Deciding how and where to buy kefir grains can be confusing. While I hope you decide to order your grains from here, I also have a goal of helping as many people as possible discover kefir. The following guide will help ensure you get the best quality grains.
Things to consider when buying milk kefir grains:
1) Make sure you are getting real grains and not a powdered starter. Grains are the authentic way to make kefir and can last forever while powdered starter has to be purchased over and over.
2) It’s always better to get live grains than dehydrated grains. While dehydrated grains do recover and produce kefir, you’ll waste a half-gallon of milk in the process and they can take months to start growing.
3) Make sure you are getting at least one tablespoon (not teaspoon) of grains to start with. If you only get a teaspoon you will be making miniature portions of kefir the first week or two. On the other hand, anything more than a tablespoon is usually unnecessary because kefir doubles in size each week so one tablespoon is enough for:
Week 1) One pint per day
Week 2) One quart per day
Week 3) Two quarts per day, etc.
4) Be wary of cheap grains. Keeping grains fed daily with fresh milk is costly. If you are in doubt ask the vendor how the grains are raised and if they are stored in a refrigerator. Grains that are refrigerated take a couple weeks to recover and balance out.
5) If you order your grains elsewhere be sure to ask how soon they will ship. Many people that sell kefir have waiting lists several weeks long.
6) Ask how your kefir will be shipped. You want to make sure it’s not going to be sent in an envelope that can get smashed or torn open.
7) While there is plenty of information available on the internet, it’s always helpful to buy from someone that will be available for support if you have questions.
At Simply Kefir:
1 & 2) Only live authentic grains are mailed out.
3) Each order is for a full tablespoon of grains.
4) Grains are pulled from a fresh batch of kefir at the time of mailing – never from the refrigerator.
5) All orders are shipped on time. Grains ship every Monday and on Friday or Saturday.
6) Grains are first double bagged in thick food grade plastic – then wrapped in bubble wrap for protection and insulation – and shipped in a sturdy box.
7) I’m always glad to answer any and all questions. I reply to emails several times throughout the day.