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
  • Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
  • 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. 


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 Oksana at 5/19/2011 4:49 PM
    • Hello,
      I've got kefir grains in April, they worked fine for a month and a half and then they stopped producing kefir. Could it be due to the change of temperature in the house? Is there a way to get the grains back to making kefir?
      Thank you.
    • If the grains stopped working, there is a good chance they either became contaminated somehow, or perhaps starved. You can try resting them by putting them in a jar of milk and letting them sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days. If that does not revive them, they are most likely dead.

      You don't say whether you were culturing them in dairy milk or in alternative milk. Kefir cultured in alternative milk must be refreshed with dairy milk occasionally.
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  • From Jill at 5/17/2011 10:11 AM
    • Will kefir grains properly culture in organic SKIM milk or does it need fat? Thank you!
    • You can make kefir in skim milk, although the resulting drink will be much thinner than if you make it with whole milk.
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  • From Linok at 5/16/2011 11:55 PM
    • What happened if you exedentaly eat the grains?
      How many different types can kefir milk grains be? i got one on Amazon and they seems like good and working, but they are different from what I saw from my friend. Mine now kind of loose and soft and hard to find out in the kefir , while my friend has formed ball shape , very easy to find and pick up. Not sure if I have different type of it or they just too small and will be reshaping?
    • There is no problem if you eat the kefir grains.

      Kefir is a very specific type of bacteria and yeast combination, so it should be the same no matter where you get it. However, different suppliers will treat the grains differently, so you will sometimes find kefir that looks different.

      Your kefir grains should begin to grow in size and quantity as they become more mature. If you have trouble finding them in the milk, you can stir up the kefir before you strain it. Or, you can keep the grains in a muslin bag while they are culturing the kefir. If you do that, make sure the bag stays under the surface of the milk so it doesn't grow mold.
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  • From Marissa at 5/14/2011 5:27 PM
    • I have left my keifer on top of the fridge in milk about 4 days over. The keifer yogurt is very potent and I am not sure if it is safe to drink or not. The grains look a little fragile will they be ok? Thank you so much whom ever receives this message. Marissa
    • That's a long time to leave kefir grains in milk, but there is still a chance they could be okay. Transfer them to fresh milk right away, and put the jar in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Then let them sit on the counter in a new jar of milk for 12-24 hours, and repeat the resting cycle. After that, if they don't properly culture a new jar of milk, you'll know they have starved... but if they do culture the milk, then they're fine.

      As far as drinking the four-day kefir... trust your eyes, nose, and tongue. Don't consume anything that smells or tastes bad.
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  • From Denise at 5/11/2011 3:14 PM
    • I forgot about my kefir and left it sitting out for about 2 1/2 weeks. Is it safe to dump out the kefir, rinse the grains, and start again? How can I tell if the kefir grains are still ok to use?
    • Unfortunately after 2-1/2 weeks at room temperature the grains have probably starved. They can sometimes go for two or even three days, and can last in the refrigerator in milk for a couple of weeks, but you are probably going to have to start over with new grains at this point.
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  • From Linda Mrowka at 5/11/2011 8:16 AM
    • Hello, I am having a hard time finding out the sugar content of 1 cup of kefir milk
      I find the amount is zero in the grains but what is it in the milk after fermentation.
    • The amount of lactose (milk sugar) remaining in fermented kefir will vary depending on the amount of time the kefir is cultured. Ultimately the grains will consume all the lactose in the milk - after that, they will starve as lactose is their food. If you ferment the kefir to the point just before it begins to separate into curds and whey, virtually all of the lactose will probably be gone.
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  • From Karen at 5/5/2011 1:28 AM
    • Do these have some shelf life once shipped from your warehouse? how long? Would they go bad if I don't rehydrate them right away? Since I'm having a friend bring them to me from the U.S. in a month I'm a bit worried... should I order now or when the time is closer? Thanks!
    • Our milk kefir grains are shipped dehydrated, and have a shelf life of several months when kept at reasonable temperatures. They generally hold up quite well in shipping and transport. If you refrigerate them once you receive them, they should stay viable for quite a long time.
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  • From anna at 4/26/2011 5:24 PM
    • I am new to this idea, and would like to work with soy milk or almond milk. Can kefir be made from these? If so which grains (milk, or water) would you recommend?
    • I would recommend using the milk kefir grains for making non-dairy milk kefirs. Soy and coconut milk are the ones we recommend on our website, but you could try almond milk if you wish. When culturing with non-dairy milk, you must revitalize the grains in a dairy milk (goat or cow) every few batches to keep the grains viable.
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  • From carl at 4/23/2011 8:55 PM
    • For about 7 months a year, the temperatures in my house exceed 80 F. Would this be a problem ? What is the maximum "operational" temperature ?
    • That's getting into the warmish range for kefir, and might cause too-rapid culturing. Check the kefir after 12 hours to see if it's ready. If you find that the kefir is starting to separate before it finishes culturing, you can try setting the jars in a shallow dish or pan of cool water. This will keep the milk a little cooler as it cultures.
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  • From gin at 4/19/2011 9:02 PM
    • can I make almond yogurt with water kefir grains if I add sucanat for them to feed on?
    • You could try water kefir grains, but I'm afraid the added fat and protein from the nut milk would interfere with the kefiring process.

