Kefir starters and grains


You can make home-made kefir with goat, sheep or cows milk and select your own live cultures for fermentation. It is also possible to make kefir from coconut milks and filtered water (not tap). Kefir needs to incubate for 24 hours or more so that the fermenting bacteria consumes all of the lactose and is therefore easier to digest.

Kefir grains or starters

Sometimes you can get the grains for free on GAPS or SCD mailing lists or social networks. The following places sell kefir grains:


The following equipment is needed:

  • 2 wide mouth glass jars
  • 2 glass bottles with caps
  • Nylon mesh strainer (better than metal for the grains)
  • Funnel
  • Wooden spoon
  • Unbleached cloth such as calico
  • Elastic band or string


Transition tip: Buy a bicycle


Transition tip: Buy a bicycle.

Perhaps you’ll need to dust off your old one, and check that you also have:

  • new helmet
  • water bottle
  • front headlight and rear taillight, with side reflectors
  • basket or cargo bags for carrying things
  • bike lock – U-lock and/or cable
  • the equipment to repair a flat tire – usually a patch kit, spare tire, tire leavers and a pump
  • spare change, in case you get stranded

Please don’t wear your stinky lycra bike wear in the office!


Kitchen equipment for gardeners

Even the most experienced gardeners have to deal with gluts in produce and as a result they may own a few more different pieces of equipment then the norm. Gardener cooks need to be creative with their produce as it’s easy to tire of eating the same dish over and over again.

Blender: Useful for making soups and smoothies. You’ll need a heavy duty motor if you want to blend ice or make nut milks. Try: Kitchenaid or VitaMix. Magic Bullet and Personal Blender are smaller portable version.

Food processor: Similar to a blender, but usually has extra blades and disks to perform more tasks. You can slice and chop vegetables, grind, shred and puree food, as well as mixing and kneading doughs. Try: Bruan, Cuisinart, and Kitchenaid.

Food Dehydrator: Usually have stackable trays or removable trays. An inexpensive way to preserve the nutrients in your produce and extend their life. Try Excalibur or Fowlers.

Juicers: Look for ones that separate the juice from the pulp (then use the pulp in bread, cake and biscuit making). Crushing or cold press juicers are best for retaining nutrients. Try Champion or Oscar Living.

Preserving kit with air-tight bottles, cans  or mason jars.

Grain grinder: Useful for making flour. Steel-burred is best.

Sprouter: A dedicated container for growing sprouts. Try A.Vogel.

Mandoline: Zyliss or one of the Japanese ones.

Grater: Microplane are brilliant.

Veggie ‘spiraler’ : Make pasta-like strands out of your vegetables.  Try Benriner Cook Help Spiral Vegatable Slicer (or Cooks Helper or Asian Spiral Slicer – they’re all the same).

Tea strainer: for making herbal teas.

If you serious about being self-sufficient, you may also want a yogurt maker (Easiyo) and a beer making kit (also good for cider).

Photo: Sign at the Powerhouse, Brisbane.