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The kefir was very easy to make and tasted great. I got several batches out of one envelope, so that makes it quite inexpensive too.

- Lorraine

Kefir Starter Culture

SKU: 6601
$6.99

Availability: In stock

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Make kefir at home with this powdered starter culture. With no grains to maintain, this culture is easy to use to make homemade kefir at a much lower cost than buying kefir at the store, and it's delicious! Drink plain, add flavoring, or use kefir in many different recipes.

  • Each box contains 2 packets of kefir starter.
  • Use 1 packet with 1 quart dairy milk, juice, or coconut milk or coconut water.
  • Cultures at room temperature, 72°-74°F, no appliance required.
  • Avoid using ultra pasteurized or UHT milk.
  • May be re-cultured 2-7 times, using a small amount from the current batch to make a new batch. 
  • Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here
  • Having trouble making kefir? Browse our Expert Advice Articles on Kefir or contact us for assistance.

 

Ingredients

  • Proprietary blend of selected strains of lactococci, lactobacilli, Leuconostoc, and Saccharomyces fragilis bacteria.
  • May contain trace amounts of soy and milk. 

 

Allergen Information

  • May contain trace amounts of soy and dairy.
  • Manufactured in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO.
  • Gluten-free.

 

Shipping and Storage Information

  • Our kefir starter culture is shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. 
  • For best results, store in the refrigerator or freezer and use by the date on the box.

 

 

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UPC 00814598020353

Reviews

37 Reviews For "Kefir Starter Culture"

  1. The best Kefir using RAW cow AND goat milk from a local dairy

    by Anni on 01 Thu,2013

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    Over the past month or so, I have been enjoying the Kefir that I have been making using RAW cow AND goat milk from a local dairy.
    I heard that it may not culture as well using raw milk. Honestly, now I can say that it worked well for me and I have never had better tasting Kefir!

    Thank you Cultures For Health! :o)

    Ann Chenoweth :o)

  2. Easy Culture!

    by Yurek on 01 Fri,2013

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    It was the first time that I have cultured kefir (or anything for that matter). I found the instructions very well researched and easy to read. I have been using the culture now for a few months with regular, pasteurized, 2% cows milk and it is still going strong. I didn't know how much I would like Kefir until buying this culture!

  3. Great introduction to kefir!

    by Karin H on 12 Tue,2013

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    This starter culture is the perfect way to experience making kefir for the first time. Now that I've discovered I like it, I'll be upgrading to the grains. ^_^


    The product and the price are excellent, & I'll definitely be back for more!

  4. Excellent product

    by Deb on 02 Fri,2014

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    I used to use the kefir grains when we milked goats and no matter what I did, I could not make a kefir that my husband and I liked. We could only drink it in smoothies with a lot of fruit and maple syrup sweetener and that adds a lot of calories we didn't want. I worked with it for 3 years before finally giving it up. I just recently found out that there is a product such as this ... and WOW I'm so impressed.

    It's super easy to make and I have been able to reculture mine many times over before having to make a new batch. The taste is so pleasant that I can drink it plain or put it over cultured chutney with nothing added. I read that it might not be as potent as using grains but for those of us who were using nothing, this is a true blessing!

    It's an awesome product, easy to do and very pleasant, I recommend it to everyone!!!

  5. Love it

    by Gigis on 03 Fri,2014

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    Super easy to do, fabulous easy to follow instructions and goof proof. I wish I knew how many times this could be reused, I followed the directions and used a 1/4 cup from the two quarts 3 times, but it was not made clear how many times that would work .

    Response from CFH: The number of times the kefir can be recultured will depend upon a number of factors including how careful the user is about cleanliness and not contaminating the culture.

  6. Love it

    by vic on 06 Tue,2014

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    Easy to use and great taste

  7. Very nice product

    by Nickyz on 09 Mon,2014

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    I received my order very fast. Made Kefir immediately with my raw goat milk. Did the 12 hour culture time, wow how naturally sweet. Next batch I will let set longer to see the result. Thicker, more zip? Thank you for providing extra benefits to my fantastic goat milk. Great price.

    CFH Note ~ Not all raw milk rehydrations have such a happy ending, we normally recommend a slow introduction to raw milk. Details can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

  8. Loved it

    by Lorraine on 12 Fri,2014

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    The kefir was very easy to make and tasted great. I got several batches out of one envelope, so that makes it quite inexpensive too.