      To make almond milk yogurt, your best option is our Vegan Yogurt Starter. You can find it here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/vegan-dairy-free-yogurt-starter.html
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Great product and website Review by InTexas
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I got these grains a year ago. It took close to a week to activate them. I only used a little milk at first as it wasn't active yet and I didn't want to waste it. Once it got going, it tasted too sour for me but it's either gotten sweeter or I've gotten used to it. I always add a banana with tart fruit to make it sweet. Or a spoonful of fruit jam. The kefir has a almost tingly feeling on your tongue, there are some bubbles in it - that and the yeast makes it taste different from yogurt. Also the store bought kefir is not comparable as it is more of a thin yogurt. I had tried that first and if it wasn't for the other reviews and all the info these people provide I wouldn't have known it was supposed to taste so different.
Also, my house tends to stay warm, especially in the summer and I struggled with making this at first as it seemed to go from nothing to a super sour thick stuff that I didn't care for. Then I read a review from a lady in Houston who cycles hers daily with counter time and fridge time. I tried it and it works for me. I put it out until it looks a little thick, then fridge. Then I filter it and get it in new milk and back on the counter. I use organic milk. I could never get it through the sieve I bought here once it got thick. I started using one I got from Walmart that has bigger holes. Maybe if you filtered while it's still thin it would work, but I found this works ok.
And also, it never gets very thick, more like buttermilk. And whiter than the milk you start with when done. And then you put it through the sieve and that breaks it up thinner so I've mostly used it in smoothies and as a buttermilk substitute. Today I made one with a banana, teaspoon honey, fistful squished raw spinach and handful of frozen blueberries. It was good, too sweet, but couldn't taste the spinach. I have also made some salad dressing out of it, recipes on the website.

(Posted on 9/20/2014)

Skimpy supply Review by Jeff
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The quality seems to be good, but for the price, surely you could have included more kefir grains.

Response from CFH: The amount of grains included is sufficient to culture 1 quart of milk at least every 24 hours, indefinitely with care. This will provide nearly 2 gallons of milk kefir each week.

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

Excellent Review by Donna
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A great learning experience! When I needed help I received support using the live chat and was able to solve my issue. After drying the grains, and starting over, the kefir is delicious.

(Posted on 9/13/2014)

Kefir Grains Review by Reets
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Product arrived promptly. Directions clear and true to set-up time estimate. Taste delicious.

(Posted on 9/7/2014)

I am inexperienced using cultures, but think the product worked just fine. Review by M
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The culture seemed very expensive for a few granules. The product worked well and was easy to hydrate. I find that I have more questions than available answers. I don't understand the doubling effects of the granules and am afraid I am mixing them in the drink. All in all I think the product certainly is more flexible than the powder product, more convent and less expensive in the long run.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any questions. If answers can't be found on the site, we are often able to help find the answers or answer directly.

(Posted on 9/4/2014)

Quick start Review by Brant
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Order arrived on time and in good condition. It is clear instructions in good website support. The culture took off like a rocket! Great product!

