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 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 Kaytlynn at 1/1/2014 8:22 PM
    • Can you use unsweetened coconut milk that comes in a carton, or does it have to come from a can? Also, when you buy kefir in the store it's 99% lactose free, so when you make your own is it also lactose free?
    • We recommend using coconut milk with the fewest additives possible. If you can find unsweetened coconut milk in a carton with no additives other than guar gum, that will work great.

      As culturing time and temperature varies for each person, it is nearly impossible for us to say how much lactose will remain in your kefir. For more information, please see our article about lactose in kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/reducing-lactose-content-kefir/
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  • From Sonal at 12/5/2013 8:15 AM
    • We've been making milk kefir for nearly a month now, and the grains are proliferating nicely. My question is, are they supposed to look like cottage cheese granules, or do healthy grains look like cauliflower florets? Mine look like a tablespoon of cottage cheese. Did I mess them up?
    • The grains can actually vary widely in their appearance. Typically, when the grains are a little larger, they will look more like cauliflower florets. When they are small, they are usually surrounded by curd so they will look more like cottage cheese. To be sure that the grains aren't trapped in too much curd, you can put the grains in the nylon/plastic mesh strainer and gently stir with a rubber or silicone spatula. The grains are firm, they will stay in the strainer, the soft curd will be allowed through (gentle pushing may be needed). Removing excess curd will ensure that the grains have better access to the milk. This article is very helpful for encouraging small grains to grow: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply/
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  • From Melissa E at 11/28/2013 6:04 PM
    • I see your kefir grains are processed in a facility which also processes wheat. Do you also process any other gluten containing grains on the same equipment with the kefir grains? What, if any, steps are taken to prevent cross-contamination? Are these grains considered safe for someone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease?
    • We are required by law to state that the products we manufacture or repackage are manufactured or packaged in a facility that may process wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, and fish. We use dedicated equipment and we are meticulous about cleanliness. Cultures are separated to avoid cross-contamination for the sake of the cultures' health as well as to reduce allergens; in fact, the wheat based cultures (sourdough) are made in a completely different building.
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  • From Melissa E at 11/28/2013 7:36 AM
    • I see these grains are packed with a powered milk; are they gluten free?
    • The grains are grown in organic milk and packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend the shelf life and protect the grains during shipping. Milk Kefir grains are gluten-free.
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  • From rita v at 11/26/2013 6:05 PM
    • Can you make kefir with skim milk?
    • Milk with any fat content ranging from fat-free to whole milk may be used with kefir grains. While kefir made with reduced fat or fat-free varieties of milk will have a thinner consistency, the fat content itself does not influence the effectiveness of the kefir grains or the culturing process.

      We do recommend rehydrating the grains in whole milk, for best results. Once rehydrated, the grains may be used in milk with any fat content. Avoid Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized milk.
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  • From Cheryl at 11/20/2013 7:29 PM
    • I've made great kefir with raw milk but can't seem to get it to do anything in regular cow milk from the store, but everyone says that regular homogenized milk works. Mine works the first couple days but then dwindles to not doing anything. Any suggestions? I'd like to buy some grains and start again if I knew it was something I could fix. Thanks, Cheryl
    • When switching milk kefir grains to raw milk or to pasteurized milk from raw milk, it helps to introduce them slowly. Here is a link with more information on that process: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

      You might also be unintentionally using Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized milk from the store. Check your label, as this milk will not work with cultures.
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  • From Sara at 11/11/2013 7:19 PM
    • Which country are the grains grown in?
    • Our grains are grown in our U.S. facility, in Oregon!
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  • From Anita at 11/10/2013 9:27 PM
    • How do I make yogurt from kefir grains? I read in Q&A for VIILI yogurt starter I can use kefir grains and not have to heat anything.
    • There is a bit of clarification needed here. The Q & A you are referring to is in regards to a customer who wanted a truly raw milk fermented product. With the Viili, you must heat the raw milk for the mother culture. If you do not want to heat your raw milk at all, then the best answer for that is to use milk kefir grains because you can simply put them in raw milk and let them culture at room temperature. No need for heat. You cannot make yogurt from milk kefir grains, as they are two different organisms with different bacterial make-up.
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  • From Juliet at 11/4/2013 7:00 PM
    • Can you use rice milk with the milk kefir grains?
    • While animal-based milks are the healthiest for the milk kefir grains, alternative types of “milk” (coconut, soy, rice, nut, etc.) can also be cultured as long as a revitalization period is observed (see below). While some people report success culturing kefir grains in seed and nut milks (e.g. hemp milk, almond milk, etc.), these varieties tend to yield more inconsistent results.

      Revitalization Period: When using a non-animal variety of milk, it is important to allow the grains to revitalize in 1 to 2 cups of animal milk for 24 hours. Once the process is complete, the grains can be returned to use with an alternative milk. We recommend revitalizing the grains once every few batches.

      You can try to culture an alternative milk with finished water kefir as well. Simply add 1/4 cup finished water kefir to 1 quart alternative milk, allowing to culture for 8-12 hours, depending on how you like it.
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  • From Joe at 10/29/2013 5:05 PM
    • For rehydrating the kefir grains, I must place them in a 'lightly covered container.' What does lightly covered mean on a glass canning jar? Thank you!
    • A coffee filter or cloth, secured with a rubber band is sufficient. It allows the fermentation gases to escape while protecting the kefir from debris and pests.
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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)

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)



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