Today we are going to take a closer look at the plastic strainer. These plastic strainers are one of my favorite tools for making both milk and water kefir. They easily catch the grains and fit over a wide-mouth mason jar lid with just a bit of overhang.
Why I Like Them
Because there is no metal involved, I don’t have to worry about the acids in these beverages reacting with the metal, leaching, or damaging the grains at all. Once I’ve strained the water kefir grains through this strainer and added them to a fresh batch of sugar water, I like to use this strainer to juice lemons and limes through to catch the seeds. This allows me to use one tool for straining the water kefir grains and then flavoring them with delicious fresh citrus juices.
Review by Alex: Works great for water kefir. The milk kefir tends to clot. I’d like to see a sieve with a larger mesh for milk kefir straining.
Review by Carole: I got the larger strainer which fits perfectly on my 2 cup liquid measuring cup. The smaller one I think would fit perfectly on a mason jar? I may order one of those in the future. I imagine if I had driven all over town maybe all over Central Florida I may have found one locally…but my time is precious and just to be able to order it here and so reasonably priced. Thank you for having the supplies.
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Q. Do I need a plastic strainer for kiefer grains? Can I use a metal strainer?
A. It is best to avoid metal with kefir grains. The only metal that CAN be used is stainless steel, but typically the holes in a stainless steel strainer will be too large to catch the small kefir grains.
Q. The size of 2-1/2″ or 3-1/2″ refers to the diameter or radius? Thanks!
A. This measurement is for the inside diameter of each strainer.
Q. Is it recommended to designate a separate strainer for kombucha, and another for kefir? Or is just one okay?
A. While a separate strainer for each product is more convenient and lowers the risk of cross-contamination between fermenting products, as long as you clean it thoroughly between uses, a single strainer should be fine.