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

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I have ordered milk kefir grains more than once and they die. I give up. It is super chunky and very difficult to separate at 24 hours. I work so I am not available to watch it every hour to see when it is ready. I will stick with the wonderful (forgiving) water kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support before discarding products. Many cultures are salvageable with some minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/25/2014)

Works great! Tastes great! Review by Gord
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My Kefir grains activated in one day and began producing a delicious drink that I can't get enough of!

(Posted on 8/21/2014)

Huge Disappointment Review by Katheryn
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I've had these grains for a month and they never activated. The milk doesn't thicken at all. I've contacted Customer Service several times and they keep giving me new tricks to try, but nothing works. These grains simply aren't working. I've poured SO MUCH time and energy into the critters, trying to lovingly nuture them to life. I'm more mad about how much time and milk i've wasted on this venture than the eightteen bucks down the drain.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/20/2014)

goforit Review by Satified
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I am very pleased with my Kefir making process, especially when it cost around $3.18 at a local store.

(Posted on 8/4/2014)

Great Review by Ssunshine62
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This is my first try with milk kefir. I have made several batches and have enjoyed them in my daily smoothies. Can't wait to try other gains.

(Posted on 8/2/2014)

Off and running Review by HKC
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The grains are working great! It's so easy once you get them started which for me took about a week. Now I make 1 qt of kefir everyday which costs about $0.50/qt. v.s. $3-4 from the store. Yea!!

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

We love Milk Kefir - what did we ever do without it Review by Beach Gal
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We received our grains and followed instructions to rehydrate them. Now we are making 4 cups every day. My grains haven't grown but that has not stopped them from producing kefir. My husband and I and our two dogs drink the whole 4 cups daily. My husband has been teasing me about my "experiment" but he is now admitting that he feels so much better and our two dogs beg for kefir and are running around like young dogs. Their coats are nicer and their eyes brighter and they have more energy. The strange thing is that both my husband and I are lactose intolerant. These nifty little grains feed on the lactose and we have had no problem with the lactose at all. I am so happy that Cultures for Health offer these fantastic kefir grains. For the initial price along with the cost of milk, you can have a lifetime of healthy drink. We drink it straight, we put it in smoothies, we add fruits and juices. The possibilities are endless.

(Posted on 7/29/2014)

Milk Kefir grains Review by Janie
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Mine had a slow start- might be the temp in the house and it is multiplying very slowly (I use organic milk) but what I have there is very healthy looking grains..Oh and did I say I am ADDICTED to Kefir! Can't seem to get enough...I love it...

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/27/2014)

such a small amount Review by jen
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I received a very small amount - 1 teaspoon re-hydrated- it took forever to do more than 2 cups of milk.

Response from CFH: One teaspoon of milk kefir grains are all that is needed to culture up to 4 cups of milk. Please contact us before discarding any cultures. Some cultures may require a minor adjustment.

(Posted on 7/23/2014)

Fabulous Review by Jim
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I have ordered this product twice. Both times the grains activated within a couple of days, and started producing wonderful tasting kefir. Our family is very happy with it!

(Posted on 7/21/2014)

Very good product. Review by GM
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I first ordered milk kefir grains and they did not work right, they must have been bad because all I made was rotten milk. After speaking to customer service, I received some new grains along with detailed instructions and this kefir has turned out to be wonderful. It has worked great from the start and we have made some good kefir that my family loves.

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

Great product! Review by Ruthie
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Awhile back I had some grains that were so hard to use, never growing significantly and hard to strain out and reuse. I gave up for awhile, but missed this wonderfully probiotic drink so ordered these grains. Within 2 days they were making kefir. They have grown and multiplied, are easy to strain out of the finished product, and live happily on my counter in local raw milk from grassfed cows. I'm a fan!

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

AFTER 10 days my kefir was spoiled Review by mustashka
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After 4 days I started to drink kefir, it was fresh and good the first week. The next week kefir had smell and I had to through away everything.
Bad instruction! Special in the begining.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting tips before discarding products. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/17/2014)

so much kefir! Review by R
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I'm really happy with the kefir grains. When they came, I was feeling anxious that I would not be able to get them to work. I followed the instructions exactly, and in about 5 days I began to make kefir. The small amount of grains that I got makes 1.5 cups of kefir in about 12 hours in my 77 degree house. I am looking for a cooler place in the house to store them, and plan to add more milk so that I can slow down the process a little.

(Posted on 7/15/2014)



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