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    How do I keep kefir grains?

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    I'm going to be away for 2 weeks. I don't want my kefir grains to die - how do I store them while I am not here to keep feeding them??!! I wondered about rinsing them in bottled water then storing them in water - but then I thought they might starve and perhaps it is better to store them in milk, which if course will separate into whey and whatever, but at least they will have food.

    Anyone know the definitive answer?

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    ***raises hand***
    I do.

    If they are *live*, BARELY cover them with water in a container with a TIGHT fitting lid. Put them in the fridge, in the coldest area of your fridge. Cold they won't *grow* or want to eat... HOWEVER, they will still live. The next time you use them make sure you bring them to room temp first.
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    I read somewhere that you can freeze them, but I don't know for sure.

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    You can... but the taste afterwards is a bit off.

    IF you decide to freeze, freeze with a bit of the *kefir* you've made.

    To be perfectly honest, if you have a neighbor you're friendly with, ask them to *kefir sit* for you. Just a jar with the grains, change the water every 3-5 days.
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    Yeah, that sounds like a better idea. I should really buy more grains, I keep killing mine off due to laziness.

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