Where can I get milk Kefir Grains? I live in the SF Bay Area (Specifically, Sunnyvale, CA), and I am willing to travel a few miles to get some milk kefir grains. Anyone have any extra they can spare?
I've got plenty to spare, but I'm up in the NorthBay--about a 3 hour drive! But if you want to drive that far, let me know--it's a nice day trip.
Try your local freecycle--you ask for what you want and you may get some offers.
I decided to go ahead and buy my grains on EBay and it was a good experience. I found a vendor who didn't charge postage, so it was $6. The grains were really good ones.
I've gotten grains off Freecycle as well.
I got mine through kefirlady.com She sent me around 3 tablespoons of grains. Some on amazon or ebay only send you like a teaspoon. She charges $20 shipping included. She asks that you pay by sending cash or buying her an amazon gift card online. Weird but, she's legit and sent my grains very quickly.
Also, the grains were healthy and started to make good kefir by the second day. They probably would of done so the first day, but I couldn't get them from the mailbox right away and the shipping process shocks them a bit.
Other grains you receive through many on ebay and amazon have been known to be previously kept in refrigeration and need reawakening by placing them at room temperature in milk and continuing to change the milk everyday for a week or two. This results in a lot of wasted milk because during this time they aren't producing kefir.
So you may want to beware trying to find the cheapest supplier as you might end up paying more money in the long run for an inferior grain.
Milk kefir is the best probiotic, and it is very economical when you make your own.
Culturesforhealth.com is where I ordered my milk kefir grains. Check out their website for what to expect and how-to videos. I bought the kit which also contains the plastic mesh strainer and cheesecloth bag. The grains activated and began producing kefir in 4 days. Delish!
Here is a great resource for more kefir information (heads up: old school web page design): http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html
If you can't get some for free, check out a local health food store or Cultures for Health online. I got starter grains (dehydrated) via our local store (produced/packaged by Cultures for Health). Their shipping is reasonable as well.
Note: I also have an heirloom mesophilic yogurt culture that I got from the same company. Makes yogurt-making a lot easier, considering I don't have to watch the temp closely and can ferment the milk for a longer period of time. The one i use is viili. There are a few similar.
Get milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha and jun scobies all at
https://sites.google.com/site/desertoasisbuckeye/shopnow where you can order online.
$10 each and ships via USPS