishing Cultures - Both fresh and dried water and milk grains available
Amazon Price: $9.75 Buy Now
(price as of Jul 6, 2016)
With International Shipping
Keysands - Dried milk and water kefir grains available for international shipping
Yemoos Nourishing Cultures - Dried milk and water grains available there
Amazon Price: $6.26 Buy Now
(price as of Jul 6, 2016)
How to Get Free Kefir Grains
Project Kefir is a directory where you can find people from the Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, New Zealand as well as the US selling or sharing their kefir grains. Most people are willing to ship the grains for just a small fee for postage.
Marilyn Kefirlady's Kefir Grain Exchange on Yahoo Groups is another place where you might be able to find some free grains.
You can also check out bloggers in your area that are talking about kefir. Many enthusiasts are willing to share their grains if you ask.
After you've obtained some grains, you will never need to buy more as long as you keep them alive by making kefir. Your grains will grow too, and you'll eventually have enough to share them with others if you want to.
My other articles related to Kefir:
What Is Kefir and How to Make This Nutritious Probiotic Drink