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 probiotic drink within 24 to 48 hours. This dairy kefir culture is reusable, and with care will allow you to make kefir over and over again.

  • Traditional heirloom-style kefir culture (a.k.a. "grains" due to appearance); not a powdered starter culture
  • Reusable culture; makes a new batch of kefir every 18 to 48 hours
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious probiotic-rich kefir
  • Cultures on the counter at 67° to 80°F, no heating appliance required
  • Can be used with cow milk, goat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk (see instructions)


Milk kefir grains are a starter culture that can be used with soy or coconut milk if care is taken to occasionally revitalize them in dairy milk. (Complete instructions will be included with each order.) Coconut kefir in particular is quite thick, rich, and delicious. Click here for information on making coconut kefir.

There are numerous uses for kefir including making a type of cream cheese, adding to smoothies, and drinking alone. Kefir can also be flavored after it has cultured and the kefir grains have been removed. Click here for more information on the numerous strains of bacteria and yeast generally known to comprise milk kefir grains.

Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life. Click here to see what bacteria and yeasts are in the milk kefir grains.

Milk kefir grains are produced in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products.


Shipping Information: Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. Upon receipt, the dairy grains can be rehydrated in fresh milk (this process usually takes 5 to 7 days) and then used to make kefir by adding the grains to fresh milk, stirring, covering, and leaving at room temperature until the desired consistency is reached (no more than 48 hours).  

Complete instructions are included with each order. Click here to view our milk kefir instructions.

       
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 Julia at 2/4/12 8:34 PM
    • Hi,
      I just received my kefir grains and was wondering whether I need to sterilize my jars every time before making kefir in them (and before rehydrating the grains). Thanks!
    • It's not necessary to sterilize the jars each time. While you should be careful to keep all containers and utensils free of any contaminants or soap, many people simply pour off the kefir and then add new milk to the jar. If you choose to do this, it would be a good idea to wipe off the rim of the jar with a clean cloth or paper towel.
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  • From Catch at 2/5/12 2:11 AM
    • How can you store the kefir grains between batches? For example, if I only make one batch every few days or so, how can I keep the starter alive? Per your answer- I also travel a lot, so how long can a starter stay alive between batches? Thanks!
    • You willl find information about putting your starters on hold on the following page http://www.culturesforhealth.com/safely-holding-starter-cultures-vacation The milk kefir grains need to have fresh milk about once a week while they are in the refrigerator. You can put the grains in the refrigerator between batches but if you find that they are not making kefir of the desired consistency and taste, try leaving them out of the fridge for a few days and making kefir daily. They can survive in the cold but they don't thrive in the cold temperatures.
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  • From Anita at 2/5/12 4:24 PM
    • Do you know if kefir grains work with powdered goat milk? Thanks!
    • Most powdered milk is highly processed, and thus not a very good choice for milk kefir grains. We recommend fresh milk, raw or pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized). To culture powdered milk, you could try the Milk Kefir Starter Culture.
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  • From Chris at 2/9/12 1:45 PM
    • Can I use skim homogonized milk to rehydrate my milk kefir grains?
    • Kefir grains are not too picky in terms of milk and can be used with pasteurized milk or raw milk; homogenized or non-homogenized; whole milk, low-fat or fat-free. We do recommend against using Ultra-Pasteurized milk (aka UHT) as it has been highly processed and is generally void of bacteria which presents a less than ideal environment for the kefir grains and tends to yield less consistent results.
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  • From Joaquin at 2/14/12 10:27 PM
    • Is milk kefir safe for children, and if so, how old? Thanks
    • We can't advise on medical or nutritional issues. There is a lot of information on the internet regarding this. If you have specific concerns, you should consult with your health care professional.
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  • From Dina-Marie at 2/25/12 9:17 PM
  • From Robin at 2/29/12 6:34 PM
    • I drink almond and soys milks, can these be used?
    • Generally speaking, Coconut Milk, Soy Milk, and Rice Milk can be cultured using Kefir Grains as long as a revitalization period is observed. 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 occasionally allow the Kefir Grains to revitalize in animal milk for 24 hours. We recommend allowing the Kefir Grains a revitalization period at least once every few weeks and ideally more often. To revitalize the Kefir Grains, simply place the Kefir Grains in 1-2 cups of animal milk for 24 hours. Once the process is complete, the Kefir Grains can be returned to use with an alternative variety of milk.
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  • From Joe at 3/4/12 9:59 PM
    • I am lactose intolerant. Can I use lactose free milk.
    • Milk kefir grains need lactose to survive. They also use the lactose to produce lactic acid, which causes the milk proteins to coagulate. You could probably culture some lactose-free milk and provide a probiotic drink, but it would not thicken much if at all, and you would have to refresh the grains in regular milk periodically.
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  • From Cindy at 3/4/12 2:52 PM
    • Will the kefir grains go bad if you forget about them and leave them in the milk unrefrigerated for several days or weeks?
    • The milk that the grains are sitting in or the kefir that has resulted will probably be bad after sitting unrefrigerated for so long. The grains will not "go bad" as much as they will undoubtedly starve and die from lack of nutrient if sitting at room temperature for that long.

