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
  • Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
  • 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. 


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 Liza at 8/7/2012 8:36 PM
    • Hi. Do I need to rinse the grains out after straining or can I just dump them into new milk all yogurty? And, for yogurt, is it ok to use a metal spoon to serve it with? Somewhere in my Russian past I remember hearing that this was not allowed.
      Thanks.
    • No need to rinse the milk kefir grains between batches.

      Some metals are reactive and should not be used with cultures (aluminum, silver, etc.) so it's best to stick with a wooden or plastic spoon. Generally 100% stainless steel is safe, but it's best to be cautious.
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  • From Cheryl at 8/24/2012 8:23 AM
    • I am on the second day of rehydrating the milk kefir grains. The milk is thick. Is it ok to drink it now or should I go through the entire 5 days as the instructions say. It does not smell sour at all, more like what fresh yogurt smells like.
    • If your milk is thickening and you have that fresh, tangy smell, you can taste your milk kefir. As long as it tastes ok to you, it’s ok to consume. It's best to finish out the rehydration period, making sure the grains can consistently make kefir with each addition and increase of fresh milk. The flavor will continue to develop as your grains adapt to their new environment.
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  • From Laura at 9/8/2012 9:58 AM
    • We've been enjoying our kefir grains since purchasing them a few months ago. We are going on vacation for 10 days in a week--could you tell me the best way to keep the kefir grains while we're gone? Thanks!
    • Fresh milk in the fridge (airtight container) for up to 3 weeks, and fresh milk when they come out. They will be safe and happy in the fridge while you're away. See here for more info: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Beth at 9/21/2012 5:22 AM
    • Do you happen to know what the difference is between milk kefir and piima or villii (sp?) milk? I have been researching, but am unable to find what cultures are present in pima/villii.
    • For milk kefir, see here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast

      Piima is known to contain Streptococcus lactis var. bollandicus, Streptococcus taette

      Viili is known to contain Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
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  • From Jennifer at 10/3/2012 8:03 PM
    • How long will the grains last?
    • If cared for properly, milk kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly to make kefir.
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  • From niki at 10/7/2012 1:35 PM
    • I am very new to kefir. What do I need to start with? Just the milk kefir grains? Or the starter kit? I plan on using this with raw milk.

    • The Milk Kefir Starter Kit Contents:

      One packet milk kefir grains
      Plastic mesh strainer (3½-inch diameter)
      Instruction and recipe booklet

      Milk kefir grains do very well in raw milk, but we advise rehydrating them in pasteurized milk until they are fully active. Follow the directions for rehydration that are included with the culture and the kit.

      See here to transition them from pasteurized milk to raw milk: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

      See here to make raw milk kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/raw-milk-kefir
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  • From Elizabeth at 10/9/2012 6:35 PM
    • What is the shelf life of the dehydrated kefir grains if I keep them in the original package? I have some active grains right now, but want to have "back up" grains in case I need them. Thank you!
    • The grains last 12-18 months unrefrigerated, and 18+ months refrigerated.
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  • From Lana at 11/22/2012 10:29 PM
  • From Maria Victoria at 12/4/2012 1:19 AM
    • Hi! Can I make the kefir grain with soy milk? Thanks.
    • 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 Cheri F. at 12/6/2012 11:29 PM
    • I haven't made kefir before. If using store bought non fat milk, are there any issues besides being thinner that I need to know about? Will the grains live fine with consistant use of non fat milk? Will the kefir be lumpy instead of smooth? Anything else I should know in this regard?

