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
  • 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 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 Hector at 9/23/2011 6:37 AM
    • Hi,

      The types and quantity of bacteria, do they increase if you allow the milk kefir to brew longer than 24 hours? I am refering to the strains of bacteria.
    • The number of bacteria and yeast organisms will increase as culturing continues. The types of bacteria and yeasts will remain stable.
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  • From Iryna at 9/20/2011 10:43 AM
    • Hi! I was wondering if I wanted to take a break from making kefir for a week or so, where do I store the kefir grains while they are resting? Do I leave them on the counter or put them in the fridge?
    • To take a break from making milk kefir, simply place the kefir grains in fresh milk, place a tight lid on the container and place it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. See here for more information: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Lili at 9/17/2011 6:21 PM
    • I am making my kefir using fat-free cow milk for over a week. It still doesn't look and taste right. It looks like soft tofu, and when I touch it with a wood spoon, it was all smashed. It is not the same as the kefir I bought from the supermarket at all. What is wrong with that?

      Thanks!
    • The kefir you make at home may or may not be exactly like the kefir you buy at the store. Quite a lot will depend on the type of milk you use. Commercial kefir also sometimes has additives and thickeners than can change the consistency. The length of time you culture it, and the temperature, can also affect the final result. If you would like some help troubleshooting your kefir, please email customersupport@culturesforhealth.com.
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  • From Erin at 9/15/2011 10:53 AM
    • I purchased a packet of milk kefir grains from the local co-op and noticed after I had started rehydrating the grains with raw goat milk that the allergen information on the package says that the grains were processed in a facility that handles products containing soy and wheat. I'm wondering what those products are and whether you've ever known customers to have reactions due to cross-contamination? I know that's pretty unlikely but I was just very surprised to see that and curious as I deal with substantial food allergies.
    • We are required by law to make that statement on our products, since we use a commercial kitchen that may also be used to process soy and wheat products. However, our equipment is dedicated (used only for our products), and we don't produce any soy or wheat cultures ourselves. We are meticulous about cleanliness. The type of exposure to these allergens would be about the same as if you shopped in a supermarket that also sold wheat and soy products.
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  • From Anna at 9/11/2011 2:26 PM
    • When I'm not culturing kefir, how do I store my kefir grains? In the fridge, out of the fridge, in milk, in water etc?

      Thanks, Anna
    • Milk kefir grains can be stored in a jar of milk in the refrigerator and will hibernate for up to three weeks. However, they perform better when they are not regularly in and out of the refrigerator. In fact, it is likely the frequent breaks would damage your grains. You can make smaller quantities at one time if you'd prefer, so you can keep the grains working rather than storing them frequently.
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  • From safira at 8/30/2011 10:57 PM
    • If I buy the milk kefir grains, is there any issue with only using them with goat milk? I never drink cow. Will i need to "revitalize" the grains in cow milk at some point? Thank you!
    • Kefir grains work wonderfully with goat milk. In fact, the first kefir grains, many hundreds of years ago, probably developed in an environment of goat milk, or milk from other mammals (yak, sheep, etc.). It's easier on the grains to keep them in the same kind of milk though. Switching back and forth frequently between goat and cow milk may be problematic, so watch them carefully.
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  • From Rhonda at 8/29/2011 12:10 PM
    • Hi I've been making kefir from your grains for over a year in our raw goat's milk and they have been growing and multiply lots along with making good kefir, but the last little while they have gotten really slimy like boiled okra, and aren't growing anymore. I have kept them at the same place so the temp should be the same and I put the yogurt in another room. Thanks for your help. I love your website and products.
    • The slime you're describing can come from too many grains in the milk. It is probably kefiran, a clear, viscous polysaccharide that is produced by the grains, and usually assimilated into the milk or reabsorbed by the grains. It is part of what gives the kefir its thick, creamy texture.

      Try dividing up the grains into separate batches or even just removing some of them. 1 teaspoon of grains (sometimes less!) should be plenty to culture a quart of milk. You can also stir up the milk a few times while it's culturing. This distributes the kefiran better, and also helps give the kefir a smooth texture.
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  • From Emily Charles at 8/28/2011 4:16 PM
    • I have been told by two different friends that kefer is so benificial. Because I am new to this product, explain why it so good and my understanding always has been that you need to refrigerate milk so it does not sour. How and why are kefir & kefir cultures different? Thanks.
    • Kefir is a cultured milk product. The kefir grains acidify the milk so it coagulates, and the bacteria and yeast that are in the grains multiply so that there is a large quantity of probiotics throughout the milk. (Probiotics are "beneficial bacteria" - the same kind that are in your intestines that help digest your food.)

