Do not rinse the milk kefir grains in water


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.


14 thoughts on “Do not rinse the milk kefir grains in water

  1. Jamie says:

    Hi Marius

    Thanks for your excellent blog. Do you know where I can buy kefir grains in Perth?

    Thanks again,
    Jamie 0401135069

  2. Olivia says:

    I assume if you post kefir grains to WA it is ok to take them in. Can you confirm this? I’m flying from Sydney and was hoping to get them past quarantine.
    Thanks, Olivia

  3. Keita says:

    I have a “recipe” that says to rise the grains in a fine strainer with filtered water. I don’t know what the book is because I only got a photocopied page from a workshop. Shouldn’t it be ok to do, as in the kefir won’t die, if it was printed in a book?

    • Hi Keita,
      As long as you don’t use chlorinated water, that’s not a problem for them.
      I sometimes wash mine as well with filtered water, when they go crazy and curd the milk straight away.
      They don’t particularly like it, however they don’t mind it.
      Please let me know how you go.
      All the best,

  4. Ro says:

    Hi Marius,

    Love the blog! Do you have any spare kefir grains available at the moment?

    Thanks in advance :)!

    • Thank you Ro for your kind words, sometimes it is a struggle to keep the blog up to date, I am happy that people still read through. I am amazed at the number of people that become aware of the health benefits of these amazing little critters.
      I will contact you directly about ways of getting some of my grains.
      All the best to you.

  5. kaye venrooy says:

    I would like to start using the kekfir and would like to get some grains can you help me with this
    thanking you

    • Hi Kaye,
      I have written you a message to your listed email address, got no reply, please provide me with an alternate address, or feel free to SMSme if you still need some grains.
      All the best to you,

  6. Andreea says:

    Seara buna ,

    Transilvania si kefir : doua cuvinte magice , daca ne gandim bine .
    Mai aveti cultura de kefir ( sau cum se numeste ..) de vanzare ? N-am facut kefir in viata mea . N-am avut habar de puterea de tamaduire a acestui probiotic !
    Cu multumiri ,

    PS : Si eu locuiesc in Perth .

  7. Kathy says:

    Hi Marius, i would like to purchace some of your clever little kefir grains if you hav any available please, ps great information on your site.

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