I just posted this information to another member on the forum.
Quote: kefir packets are plentiful. I think they contain some kind of powder that you add directly to a carton of milk. They’re not very fiscally friendly, since unlike grains you can only use them once, but would be a good temporary solution.
Reply: The starter is fine. This kefir starter by Body Ecology is a good quality and a good one to start with. Instructions are inside.
There are also instructions explaining how to make it with coconut milk if you want to do that, which is fine.
Quote: Also, is there anything in particular I should be concerned about when picking out coconut milk? Like, is this something that I can buy conventional, or should I stick with organic?
Reply: Thai is a good brand, so is Native Forest. It doesn’t have to read “organic” but if it does, you can be sure it’s of a good quality.
Quote: Finally, I thought kefir contained at least some sugar… so should I be careful how much I eat per day?
Reply: Start out with kefir slowly, a little at a time like you would any other ‘new’ food being added. But the milk sugar is ‘eaten’ during the fermentation process so only a bit of it is left by the time we enjoy drinking it.
If you have other questions just let me know.