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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 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 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 Chris at 2/9/2012 1:45 PM
    • Can I use skim homogenized milk to rehydrate my milk kefir grains?
    • Kefir grains are not too picky in terms of milk and can be used with pasteurized milk or raw milk; homogenized or non-homogenized; whole milk, low-fat or fat-free. Don't use Ultra-Pasteurized milk (aka UHT) as it has been highly processed and is generally void of bacteria. It presents a less than ideal environment for the kefir grains, often yielding inconsistent or no results.
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  • From Anita at 2/5/2012 4:24 PM
    • Do you know if kefir grains work with powdered goat milk? Thanks!
    • Most powdered milk is highly processed, and thus not a very good choice for milk kefir grains. We recommend fresh milk, raw or pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized). To culture powdered milk, you could try the Milk Kefir Starter Culture.
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  • From Catch at 2/5/2012 2:11 AM
    • How can you store the kefir grains between batches? For example, if I only make one batch every few days or so, how can I keep the starter alive? Per your answer- I also travel a lot, so how long can a starter stay alive between batches? Thanks!
    • You willl find information about putting your starters on hold on the following page http://www.culturesforhealth.com/safely-holding-starter-cultures-vacation The milk kefir grains can be stored in fresh milk for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. We do not recommend frequents breaks in the fridge as this will eventually damage your grains.

      You might find the kefir starter a better fit for you, as the powdered starter does not need to be cared for: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kefir-starter-culture.html
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  • From Julia at 2/3/2012 8:34 PM
    • Hi, I just received my kefir grains and was wondering whether I need to sterilize my jars every time before making kefir in them (and before rehydrating the grains). Thanks!
    • It's not necessary to sterilize the jars each time. While you should be careful to keep all containers and utensils free of any contaminants or soap, many people simply pour off the kefir and then add new milk to the jar. If you choose to do this, it would be a good idea to wipe off the rim of the jar with a clean cloth or paper towel.
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  • From Jessica at 2/2/2012 2:18 PM
    • I was wondering about cross-contamination. Can you set two jars of milk kefir next/close to each other (like, on top of the same refrigerator) if they are grains from the same batch? Or set a jar that's being flavored with a second fermentation near another jar of culturing milk kefir?

      Thanks so much for your help! Your site is amazing. :)
    • Any time you have two jars of the same culture, you can put them next to each other to work. It is when you have two DIFFERENT cultures that cross-contamination can be a problem.
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  • From jim at 1/26/2012 3:55 PM
    • What color should healthy grains be when cut open? Is there a color change if they have been contaminated? Not sure if mine are still active.
    • Generally, milk kefir grains will be a whitish color throughout. If you feel your grains have been contaminated or are not making good kefir, please contact customer support for advice and troubleshooting assistance.
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  • From Miguel at 1/21/2012 6:34 PM
    • I have been using your milk kefir grains for over 4 months now and they are amazing. My question is, I have been made aware you can make a type of cheese from kefir after straining the whey out, is this correct? Now I know of Lebneh type soft cheeses, what I am referring too is a harder cheese kind of like Mexican “queso fresco.” Is this possible? Thank you for your time.
    • Here is a recipe for Kefir Hard Cheese that you might find useful: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/hard-kefir-cheese-recipe

      Lebneh is a "cheese" made from yogurt, not milk kefir from what we understand.
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  • From Karen at 1/20/2012 3:10 PM
    • Why are my kefir grains not growing? I have stored my extras in water in the fridge for up to a couple of months. Can that starve them or is their another reason they would stop growing or reproducing?
    • Milk kefir grains need milk to survive. If you have stored them in the refrigerator in water for a long time, they have probably starved... or at least they are dormant and will not grow or reproduce. To encourage grains to grow, see here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

      For further assistance, please contact our customer support representatives at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Sharon at 1/17/2012 3:09 PM
    • Can I use pasteurized, homogenized milk from the grocery store for kefir and yogurt starters? I don't have the option for non-pasteurized milk here. Thanks.
    • Yes, you can use pasteurized and homogenized milk to make these products! Do not use ultra-pasteurized or high temperature pasteurized products.
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  • From Phil at 12/29/2011 10:11 AM
    • Does kefir sometimes just go sour instead of making the kefir? What if you use milk that is going slightly sour?

