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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 Dina at 6/19/2014 7:21 AM
    • My kefir is curdling after I strain it and put it in the fridge. What am I doing wrong?
    • It sounds like your kefir is continuing to culture in the fridge. You may want to check the temperature in your fridge and if you are storing your kefir in the door, move it closer to the back of the fridge where it will remain colder. If your kefir is separating during the culturing process, you will need to increase the amount of milk you are using, or decrease the culturing time to reach that wonderful "thickened-milk" (like buttermilk) stage before storage.
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  • From Mary at 6/9/2014 4:49 PM
    • I live on the southeastern Arizona desert and we do not have central heating/cooling. I don't have a thermometer in my kitchen, but I'm sure it gets over 85 in the summer and sometimes below 65 (we heat with wood) in the winter. Are the milk cultures so temperature dependent that I would not be able to make my own kefir? I tried the water kefir last fall, but I guess it got too cold and my grains died. I love the kefir cheese and really want to make own if it is at all possible.
    • Yes, the milk kefir grains must be cultured between 68º-85ºF. If it gets too cold or too warm, they will not be viable. Perhaps looking at the following articles might be helpful in maintaining your temperature during the cold and hot periods of the year:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cold-weather-winter-care-starter-cultures-foods/
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/warm-weather-care/
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  • From Bill at 4/17/2014 1:00 AM
    • Great Site! Is the protein in milk broken down or digested when being made into kefir? The casein in milk is really hard to digest and is why many health professionals recommend giving up dairy. Thanks!
    • During the culturing process lactose is consumed by the grains. Casein still remains.
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  • From Chris at 4/16/2014 3:39 PM
    • Is it normally safe to drink the milk used to activate the kefir grains? Also, what must be done to start making kefir with grains that were put in the refrigerator for a break?
    • We do not recommend consuming the milk used to rehydrate the kefir grains. Kefir is ready to consume when it is thickened and has a pleasant aroma and taste.

      Grains that have had a break in the fridge (up to 6 weeks with a milk change at 3 weeks) can be used to make kefir by adding the grains to fresh milk and allowing them to culture at room temperature. It may take a few batches to get back up to speed, but they should kefir just fine.
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  • From Dan at 4/10/2014 9:46 AM
    • Can I use organic ultra pasteurized 2% milk with the milk kefir grains? And how do I know the kefir grain is activated? Thanks!
    • The results with ultra pasteurized milk are unreliable, and strongly recommend against using it. You can use 2% milk that has been regularly pasteurized. The texture is generally a little thinner than whole milk but will still result in a delicious, tangy flavor.
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  • From Bernard at 4/9/2014 2:25 PM
    • Hi, I am here in Texas and will be traveling to Mexico in about a month and a half when I will start to make my raw milk kefir. Will the milk kefir grains that I order last that long or what do you recommend I should do? Can I pay using Pay Pal, or how do I pay? Thank you, Bernard.
    • Your milk kefir grains should be stored in the refrigerator when you receive them. When at room temperature, the grains are shelf stable for 12-18 months. As long as they are not exposed to temperatures above 85º F, they should be fine. Payment options are listed here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ordering-information#Payment_Methods
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  • From Brenda at 4/7/2014 2:06 PM
    • Can I add organic sugar to milk kefir during the culturing process? If so, will this make the final product sweeter?
    • When culturing milk kefir, there should be milk and milk kefir grains. If you want to flavor after, that is best. We don't recommend adding sweetener during the culturing process.
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  • From Cynthia at 3/11/2014 7:23 PM
    • What is the sugar/carb content of the kefir?
    • The nutritional profile of your finished kefir will depend on many factors, the milk you use as the biggest factor. Temperature, length of culturing, and use of a second fermentation will also affect nutrient content.
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  • From my kefir grains are getting tiny and most have disappeared at 3/11/2014 9:30 AM
    • The title says it all. My grains, after a period of flourishing, have grown gradually tiny and their mass has diminished over the last month and now they are almost gone entirely.The only variable I can identify is a change from one brand of whole milk to a another--the brand I changed to has a website that promises that their farmers pledge not to put bovine growth hormones into the feed of their cows and that was why I made the change. Anyway, why have my grains gone away?
    • There are many reasons for failure. The most likely cause would be that your grains are not getting enough fresh food. To ensure that your grains are getting enough food, stop the culturing process when the milk thickens to a buttermilk like consistency, and be sure to culture every 18-24 hours. With the change of milks, it could be that the new brand is Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized, which will kill your grains. For troubleshooting, please contact customer support at: customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Sybil at 3/1/2014 11:56 PM
    • Do you need to refrigerate milk kefir after culturing before you drink it?
    • Finished milk kefir may be enjoyed right after culturing at room temperature, or refrigerated and consumed cold.
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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)

Never worked Review by Jan
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I tried for weeks to activate the cultures, tried different temperatures and times. I did get some help from company customer service but even with more suggestions and changes, it never worked. I'm not willing to waster anymore money or time. I'm envious of all the reviews that theirs were so easily successful, but maybe they just don't post the negative ones?

Response from CFH: Please be sure to follow all directions carefully as well as our recommendations on quality ingredients and procedures. We are always happy to help troubleshoot.

(Posted on 4/4/2015)

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)



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