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.
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.
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.
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.