Last updated: 4 October, 2018
It can be hard to know where to buy kefir if you’re buying it for the first time. Luckily, there are lots of places you can buy kefir and kefir grains in the UK, both in physical shops and online. On this page we’ll give you an overview of where you can get hold of some kefir easily and affordably.
Where to Buy Kefir in the UK
First off, let’s look at where you can buy ready-to-drink kefir in the UK. If you’re interested in buying kefir grains to make your own kefir, see the section below. If you want to buy kefir itself rather than kefir grains, you will usually need to buy it in a shop as kefir needs to be kept refrigerated and is therefore difficult to sell online.
What UK Supermarkets Sell Kefir?
Most large UK supermarkets stock kefir. Sometimes it’s found alongside yoghurt and other probiotic drinks, while at other times it’s found in the Polish/Eastern European refrigerated section. Several supermarkets offer home delivery if you order online.
Here’s an overview of which supermarkets in the UK stock kefir:
- ASDA only offer two brands of kefir at the time of writing: Milko and Bakoma. You can see them online here. ASDA offer home delivery.
- Morrisons also only offer two brands of kefir at the time of writing: Wloszczowa and Jana, which are both Polish brands. You can see them online here. Morrisons offer home delivery.
- Ocado offer quite a large choice of kefir (see online here). At the time of writing, this includes kefir from Bio-tiful, Daylesford, Rhythm Health and Purearth. Ocado is an online-only supermarket that offers home delivery.
- Sainsbury’s sell a range of kefir (see online here). At the time of writing, this includes kefir from Milko, Bio-tiful, Krasnystaw and The Collective. Sainsbury’s offer home delivery.
- Tesco sell a few different kefir products (see online here). At the time of writing, this includes kefir from Mlekovita, Bio-Tiful, Lowicz, Bio-Tiful and Bakoma. Tesco offers home delivery.
- Waitrose sell Bio-tiful kefir in a few different flavours (see online here). Waitrose offers home delivery on orders over £60.
Health Food Shops
The biggest health food shop in the UK is Holland and Barrett, who sell kefir in store but not online. Different branches of Holland and Barrett stock different items, so you won’t find kefir in every store.
Planet Organic sell a range of kefir products (see online here). These include Morgiel organic kefir, Bio-tiful kefir as well as some interesting sparkling kefir drinks from Purearth and Crookednose. Planet Organic only have stores in London, and also deliver products in their “London Fresh” range within London.
Independent health food shops with a refrigerated section often sell kefir.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and live in London, you can order kefir from brands such as Bio-tiful and Nourish Kefir on Amazon Fresh (see the selection here), with same-day delivery available depending on when you order.
Finding Kefir Stockists in the UK
Some of the leading kefir brands have lists of stockists on their websites:
- Bio-tiful Dairy – See their store locator here
- Nourish Kefir – See their store locator here (only includes shops in London)
Where to Buy Kefir Grains in the UK
If you want to make your own kefir from scratch, you will need to buy some kefir grains. While buying kefir grains will be more expensive than just buying a bottle of kefir to start with, you’ll end up with an almost unlimited supply of kefir.
You might wonder how it’s possible to post kefir grains without them going off. Kefir grains can be dried, which allows them to be stored and delivered easily.
Here are some of the best places to buy kefir grains in the UK.
Amazon is the first place most of us look when buying things online due to the huge amount of choice, generally low prices and convenient delivery options. You can buy kefir grains from a few different brands on Amazon, including the following:
Live Kefir Company Live Milk Kefir Grains
These kefir grains from Yorkshire-based Live Kefir Company are one of the most popular options on Amazon at the time of writing. They are produced in the UK and are live grains rather than powdered extract. This means that they should multiply over time, so you won’t need to buy more, and you can give away the excess grains to friends and family. See them on Amazon here.
The Kefir Company Milk Kefir Starter Cultures
These kefir starter cultures aren’t technically kefir grains—they are a powdered extract from kefir grains. They come in three convenient sachets and can be used to make up to 100 litres of kefir. The packet includes easy-to-follow instructions. See them on Amazon here.
Lots of sellers sell kefir grains on Ebay, and this can be one of the cheapest ways to get hold of some grains. Check the seller’s ratings before buying to make sure they are reputable and reliable. See kefir grains on Ebay here.
Gumtree is another place you can get cheap and sometimes even free kefir grains. Sellers on Gumtree are individuals rather than companies, and many of the people who advertise kefir grains here are simply people who have too many grains are looking to share them. See kefir grains on Gumtree here.
You can buy Nourish Kefir starter cultures from Planet Organic (see here).
Happy Kombucha sell kefir grains on their own website as well as on other sites such as Amazon. You can see their collection of kefir grains and starter kits here.
How Much Does Kefir Cost?
As with most things, the cost of kefir varies depending on the brand and where you buy it. One of the cheapest options is Lowicz Kefir, which you can buy a small 400 g bottle of in Tesco for around £0.75 at the time of writing. Small bottles of Bio-tiful kefir currently cost around £1.50 in supermarkets, while kefir in health food shops may cost more.
If you’ve never tried kefir before it’s probably better to buy some ready made to see if you like it before you try making it yourself. If you start drinking kefir regularly, it might be worth buying some kefir grains and learning how to make kefir yourself as you will save money in the long run. Once you have the grains and a glass jar, the cost of making kefir will just be the cost of the milk you use.
If you’re making kefir yourself, you will need to buy some grains, some milk and a glass jar if you don’t have one already. You can buy kefir grains on Ebay or Amazon with prices starting at around £3, so it’s not a big investment. Sometimes people even offer kefir grains for free on Gumtree.com.