  9. This was my first attempt at making a cultured produce

    by Cultureclub on 01 Wed,2015

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    This was my first attempt at making a cultured produce. Since then I have made several batches of Kefir and a half gallon of sauerkraut.Will try kimchi next.

  10. Very pleased with the starter culture, simple to make with great healthy benefits!

    by Rebecca on 03 Wed,2015

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    First time for making Kefir, it got thick with organic whole milk. I think I will add a little honey and cinnamon in the next batch. Not liking the buttermilk taste.

  11. Worked well

    by grinningranny on 03 Wed,2015

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    I, like others in the reviews, used this in my raw goat milk, not wanting to heat it and destroy the intrinsic raw goodness that's there. It turned out beautifully. I had attempted to use the grains, carefully following the directions for raw milk without success, but this starter culture is a no brainer , I just bring the milk in warm from our goats and mix in the culture...no heating, no fuss...really like it.

    ~Please contact customer support before culturing Milk Kefir with raw milk.

  12. Perfect Short-Term-Relationship

    by roxiboomalotti on 03 Fri,2015

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    This product was perfect for a short-term kefir relationship. It was easy to use and produced strong results including lovely kefir cream cheese and resultant whey for fermenting vegetables. It provided all of the benefits of infinite-use grains without the commitment!

  13. great

    by ann on 03 Sun,2015

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    this kefir starter worked really well..now I want to culture and grow the grains..can't wait!

  14. Excellent product

    by Laurel on 03 Mon,2015

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    I had never made kefir before. I used whole milk with excellent results.
    I have re-cultured several times with good results.
    I have also made kefir sour cream with heavy cream which was delicious!

  15. Culturing made easy

    by Niteprowl2 on 04 Thu,2015

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    Culturing Kefir is my 3rd attempt at using Cultures for Cultures For Health. First I attempted Greek Yogurt. The first batch was a bit iffy because I used 1% milk. The second batch was with 2% and it came out great! The people at Cultures For Health were incredibly helpful when I had questions. Armed with first success I then attempted a Sourdough starter. It took 5 days to grow it but it turned out great and I make bread that I have never made before. My most recent culture is the direct set milk kefir. I started making 1 quart but found I went through it so quickly I started making 2 quarts at a time which worked out much better. I used canning jars and they worked perfectly. I got about 5 recultures, so it worked out to be very economical. I have never in my life done anything like this in the kitchen. It took retirement for me to begin to dabble in culinary arts. Cultures For Health made it supremely easy and most rewarding. I am now a true Cultures For Health fanatic and will be for the future.

  16. Easy to make kefir

    by Debs on 04 Tue,2015

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    I was rather skeptical about making kefir, but I followed the directions and in 14 hours, I had kefir, tasting like store bought, but better. I added a berry mix I blended with a 1/2 of a banana to sweeten, and it was good.
    I did leave out a 1/4 of a cup to make another batch and maybe my next batch I will sweeten with some honey, but using very little, as it's really not needed. Experimenting with flavors and sweetening will be interesting. At least I know what is in this product. I used whole milk, but will try 2% next time around.
    I highly recommend this culture for those of you who drink or use a lot of kefir.
    I use mine in daily smoothies I make.

  17. Excellent

    by Boomer on 05 Tue,2015

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    Always good quality products and GREAT SUPPORT from the Cultures for Health team.

  18. Great stuff

    by Lorraine on 08 Mon,2015

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    I love this kefir culture because it is incredibly easy to use and produced excellent kefir which is much less expensive than what you buy at the store.

  19. Excellent product!

    by Lauralee on 08 Mon,2015

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    This could not have been easier and it turned out perfectly. I will definitely continue to purchase. The only thing I would caution is that it took a LONG time to receive it - over 3 weeks - and I was concerned because of the over 100 degree summer days.

  20. Worked as Promised!

    by Sway63 on 09 Tue,2015

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    I couldn't believe it was going to be so easy, but it was. Threw out the first batch as they recommended, but the second batch was perfect and I've been re-using now 3 of the 7-10 times the directions say you can re-use, and that's worked as promised.

  21. excellent service

    by Culture Queen on 09 Fri,2015

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    Excellent service. Had some questions they worked with me and I finally got questions answer.

