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barnmouse
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Yes, you can store them in the fridge, but ideally the milk should be changed every week. Otherwise they may go bad if left uncared for in that time. I haven’t left mine alone that long, so I can’t say. It may be best to dehydrate them if you’re not able to this, and then rehydrate them when you get back.

To dry out your grains, rinse the grains with non-chlorinated water, and lay flat on a clean towel, or unbleached parchment or paper towel. Cover loosely with a towel. Let dry 3-5 days. The grains will shrink and turn hard and yellow.

It can take a week or more to rehydrate your grains, and the milk should be changed every day.

I don’t what the restrictions are regarding carrying liquids on a plane in other countries. Is it possible to bring the kefir with you without having to dehydrate the grains?