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 Marcia at 6/19/2011 12:05 PM
    • Can I use kefir grains with almond or soy milk?
    • You can indeed use these grains with soy milk, but almond milk (or nut milk) does not fare well. When you culture soy milk, be sure to do a batch of dairy milk next to revitalize them. If you want to culture almond milk, one way to do this is to add 1/4 cup finished water kefir (another culture) to 1 quart of almond milk.
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  • From Barba at 6/14/2011 4:41 PM
    • What's more beneficial? Fermenting kefir grains with whole milk , 2% milk or, fat free milk?
    • You can use any of those milks. However, you will get a thicker, richer kefir with the whole milk.
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  • From Barba at 6/14/2011 2:19 AM
    • When do you get the best benefit when drinking your kefir? After it's fermented for 12hrs , 24hrs , 36hrs or when the curd and whey are separated?
    • The kefir will have distributed the probiotics into the milk after in about 18-24 hours. The total length of time you let it ferment depends on how thick and how sour you like it. Most people prefer not to let the kefir separate into curds and whey, but some people like it that way. The longer it ferments, the more lactose is used up, and the more acid the milk becomes. If you let it sit for too long, the grains will run out of food, and can become weakened or even die.
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  • From Jana at 6/13/2011 7:59 PM
    • Can kefir grains get cross contaminated from yeast? If so, how do you know they have and what do you do about it?

      My grains gradually disappeared. Can the strainer not be fine enough and let the grains pass through?

      I find it hard to separate the grains with the milk fat on top. Is there a trick to having lump-free creamy kefir that doesn't get the moldy smell on the cream that is at the top?

      Sorry about all of the questions, but I don't know what I'm doing.
    • What you describe sounds like the grains were somehow weakened, and have disintegrated. As you describe it, they probably are still there and active, but too small to be sorted out. This can happen from cross-contamination if the kefir is too close to something else that is culturing, or bad bacteria such as a garbage can or compost. If your grains are not working, it's possible the grains might revive themselves if put into the fridge in fresh milk for just a few days.

      To keep the cream from rising to the top, you can stir the kefir gently as it is culturing. If the cream rises to the top, it's possible that the surface is reacting with the air and going sour a little before it is kefiring.
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  • From Chuck Shelton at 6/13/2011 1:40 PM
    • What can excess kefir grains be used for?
    • You can give them to friends, blend them up in a smoothie, feed them to your pets, eat them plain or with a little cinnamon, put them in compost, use them as a salad topper (like feta cheese)... they are completely edible, and you can probably think of even more fun things to do with them. You can also dehydrate them at room temp to save as a backup!
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  • From Zak at 6/12/2011 2:03 PM
    • Hi thanks for the response, that was incredibly quick! Great advice, I will definitely take them out of the thermos, The bag smells like, well..a mix between old milk(?) and a farm. But I'll give it a go and if it does not work I'll be placing my order with you guys when I get the chance ;)

      Thanks again, and your website is like a goldmine of fermented stuff!

      -Zak
    • Good luck! If you run into more difficulty, email us: customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Zak at 6/12/2011 1:37 PM
    • Hi, I just got some kefir grains for free from a person from an internet kefir grain network, they arrived in a plastic sandwich bag and were all mushy and stuff (they said they shipped it in organic liquid raw milk). I plan on potentially using it, but I don't know if it's safe as I have been storing it in a thermos jar until I find it's safe to use. The time the kefir was in transit was about 3 days or so, and I am still storing it in the container. I know you are probably thinking that this has nothing to do with your site, but I am getting instructions from your site, and I will buy your kefir grains unless these current ones seem legit to you. Also, would rinsing the milk stuff off of them help?

      Thanks, I look forward to your response!
    • If the kefir grains you received in the mail smell okay, you can go ahead and try them in a jar of milk to see how they do. They may need a batch or two to get back up to speed. It's possible that if they're not working, the milk you put them in will just go bad from sitting out, but you should be able to tell that from the smell.

      Get those grains into some milk immediately, or they will starve. They also need some oxygen unless they're refrigerated, so if they're in a closed thermos they could be having problems. You shouldn't need to rinse them, but it won't hurt. Make sure the water you use is free of chlorine and fluoride (bottled spring water is fine.)

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  • From Susan at 6/10/2011 2:32 PM
    • 2 days ago I made kefir and let it culture for 24 hours which was a mistake because it caused some serious gastrointestinal problems since it is hot in my kitchen without AC. I dumped the rest out and used the grains again, this time leaving it out yesterday for about 8 hours; it was still really hot yesterday and by the time I came home, it had separated into what looked like curds and whey.

      Today, I've made kefir and it's already pretty ready after about 6 hours. But, things in my refrigerator are turning sour/into kefir. Yesterday I thought I was crazy when my milk in the fridge went sour and wasn't expired yet. This morning, I threw out curdled half and half. Now, another jug of milk.

      Are my grains ruined? Is all of this just because of the heat? Why is this causing problems in the fridge?
    • If the kefir is covered in the refrigerator, and the other products are covered as well, it is very unlikely that there would be cross-contamination. Is it possible that the thermostat in your refrigerator needs to be re-set.

      It is possible that the kefir is working faster in the heat. One way to slow it down is to put the jar in a shallow dish or pie plate, and fill the dish with water. The evaporational cooling will help bring down the temperature of the kefir jar.

      It's also possible you have too many grains for your amount of milk. Base your amounts on the ratio of 1 tsp. of grains per 1 to 4 cups of milk.
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  • From Marybeth at 6/10/2011 7:35 AM
    • I will be putting my kefir grains in the refrigerator with milk as I am going on vacation for a week. I have started using the grains in coconut milk per your instructions. When I return from vacation should I put the grains into regular milk for 24 hours before I start the coconut milk procedure again? Thanks for your help.
    • It's always a great idea to nourish/culture your grains with their native food (lactose) when they are coming out of hibernation. Give them a batch or two in cow's milk to ensure they are active, and then do a batch of coconut milk.
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  • From Barba at 6/4/2011 3:52 AM
    • How much milk kefir are you supposed to drink in a day to get the best benefit out of it???
    • The optimum amount of kefir to drink would be different for each person. It is something you should talk about with your health care professional.
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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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