Homemade and Ready-Made Kefir

The easiest way to have fresh kefir available any time is to make it yourself! Among the benefits of homemade kefir: you can choose the milk you use — organic, nonfat, low fat, whole, goat’s or cow’s milk; it’s very rich in microorganisms, and, of course, it can’t get any fresher. Our kefir starter culture contains six packets that can each be used seven times. For more information on the starter culture, call Body Ecology at: 1-800-511-2660, or click here to go to the Body Ecology online store.

You can also check out the full line of Body Ecology products on-line at the Body Ecology Store.

  • cindy

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    Thank you

    • Nishaan

      Hi Cindy, I require diatomaceous earth urgently. Can ihave you email address please? I am in the Durban area.

      Thank you in advance.

    • Nishaan

      Hi Cindy, I require diatomaceous earth urgently. Can ihave you email address please? I am in the Durban area.
      Email: [email protected]
      Thank you in advance.

    • Tom Scullard

      Please advise me as to where I can obtain Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) in the Durban area.
      What quantities, I can purchase the product in.
      The cost of the product.
      Tom Scullard

  • Maan

    I like the Keifer milk. Last week I got the Keifer Milk plain from Target in Columbia, and this is the first time I had bad experience, where it tasted lime sour old milk. I’m not sure why it is like that.
    Please advise,

  • Lisa Lash

    Hi Everyone! Exciting news for those in Australia and other countries. I was searching the web and there is a non-profit organization who you can get different types of grains from. They are localized there but ship elsewhere as well.
    Their website is:
    They also have a lot of information about kefir. Best wishes!!!

    I also read about about an awesome product you can go to the local feed store for the cost way cheaper than e-Bay! It is called Food Grade Diamotaceous Earth. Read below for some info, but check it out on the web for human uses. It has many health benefits and it’s GREAT stuff!!!

    Diatomaceous earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans. Diatoms (algae) are the grass of the oceans and lakes. Just as grass is the staple food of earth animals, diatoms are the food of the ocean or fresh water grazers. Magnified 7000 times, diatomaceous earth looks like spiny honeycombs. Diatomaceous earth is mined from underwater beds or from ancient dried lake bottoms thousands of years old. This means, diatomaceous earth has an unlimited shelf life provided you keep it dry.

    Pool filter grade diatomaceous earth has been heat and chemically treated and will poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in and around your household.

    *Some recommend to dose humans by mixing food grade diatomaceous earth in a glass of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well before breakfast, to allow diatomaceous earth time to move through and absorb toxins from one’s digestive tract without interfering or absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids. Some report great results consuming 1 tsp. in a glass of water prior to each meal, 3x/day. Others prefer to take it at bedtime so DE can work while they are sleeping.

    You can take DE in ½ cup of water, stir well and quickly drink. Or take a daily dose mixed in orange juice, coffee, kefir smoothies, or protein drinks.

    DE has a pH of 8.0 so alkalizes the body and soil. That’s great for us. I hope you all check this out at your local feed store!


    • Lisa Lash

      I copied this info and should have added this. Whoops!


      Kittens – 1/2 teaspoon
      Cats – 1 teaspoon
      Puppies – 1/2 to 1 tsp.
      Dogs under 35 lbs. – 1 teaspoon
      Dogs over 35 lbs. – 1 tablespoon
      Dogs over 100 lbs. – 2 tablespoons
      Cattle, Dairy Cows, & Hogs – 2% of dry feed ration
      Chickens – 5% in feed
      Goats & Sheep – 2% in grain
      Horses – 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration
      *Humans – 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons daily

      I’m getting a 10# bag today for $12, so again, don’t get it on e-bay unless you don’t have a choice. it takes care of ants and bugs too!

  • Lee

    I was give some kefir by a friend. I think I have messed it up and it does not have that smooth yoghurt taste anymore. It almost tastes like maas/sour milk that has gone bad.

    How does a person care for it? how many times should you use the seeds one has? How often should you rinse it? Should the seeds have a slimy look when you are straining them?

  • sari horton

    i was given kefir and was told to add water and brown sugar to it and keep in a jar and drink the water every morning then repeat adding the sugar and water. i see no mention of doing this in any website which gives info a bout kefir.
    would like more information reg the above

  • puay

    Hi there, I am visiting Karachi, Pakistan and would like some water kefir for a friend. Anyone in Karachi that has them?


  • Vinu Patel

    Can anyone tell me where to get Kefir in Kenya.

  • Marijke

    Where can I get Kefir in cape town,western cape,south-africa???:-)

    • Marieta

      Hi Marijke,
      I am also looking for some in Cape Town. Did you ever track some down?

      • Marietjie

        Just come back from Australia where i was introduced to kefir. Where in Cape Town can I order kefir. thanks

  • Elena

    Hello, where in London can i get some Kefir grains? I’d love to us them vey much. Thanks guys

    • kt07734

      I can ship to London if you are still looking for some. Email me at [email protected]

  • Maylene Keyser

    I live in Swartruggens, North West, South Africa. I’ve got a Kefir plant, but I think I’ve messed it up, because the milk doesn’t get creamy and it’s got a sour taste. Can I fix it, and if not, where can I get a new plant close to my home?