      You can keep milk kefir grains in milk in the refrigerator for a week or two, in hibernation, but even there you would have to replace the milk periodically to keep the grains from starving.
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  • From Chris at 3/7/12 7:40 AM
    • When baking with the kefir, why do you have to soak the kefir in the flour for 12 hours?
    • You are actually soaking the flour in kefir which according to Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions) neutralizes phytic acid making the flour more easily digestible. Kefir can also be used as a leavening agent in recipes.
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Off and running Review by HKC
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The grains are working great! It's so easy once you get them started which for me took about a week. Now I make 1 qt of kefir everyday which costs about $0.50/qt. v.s. $3-4 from the store. Yea!! (Posted on July 31, 2014)
We love Milk Kefir - what did we ever do without it Review by Beach Gal
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We received our grains and followed instructions to rehydrate them. Now we are making 4 cups every day. My grains haven't grown but that has not stopped them from producing kefir. My husband and I and our two dogs drink the whole 4 cups daily. My husband has been teasing me about my "experiment" but he is now admitting that he feels so much better and our two dogs beg for kefir and are running around like young dogs. Their coats are nicer and their eyes brighter and they have more energy. The strange thing is that both my husband and I are lactose intolerant. These nifty little grains feed on the lactose and we have had no problem with the lactose at all. I am so happy that Cultures for Health offer these fantastic kefir grains. For the initial price along with the cost of milk, you can have a lifetime of healthy drink. We drink it straight, we put it in smoothies, we add fruits and juices. The possibilities are endless. (Posted on July 29, 2014)
Milk Kefir grains Review by Janie
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Mine had a slow start- might be the temp in the house and it is multiplying very slowly (I use organic milk) but what I have there is very healthy looking grains..Oh and did I say I am ADDICTED to Kefir! Can't seem to get enough...I love it...

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on July 27, 2014)
Fabulous Review by Jim
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I have ordered this product twice. Both times the grains activated within a couple of days, and started producing wonderful tasting kefir. Our family is very happy with it! (Posted on July 22, 2014)
Very good product. Review by GM
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I first ordered milk kefir grains and they did not work right, they must have been bad because all I made was rotten milk. After speaking to customer service, I received some new grains along with detailed instructions and this kefir has turned out to be wonderful. It has worked great from the start and we have made some good kefir that my family loves. (Posted on July 19, 2014)
Great product! Review by Ruthie
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Awhile back I had some grains that were so hard to use, never growing significantly and hard to strain out and reuse. I gave up for awhile, but missed this wonderfully probiotic drink so ordered these grains. Within 2 days they were making kefir. They have grown and multiplied, are easy to strain out of the finished product, and live happily on my counter in local raw milk from grassfed cows. I'm a fan! (Posted on July 18, 2014)
AFTER 10 days my kefir was spoiled Review by mustashka
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After 4 days I started to drink kefir, it was fresh and good the first week. The next week kefir had smell and I had to through away everything.
Bad instruction! Special in the begining.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting tips before discarding products. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments. (Posted on July 17, 2014)
so much kefir! Review by R
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I'm really happy with the kefir grains. When they came, I was feeling anxious that I would not be able to get them to work. I followed the instructions exactly, and in about 5 days I began to make kefir. The small amount of grains that I got makes 1.5 cups of kefir in about 12 hours in my 77 degree house. I am looking for a cooler place in the house to store them, and plan to add more milk so that I can slow down the process a little. (Posted on July 16, 2014)
Disaster Review by None
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As far as I know all I ended up with was sour milk - did'nt taste like kefir and I ended up throwing everything away.
If I was doing something wrong I don't know what

