Milk Kefir Grains

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Milk kefir grains are live active cultures consisting of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. Adding the kefir grains to fresh milk yields a delicous probiotic drink in about 24 hours. Milk kefir can be enjoyed plain, flavored, or used in many recipes, like salad dressing, bread, and ice cream.

  • Contains 1 packet of traditional heirloom-style milk kefir grains.
  • Rehydration period of 3-7 days required before regular use.
  • Reusable culture; makes up to 1 quart of kefir with every batch
  • Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
  • Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F
  • Suitable for use with cow or goat milk.
  • Grains require rehydration in pasteurized dairy milk. Once rehydrated, grains may be transitioned to raw milk.
  • May be used to culture coconut, soy, or rice milk once rehydrated in dairy milk; grains require regular refreshing in dairy milk.
  • Nut and seed milks yield inconsistent results. 


Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged in a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life. 

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information: Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. The product keeps

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 12 to 18 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 18+ months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): not recommended

 

Allergen Information:

Contains dairy. Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.

 

       
Erin  

Why I Love This Product:

Milk kefir is my favorite fermented food! It is so easy to make. Every 2 days or so I spend 5 minutes straining and pouring the milk on top of my grains. My kids love it (especially mixed with a little honey). Because the milk kefir grains are reusable, they are an easy inexpensive way to make kefir forever! This is a perfect starter culture for anyone just starting out making their own fermented foods, or for families with only a little time on their hands! Want to know more about culturing milk kefir? Here are some of our blog posts about milk kefir! Erin, Social Media Coordinator

 

 



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  • From Maria Carstensen at 11/12/2014 7:52 PM
    • I am ordering both kefir grains and yogurt starter. I would like to get the hang of making the yogurt for a while before starting kefir....how long and how can I store my kefir grains when I receive them...Thanks
    • At room temperature, the grains will last 12 to 18 months. However, we recommend refrigeration so the dehydrated grains will last 18 + months.
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  • From Leslie at 8/27/2014 12:04 AM
    • I just got my grains and my hubby bought ultra past. milk...is it safe to use for one day to keep the grains or should I just put the grains in the fridge to keep? I don't want to ruin the grains with this milk...
    • The results using ultra-pasteurized milk are inconsistent. However, you will be discarding the first few batches so start using the ultra pasteurized milk, but make the change to regular pasteurized milk as soon as you can. This milk will not support the grains, and you risk possibly harming them the longer they are in this milk.
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  • From Maria at 7/25/2014 12:20 PM
    • I'm going to be away for the weekend; is it safe to leave my kefir on the counter or should I refrigerate? Thanks.
    • Anytime you are not able to give your milk kefir grains fresh milk every 24 hours, you must preserve them in some manner. For short term, you can simply put them in fresh milk in a jar/lid and store them in the fridge. They are safe for up to 3 weeks. If someone is able to give them fresh milk at the end of that 3 week period, you can store them another 3 weeks. After that, they must be put back to work or they will suffer damage and will likely die.

      We do not recommend storing them often in the fridge, as this can break down the grains' bacteria and enzymes and cause them to cease working.
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  • From Dina at 6/19/2014 7:21 AM
    • My kefir is curdling after I strain it and put it in the fridge. What am I doing wrong?
    • It sounds like your kefir is continuing to culture in the fridge. You may want to check the temperature in your fridge and if you are storing your kefir in the door, move it closer to the back of the fridge where it will remain colder. If your kefir is separating during the culturing process, you will need to increase the amount of milk you are using, or decrease the culturing time to reach that wonderful "thickened-milk" (like buttermilk) stage before storage.
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  • From Mary at 6/9/2014 4:49 PM
    • I live on the southeastern Arizona desert and we do not have central heating/cooling. I don't have a thermometer in my kitchen, but I'm sure it gets over 85 in the summer and sometimes below 65 (we heat with wood) in the winter. Are the milk cultures so temperature dependent that I would not be able to make my own kefir? I tried the water kefir last fall, but I guess it got too cold and my grains died. I love the kefir cheese and really want to make own if it is at all possible.
    • Yes, the milk kefir grains must be cultured between 68º-85ºF. If it gets too cold or too warm, they will not be viable. Perhaps looking at the following articles might be helpful in maintaining your temperature during the cold and hot periods of the year:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cold-weather-winter-care-starter-cultures-foods/
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/warm-weather-care/
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  • From Bill at 4/17/2014 1:00 AM
    • Great Site! Is the protein in milk broken down or digested when being made into kefir? The casein in milk is really hard to digest and is why many health professionals recommend giving up dairy. Thanks!
    • During the culturing process lactose is consumed by the grains. Casein still remains.
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  • From Chris at 4/16/2014 3:39 PM
    • Is it normally safe to drink the milk used to activate the kefir grains? Also, what must be done to start making kefir with grains that were put in the refrigerator for a break?
    • We do not recommend consuming the milk used to rehydrate the kefir grains. Kefir is ready to consume when it is thickened and has a pleasant aroma and taste.