      The reason you don't have to refrigerate the milk as it is culturing, and that you can leave it out a little after it's cultured, is that the beneficial bacteria in the kefir outnumber the bacteria that would make the milk spoil.

      We cannot make any comments or recommendations regarding the health benefits of kefir, but there is a lot of research available on the Internet that you might find useful, or you can speak with your doctor about how kefir might benefit you personally.
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  • From Eiffel Fleur at 8/26/2011 4:01 PM
    • Why can't kefir grains thrive in coconut milk even if kept fed by the coconut milk? Do they not multiply, and do they just die? So confused. People say they have more than enough grains, but this doesn't happen with coconut milk?

      Will they multiply in coconut milk as they do in cow's milk? Also, is kefir different than normal dairy that has so many hormones?Kefir still contains the hormones of cows and goats, even if raw milk, right?
    • The bacteria and yeast in milk kefir grains will cause the coconut milk to thicken, and they will propagate throughout the coconut milk to provide a probiotic drink. However, the kefir grains require lactose and other dairy milk nutrients to survive and thrive. So they must be refreshed every few batches by culturing in dairy milk for 24 hours. Even with this refreshment, it's likely they won't reproduce much, if at all. Without the refreshment, they will ultimately weaken and die.

      Kefiring will not eliminate any hormones that have been added to the milk you use. The effect of kefir grains is to add bacteria to the milk, and to acidify the milk, causing it to coagulate.
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  • From Anne at 8/19/2011 4:10 PM
    • What is the calorie content of kefir made using whole pasteurized milk? The pre kefired milk I am using indicates that 1 cup = 150 calories. Thanks!!
    • The bacteria themselves have no measurable calories. The calorie content of the finished kefir will be about the same as the calorie content of the milk you make it with, but there is no accurate way for us to give nutritional information on a food product made in one's own kitchen.
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So happy to have my Kefir again! Review by Jean
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I ordered these grains and they arrived 3 days later! I reconstituted them and I have been making smoothies ever since! Can't wait to educate myself with more ways to use my Kefir! So happy with this product! Would definitely recommend.

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

A slow start Review by Betsy
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It took two tries before they started their fermentation, even though the whole milk product was not ultra pasteurized (and is supposed to be antibiotic free). I am going to, however, try different brands of milk; their fermentation rate remains slow compared to the granules that I have used in the past.

Response from CFH: It is normal for dehydrated grains to take 3-5 days to start culturing. If you experience trouble with your cultures, please contact customer support for assistance. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/contact-us

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

Will purchase again for my family! Review by Dana
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This is second time I bought this. Have very positive effect on my overall health. I recommend it to all my friends and family!

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

grains Review by n/a
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Very well pleased as always with CFH!!!

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Great, even for a newbie Review by Terri
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My house is cool so after a few days of my kefir not thickening, I began keeping it in the oven with just the light on. This makes about 3 cups in 24 hours. I've begun flavoring my kefir in a second fermentation. Finding out what works and what doesn't. Hopefully my grains will begin to grow soon so I can give them away to introduce everyone to the benefit of cultured milk. Love that good bacteria!

Staff was very helpful too, since I needed alot of hand-holding during the first two weeks.

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

Buy your grains here! Review by kelshop
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There are many places online to buy kefir grains, but I highly recommend buying them at Cultures for Health. I have ordered both the water kefir grains and milk kefir grains. My water kefir grains hydrated quickly and started producing water kefir in just a few days. I struggled with my milk kefir and wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I emailed Cultures for Health and got an very quick response with suggestions. Anita was so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir. I couldn't have asked for better customer service. :)

(Posted on 2/14/2015)

4 star Review by Mary
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This is the second batch of milk kefir grains I have purchased from you, and neither of them has grown in size or quantity. I always use Kroger's Simple Truth organic milk.

Your service is awesome!

Thanks.

Mary

Response from CFH: We do not guarantee that Milk Kefir Grains will grow or multiply. Everyone gets different results. Very few grains are need to culture milk kefir. We ask that you contact us any time you have questions or problems with your products.

