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 Kaytlynn at 1/1/2014 8:22 PM
    • Can you use unsweetened coconut milk that comes in a carton, or does it have to come from a can? Also, when you buy kefir in the store it's 99% lactose free, so when you make your own is it also lactose free?
    • We recommend using coconut milk with the fewest additives possible. If you can find unsweetened coconut milk in a carton with no additives other than guar gum, that will work great.

      As culturing time and temperature varies for each person, it is nearly impossible for us to say how much lactose will remain in your kefir. For more information, please see our article about lactose in kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/reducing-lactose-content-kefir/
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  • From Sonal at 12/5/2013 8:15 AM
    • We've been making milk kefir for nearly a month now, and the grains are proliferating nicely. My question is, are they supposed to look like cottage cheese granules, or do healthy grains look like cauliflower florets? Mine look like a tablespoon of cottage cheese. Did I mess them up?
    • The grains can actually vary widely in their appearance. Typically, when the grains are a little larger, they will look more like cauliflower florets. When they are small, they are usually surrounded by curd so they will look more like cottage cheese. To be sure that the grains aren't trapped in too much curd, you can put the grains in the nylon/plastic mesh strainer and gently stir with a rubber or silicone spatula. The grains are firm, they will stay in the strainer, the soft curd will be allowed through (gentle pushing may be needed). Removing excess curd will ensure that the grains have better access to the milk. This article is very helpful for encouraging small grains to grow: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply/
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  • From Melissa E at 11/28/2013 6:04 PM
    • I see your kefir grains are processed in a facility which also processes wheat. Do you also process any other gluten containing grains on the same equipment with the kefir grains? What, if any, steps are taken to prevent cross-contamination? Are these grains considered safe for someone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease?
    • We are required by law to state that the products we manufacture or repackage are manufactured or packaged in a facility that may process wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, and fish. We use dedicated equipment and we are meticulous about cleanliness. Cultures are separated to avoid cross-contamination for the sake of the cultures' health as well as to reduce allergens; in fact, the wheat based cultures (sourdough) are made in a completely different building.
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  • From Melissa E at 11/28/2013 7:36 AM
    • I see these grains are packed with a powered milk; are they gluten free?
    • The grains are grown in organic milk and packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend the shelf life and protect the grains during shipping. Milk Kefir grains are gluten-free.
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  • From rita v at 11/26/2013 6:05 PM
    • Can you make kefir with skim milk?
    • Milk with any fat content ranging from fat-free to whole milk may be used with kefir grains. While kefir made with reduced fat or fat-free varieties of milk will have a thinner consistency, the fat content itself does not influence the effectiveness of the kefir grains or the culturing process.

      We do recommend rehydrating the grains in whole milk, for best results. Once rehydrated, the grains may be used in milk with any fat content. Avoid Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized milk.
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  • From Cheryl at 11/20/2013 7:29 PM
    • I've made great kefir with raw milk but can't seem to get it to do anything in regular cow milk from the store, but everyone says that regular homogenized milk works. Mine works the first couple days but then dwindles to not doing anything. Any suggestions? I'd like to buy some grains and start again if I knew it was something I could fix. Thanks, Cheryl
    • When switching milk kefir grains to raw milk or to pasteurized milk from raw milk, it helps to introduce them slowly. Here is a link with more information on that process: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

      You might also be unintentionally using Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized milk from the store. Check your label, as this milk will not work with cultures.
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  • From Sara at 11/11/2013 7:19 PM
    • Which country are the grains grown in?
    • Our grains are grown in our U.S. facility, in Oregon!
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  • From Anita at 11/10/2013 9:27 PM
    • How do I make yogurt from kefir grains? I read in Q&A for VIILI yogurt starter I can use kefir grains and not have to heat anything.
    • There is a bit of clarification needed here. The Q & A you are referring to is in regards to a customer who wanted a truly raw milk fermented product. With the Viili, you must heat the raw milk for the mother culture. If you do not want to heat your raw milk at all, then the best answer for that is to use milk kefir grains because you can simply put them in raw milk and let them culture at room temperature. No need for heat. You cannot make yogurt from milk kefir grains, as they are two different organisms with different bacterial make-up.
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  • From Juliet at 11/4/2013 7:00 PM
    • Can you use rice milk with the milk kefir grains?
    • While animal-based milks are the healthiest for the milk kefir grains, alternative types of “milk” (coconut, soy, rice, nut, etc.) can also be cultured as long as a revitalization period is observed (see below). While some people report success culturing kefir grains in seed and nut milks (e.g. hemp milk, almond milk, etc.), these varieties tend to yield more inconsistent results.

      Revitalization Period: When using a non-animal variety of milk, it is important to allow the grains to revitalize in 1 to 2 cups of animal milk for 24 hours. Once the process is complete, the grains can be returned to use with an alternative milk. We recommend revitalizing the grains once every few batches.

      You can try to culture an alternative milk with finished water kefir as well. Simply add 1/4 cup finished water kefir to 1 quart alternative milk, allowing to culture for 8-12 hours, depending on how you like it.
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  • From Joe at 10/29/2013 5:05 PM
    • For rehydrating the kefir grains, I must place them in a 'lightly covered container.' What does lightly covered mean on a glass canning jar? Thank you!
    • A coffee filter or cloth, secured with a rubber band is sufficient. It allows the fermentation gases to escape while protecting the kefir from debris and pests.
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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)

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)



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