    Thanks a lot.

    Kind regards,


    • angelica

      I don’t know if thats the case, but:
      The milk has to be at room temperature, covered from 24h to 48hs depending on how thick do you want the kefir.
      After the incubation you take out the bacterias/yeasts mix well the kefir and put in refrigerator.
      As long the incubation as sour it gets. If you think that is too sour put some honey and granola.
      hope it helps

    • Alan

      Try putting your blener stick in for 1 min. Now try it

  • Raymond Isaac

    Where in DURBAN , South Africa can I buy Kefir

  • eamon e

    where in ireland can i get kefir grains i am new to this concept i would like to try it thanks people

    • Dan Nickel

      I live in Limerick and have plenty of seeds to pass on.

      • AnneM

        Hi Dan, Am interested in getting some Kefir grains to start making kefir. Can we arrange to collect? Am in Tipperary.

      • Vincent

        Hi Dan,

        I live in Galway and would like to try Kefir based drinks and foods. Could we arrange that I get some?



  • Jasmine

    I used to make kefir regularly, the with a move and several other big changes, I neglected my kefir grains, and ended up killing them. I’d love to have some more. If you have extra milk kefir grains, please let me know!

  • ma

    thanks alot, how long kefir is live,?
    when the gust is bad what shoud we do it??throw out it??/

    • angelica

      the bacterias/yeast that make the kefir, if you take care well and always put new food (new milk), can live for a looooonge time. You just have to ” split” the culture when get too big. Just take a small piece maybe less than 1cmx1cm and through the remaining on trash.

      • Lisa Lash

        Well ma and Angelica you should give it away to friends or family and tell them about the benefits of drinking kefir. DONT TOSS IT!!!
        there are sooo many people looking for it….. give some to Jasmine. 🙂

  • teresa
  • teresa

    is not easy to get Kefir but if u interested i am in johannesburg and will gladly give u some.Pls emAIL ME

    • teresa
    • Dilip

      Am in jhb and would be thankful if I can get some. Thanks dilip

    • Margaret

      Hi there. I live in Cape Town. Do you know of anyone down here who has kefir? Thanks M.

  • Hugh

    Where can i puchase it in Canada.

  • MomOf2

    Kefir is normally lumpy. If your starter is used more than 7 times, will it also grow to a large enough size that it will look like regular kefir grains? What is your Kefir fed on during manufacture (milk/dairy, sugar water, etc)? I’m wondering which type of grains they are closer to? Also, have they been freeze dried? If so, are they still just as potent once revived?


  • Simonette

    What happens after the 7th time of use? It needs to be thrown away? A friend of mine keeps it going all the time.

    • motherof4

      The grains should be washed once a week w/ purified water and reuse again. You should drink it for 20 days, take a week off and start the next cycle of 20 days and so on. During that week off, the kefir milk should be changed every 2-3 day, and you can use that milk on your face as a face mask as it has a high amount of lactic acid.

    • Elena

      Good quality grains last indefinitely, Simonette. Actually, washing them on a regular basis will wash off their natural protection. You should avoid touching them with metal or with your fingers and curds on the grains are perfectly fine. Goat milk doesn’t curd them much, but cow milk does because of the difference in the natural composition. The natural homoginization in the goat milk makes kefir smoother and leaves fewer curds on the grains. You can compost, eat, share, freeze extra grains. They do grow a lot when cared for properly! Drinking kefir on a daily basis is perfectly fine as long as you don’t overdo it. A cup a day is a good “rule” when you are not recovering from a round of antibiotics or dealing with any other immune burden.

  • Kim Nguyen

    I like the benefit of Kefir very much! If I do homemade kefir, so what is the sufficient amount we should get everyday, and when will be the best time to take it? Some of my friend has to take it with food, otherwise, they will have stomach ache. Please advise. Thanks.

    Kim Nguyen

    • Marie Falzon

      I suffer from a stomach ulcer, my friend she’s been taking Kifer for many yeas it was her that introduced me to Kifer I take Kifer everyday and I haven’t felt better in my whole life, it also decreased my blood cholesterol by 2% and my JP is very happy with that.

    • motherof4

      A glass of 6-8 oz would be fine. Take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If that upset your stomach drinlk it w/ food. Try to avoid drinking it at night because you will experience sleepless night. I use to have to drink at least 4 cups of green tea a day, now I’m down to zero.

      • Michelle

        You’re totally right about the sleeplessness. I just got my grains and tried it for the first time yesterday afternoon. It was so good I drank another small 5oz glass at 9pm. Usually I’m asleep by 10pm. At midnight I was still reading and not even remotely tired! I kept reading until 3:30am until I forced myself to sleep.

        Why does drinking Kefir at night make you not be able to sleep?

      • De’RendaRay Phillips

        Down to zero? Zero “what”? size? Not sure what you mean about –when you stated –now I’m down to zero. Very curious about Kefir. thanks in advance for the feedback. DRRPhillips