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 C. St John at 8/16/2011 1:11 PM
    • Since I live in inland southern California, where it's very hot in the summer months, I wonder if I should wait until cooler weather before ordering kefir grains. It would be a pity if the heat destroyed them en route. What do you think?

      Thanks.
    • Our products generally stand up very well to shipping, even during the summer. If there is ever any problem once you have received the cultures, you can contact us at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Anne at 8/7/2011 2:49 PM
    • Effervescent kefir

      I am making my kefir using raw cow's milk, fermenting it 12-24 hrs @ 75ºF. So far the batches haven't become effervescent. Some batches taste like thin yogurt; another’s very sour yogurt. What am I doing wrong if anything? What makes the kefir become effervescent? Thanks!!!
    • Usually kefir will become more tart and more thick the longer it ferments. If you want to get a bit more effervescence, after the grains are removed, try putting a lid on the finished milk kefir and allowing it to do a second ferment at room temperature for another 12-24 hours. The idea is to trap the gases that build up as it ferments.
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  • From Anne at 8/5/2011 12:09 PM
    • I would like to make thick kefir yogurt (thick like greek yogurt). Is this possible?? If so, what are the steps needed to produce a thick final product.
    • Some of the factors involved in getting a good thick kefir are: Use a high-fat milk, or even add some cream to the milk. A higher fat content will give a thicker kefir. Also, you can let the kefir culture for a longer time. The longer it cultures, the thicker it will be. If you stir it up a few times as it is culturing, it will give a nice consistency. You can also drain some whey from the finished kefir, once the grains have been removed, to yield a thicker yogurt-like consistency.
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  • From kj at 7/22/2011 6:20 PM
    • I am allergic to cow milk (lactose intolerant) and I have access to organic goat milk, not pasteurized. How would I use the milk kefir grains with goat milk???? Thanks, oh, and will they re-populate?
    • Milk kefir grains will work in any dairy milk - raw, pasteurized, goat, cow, sheep, etc - EXCEPT ultra-pasteurized. You must rehydrate the milk kefir grains in pasteurized milk, and transition them to raw milk. You can heat the raw goat milk to 160ºF to pasteurize it during the rehydration process. Goat milk makes a great kefir, and no special treatment is required. The grains should grow and reproduce, but with so many factors at play, we cannot guarantee it.

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk
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  • From Lottakids at 7/19/2011 11:06 PM
    • I was just wondering if you could use the kefir in almond or rice milk. If a person is lactose intolerant would milk kefir still cause a problem?
    • Milk kefir can be used successfully in most alternative milks, but almond or nut milks seems to be very problematic. If you use a nondairy milk, be sure to refresh it periodically in dairy milk to keep the grains alive. With almond or nut milks, it will work best to use 1/4 cup finished water kefir in 1 quart of almond/nut milks.

      The kefir grains will eat up the lactose in milk. The longer it ferments, the less lactose remains in the kefir. A one to two-day ferment would use up nearly all of the lactose. If you ferment too long, it will separate into curds and whey, indicating all of the lactose is gone (which can harm the grains if done too often). If you have concerns about drinking kefir, consult your health professional.
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  • From Amy Hoffman at 7/19/2011 3:13 PM
  • From RB at 7/19/2011 12:23 PM
    • Can I use refrigerated cold milk to make kefir when I add the grains to the milk, or does it have to be warm/room temperature milk?
    • Either will work! Be sure to either let the milk come to room temp on its own naturally, or if using heat, avoid the microwave and heat it very slowly on the stovetop. It MUST cool to room temp before adding the grains.
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  • From Alex at 7/13/2011 4:03 PM
    • Hello, I would love to purchase some of your milk kefir but I've just read an older post saying that you have to use dairy milk to refresh the grains from time to time. I'm a vegan and would really not like to do this. Would they not last very long in that case if I used them in soya or coconut milk all the time? Thank you.
    • The milk kefir actually contains casein as part of the grain body, and lactose is its natural food, so the grains must be refreshed in dairy milk periodically. They would probably be able to produce kefir from soy or coconut milk for a couple of weeks, but would eventually starve and die.
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  • From JJ at 7/10/2011 9:10 AM
  • From JJ at 7/7/2011 5:28 PM
    • Thank you for your quick response. I will be taking a trip for at least two weeks next month. I am wondering what should I do with the kefir grains, so I can reuse it after coming back from the trip. Thanks!
    • We have a great article on keeping cultures on hold while you are away: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir

