Have you ever consider to mail kefir grains if you have too many? As you may notice, if you take a good care of your kefir grains, they will multiply. Perhaps the best way to get rid of extra grains is to ship them to someone who is looking for opportunity to grow its own home-made kefir. In case you don’t know any friend in need, check out some sharing sites. There you will find kefir lovers all over the world in quest to receive or send grains. Whether these are social networks communities or concrete websites, there is a good chance you will find your recipient.

There are a couple of different ways to mail these fragile grains and each of them depends on desired life duration of grains. For example, if you know they will reach its destination fast (up to 14 days), it is fine to send them in a fresh form. On the other hand, if you wish to store your grains and take time with shipment, the option is to partially or fully dehydrate the grains.

Here is the method of fresh form grains.

The steps are following:

First, wash your kefir grains and place it in a small zip bag. Add some water into the bag. To get an idea of the measure, if you add one tsp of grains add three tsp of cold water.

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How to mail kefir grains? Step one

Second, add a pinch of sugar so your grains have some food while they travel. If there is any air left in the bag, squeeze it out as much as possible.

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How to mail kefir grains? Step two

Third, place the bag with kefir grains into another, a bit bigger, zip bag. If you desire, it is possible to place it all together in the second, again bigger, zip bag.

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How to mail kefir grains? Step three.

Zipped, your little package is ready for shipping. When you store it like this, kefir grains can live for two weeks.

Note: If you wish to make the shipment even more safe, you can use envelope with air bubbles.

 

 

18 comments on “HOW TO MAIL FRESH KEFIR GRAINS

  • I regularly have some spare kefir grains to share and would be happy to send through the post to anyone who will use them. Nobody round my area seems to be interested.

      • Hello Elaine
        I am in Cornwall, but I can post some grains to you as you are probably some distance from here. The grains survive fine in a little water with sugar in a ziplock bag, until they arrive . Then you will need to feed with milk as usual.

          • Text your address to 07941403878. I hardly ever use this mobile number so cannot be harassed on it. Usually switched off in a drawer, in fact, but will switch it on for you. Cheers
            Sue

      • Hi Heather, I’m in Atlanta, GA and would be happy to mail you some. I have an inquiry (Get a quote) form on my landscape company website. Just fill it out and let me know its for the kefir grains and I’ll mail some to you. http://www.daybreak.biz

    • Hi Sue, I’m located in Marseille area in France, so far found nobody close to me to share the grains. could I ask you to send me some, i’ll gladly reimburse you the shipping costs.
      thanks a lot in advance,
      Raïssa

    • Hi Sue
      I am looking for some grains!. If you have some you would mail to me that would be great. Please call me at 360-280-2666 if you still have some.
      Thanks Dorbe

  • Are you talking about MILK kefir grains? I don’t understand how sugar could help them survive as they feed on lactose….?

    • Hi Nico!
      The grains need sugar to complete fermentation. This means, when there’s no sugar for a longer period of time, the grains will not survive. If you add some sugar when you mail kefir grains, you make sure they will stay active no matter how long it takes for the delivery. Milk kefir grains feed on lactose which is naturally occurring sugar in milk.
      Cheers,
      Urška

      • That’s very cool. Thank you. I thought I had to mail them in milk, which would be very messy…. Great stuff. Thank you!

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