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Milk Kefir Grains

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Milk Kefir Grains Starter Culture

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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 delicious 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
  • 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. 

 

Milk Kefir Grains Instructions and Troubleshooting:  


Ingredients: Organic powdered milk, organic 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

 

Milk Kefir Grains Allergen Information:

Our Milk Kefir Grains are a gluten-free product. Manufactured in a facility that produces products made with soy and dairy.

 

       
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 Bronwyn at 5/18/2012 2:28 PM
    • What is the difference between kefir grains and kefir starter. I've been using the powdered starter, but it doesn't produce grains - is it supposed to?
    • The powdered culture will not produce grains as it is a "direct-set" culture. It's basically a one-time use (although you could potentially get a couple regenerations). It is great for people who do not have time to care for the grains, or who only need to make kefir periodically. If you have time, using grains is the best and most economical, nutrient-dense way to produce kefir.

      This is a great article that explains grains vs. starter: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-kefir-grains-versus-powdered-culture

      Worthy of noting, the powdered starter has significantly fewer strains of beneficial yeast and bacteria than the grains.
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  • From John at 5/14/2012 12:08 PM
    • Hi! I got my grains about a week ago, but I messed up and got some ultra pasteurized milk and have been using it. I got it because it was organic. My grains have actually grown since then. My questions is: have I messed my grains up? Should I start over? Or are they ok? Thank you so much!
    • Strain the grains and add them to some non-UP milk as soon as possible. There is a chance they will be ok.
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  • From Bill at 5/13/2012 3:48 PM
  • From Bambi at 5/11/2012 3:23 PM
    • Can I use these kefir grains with raw goat milk? If I can, is there anything special to consider because of the difference in fat content?
    • There have been many customers who reported excellent results using goat milk with the milk kefir grains. No extra procedures are needed.
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  • From Angela Woodward at 5/3/2012 12:29 PM
    • I know yogurt can be used as a starter to make feta cheese. Will kefir do the same thing?
    • There are reports kefir has been used as a starter, but we do not have any recipes. We would like to hear how it goes if you try it!
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  • From Holly at 5/3/2012 12:15 PM
    • When I read in the instructions to rehydrate the grains in a partially sealed container, does that mean with a lid on that is not fully tightened, or does it mean with a coffee filter/towel over the jar with a rubber band? Thanks!
    • You are simply allowing fermentation gases to escape, and protecting your jar from outside pests, so either of those options would work.
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  • From Amy Richards Realty at 4/30/2012 1:08 PM
    • Can you make kefir with lactose free milk? It does not sound like it...
    • Lactose free milk usually does contain lactose, but it also contains lactase, an enzyme that helps lactose-intolerant individuals digest the lactose. Check the label; if you see lactase, the milk does contain lactose and may be used to culture milk kefir. However, many lactose-free milks are ultra-pasteurized, which does not work well for culturing.
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  • From Deidre at 4/21/2012 7:45 AM
    • My kefir seems to be going straight from milk to curds and whey after about 12 hours. I have not been able to find a thickened in between stage. Thank you!
    • The jump from thickened milk to curds and whey can happen very rapidly if you're using a small amount of milk or the temperature is warm. If you have recently rehydrated your grains, it could be that the grains are ready for more milk. If an increase in the amount of milk doesn't solve the problem, please contact customersupport@culturesforhealth.com and we will be able to help you resolve the issue.
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  • From Angie at 4/18/2012 10:11 AM
    • Can these kefir grains grow in unsweetened almond milk?
    • No, the milk kefir grains will not grow, nor survive in almond milk. Generally we do not see successful culturing with nut milks, especially almond milk.
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  • From Christel at 4/9/2012 3:44 AM
    • Do you ship Kefir grains to New Zealand?

      Christel
    • We don't ship individual orders outside of the United States and Canada, but if you would like to see our products in your local health food store, please have them contact us about a wholesale account. They can start the wholesale process here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/Wholesale We would love to talk to them :)
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Milk Kefir Grains are Super Quality Review by Penny
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I am so happy with how well the milk kefir grains I purchased from Cultures for Health are producing kefir. This is my first attempt at making kefir, and I'm thrilled with the success. I've had the grains less than a month, and after just two "conditioning" ferments my new grains have been making delicious and healthy kefir every single day. And the grains are increasing in size very nicely! So glad I made the leap into making kefir, and so very pleased with the quality of Cultures for Health grains.

(Posted on 8/23/2015)

very good quality Review by eman1958
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i was so happy with the quality, i did an amazing kefir with it. it is very easy to follow the instructions too.

(Posted on 8/12/2015)

Good Review by Sarah
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I try to be careful when I strain the grains but it seems my grains become fewer and fewer so that after a few weeks I have just 2 or 3 left. And I feel the price is a little expensive.

Note from CFH: Decreasing grains is usually a sign the grains are starving. Please contact customer support for troubleshooting.

(Posted on 8/3/2015)

So Glad I FINALLY started Kefir Culturing Review by llw
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Love your produce. Excellent videos on your site to get started. Thanks!

(Posted on 8/2/2015)

No Problems Review by Jack
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Started the grains per instructions with Raw Milk. They were active right after the start period and have worked well for the last month. They are growing slowly and the kefir tastes great--I do a primary for 24 hours and a secondary for an additional 24 hours. I make just under 1 quart a day. Fortunately have 2 raw milk sources within a few miles.