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on July 15, 2014)
Didn't work out as I had hoped Review by Anne
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I was so looking forward to trying this new endeavor. I'm sure the fault was all mine (though I followed the directions as closely as I could), but I was never able to get kefir that tasted good. In fact, I would describe the taste as foul. I'm sure it was a case of user error, but I don't know what I could have done differently. I wound up throwing away the grains after a couple of weeks' worth of attempts (and quite a bit of wasted milk). I would recommend trying it, and I may again in the future because I would be delighted if I could make it work.

Response from CFH: It is important that you contact us immediately if you are struggling to activate a culture. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on July 1, 2014)
So happy with the products I ordered. Enjoying them everyday! Review by Jaime
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I love both the kefir grains I ordered from you (milk and water). I am enjoying them everyday! I love your videos, recipes, and information you provide to us novices!!! (Posted on June 30, 2014)
Fast rehydration, reliable result, multiplying kefir grains Review by Asu
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Reviewing after an 8 day experience, including the rehydration period.

The day I started rehydrating coincided with a really hot weather wave for 2-3 days.The second and the third days the yield I had was a fermented product in a consistency of yoghurt, which tasted extremely good. By increasing the amount of fresh milk as suggested, I started to get fermented kefir in a drink consistency.

After 5-6 days, the little amount of grains I started with began to swell in size, which I hope grows bigger as many others experienced.

(Posted on June 19, 2014)
Super easy, fun and I feel real good about making it everyday! Review by Eva
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The grains started working much sooner than I expected, It has been a fun process and I enjoy making a probiotic-packed smoothie in the morning and have now ventured into baking with the kefir in place of buttermilk in baked goods with happy results. I look forward to having extra that I can pass on to family and friends (Posted on June 16, 2014)
Great grains! Review by Carolee
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As a person who has given up other grains (wheat, rice, etc.), these grains are keepers! I make coconut kefir with part 1/2n 1/2, and part canned coconut milk. It's delicious. (Posted on June 14, 2014)
Very good quality Review by leo
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I love these, and bought my second box this time. Makes the BEST milk kefir and i would never recommend going to another site to buy these. (Posted on June 9, 2014)
Great! Review by Kuulei
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I make a batch every day. It easily transitioned to RAW goat's milk for me! Thank you for offering this product! (Posted on June 5, 2014)
I like them! Review by Kharries
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Thanks! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
I love this product! Review by Andy
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Thank-you for making Milk Kefir Grains available to the public. I am so happy with my Kefir grains and all the Kefir they are helping me to make. This is such a blessing. Thank-you again so much...you are all really great! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
Great Results! Review by Cisco
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The grains were shipped promptly.

I made three 1 cup batches to get the grains going.

After that I was making real kefir that tastes great.

The grains are still very small but the milk is turning into kefir very quickly. I am having a hard time drinking all of it but that is a good problem to have.

I highly recommend these grains. (Posted on June 2, 2014)
So economic, healthy & good Review by Llin
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I am soo enjoying making and drinking my kefir this time around. I found in the past I was loosing my grains after 2weeks or so. Then reading more carefully instructions and being confirmed by a co. Counsellor, realized I was not using enough milk. But now so simple! I thank God for this wonderful product. And the readiness and courteousness of the workers there to help.
(Posted on May 31, 2014)
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