      Grains that have had a break in the fridge (up to 6 weeks with a milk change at 3 weeks) can be used to make kefir by adding the grains to fresh milk and allowing them to culture at room temperature. It may take a few batches to get back up to speed, but they should kefir just fine.
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  • From Dan at 4/10/2014 9:46 AM
    • Can I use organic ultra pasteurized 2% milk with the milk kefir grains? And how do I know the kefir grain is activated? Thanks!
    • The results with ultra pasteurized milk are unreliable, and strongly recommend against using it. You can use 2% milk that has been regularly pasteurized. The texture is generally a little thinner than whole milk but will still result in a delicious, tangy flavor.
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  • From Bernard at 4/9/2014 2:25 PM
    • Hi, I am here in Texas and will be traveling to Mexico in about a month and a half when I will start to make my raw milk kefir. Will the milk kefir grains that I order last that long or what do you recommend I should do? Can I pay using Pay Pal, or how do I pay? Thank you, Bernard.
    • Your milk kefir grains should be stored in the refrigerator when you receive them. When at room temperature, the grains are shelf stable for 12-18 months. As long as they are not exposed to temperatures above 85º F, they should be fine. Payment options are listed here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ordering-information#Payment_Methods
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  • From Brenda at 4/7/2014 2:06 PM
    • Can I add organic sugar to milk kefir during the culturing process? If so, will this make the final product sweeter?
    • When culturing milk kefir, there should be milk and milk kefir grains. If you want to flavor after, that is best. We don't recommend adding sweetener during the culturing process.
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Inconsistent quality Review by Cathy
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This is the second batch of kefir grains purchased from CfH. The grains make super kefir that we enjoy drinking every day. The packet of grains that was most recently purchased contained about 5x more grains than the packet from our first purchase about a year ago. In rehydrating the grains, we had good kefir in 2 days. The packet purchased a year ago took close to 2 weeks of the rehydration process before getting good kefir. Don't understand such inconsistent quality.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any culturing concerns. Live cultures can respond quite differently depending on ingredients, temperature, and culturing environment.

(Posted on 11/14/2014)

Excellent purchase! Review by Katherine
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So glad I purchased these. The grains re-hydrated within a couple of days and were making me kefir by the third day. I love making kefir smoothies - they're thick, delicious, and so healthy as I'm getting a huge dose of probiotics every day!

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Cultures For Health is Top Notch Review by Carol
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After 8 days I'm getting 2 cups of kefir. The taste is great without anything in it. I used Chat several times with questions during my re-hydrating process and they gave me just the information I needed.
Also, in our 62-64 degree home, they gave me the great tip to place kefir on something like a DVR. We don't have a DVR, but we do have a battery (UPS)for our computer. I put kefir jar in a milk carton, secured to the wall to protect the electronics from a possible spill.

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Very good product Review by asango
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It took a while to find the right milk, but now I have and all is going well and it's a very good product. My low mark regarding price is that I find 30$ shipping a little bit steep for shipping in Canada. There is one distributor here of your product, they only carry water kefir so I'm not taking business away from them.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Satisfied the Second Time Around Review by Doris
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This is my second try at this kefir product. The first time it did not work within 24 hrs, no matter what I did. It took like 45 hrs. Anyway, my husband built an incubator with a constant temp. of 80 degrees, using an enclosure and light bulb arrangement. I did get new granules and used whole milk and it started working within 24 hrs. Now, after about 8 - 9 times of making the kefir, I no longer have to incubate it, but can just leave it sit on the counter and it still works within 24 hrs. What I have noticed is that the granules are somewhat larger and I really think the first time around that I just did not get enough granules to make it work at room temp.

(Posted on 11/9/2014)

Overall I am very pleased. Review by Moby
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I have spent some considerable time reading about Kefir and how to make it. There is a knack to it and now that I am started, it is just a matter of routine. I think that the number of grains could be less stingy but I am gradually building up my "stock". The price is a little steep but in all fairness, the free Ebooks are an added bonus if they work. Not been able to get on yet.