      Basically you just put the grains in a jar of milk, cover the jar, and leave it in the refrigerator. They will hibernate happily for a couple of weeks!
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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)

Amazing results! Review by Tanya
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Order arrived very fast. On day 4 after starting rehydrating (I used whole organic milk) I already had kefir to drink! But it did not stop there. On day 5 I realized that 1litre of milk is too little for my grains. I transferred them into 1.89l jar that I filled with milk to the top. Amazingly I had kefir in less then 24 hrs. What I am doing now is I keep the jar in front of open window (I covered it with brown plastic bag) just to slow down the process a bit. I now use 2% organic milk ( as whole one did require agitation). The taste and texture of the kefir is amazing! It is drinkable and smooth.
My only "complaint" that it's like a pet (meaning you have to take care of it and feed it) and my pet is VERY productive.
I could not be happier with how it's turned out.

(Posted on 12/26/2014)

Happy Customer Review by syblef
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The Kefir grains were ready the next day. I used 2% milk. The only draw back to my order was that I paid extra for 3 day shipping. Cultures for Health shipped them right away but USPS didn't deliver them until 10 days later. Thank goodness the grains were dry or that could have been a problem. I would not hesitate to order again but won't pay extra for fast shipping which was not Cultures for Health's fault. They did their part.

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Very pleased Review by queensyb
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I've been making milk kefir for about two weeks now. Couldn't be easier.

(Posted on 12/11/2014)

My Milk Kefir is much better than store bought! Review by Cris
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My grains are very productive. When I received them I have to admit I was disappointed at the amount. Just looked like such a little bit. But, after rehydrating them and making Kefir, those little grains are busy little workers! I can't drink all they produce. Love my Kefir Grains.
And, customer service is amazing. Everyone I've spoken to is eager to help and offers much needed advice. I appreciate them and all the help they've given me with all my fermenting and culturing trials, errors and successes!

(Posted on 12/9/2014)

A great product Review by Pam
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I love the kefir I'm making. I had no previous experience with kefir, so I had a week of trial and error. I talked by phone and chatted online with the personnel and they were very helpful. They sorted out my issues and immediately I was on track.. Thank you, Cultures for Health!

(Posted on 12/3/2014)

great value and flavor Review by Jean
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This product is excellent. I make kefir for a lot less money than before. I don't feel guilty about drinking as much as I want because it is so inexpensive. It also tastes great! So far I have shared grains with one other person and plan to share with more. I'll always be sure to tell them about the great info on this website as well.

(Posted on 11/30/2014)

Less tart Review by Carrie
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This kefir is less tart than they grains I had used for 8 years. I had trouble getting them going at first but persisted, with help from CFH and it works now. I don't see the gelatinous cottage cheese like grains with this kefir, the grains are more blended in with the kefir so I'm not sure how much they will multiply. Overall, good stuff!

(Posted on 11/27/2014)

Wow! So Worth it! Review by Mishiko
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I am so glad that I purchased the Milk Kefir Grains. I have Kefir in my home every single day so I never have to buy it from the store. I never knew there were so many ways to use Kefir. This is well worth the money...and the health benefits! So happy am I!

(Posted on 11/25/2014)

Very Good Product Review by Louise
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We have always had two goats for our own milk products - When I heard
about Kefir - I thought it sounded like a good idea - certainly worth trying.

We ordered the grains from you and we were very happy with how quickly
they worked and how super easy it is! We live on a farm and have lots
of fresh fruit in season and with the extra we can or freeze. We like to
whiz the fruit in our Vita Mix and put the Kefir in - oh boy, that is gooood.
We just can't seem to get enough of it! We haven't even been making cheese because we like the kefir better.

(Posted on 11/24/2014)

Great Grains Review by Tulip
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I love the flavor. My quart of kefir is usually cultured within 24.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)

It couldn't be easier! Review by Stu
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I've always enjoyed kefir, and after a recent colonoscopy (nuff said)you really are starting with a clean slate, so to speak. I wanted to populate my system with probiotics, but didn't want to pay $4 a qt. The small investment in kefir grains has rewarded us with an endless supply of kefir. It took a bit to get them started, but a few minutes on the chat line produced great kefir the very next batch. I have a small Styrofoam cooler, similar to an Omaha Steak style cooler, very dense, which I retrieved from the recycling depot. A quart of water inside the cooler provides enough heat to incubate a batch in about 12hrs. The grains have multiplied in numbers( not size) to where I can share some soon. Thanks for providing such a reliable product.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)



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