(Posted on 2/10/2015)

No Grain Growth, but good kefir. Review by n/a
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Re-hydrating instructions very clear and easy to follow. The grains are up and running and they produce nice milk kefir. However, there are only three grains and they are neither growing much in size, nor reproducing. Once fully hydrated, I started using milk from my own goats...I use no antibiotics...so I do not understand the lack of growth.
I had grains a few years back from a friend and those grains multiplied daily.

Response from CFH: Milk kefir grains may or may not grow, as they are a very dynamic culture. For tips on encouraging grains to grow, see: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

(Posted on 2/6/2015)

Excellent product at a very good price. Review by DC
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I have sustained my culture for ten months now and am very satisfied. I have recommended this product to numerous people.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Kefir and CFH - two, too awesome Review by platOR
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I am now making Kefir at home and am happy I can make full fat, organic Kefir in any flavor we desire. I feel better drinking Kefir daily. The thickest, most flavorful Kefir I’ve made was with raw dairy milk (following the special instructions on CFH).

I was timid about trying to culture Kefir again and mistakenly got confused while doing Filmjolk in the same month. Though both processed on the counter they require different feeding schedules. Online chat supported me awesomely along the way.

I no longer need to purchase sour cream or buttermilk and am learning all about the health benefits and tasty ways to use whey. (A byproduct of straining either of these cultures.) Buying just two cultures and learning on this website have opened a new way to work in my kitchen and make good gut bacteria (probiotics) at home.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

Easy to Make Review by Gwen
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I have tried both types of Kefir Cultures and really like the milk grains the best. Very easy to use and make. No need to heat the milk like in some yogurt cultures.

(Posted on 1/26/2015)

great Review by Lynn
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This product has been great! It stops the cravings for sugar and helps our digestion. It is much more economical then buying the pre-made from the store and it is so versatile.

(Posted on 1/22/2015)

Thankful -- Cost Savings and Healthy Review by bonnie
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I placed my kefir grains in the refrigerator for a few weeks until I was ready to use them. It took a few batches for them to really kick in and start making thick kefir, but the last batch thickened well. I appreciate the tips that CFH has for cold and warm weather care. I am thankful for the cost savings of being able to make my own kefir over and over again and being able to make a natural product without added ingredients.

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

love the grains! Review by Soli
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I bought my first batch of milk kefir grains from CFH back in 2011. Even though I did not handle them right at that time I still got a few years use out of them. Then one day they quit and I got a new batch. This time I prepared them right from the start. I drink raw milk only and did not know back in 2011 I could not use that milk to start the grains. This time I did right, buying pasteurized milk, changing every 24 hours, and slowly introducing some raw into the culture. Now my grains are acting like good healthy grains (the last batch never grew, these are!) and I am getting better quality kefir that before.

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

Delicious Review by Whitney
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This kefir is easy to keep working, and has a lovely tartness to it.

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

I'll buy this again. Review by roxiboomalotti
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This product is great! Mine developed curds and whey much more quickly than expected which resulted in a big mess and in the need to purchase another round of this product. So, be sure to tend yours closely.

When I have purchased these grains in the past, I have been 100% satisfied. Additionally, I love supporting a site that provides so much strong information and delicious recipes for the fermentation community!

Response from CFH: Curds and whey is extremely common when culturing Milk Kefir Grains. The grains can recover and culture future batches successfully with minor adjustments. Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures.

(Posted on 1/16/2015)

Great product, easy to use! Review by Kuulei
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My culture activated very quickly! Great directions, easy to follow!

(Posted on 1/16/2015)

Great Product Review by Whitney
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I have a hard time keeping yogurt made. I have found that having kefir on hand to make smoothies with when I am out of yogurt is very helpful. It is very easy culture to use, and I have found that my family doesn't mind the flavor difference in smoothies.

(Posted on 1/11/2015)

Very satisfied Review by Maria
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Thank you, Cultures For Health, for carrying this product! The milk kefir grains are easy to use and the final product is truly delicious! So glad I found this website!

(Posted on 1/4/2015)

Great! Review by Iris
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This is very good. It took a while to get the hang of making it, but now it is simple and I like that the grains will last for a very long time.

(Posted on 12/30/2014)



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