  22. The best

    by Jen on 09 Tue,2015

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    I drink Kefir daily so decided to start with the Kefir grains. I live in South Florida and I guess grains love it here because I was getting two batches a day! This was too much for me so I had to switch to Kefir Starter. This way, I can make it as I need it. It works perfectly. I have gotten three amazing batches out of my first starter packet. LOVE CULTURES FOR HEALTH!

  23. Great

    by boymama on 10 Sat,2015

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    I received the cultures in a timely manner. They came with clear directions for making my own kefir and have worked very well. I'm on my 4th or 5th batch and they are still working for me. I highly recommend them!

  24. Very good starter at a great price

    by Kathy on 01 Sun,2016

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    I bought nine boxes of this kefir starter for a class I was teaching about cultured foods and gave everyone a packet to take home because the price was so good (I bought them during a starter sale promotion). The end result for everyone was excellent! I highly recommend.

  25. Great Product

    by ChickenBob on 01 Sun,2016

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    I got the starter culture to try making my own kefir. After trying this I ordered the kefir grains and the culture kept me in supply until my grains were rehydrated and ready to go.

  26. I love it.

    by MCS on 01 Sun,2016

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    My water kefir grains died a couple of weeks ago and I had been wanting to try this kefir starter. It has worked very well for coconut water kefir. I will definitely buy more when this one is gone.

  27. Awesome!

    by Katie on 03 Tue,2016

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    I meant to write a rave review but I'm too busy enjoying a strawberry kefir smoothie with my 3 year old daughter. She thinks I'm letting her have a special treat (well, I guess I am), but I am thrilled to be introducing her to healthy probiotics. We've already used up our first 2 batches for smoothies, a delicious ranch dressing and the simple scone recipe found at this site. All have been huge hits with my whole family.

  28. Great way to start

    by Juli on 05 Sat,2016

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    I was interested in making my own kefir after reading about the health benefits of it. This was a great way to get started. It is so easy using the starter kit. It has given me confidence to get into using grains and expanding using coconut and other plant based milks. Cultures for Health customer support is AMAZING!

  29. Excellent

    by Rada on 06 Wed,2016

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    Worked like a charm. Nice, pleasant flavor.

  30. Great and i used Ultra pastuized milk

    by lynyrd53 on 06 Sun,2015

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    I love this stuff..easy to make..i used Organic Ultra pasturized milk and it was fine...great even!!

    Response from CFH: While Ultra Pasteurized milk may work on occasion with direct set starters, it can be very unpredictable and is not recommended for regular use.

  31. Cultures for Health Kefir starter

    by Ann on 11 Sat,2015

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    It works, good texture, tastes good but I can only re-culture once or maybe twice.

  32. Super simple and tastes great

    by Shelli22sweet on 05 Thu,2016

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    This is amazing stuff! Super simple and makes very good tasting milk or water kefir overnight.
    I will definitely purchase again!

  33. i'm happy so far,

    by dave on 05 Wed,2015

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    i like the product all but the price, i use water and like it,all in all happy

  34. Culture

    by Lnettegar on 03 Thu,2014

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    I think it worked? Unsure, I've used the culture first with Coconut milk, it seemed that it thicken and continued to use for a second batch to see how that works and now am doing a batch with Goats Milk, which seems to work better, the milk is thicker with a slightly tart taste. Am considering my next step with kiefer grains.

  35. Coconut milk

    by Kelli on 01 Fri,2014

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    I tried making this twice with coconut milk. I followed directions exactly, but neither of my batches turned out. Very disappointed.

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  36. Does have the right amount of cultures and no Hydrate instructions

    by Sarah on 09 Sat,2015

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    This product does not have all the benefits than the regular Kefir grains have.
    in terms of types of cultures.
    The box does not have instructions of how to Hydrate the grains.

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Kefir Starter Culture is a powdered culture and will not contain Milk Kefir Grains. Milk Kefir Grains can be purchased under this link: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains.html

  37. No directions

    by Jan on 02 Thu,2014

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    I did not use the product because it did not come with any kind of instructions, i couldnt remember how to mix it and couldnt find them. WHY couldnt you people include a 2 inch piece of paper with simple directions???

    Response from CFH: Always feel free to contact us with any packaging problems. We are happy to correct any issues.

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Ingredients

  • Proprietary blend of selected strains of lactococci, lactobacilli, Leuconostoc, and Saccharomyces fragilis bacteria.
  • May contain trace amounts of soy and milk. 

