Storing Kefir Grains

The Easy Method of Storing Kefir Grains

Step by Step instructions with photos. This is how I kept my Kefir alive for YEARS! Storing Grains is easy.Like everything else about this amazing probiotic culture, storing kefir grains is too easy for words!

This article shows exactly how I do it.

If you are new to Kefir you might be interested in my in-depth Kefir Information

How To Store Kefir Grains. The easy method to store your Kefir Grains. Step by Step instructions with photos, here is how I do it. This is how I kept my Kefir alive for YEARS!

Kefir Grains Always Grow

Kefir grains increase usually about 20% to 25% each time you make a batch. Sometimes they will increase more and sometimes very little (maybe they get tired occasionally!).

So to maintain the regularity of the amount of kefir you are making you should keep the amount of kefir grains in the milk relatively the same for each batch.

 

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One of the problems people will have with making kefir at home, is that they put ALL of the grains back into new milk. What will happen is that there are more hungry bacteria and the milk will ferment a lot sooner than expected. It is no real problem, but just makes it a little harder to time things.

So, you need to take off the extra grains. It is great to store some in case you ever have a whoopsie of some kind and lose your lovely kefir grains. It is also lovely to be able to give grains away to your friends and family.

Here is How I Freeze Kefir Grains

The way I store my grains is simply to freeze them – easy peasy. Here is how I freeze my kefir grains …

1: Put the kefir grains into a ziplock bag:

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2: Cover the grains with a little bit of milk:

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3: Put the bag into the freezer.

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Don’t forget to label the bag, and also it is a good idea to write the date on it.

You can use these little frozen kefir bags to give away to friends and family. You can also post them frozen, as they will stay cold-ish for a decent period of time – if you make sure to wrap them in some type of insulated packing.

Kefir Grains Live For Ages When Frozen!

I have actually used this method for safely storing kefir grains for more that six years at a stretch, with no problem. NOTE: I didn’t really mean to do that to the poor little fellows! … but I had no need of new ones, so they just stayed there. And one day I thought I would take them out and see what happened …

When you want to use them, all that frozen kefir grains need is to be gently revived – and this just means doing the normal kefir making process for a day or two.

Discard the produce for the first couple of batches. Then your kefir grains should be alive and kicking once more, and all ready to set to work for you.

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