Milk kefir is probably my favourite ferment, so naturally I want to bring it along on holiday! It’s surprisingly easy to travel with milk kefir grains.
General Info for Taking Kefir Grains on Holiday
I ended up carrying my kefir grains around with me for our whole month-long trip. It went on two boat rides, many car trips, a train ride and an overseas flight. Here’s some advice for how to travel with milk kefir grains.I invested in two jars of pasta sauce, which worked fine as a travel jars for the kefir. I just made sure to keep them upright.)
- Divide your kefir grains, leaving at least 1/2 at home in a jar full of milk for safe keeping, just in case my traveling kefir didn’t survive.
- Kefir will live in a jar full of milk in the fridge for at least 2 months.~I’ve never left them for longer than that.~
- For road trips all you need is a few glass jars and keep rotating the grains in fresh milk. A cooler is handy, in case you’re producing more milk then you can drink.
- Take only a small grain, since you aren’t likely to use as much kefir when staying in hotels and eating out of restaurants.
Taking Milk Kefir on a Plane
Wondering how to take a kefir grain on a flight? Even a long 10 hour flight?
- I packed my kefir grain with a little bit of milk into a tiny, water-tight container, which I then double bagged in ziplocs because I didn’t want a leak in my suitcase.
- I also carried the kefir onto the airplane with us, because I worried that the pressure in the hold would force the container to leak. ~That’s why I used a really tiny container, I didn’t want it getting taken at security.~
So how did it work out?
Well, the kefir container did leak. I’m not sure whether it was from the pressure of fermentation or the plane trip, likely a bit of both. The kefir also turned all the milk into cheese and whey, which then separated nicely with the cheese remaining in the container and the whey draining into the ziploc bag.
Though I was pretty disoriented and jet-lagged the day we arrived, I did stop in to a M&S for snacks and a jug of milk to feed my grains. I also didn’t have a jar but a glass on the counter worked well enough with a ramekin for a lid.