(Posted on 7/13/2015)

Success! Review by zelda
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I am a happy customer! The Milk Kefir Grains worked perfectly. The instructions included were so helpful. I had no problems starting my kefir, and it has been going strong for several weeks now. All of my questions were answered well by the online resources here on the Cultures For Health site. This was my first home fermentation project, and I would definitely order another starter from Cultures For Health if I decide to take on another. Thanks for making an awesome product, and maintaining a super helpful website.

(Posted on 7/6/2015)

Didn't Work for Me Review by SweetBee
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Ended up wasting at least a gallon or more of expensive organic milk refreshing the grains every day for almost two weeks before I just gave up and dumped them in the trash.

Such a small amount of grains and they never did smell right, smelled more like bread yeast than kefir.

I had good luck with the dehydrated powder and with the water kefir, don't think I'll waste more money trying these again.


CFH Note: Most kefir issues can be easily resolved with minor modifications to the kefir making process. It is very important that you contact Customer Support for help if you are experiencing problems.

(Posted on 6/23/2015)

Love it! Review by Emm Vee
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I bought my grains from a local health food store. It took a while and a few trials and errors to get consistent results, but the customer service reps were very helpful. I have been getting consistent results now for several months, and am very pleased with the end product. It's thick (even with skim milk) and pleasantly sour and yogurty. It takes five minutes each morning to give the little kefir-dudes some fresh milk, and they just do their thing. I'll be interested to see what happens in the hot and humid summer months.

(Posted on 6/17/2015)

Challenging To Get Great Results Review by Suzanne
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I was very challenged using these grains to make milk kefir. I followed the instructions to dehydrate the grains and make kefir. I used low pasteurized/non-homogenized milk. My process with the grains kept changing the milk into curds and whey. I was unable to recognize/see the grains in the finished product. I contacted Customer Support and the representative worked with me for almost a week to resolve these problems. No more curds and whey. Only great tasting milk kefir! Thank you CFH Customer Support.

(Posted on 6/15/2015)

Fantastic quality! Review by Angel
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Hint: don't even dare to rinse your grains in tap water. That's how I killed my first batch. I was dumb and thought I knew better. You don't need to rinse them at all unless you're taking some out to dry and save as a back up. Anyway, this is my second attempt to make kefir. These are fantastic quality grains and I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to help themselves be healthier.

(Posted on 6/1/2015)

Rehydrating Kefir grains Review by GardenGirl
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It barely took a week until I had a quality home made kefir. I have divided my grains already!

(Posted on 5/16/2015)

Love my home made kefir! Review by J
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I love making kefir at home. It is much more economical then buying it and I get a lot of use out of the kefir in dressings, soups, smoothies and backed goods.

(Posted on 5/7/2015)

great Review by Paula
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I love these milk kefir grains, this is the second time I've ordered them. They make delicious milk kefir and I and my husband enjoy it every day. Thank you for a great product!

(Posted on 5/6/2015)

Liquidy freshness Review by Eriza
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It'd been about a year since my last kefir venture, and I don't know why I ever stopped!?! The fresh, sour-ish (my preference), complex flavor that awaits on my counter every day is superb!!! The grains became active after 3 days, and are in full force. It really is so easy to get fresh kefir every day with these grains. Currently, I'm fermenting goat's milk, and I'll be switching to coconut milk for a change of pace. Highly highly recommend for quality and ease. Thanks Cultures for Health!!

(Posted on 5/4/2015)

Disappointed in product Review by Anita
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I have been having problems with my grains from the start. They took 15 days to activate. The quality of my kefir is not good it doesn't thicken as it should. In fact the only way I can get it to thicken at all is to add some kefir to it. Have tried everything that customer support has recommended. Now what?

Response from CFH: Our support staff is always happy to help. If you are still having trouble with your culture, please don't hesitate to contact us.

(Posted on 4/25/2015)

Fun and Different! Review by Lizzy
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Having never had kefir before, buying the grains was an adventure! At first I had major issues (several batches of spoiled milk), but then I consulted with a customer service rep and she informed me that my ultra-pasteurized milk (though organic) was probably the issue. I started using non-organic pasteurized and it worked! Overall, it took about 2 weeks to start regularly producing a quart of kefir. Now, my grains produce a quart usually in less than 12 hours at room temp (60-65 degrees). I was surprised at how good the kefir actually tasted (very much like yogurt), and am looking forward to using it in diverse recipes!

(Posted on 4/23/2015)

Awesome product Review by Karl
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You can't get much better then buying something that can not only last a lifetime, but makes buying yogurt obsolete and cheaper and is full of healthy probiotics.

(Posted on 4/21/2015)

The kefir grains don't look normal Review by ngarcia
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I've had kefir grains in the past, and even though sometimes a few of them got stringy (during warm weather), most of them looked nice and fluffy. These current kefir grains just look like curdled milk. They do culture the milk at least.

Please contact customer support for troubleshooting before disposing of cultures.

(Posted on 4/20/2015)

Just what we ordered! Review by B
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I followed the video directions and my cultures are alive and well!!!

(Posted on 4/20/2015)

Delighted and totally hooked on kefir... Review by Radovan
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I am really delighted with my purchase of your Milk Kefir Grains. They took about a week to really get started but they've been going great guns ever since. I'm now having fun experimenting with secondary fermentation and have found your Kefir ebook an invaluable resource. I hugely recommend this product. Thank you!

(Posted on 4/15/2015)



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