    • The general rule is, if it smells/tastes bad, don't consume it. Always make your kefir with the freshest milk possible. Milk is a great place to grow bacteria, both good and bad. Bad bacteria can damage your grains so start with good, fresh milk.
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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)

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)

Great Product and Helpful Staff Review by Michelle
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The instructions were easy-to-follow and I was making batches of kefir in no time. The information on making raw milk kefir were helpful, but wasn't going well for me. I contacted Customer Support via chat and she gave me some great tips to help my raw milk kefir efforts more successful. Great job!

(Posted on 4/15/2015)

Nice Product Review by MPJP
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This has been a great product. Cultures for Health does a great job of making the process super simple for first timers. The packaging instructions are very easy to follow and well presented. They also have great video support.

I decided to make water kefir on a whim and see how my family would like it. The love it!! After the kefir grains have fermented we transfer the water into another bottle with some organic lemon concentrate an let it sit out for another day or two. The result is a delicious, slightly effervescent lemonade. It's not funky tasting at all. It will definitely be the beverage of choice on hot summer days.

(Posted on 4/10/2015)

Fizzy Review by Kat
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These grains are new and different to me. The kefir it produces is a little fizzy. I have older grains that don't produce fizzy kefir, but I like them both. I think it makes great tasting kefir.

(Posted on 4/6/2015)

Quantity Review by PDunn
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Unless this was a packaging error, there were fewer than 1/4 teaspoon of grains. I've been struggling making one cup of kefir at a time. If the pictures are any indication of the package quantity, then I think the pictures were quite misleading (enlarged?) compared to what I actually received. These little grains work alright, I make a cup every day. It's just not practical to fuss with a one cup batch. And for that price I really expected enough to culture 3 to 4 cups of milk as the directions state. Given 72 hours this little bit does culture 3 cups. I am using my yogurt maker and it works quite well for this. Just want to do more at a time and the little grains don't multiply very fast. I tried to make like the instructions say with 3 cups of milk but it took too long, and the end product wasn't very creamy like it is when I make 1 cup at a time. Otherwise the product shipped quickly and makes great kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support so we can troubleshoot, as we're happy to help. *** Milk kefir grains cultured in a yogurt maker will kill the grains. Their range is only 68-85ºF. ***

(Posted on 4/5/2015)

Excellent Review by annette
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The grains grew very fast and the kefir tastes so delicious, thanks so much for the speedy delivery too! I love your company and the how to videos.

(Posted on 4/2/2015)

Excellent Product Review by Ebabs
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I really enjoy using these kefir grains. I've made some delicious kefir with them. I wish the packet gave information about refrigerating the grains for when I wanted to take a break from fermenting.

(Posted on 3/30/2015)

LOVE Review by Jana
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I happened to catch these on sale.- I love them so much, I would have gladly paid full price!

(Posted on 3/23/2015)

Very satisfied Review by jansto1
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Don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. Great product and fair price, fast shipping as well.

(Posted on 3/18/2015)

Milk Kefir grains Review by Justme
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I received my grains in a timely manner. They have worked well, no disappointments. I was curious why mine wasn't growing or multiplying as some people's said theirs does and was told live cultures seem to multiply faster. Don't get me wrong though, that has not diminished their effectiveness at all...they work very well. I've bought a few things from Cultures for Health and everything has proven well.

(Posted on 3/18/2015)

Works better than I expected. Review by Joseph
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Works better than I expected.
Was faster and easier than I expected.

(Posted on 3/17/2015)

the best company and the best kefir!! Review by rebi
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The first trying with making kefir didn't work for me and the grains died. It was my first time making kefir and I didn t know what I was doing. I emailed the company and they answered me so quick. People from this company were so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir in the end. The best customer service! I am happy I have kefir every day and I know it is healthy.
Thank you Cultures for health!

(Posted on 3/16/2015)

excellent Review by mom
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I had a little bit of a hard time getting the directions straight but my kefir grains are actually starting to multiply. I had put my grains into raw milk at first, but realized I did it wrong and through contact with customer support via e-mail, I got back on track and they are doing good now. I really recommend the Milk Kefir grains.

(Posted on 3/2/2015)

Great customer support and advice!!! Review by Kefir Rookie
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I have had some trouble getting my grains started. The customer support has been terrific.

(Posted on 2/28/2015)

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)



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