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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 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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  • From Ray at 12/18/2011 12:38 PM
    • How long can the dehydrated kefir grains last before they expire? Can I buy 2 packages and keep 1 package as backup for 1 year before using it ?
    • You can keep the unopened package in the refrigerator for up to 18 months!
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  • From Melinda at 12/7/2011 11:39 PM
    • I got my kefir grains from a family member. They said to use 1T of grains to 1C of milk. I saw a Q & A above that you can culture a quart with 2t. When I watched your video your kefir looks smooth in texture while mine looks more grainy, even after 12-18hrs. I use 1% milk, could that be the reason? Or am I using too many grains in too little milk? My grains are growing like crazy.

      Also, if I culture it for 12 hours am I getting the same probiotics as a 24 hr. culture, just smaller amounts?

      One more question...Does water kefir have the same bit of tangy flavor that milk kefir has? My children won't drink the milk kefir plain and I was wondering about the flavor of the water kefir.

      Thank you so much for the wonderful information you have here! Blessings!

    • 1 teaspoon of grains is usually sufficient to culture 1 cup to 1 quart of milk. If you are getting a grainy quantity, you may have too many grains. You can also stir up the kefir while it is culturing to improve the consistency.

      The same probiotics will multiply in the milk regardless of how long it is cultured, but there will be more of them with a longer culturing time, and the milk will become thicker as more coagulation occurs. However, if you culture too long, the lactose will run out and you'll get curds and whey.

      Water kefir is a different drink altogether. It tastes sort of like a very bland lemonade, and can be flavored with juices, herbs, fruits, etc., to provide different tastes and flavors. If you bottle it up for a second ferment with some juice, it will taste and act like soda. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir
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  • From Brad at 11/22/2011 2:40 PM
    • What are the factors that cause the cultures/grains to multiply and/or increase in size? Mine have not grown at all in 3 months. I make a 1-liter batch at a time and it's good quality, but I'd like to have more grains to make a bigger batch within 24 hours at a time. I've used other cultures in the past that had no problem growing even in the ultra-pasturized (flash pasturized w/high heat) milk they sell here in Brazil.
    • Try stirring the milk while it's culturing and please see our article: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

      That is interesting the grains work in Brazil's Ultra Pasteurized milk! They do not fare well in the U.S.'s UP milk.
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  • From Sarah at 11/18/2011 3:41 PM
    • Is it possible to "over-feed" the kefir grains. I think I put too much milk with the amount of grains I had, and it doesn't seem to be doing much. Can I add more grains that I have going in another jar?
    • You can use about 1 teaspoon of grains, enough to culture anywhere from a cup to a quart. If there are too many grains for the milk, the kefir can get foamy or yeasty. If there aren't enough, they won't be as active. It's fine to combine sets of grains, or you can use less milk until the grains get stronger. They may multiply, also.
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  • From Karen at 11/17/2011 12:46 AM
    • If I haven't fed my milk kefir grains for a while, how can I tell if they're still active?
    • The best way to tell if kefir grains are active is to note whether they are still making kefir. If they have been out at room temperature without being fed for more than 48 hours it is unlikely they are active. If they have been in milk in the refrigerator, they are usually okay for up to three weeks, but you can really only tell by giving them a trial and seeing what happens.
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  • From jaimie at 11/10/2011 1:06 PM
    • I am using raw goat's milk with my grains, but would like to transition to coconut milk. Once they are transitioned and fully thriving, do I need to do anything additional at any point in time? Or will they be fine and live well in the coconut milk?
    • Coconut milk can be used repeatedly to make milk kefir, but the grains will need to be cultured periodically with cow or goat milk to revitalize them. More information can be found here:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/coconut-milk-kefir-recipe
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  • From Miha at 11/7/2011 8:36 PM
    • Are the kefir grains that you sell known as Tibetan Mushroom?
    • Tibetan Mushroom is similar to milk kefir grains in that it is a community of bacteria and yeasts that can be use to make a fermented milk beverage. They look alike as well.
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  • From Rachel at 11/3/2011 4:00 PM
    • I have had my kefir for about a week now. When I first got it I put it in goat's milk and changed it out daily for about 5 days. The grains doubled in size and so on the 6th day I rinsed with spring water and put them in coconut milk. I don't like the taste of goat milk and cow milk breaks me out. My question is regarding cow milk kefir and acne. If I break out from cow milk, will I also break out from cow milk kefir?
    • We recommend checking with your health care practitioner, as we are not medical professionals and cannot speculate on health issues.
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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)

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)



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