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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 Marybeth at 3/8/2012 12:23 PM
    • When rehydrating the grains what is meant by "partially sealed" container?
    • A partially sealed container could be a jar with a lid placed on top, but not screwed on; a coffee filter or dish towel over the top and secured by a rubber band; anything that covers the jar opening but allows gases to escape is acceptable.
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  • From sweetpea at 3/22/2012 1:09 PM
    • I am rehydrating my milk grains. Do they have to be rinsed off when you change out the milk? Also, is a week long enough to do this? I have them in the milk for 24 hours at a time. Then it starts to separate. Is this ok? I will stir it and leave it for the full 24 hours, then change out the milk. Please advise. Thanks.
    • There is no need to rinse the grains between batches. The rehydration process can take anywhere from 4-7 days. If separation occurs, stir the curds and whey together before straining. You should strain the grains as soon as it thickens, and start increasing the milk. So if you were using 1 cup of milk, and that thickened before 24 hours was up, give the grains 1 1/2 cups of milk. If that cultures before 24 hours is up, again strain and give it 2 cups of milk. And so on. After several days of increasing the milk and it successfully culturing the milk, you can consider it rehydrated if the kefir also looks and smells good, clean, and perhaps even sour! If you need further assistance, please contact customer support.
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  • From Jen at 3/27/2012 4:21 PM
    • My kefir wouldn't stain through the strainer so I stirred lightly with a wooden spoon. Now I don't see my grains. Did I damage them?
    • Straining the grains shouldn't cause any damage. If the kefir is thick or has separated, gently stir before straining to thin the kefir and loosen the grains. You can also dilute it with a bit of fresh milk to help. Then use a fine mesh strainer to make sure you catch the smaller grains, working the kefir through the strainer gently using a wooden or plastic utensil. Contact Customer Support for more assistance.
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  • From lily at 4/3/2012 10:20 PM
    • Do you not need to warm the milk first for the kefir grains? The cultures recommend heating first.
    • It is not necessary to heat the milk if you are using milk kefir grains. If you are using the powdered kefir starter, the milk would be gently and slowly heated (70° to 75°) to help in even distribution of the powder.
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  • From Millie at 4/6/2012 10:36 AM
    • Can you list the actual names of the micro-organisms in your kefir, so that I know what I am getting? Thanks.
    • The Composition of Milk Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast

      Please note, this list is for general informational purposes only. We do not test individual batches of Milk Kefir Grains for yeast and bacteria content, therefore we cannot make any guarantees to the exact probiotic makeup any particular set of Milk Kefir Grains sold on our website.
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  • From Jean at 4/8/2012 5:20 PM
    • Did I "kill" the good stuff in my raw goat's milk by freezing it? I purchased 1 gal. at a time and freeze 2 qts since I drink aprox. half gal. a week. Can I use the frozen (thawed milk) for kefir? Tried Kefir Starter product which did not produce well at all - very bad tasting. Want to buy good grains and make my own ASAP!
    • We have a lot of customers making yogurt and kefir with frozen - thawed goat's milk. A few people report an altered flavor but the flavor can change when the goat's diet changes too. Studies show differences of opinion about the slight loss of nutrients when freezing raw milk but it certainly won't "kill all the good stuff."

      See here for more info: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/using-previously-frozen-milk-for-culturing-yogurt-kefir-buttermilk
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  • From Christel at 4/9/2012 3:44 AM
    • Do you ship Kefir grains to New Zealand?

      Christel
    • We don't ship individual orders outside of the United States and Canada, but if you would like to see our products in your local health food store, please have them contact us about a wholesale account. They can start the wholesale process here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/Wholesale We would love to talk to them :)
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  • From Angie at 4/18/2012 10:11 AM
    • Can these kefir grains grow in unsweetened almond milk?
    • No, the milk kefir grains will not grow, nor survive in almond milk. Generally we do not see successful culturing with nut milks, especially almond milk.
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  • From Deidre at 4/21/2012 7:45 AM
    • My kefir seems to be going straight from milk to curds and whey after about 12 hours. I have not been able to find a thickened in between stage. Thank you!
    • The jump from thickened milk to curds and whey can happen very rapidly if you're using a small amount of milk or the temperature is warm. If you have recently rehydrated your grains, it could be that the grains are ready for more milk. If an increase in the amount of milk doesn't solve the problem, please contact customersupport@culturesforhealth.com and we will be able to help you resolve the issue.
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  • From Amy Richards Realty at 4/30/2012 1:08 PM
    • Can you make kefir with lactose free milk? It does not sound like it...
    • Lactose free milk usually does contain lactose, but it also contains lactase, an enzyme that helps lactose-intolerant individuals digest the lactose. Check the label; if you see lactase, the milk does contain lactose and may be used to culture milk kefir. However, many lactose-free milks are ultra-pasteurized, which does not work well for culturing.
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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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