 

Allergen Information

  • May contain trace amounts of soy and dairy.
  • Manufactured in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO.
  • Gluten-free.

 

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  • From Juls at 8/30/2015 8:29 PM
    • Can the Kefir starter culture use as water Kefir, using it on sugared water? And if so, what is the amount of sugar to be used? and would it be re-culturable a few times? Thank you!
    • The Kefir Starter Culture can be used to make water kefir. You can culture juice, sugar water, coconut water, dairy milk, and most non-dairy milks with the powdered starter.

      When making water kefir, we recommend using 1/4 cup of cane sugar per quart of water. For more information on the best ingredients to use, you can view this article:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-ingredients

      The rest of the instructions that come with the culture can be followed for times, temperature, and reculturing.
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  • From rifka at 8/14/2015 7:02 AM
    • I am vegan and want to make coconut kefir what do I need to buy and how do I use the culture you sell to make the coconut kefir
      thank you,
      Rebecca
    • You might want to try water kefir grains, they can be used directly in coconut water (be sure to put the grains back into sugar water when finished). You can also use finished water kefir to inoculate coconut milk for coconut milk kefir. You'll find instructions here (Option 3): http://www.culturesforhealth.com/coconut-milk-kefir-recipe/
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  • From Deborah Weinstein at 8/2/2015 10:40 AM
    • The first batch I made turned out delicious. The second batch recultured
      just produced sour, undrinkable milk. I did follow the directions carefully.
    • The starter culture can normally be reused several times providing that the new batch is made within 5 to 7 days. The new batch should be started in a clean jar using 1 quart of milk and 1/4 cup of your previous batch. Over or under culturing a batch will make it more difficult to reuse the starter so be sure your temp is within range (72° to 74≈) and put your finished kefir in the fridge when it reaches a thickened milk stage.

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  • From Jen at 4/10/2014 12:48 PM
    • Is there an advantage or preference for using water kefir grains over the kefir starter for the coconut water kefir?
    • The Kefir Starter Culture is a single-use culture containing a short list of bacteria and yeast strains. This culture may be recultured by using a small amount from the current batch to make the new batch, a few times, but eventually new starter must be purchased. The advantage of using this culture is that there is very little maintenance involved.

      Water Kefir grains are a reusable culture containing a long list of bacteria and yeast. The grains may be reused indefinitely, as long as they are cared for properly. For making coconut water kefir, proper care includes rehydrating in sugar water, and alternating coconut water with batches of sugar water, to keep the grains healthy. Water kefir requires daily maintenance, but the advantage to using the grains is that one need not purchase any more cultures.
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  • From Jen at 4/10/2014 11:49 AM
    • Can the kefir starter culture be used with fresh coconut water extracted from a young Thai coconut?
    • Absolutely. The kefir powdered kefir starter will not change the texture but will give your coconut water a delicious tangy flavor.
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  • From JeffB at 3/16/2014 10:29 PM
    • I noticed that it does not say you can use almond milk or coconut milk. What happens if I do?

    • Our kefir starter culture can be used with coconut milk. You should have a distinctive sour smell/taste, even though it likely will not thicken as a product made with dairy milk. Nut milks yield inconsistent results, possibly due to the additives, so you may have better results with homemade milks.
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  • From Denise at 3/11/2014 4:42 PM
    • Will it kill the culture if I mix it in with potatoes and bake it?
    • The bacteria in cultures are destroyed by high heat. However, the culturing process itself can alter the nutritional and taste profile of the milk, and much of that does survive the baking process.
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  • From Rita at 12/11/2013 11:46 PM
    • Can I freeze this? If so, how long will this last in the freezer?
    • Yes, this culture can be stored in the freezer. It should last for about 12 months.
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  • From Kelly at 11/22/2013 1:18 PM
    • When reculturing with, do I need to heat the milk that I will be mixing the culture with?
    • When re-culturing using kefir from a previous batch, there is no need to heat the milk. Make sure the culturing temperature is in range, 72-74ºF, and the milk will warm up and begin to culture on its own.
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  • From Tara at 7/31/2013 11:06 AM
    • I want to make fermented grape juice. Would this be the right kind of culture to use? Thanks!
    • You may use the Kefir Starter Culture or if you prefer a reusable culture, you can use Water Kefir Grains to ferment grape juice.
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