      Thank you for your time and assistance! Cheri
    • 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 strongly recommend avoiding Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) or Ultra-Pasteurized (UP) milk.
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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)

It couldn't be easier! Review by Stu
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I've always enjoyed kefir, and after a recent colonoscopy (nuff said)you really are starting with a clean slate, so to speak. I wanted to populate my system with probiotics, but didn't want to pay $4 a qt. The small investment in kefir grains has rewarded us with an endless supply of kefir. It took a bit to get them started, but a few minutes on the chat line produced great kefir the very next batch. I have a small Styrofoam cooler, similar to an Omaha Steak style cooler, very dense, which I retrieved from the recycling depot. A quart of water inside the cooler provides enough heat to incubate a batch in about 12hrs. The grains have multiplied in numbers( not size) to where I can share some soon. Thanks for providing such a reliable product.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)

Great quality Review by Zacky
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I already had kefir grain from Cultures For Health. This order was to give as a gift to my mother who lives in France. Since the grains had to travel by plane, I preferred ordering a proper commercial sealed packaging and an invoice rather than sending her home with some of my fresh ones. Her grains activated perfectly. She couldn't be happier.

The only thing that could have been better is he shipping cost (to Canada). It is double of what the kefir grains cost, making basically that teaspoon of grains a whopping 49$. This size a package,from the US, could certainly cost much less. I have to say though, silver lining, that the shipping is very fast.

I would still order from Cultures for Health (I need to add the Viili to my cultures) for it's difficult to beat that quality and variety of cultures, not to mention the great customer service.

Note from CFH: Due to the perishable nature of our products, shipping options to Canada are limited at this time, to protect the viability of the cultures.

(Posted on 11/21/2014)

Inconsistent quality Review by Cathy
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This is the second batch of kefir grains purchased from CfH. The grains make super kefir that we enjoy drinking every day. The packet of grains that was most recently purchased contained about 5x more grains than the packet from our first purchase about a year ago. In rehydrating the grains, we had good kefir in 2 days. The packet purchased a year ago took close to 2 weeks of the rehydration process before getting good kefir. Don't understand such inconsistent quality.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any culturing concerns. Live cultures can respond quite differently depending on ingredients, temperature, and culturing environment.

(Posted on 11/14/2014)

Excellent purchase! Review by Katherine
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So glad I purchased these. The grains re-hydrated within a couple of days and were making me kefir by the third day. I love making kefir smoothies - they're thick, delicious, and so healthy as I'm getting a huge dose of probiotics every day!

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Cultures For Health is Top Notch Review by Carol
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After 8 days I'm getting 2 cups of kefir. The taste is great without anything in it. I used Chat several times with questions during my re-hydrating process and they gave me just the information I needed.
Also, in our 62-64 degree home, they gave me the great tip to place kefir on something like a DVR. We don't have a DVR, but we do have a battery (UPS)for our computer. I put kefir jar in a milk carton, secured to the wall to protect the electronics from a possible spill.

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Very good product Review by asango
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It took a while to find the right milk, but now I have and all is going well and it's a very good product. My low mark regarding price is that I find 30$ shipping a little bit steep for shipping in Canada. There is one distributor here of your product, they only carry water kefir so I'm not taking business away from them.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Satisfied the Second Time Around Review by Doris
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This is my second try at this kefir product. The first time it did not work within 24 hrs, no matter what I did. It took like 45 hrs. Anyway, my husband built an incubator with a constant temp. of 80 degrees, using an enclosure and light bulb arrangement. I did get new granules and used whole milk and it started working within 24 hrs. Now, after about 8 - 9 times of making the kefir, I no longer have to incubate it, but can just leave it sit on the counter and it still works within 24 hrs. What I have noticed is that the granules are somewhat larger and I really think the first time around that I just did not get enough granules to make it work at room temp.

(Posted on 11/9/2014)

Overall I am very pleased. Review by Moby
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I have spent some considerable time reading about Kefir and how to make it. There is a knack to it and now that I am started, it is just a matter of routine. I think that the number of grains could be less stingy but I am gradually building up my "stock". The price is a little steep but in all fairness, the free Ebooks are an added bonus if they work. Not been able to get on yet.

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

Awesome product! Review by Kat
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Love my milk kefir grains!
Started them right away, transitioned to raw goat milk, love having my fresh kefir ready every 2 days! A real treat!
Cultures for Health had a great handout in the box to get me started and along with a quick video tutorial from their site, I was able to get up and running with my culture they day it arrived!
Thanks again!

