Kefir is a milky substance that is more beneficial to the digestive system than yoghurt. Kefir is made from kefir grains, which look like small clumps of cauliflower and are extremely pliable. Kefir grains come from cultivating your own kefir and are one of the biproducts of making kefir. In order to get started making kefir, purchase the grains, mix them with a quality milk, and let it sit out to create kefir. There are several places to find kefir grains.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Major credit card
- Phone book
Search for kefir grains on the internet. Many sites will come up with kefir grains for sale. You want to choose a live culture so that you never have to purchase grains again. The best cultures are the ones that have been directly imported from the Caucasus Mountains in Europe and the Middle East between Russia and Turkey, primarily in Georgia--the original birthplace of kefir, according to KefirLady.com.
Choose a site that is reputable in the organic and whole foods industry, such as whole foods stores or organic markets. It is risky to purchase kefir grains from ordinary people or strangers. You will not know what kind of environment the cultures were grown in, what kind of milk was specifically used, and whether or not the cultures will last past your first batch.
Purchase the kefir grains using a major credit card and entering in your shipping information. Depending on the location of the company where you purchased your grains, and the shipping method, it can take anywhere from one to six weeks. Unless the grains are dried, they will need to be in a temperature-controlled environment.
Call your friends who you know make their own kefir. They will have grains from cultivating their own kefir that they might be willing to give away. This is the next best thing to finding grains on the internet because you will know the source of the kefir grains, what they were grown in, and other helpful details (such as kefir recipes).
Call around to different health foods, whole foods and organic markets. Ask them if they carry kefir grains, and/or if they can order them for you. Most organic and whole foods businesses will do that for you. Often times you will have to purchase in bulk, so speak with some friends to share the grains with or use some of the grains for gift baskets.
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