April 12, 2013 by transilvanian
Quite a few people asked me if they should rinse their milk kefir grains.
They were thinking of doing that for a few reasons, such as:
– They thought they killed them by leaving them in the same milk for too long
– They thought looked slimy and they seem to be covered in something disgusting
– They thought they smell like spoiled milk
– They thought the grains would enjoy a good clean to do an even better job
– They thought… “insert reason here” :o)
No matter what your reason is, please DO NOT rinse the milk kefir grains in water.
The slimy “thing” that covers them is called kefiran, and it is the medium through which the grains transform the milk into kefir.
If so happened and you forgot them in the milk for too long, they wouldn’t suffer until the surface of the milk becomes pinkish from getting overpowered by some other bacteria.
Prior to that, the kefir left to ferment for too long smells of cheese, nothing else.
I suggest you do what I do and rinse them GENTLY with a bit of fresh milk, not water.
Also too do not do it through the strainer, do it by placing them in a bowl, pouring some warm milk over them, and stirring them gently with a wooden or plastic spoon.
Do that process twice, and they are ready to be put back to work.
Trust me, they’ll love you for not rinsing them in water.
If you accidentally kill them – hot water, cat got them, husband or wife chucked them out, so on and so forth, please let me know as soon as possible and I will send you another lot of milk kefir grains FOR FREE.
To your health.