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 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?
    • We are unable to give nutritional information for products made at home. However, 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 at room temperatures of 68-85ºF for 12-18 months. 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. Even though they are fine at room temps, it's best to play it safe and store them in the fridge until you're ready to use them. Unexpected rises above 85º will harm your grains, even in a dehydrated state.
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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?
    • Milk kefir grains are recommended for culturing non-dairy milk. Soy and coconut milk are the ones we recommend on our website; almond milk does not seem to work well. 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?
    • You can culture up to 85ºF, but on the warmer end of the 68º-85º range might cause too rapid of 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 some ideas from this article on warm weather care the next time: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/warm-weather-care
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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?
    • Yogurt and water kefir are two different organisms with different bacteria. The water kefir grains will not work in almond milk.

      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

      You can find more information on our Yogurt Learn Page. Once there, scroll down to the section called "Non-Dairy Yogurt."
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  • From Jeani at 4/8/2011 12:15 PM
    • What's the minimum amount you could kefir and how much kefir grains would that take? (Can you use just 1/4 teaspoon of grains and thus kefir just one cup at a time?)
    • Many people find that kefiring just a cup or a pint at a time is more convenient. 1 tsp of grains will adequately culture 1 to 4 cups of milk. You can certainly try to see if just 1/4 tsp. would work!
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  • From Beth at 4/5/2011 7:25 PM
    • I have been using a dried kefir powder and the results have been poor. I am interested in using your product. I am eating raw at this time and would like to know the best product to use for a raw almond or coconut kefir. If I am doing dairy free I am asuming that the milk kefir would not produce as well in raw almond or raw coconut milk. I hate to make assumptions. Please advise.
    • Milk kefir grains work quite well with coconut milk. The only caveat is that they do need to be allowed to sit in cow or goat milk for 24 hours once every few batches to revitalize (also we ship kefir grains in a dehydrated shelf-stable state and they will need to be rehydrated and run through a few batches with cow/goat milk before they will be ready to work with coconut milk).

      Almond milk is a bit more of an issue. There really isn't a kefir culture that works well with almond milk. We've had some customers use milk kefir and water kefir grains, but both ultimately yield inconsistent results. If you really want to culture almond milk, you can use 1/4 cup finished water kefir with 1 quart of almond milk.
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  • From Sarah at 3/13/2011 6:19 PM
    • Can the kefir grains be stored in the fridge for a short period of time if I want to take a break from making kefir??? Or what should I do with them if I want to take a short break?? I thought this info might be in the instructions, but couldn't find it! Thanks!
    • To take a short break you can leave the grains in a jar of milk in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If you want a little longer break, just replace the milk in that jar and it can go another 3 weeks. You must put it back to work after this. For an extended break, we have instructions for drying the grains: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Sarah at 3/9/2011 10:21 PM
    • I just got my kefir grains today and am very excited about using them! I have them reconstituting in a cup of milk, and just wanted to clarify the instructions of putting them in a "partially sealed container". Can I do the coffee filter with rubber band??? Or does it actually need to be a 'lid' that is loosely tightened???
    • A coffee filter secured by a rubber band is an excellent solution.
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  • From Bobbo at 3/4/2011 1:56 PM
    • I have had Kefir for years. I ruined my grains (and my yogurts) and am looking for new. Are there different varieties? The two (free) replacements so far clot the fat and separate the whey. The smell is not good, although the grains look OK. My old batch (1 Tbs) would firm a quart of milk in 24 hours and smell warm(?) good and tart. Should it all act like this? What does yours do?
    • If you're having the same problem with a couple different batches of grains, I would suspect some other problem. Separation of the curds and whey is usually an indication of over-culturing: either too long, or too warm. If you'd like to send an email to us (use the Contact Us form), we can help you troubleshoot.
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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)

grains Review by n/a
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Very well pleased as always with CFH!!!

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Great, even for a newbie Review by Terri
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My house is cool so after a few days of my kefir not thickening, I began keeping it in the oven with just the light on. This makes about 3 cups in 24 hours. I've begun flavoring my kefir in a second fermentation. Finding out what works and what doesn't. Hopefully my grains will begin to grow soon so I can give them away to introduce everyone to the benefit of cultured milk. Love that good bacteria!

Staff was very helpful too, since I needed alot of hand-holding during the first two weeks.

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

Buy your grains here! Review by kelshop
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There are many places online to buy kefir grains, but I highly recommend buying them at Cultures for Health. I have ordered both the water kefir grains and milk kefir grains. My water kefir grains hydrated quickly and started producing water kefir in just a few days. I struggled with my milk kefir and wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I emailed Cultures for Health and got an very quick response with suggestions. Anita was so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir. I couldn't have asked for better customer service. :)

(Posted on 2/14/2015)

4 star Review by Mary
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This is the second batch of milk kefir grains I have purchased from you, and neither of them has grown in size or quantity. I always use Kroger's Simple Truth organic milk.

Your service is awesome!

Thanks.

Mary

Response from CFH: We do not guarantee that Milk Kefir Grains will grow or multiply. Everyone gets different results. Very few grains are need to culture milk kefir. We ask that you contact us any time you have questions or problems with your products.

(Posted on 2/10/2015)

No Grain Growth, but good kefir. Review by n/a
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Re-hydrating instructions very clear and easy to follow. The grains are up and running and they produce nice milk kefir. However, there are only three grains and they are neither growing much in size, nor reproducing. Once fully hydrated, I started using milk from my own goats...I use no antibiotics...so I do not understand the lack of growth.
I had grains a few years back from a friend and those grains multiplied daily.

Response from CFH: Milk kefir grains may or may not grow, as they are a very dynamic culture. For tips on encouraging grains to grow, see: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

(Posted on 2/6/2015)

Excellent product at a very good price. Review by DC
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I have sustained my culture for ten months now and am very satisfied. I have recommended this product to numerous people.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Kefir and CFH - two, too awesome Review by platOR
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I am now making Kefir at home and am happy I can make full fat, organic Kefir in any flavor we desire. I feel better drinking Kefir daily. The thickest, most flavorful Kefir I’ve made was with raw dairy milk (following the special instructions on CFH).

I was timid about trying to culture Kefir again and mistakenly got confused while doing Filmjolk in the same month. Though both processed on the counter they require different feeding schedules. Online chat supported me awesomely along the way.

I no longer need to purchase sour cream or buttermilk and am learning all about the health benefits and tasty ways to use whey. (A byproduct of straining either of these cultures.) Buying just two cultures and learning on this website have opened a new way to work in my kitchen and make good gut bacteria (probiotics) at home.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

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)



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