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Body Ecology Kefir Starter Culture

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Make kefir with this powdered starter culture, no grains to maintain.

  • Each box contains 6 packets of starter culture. Store extra packets in freezer until ready for use.
  • Use this product to culture cow, sheep, goat, soy, rice, or coconut milk, or coconut water. 
  • Detailed instructions are included with each box.

Body Ecology Kefir Starter Instructions:

  • Culture at 72°-75°F.
  • Ready in 18-24 hours; coconut water and some others require 24-48 hours. 
  • Kefir is ready if milk has thickened and has a sour aroma. 
  • Coconut water will not thicken like milk, but will become cloudy and much less sweet.
  • Reculture an average of 7 times per packet
  • Use 6 tablespoons kefir from the previous batch as starter for the new batch.


Body Ecology Kefir Starter Ingredients:  

Lactococcus lactis, lactococcus cremoris, lactococcus diacetylactis,  and leuconostoc cremoris, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus casei, saccharomyces boulardii, inulin

This product contains no GMO ingredients.

Body Ecology Kefir Starter Storage and Shipping Information: 

Store in refrigerator or freezer. This product is shipped in a dehydrated state and keeps

  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 12 months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12 months or more

Body Ecology Kefir Starter Allergen Information:

  • According to the manufacturer, this product is dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. 
  • May contain trace amounts of dairy.
  • Inulin is derived from chicory root.

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  • From Anon. at 1/20/2012 8:00 AM
    • I have used this product and it worked quite well - I was wondering: Would it by hypothetically possible to use this to culture things besides milk or coconut? (For example, vegetables?)
    • Very likely! Basically what you want to do with adding a starter to veggies is give them more bacteria than what's available on the veggies themselves. That's why you can use whey, or starter, or water kefir.​ You can find more information about starters for culturing vegetables here
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  • From Billie at 10/28/2013 10:36 PM
    • These never develop into grains?
    • That is correct. This is a powdered culture that is perfect for those who do not want to maintain the kefir grains. To get started with our reusable Milk Kefir Grains, please see our kit here:
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  • From Yaz Healthy at 5/30/2014 4:30 PM
    • Can I use pasteurized/homogenized milk?
    • Yes, you can certainly use pasteurized/homogenized milk.
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  • From Robin Huber at 6/23/2014 1:54 PM
    • Can I use raw milk with this culture and then be able to use 1/4 cup of the kefir for 2nd, 3rd, etc. batches?
    • While you can use this product to culture raw milk, it may or may not re-culture well, as raw milk has its own bacteria that interfere with the process of re-culturing.
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Customer Reviews

Body Ecology Kefir Starter Review by Jessieann

Great product. Tastes great, good texture and I can re-culture 7 times.

(Posted on 11/7/2015)

Normally like the Body Ecology Starter, but had a bad experience recently. Review by Sherry

I have used both water kefir grains and Body Ecology Starter. I actually like both. I have found the starter to be quick and convenient at times that I was not using the grains or did not have the time. I like the starter with coconut water, and think it tastes great. I use raw coconut water from Whole Foods, usually one that comes frozen, and it have made many batches and always liked it. Recently I bought two boxes of the starter, and the power was brown/rust color. I made it with the coconut water and it tasted terrible, so I threw it away. I tried another packet from the box, and experienced the same think as I did with the previous batch. The power in the packets of both boxes felt hard. I have experienced the packets hard before, but was told by Body Ecology that the power should be white or beige, and the carrier sometimes causes it to be hard if refrigerated. I went back to the water kefir grains, and they are doing very well, so am enjoying them currently.

(Posted on 10/18/2014)

keifer starter Review by dodie

I love the simplicity of this product; you can take it on your travels; suburb!

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Excellent! Review by CTGirl

This product is awesome, and super easy to use. Each packet can be used for 7 uses (if you save a little liquid from each batch). I started with coconut water kefir (which tasted pretty gross), but used a little to start some cows milk kefir, which was delicious. Great to keep the packets in the fridge or freezer if you want to make kefir, but don't feel like dealing with the grains.

(Posted on 7/2/2014)

Not to impressed Review by becca

I wasn't really prepared when it came, so I refrigerated it for about 3 days. I don't think the starter helped at all. Try to be knowledgable of how to ferment before you get this. Also, I waited 3 days, not a good idea on my end. It was already weak when I used it.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 5/13/2014)

Good starter culture Review by Terri

My first experience with Body Ecology Kefir Starter was poor. The culture was bad; it was a clumpy brown mass and did not work. However, Cultures for Health sent a replacement that was good.

The packet contained the expected powder. It took ~36 hours to culture at room temperature 68-70 deg (it's the dead of winter here). The kefir had a nice, sharp flavor. I was able to successfully re-culture with some of the first batch. This time it took ~24 hours and came out great.

One thing I should note is that I did heat the milk to 180 degrees and let it cool before culturing it.

(Posted on 3/3/2014)

I was disappointed that it did not thicken Review by sally

After two tries of making a VERY thin kefir, I emailed to ask if I was doing something wrong. The response I got was that it is SUPPOSED to be thin.....really? I will try again with the culture I have left in hopes that it does thicken a little more than my previous two batches.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 12/6/2013)

partially successful Review by akcabinlife

This kefir culture was successful for both whole milk and heavy whipping cream several times now, but after 4 tries with coconut water, i am giving up. I feel like this product is overpriced and i do not understand why Body Ecology does not offer kefir grains. Seems like they're picking pockets to me, yet i'm grateful for the diet's wisdom and how it's helped me recover from candida.

(Posted on 7/24/2011)

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