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 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 Chris at 1/15/2015 11:57 PM
  • From ann tsipolitis at 1/1/2015 11:15 AM
    • can i make new kefir without draining the first batch?
    • To ensure that the grains have an adequate supply of fresh food and to minimize the risk of mold, we recommend straining the grains out and placing them in a clean jar with fresh milk for each new batch.
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  • From Susan at 12/28/2014 8:29 PM
    • What is in the milk kefir starter kit besides the grains? What is the proper amount of milk to use each time (after rehydration) to get the best results.
    • The kit contains grains, a plastic / nylon mesh strainer and a very helpful booklet which includes information and recipes. The grains are activated in 1 cup of milk and you will begin increasing the volume when the milk thickens to a buttermilk-like texture. The amount of milk for each batch will depend on the temperature of your culturing area and how long you culture the milk. A small amount of milk will culture very quickly, especially in a warm location. 1 teaspoon of active grains can normally culture 4 cups of milk within 24 hours if the temperature is within range.
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  • From Jean at 11/30/2014 6:09 PM
    • I received my milk kefir grains during the summer months. They were left in the mailbox on a 90 degree day for several hours. I re-hydrated them and have been making kefir and the grains are growing, but I have always wondered, if I lost some of the beneficial bacteria and yeast from that exposure to the heat?
    • If your milk kefir grains are producing good kefir, then you are receiving all the possible benefits they can give! If they are not, please contact our customer support representatives by phone, email or chat.
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  • From Maria Carstensen at 11/12/2014 7:52 PM
    • I am ordering both kefir grains and yogurt starter. I would like to get the hang of making the yogurt for a while before starting kefir....how long and how can I store my kefir grains when I receive them...Thanks
    • At room temperature, the grains will last 12 to 18 months. However, we recommend refrigeration so the dehydrated grains will last 18 + months.
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  • From Leslie at 8/27/2014 12:04 AM
    • I just got my grains and my hubby bought ultra past. milk...is it safe to use for one day to keep the grains or should I just put the grains in the fridge to keep? I don't want to ruin the grains with this milk...
    • The results using ultra-pasteurized milk are inconsistent. However, you will be discarding the first few batches so start using the ultra pasteurized milk, but make the change to regular pasteurized milk as soon as you can. This milk will not support the grains, and you risk possibly harming them the longer they are in this milk.
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  • From Maria at 7/25/2014 12:20 PM
    • I'm going to be away for the weekend; is it safe to leave my kefir on the counter or should I refrigerate? Thanks.
    • Anytime you are not able to give your milk kefir grains fresh milk every 24 hours, you must preserve them in some manner. For short term, you can simply put them in fresh milk in a jar/lid and store them in the fridge. They are safe for up to 3 weeks. If someone is able to give them fresh milk at the end of that 3 week period, you can store them another 3 weeks. After that, they must be put back to work or they will suffer damage and will likely die.

      We do not recommend storing them often in the fridge, as this can break down the grains' bacteria and enzymes and cause them to cease working.
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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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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)

Amazing results! Review by Tanya
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Order arrived very fast. On day 4 after starting rehydrating (I used whole organic milk) I already had kefir to drink! But it did not stop there. On day 5 I realized that 1litre of milk is too little for my grains. I transferred them into 1.89l jar that I filled with milk to the top. Amazingly I had kefir in less then 24 hrs. What I am doing now is I keep the jar in front of open window (I covered it with brown plastic bag) just to slow down the process a bit. I now use 2% organic milk ( as whole one did require agitation). The taste and texture of the kefir is amazing! It is drinkable and smooth.
My only "complaint" that it's like a pet (meaning you have to take care of it and feed it) and my pet is VERY productive.
I could not be happier with how it's turned out.

(Posted on 12/26/2014)

Happy Customer Review by syblef
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The Kefir grains were ready the next day. I used 2% milk. The only draw back to my order was that I paid extra for 3 day shipping. Cultures for Health shipped them right away but USPS didn't deliver them until 10 days later. Thank goodness the grains were dry or that could have been a problem. I would not hesitate to order again but won't pay extra for fast shipping which was not Cultures for Health's fault. They did their part.

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Very pleased Review by queensyb
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I've been making milk kefir for about two weeks now. Couldn't be easier.

(Posted on 12/11/2014)

My Milk Kefir is much better than store bought! Review by Cris
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My grains are very productive. When I received them I have to admit I was disappointed at the amount. Just looked like such a little bit. But, after rehydrating them and making Kefir, those little grains are busy little workers! I can't drink all they produce. Love my Kefir Grains.
And, customer service is amazing. Everyone I've spoken to is eager to help and offers much needed advice. I appreciate them and all the help they've given me with all my fermenting and culturing trials, errors and successes!

(Posted on 12/9/2014)

A great product Review by Pam
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I love the kefir I'm making. I had no previous experience with kefir, so I had a week of trial and error. I talked by phone and chatted online with the personnel and they were very helpful. They sorted out my issues and immediately I was on track.. Thank you, Cultures for Health!

(Posted on 12/3/2014)

great value and flavor Review by Jean
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This product is excellent. I make kefir for a lot less money than before. I don't feel guilty about drinking as much as I want because it is so inexpensive. It also tastes great! So far I have shared grains with one other person and plan to share with more. I'll always be sure to tell them about the great info on this website as well.

(Posted on 11/30/2014)

Less tart Review by Carrie
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This kefir is less tart than they grains I had used for 8 years. I had trouble getting them going at first but persisted, with help from CFH and it works now. I don't see the gelatinous cottage cheese like grains with this kefir, the grains are more blended in with the kefir so I'm not sure how much they will multiply. Overall, good stuff!

(Posted on 11/27/2014)

Wow! So Worth it! Review by Mishiko
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I am so glad that I purchased the Milk Kefir Grains. I have Kefir in my home every single day so I never have to buy it from the store. I never knew there were so many ways to use Kefir. This is well worth the money...and the health benefits! So happy am I!

(Posted on 11/25/2014)

Very Good Product Review by Louise
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We have always had two goats for our own milk products - When I heard
about Kefir - I thought it sounded like a good idea - certainly worth trying.

We ordered the grains from you and we were very happy with how quickly
they worked and how super easy it is! We live on a farm and have lots
of fresh fruit in season and with the extra we can or freeze. We like to
whiz the fruit in our Vita Mix and put the Kefir in - oh boy, that is gooood.
We just can't seem to get enough of it! We haven't even been making cheese because we like the kefir better.

(Posted on 11/24/2014)

Great Grains Review by Tulip
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I love the flavor. My quart of kefir is usually cultured within 24.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)



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