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

Awesome product! Review by Kat
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Love my milk kefir grains!
Started them right away, transitioned to raw goat milk, love having my fresh kefir ready every 2 days! A real treat!
Cultures for Health had a great handout in the box to get me started and along with a quick video tutorial from their site, I was able to get up and running with my culture they day it arrived!
Thanks again!

(Posted on 11/3/2014)

Happy Kefir Grains! Review by Alex
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Nice, healthy Kefir grains, with clear instructions for rejuvenating them from their initial dehydrated state. Very nice, rich flavor.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Very Happy Review by stah
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Love the taste and love what it does for my inner body as well as outer body!

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Fantastic Kefir Grains Review by dlh
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I've had my first packet of grains going for about two weeks and they are growing fast and producing tasty kefir daily from whole pasteurized milk. I think they compare very well with 'live' or 'fresh' grains. Very satisfied.

Note from CFH: Our grains are alive, but dehydrated at low temperature and packaged in organic powdered milk to keep them healthy and fed. We dehydrate to keep the grains free from contaminants, and safe and stable for shipping.

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Loving it! Review by NavyWifeArmyMom
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I've been using Cultures for Health yogurt starter for a couple of years & wNted to try keifer. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, so I bought a bottle of strawberry keifer at the grocery store - I was hooked! Ordered my keifer grains and went to work! I had to experiment with milk fat levels, decided pure skim milk was not the best choice. Tried half skim/half whole milk - still not the best. Finally decided to go with whole milk, & haven't looked back! Have been experimenting with different flavors also. So far my very favorite is Pumpkin Spice Keifer (generous amount of pure pumpkin), dash or two of pumpkin pie spice, a splash of maple syrup &/or caramel sauce for depth of flavor, and a splash of organic evaporated cane juice to taste - DELICIOUS!! I've also made Green Tea Keifer using matcha powder & honey for sweetener, as well as various fruits made in the blender as keifer smoothies. Next up: Caramel Apple Keifer using unsweetened applesauce, a dollop of caramel sauce, and a dash of two of apple pie spice!!

Totally pleased with everything I've purchased from this company - excellent quality and wonderful customer service!!

(Posted on 10/27/2014)

Reliable grains, Good value Review by Daniel
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The milk kefir grains I received from cultures for health have been extremely reliable and multiply quite quickly. They are definitely a good value because of the high price of store bought kefir. The only issue I have with them is that the kefir I get from them is "curdy". No matter what I do it never has the thick smooth texture of store bought kefir. It always comes out with very small curds throughout the thin kefir. Some of the best vegetable ferments I have made have been from extra kefir grains or kefir whey.

CFH Note~ The most common cause of a "grainy" texture (tiny curds in the kefir) is an imbalance in the ratio of kefir grains to milk. Removing some of the grains or increasing the volume of milk usually resolves the issue. Please contact Customer Support if you are having any problems, we are very happy to help.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Turned out pretty darn good Review by Sarah C
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I wasn't sure about these grains when I started using them; I feel like it took several batches of milk for the grains to re-hydrate, but now I get delicious kefir. There is an article on this site about choosing the right milk for culturing, which was pretty helpful. I've decided that although I love to drink non-homogenized milk, I don't really like it cultured. The value of these grains is huge--a bottle of kefir is crazy expensive, and although good, organic milk is as well, it's not nearly as much as the finished product. I'm trying water kefir grains next.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

Enjoying making my own kefir Review by MS
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I was a bit worried about the shipping process, since I live in FL and the temps were running 90 degrees. The product arrived in one day and I met the mail carrier at the mailbox. I had great kefir in three days and am now enjoying it every day.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

Great taste Review by apapillon
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Tasteful and good consistency achieved in 5 days!

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

excellent product Review by David R.
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Bought these grains recently and they were activated in good order according to the directions. I am now trying to figure out how to predict the outcome based on our house's varying temperatures, but each day I am making good progress and am enjoying the milk on my morning cereal each day.

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

Very productive grains ; great way to start the day ! Review by Liz
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We recently bought these grains after reading about them in a cooking magazine. It was a very good purchase ; the cost for kefir in the grocery store adds up quickly. Now we have a quart every morning and experiment with blending in different fresh or frozen fruits,and or agave and vanilla. Directions were easy to follow.

(Posted on 10/15/2014)

Love this product Review by thecuda1
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Love this product, drink it everyday, love it with fruit. It's like drinking liquid yogurt

(Posted on 10/9/2014)

Great Review by Andi
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They are perfect. Makes great kefir.

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Good serrvice Review by Valeri
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Good serrvice

(Posted on 10/7/2014)



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