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    jamesb
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    Is there anyone out there who can give advice of how well/how to care for kefir grains while travelling by car.

    I am going on holiday next week and will be travelling by car for about 7 hours, the weather is likely to be warm though maybe not hot, as I am self catering while on holiday I was thinking of taking my kefir grains to continue taking kefir milk however I was wandering whether they travel well and if so would they be ok in a sealed container (to avoid spillage while bouncing and sploshing about in the car)

    Or would I be better off leaving them at home, would they be ok left in the fridge in the same milk for 8 days?

    Any advise would be appreciated.

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    jamesb
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    Advise anyone?

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    benc
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    jamesb wrote: Advise anyone?

    I don’t know, I would like to know if its possible to travel with them abroad also.

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    orka1998
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    I wouldn’t leave them in same milk for 8 days. Better option is to freeze them in a little milk. They should travel well by car. You put them in fresh cold milk right before you leave and if you have a cooler even better. Same way they sit out on the counter, they can be in the car for 7 hours. Temperature is higher but that will just make the kefir a bit sourer. You can either finish ripening it until full 24 hours when you arrive or toss this milk and make a fresh one on the right room temperature.

    Hope this helps.

    Arijana

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    orka1998
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    benc wrote:

    Advise anyone?

    I don’t know, I would like to know if its possible to travel with them abroad also.

    Hi benc,

    I used to live in US and my mom brought kefir grains to me from Bosnia. She was sneaky though, she put few little grains in a plastic medicine bottle. Nobody raised an eyebrow or asked what it was. Few little grains grew fast and we had a full cup of kefir within a weak or so. My parents traveled more than 24 hours so it took grains a day or so to restore their health.

    There is a risk though. If they find it they will probably make trouble for you.

    Arijana

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    benc
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    orka1998 wrote:

    Advise anyone?

    I don’t know, I would like to know if its possible to travel with them abroad also.

    Hi benc,

    I used to live in US and my mom brought kefir grains to me from Bosnia. She was sneaky though, she put few little grains in a plastic medicine bottle. Nobody raised an eyebrow or asked what it was. Few little grains grew fast and we had a full cup of kefir within a weak or so. My parents traveled more than 24 hours so it took grains a day or so to restore their health.

    There is a risk though. If they find it they will probably make trouble for you.

    Arijana

    Thanks for the reply, i’m actually going to a neighbouring country of yours, an island off the coast of Split.

    I think I will prob just buy that probiotic that is said to be ok stored without ice, its for 2 weeks & I don’t remember there being organic yogurt in the supermarket there.

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    Latka
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    I am wondering what to do with the grains when I travel away for a holiday and leave them home for two weeks. Should I just leave them in milk on the kitchen counter top for all that time? Or put them in some milk and freeze them? Is it just a matter of defrosting them when I return and using as usual? I am worried that if I freeze them they will die, and if I leave them out for two weeks they will go bad…???

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    benc
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    Latka wrote: I am wondering what to do with the grains when I travel away for a holiday and leave them home for two weeks. Should I just leave them in milk on the kitchen counter top for all that time? Or put them in some milk and freeze them? Is it just a matter of defrosting them when I return and using as usual? I am worried that if I freeze them they will die, and if I leave them out for two weeks they will go bad…???

    google dom’s kefir site, they have instructions there.

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    Wendy
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    benc wrote:

    I am wondering what to do with the grains when I travel away for a holiday and leave them home for two weeks. Should I just leave them in milk on the kitchen counter top for all that time? Or put them in some milk and freeze them? Is it just a matter of defrosting them when I return and using as usual? I am worried that if I freeze them they will die, and if I leave them out for two weeks they will go bad…???

    google dom’s kefir site, they have instructions there.

    From what I know, Kefir is not recommended to be left for two hole weeks in milk.
    It’s best to frost them when you leave and just defrost them when you return home.

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    benc
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    Wendy wrote:

    I am wondering what to do with the grains when I travel away for a holiday and leave them home for two weeks. Should I just leave them in milk on the kitchen counter top for all that time? Or put them in some milk and freeze them? Is it just a matter of defrosting them when I return and using as usual? I am worried that if I freeze them they will die, and if I leave them out for two weeks they will go bad…???

    google dom’s kefir site, they have instructions there.

    From what I know, Kefir is not recommended to be left for two hole weeks in milk.
    It’s best to frost them when you leave and just defrost them when you return home.

    i think he says that, not 100%, might have read elsewhere

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