Info: Water or Milk- Based Kefir Starter, in 2 Types of Small Packets
Aviva is your source for kefir starter in Winnipeg. Unlike some other starters, these kefir grains are suitable for shipping, as well. Two types are available: one for making milk-based kefir (which draws on the sugars within the milk itself to support the fermentation process), and one for water-based cultures (which requires sugar to be added to work).
How to Reconstitute Freeze-Dried Milk Kefir Grains:
1) Place the freeze-dried milk kefir grains in a suitable glass jar (such as the Kefirko jar), and add 1 cup of fresh milk, and leave at room temperature (18-24 Celsius). If not using the Kefirko jar, cover the jar with something like a coffee filter or a tightly woven towel attached with a rubber band, to keep insects out.
2) After 24 hours, strain the grains (using the plastic sieve or strainer lid on Kefirko jar, e.g.), discard that batch of milk, and wash the grains with lukewarm water.
3) Put the grains back in the (washed) jar, add a fresh cup of milk, and leave them for another 24 hours.
4) Repeat this for seven to fourteen days* until the grains are reactivated, and have grown to the point that they can fill up the measuring cup integrated into the top of the Kefirko jar lid. The clear sign of reactivation of the grains is whether the milk thickens overnight (versus if it just stays the same consistency of liquid as when it was first poured in) (*After the first few days of soaking, cover the jar with a clean cap (if you haven't been already) -- but not too tight, so as to allow gas from the fermentation process to escape. Again, you can use the Kefirko jar for this, which allows a slightly opened top lid.).
5) They are they ready to be used to make milk kefir, following the rest of the instructions in the package or with your kefir maker. It may take a few batches for them to reach ideal potency.
How to Revive Dehydrated Water Kefir Grains:
1) In a suitable glass jar, add the dehydrated water kefir grain mix; two cups of fresh water; and a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
2) Seal the jar, and let it soak for 3 hours.
3) Strain the reconstituted grains, then they are ready to use to make water kefir, according to the rest of the directions given with this package. But if you do not want to use them for that right away, or when not using them for fermenting, please keep them refrigerated for up to two weeks, between uses. Either way (from the initial dehydration stage or from cold storage), it may take a few batches for them to reach ideal potency.
(The water kefir grains package label shows the 'best before' date, while the packaging for the milk kefir grains lists the date of production.)