(Posted on 11/3/2014)

Happy Kefir Grains! Review by Alex
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Nice, healthy Kefir grains, with clear instructions for rejuvenating them from their initial dehydrated state. Very nice, rich flavor.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Very Happy Review by stah
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Love the taste and love what it does for my inner body as well as outer body!

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Fantastic Kefir Grains Review by dlh
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I've had my first packet of grains going for about two weeks and they are growing fast and producing tasty kefir daily from whole pasteurized milk. I think they compare very well with 'live' or 'fresh' grains. Very satisfied.

Note from CFH: Our grains are alive, but dehydrated at low temperature and packaged in organic powdered milk to keep them healthy and fed. We dehydrate to keep the grains free from contaminants, and safe and stable for shipping.

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Loving it! Review by NavyWifeArmyMom
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I've been using Cultures for Health yogurt starter for a couple of years & wNted to try keifer. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, so I bought a bottle of strawberry keifer at the grocery store - I was hooked! Ordered my keifer grains and went to work! I had to experiment with milk fat levels, decided pure skim milk was not the best choice. Tried half skim/half whole milk - still not the best. Finally decided to go with whole milk, & haven't looked back! Have been experimenting with different flavors also. So far my very favorite is Pumpkin Spice Keifer (generous amount of pure pumpkin), dash or two of pumpkin pie spice, a splash of maple syrup &/or caramel sauce for depth of flavor, and a splash of organic evaporated cane juice to taste - DELICIOUS!! I've also made Green Tea Keifer using matcha powder & honey for sweetener, as well as various fruits made in the blender as keifer smoothies. Next up: Caramel Apple Keifer using unsweetened applesauce, a dollop of caramel sauce, and a dash of two of apple pie spice!!

Totally pleased with everything I've purchased from this company - excellent quality and wonderful customer service!!

(Posted on 10/27/2014)

Reliable grains, Good value Review by Daniel
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The milk kefir grains I received from cultures for health have been extremely reliable and multiply quite quickly. They are definitely a good value because of the high price of store bought kefir. The only issue I have with them is that the kefir I get from them is "curdy". No matter what I do it never has the thick smooth texture of store bought kefir. It always comes out with very small curds throughout the thin kefir. Some of the best vegetable ferments I have made have been from extra kefir grains or kefir whey.

CFH Note~ The most common cause of a "grainy" texture (tiny curds in the kefir) is an imbalance in the ratio of kefir grains to milk. Removing some of the grains or increasing the volume of milk usually resolves the issue. Please contact Customer Support if you are having any problems, we are very happy to help.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Turned out pretty darn good Review by Sarah C
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I wasn't sure about these grains when I started using them; I feel like it took several batches of milk for the grains to re-hydrate, but now I get delicious kefir. There is an article on this site about choosing the right milk for culturing, which was pretty helpful. I've decided that although I love to drink non-homogenized milk, I don't really like it cultured. The value of these grains is huge--a bottle of kefir is crazy expensive, and although good, organic milk is as well, it's not nearly as much as the finished product. I'm trying water kefir grains next.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

Enjoying making my own kefir Review by MS
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I was a bit worried about the shipping process, since I live in FL and the temps were running 90 degrees. The product arrived in one day and I met the mail carrier at the mailbox. I had great kefir in three days and am now enjoying it every day.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

Great taste Review by apapillon
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Tasteful and good consistency achieved in 5 days!

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

excellent product Review by David R.
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Bought these grains recently and they were activated in good order according to the directions. I am now trying to figure out how to predict the outcome based on our house's varying temperatures, but each day I am making good progress and am enjoying the milk on my morning cereal each day.

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

Very productive grains ; great way to start the day ! Review by Liz
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We recently bought these grains after reading about them in a cooking magazine. It was a very good purchase ; the cost for kefir in the grocery store adds up quickly. Now we have a quart every morning and experiment with blending in different fresh or frozen fruits,and or agave and vanilla. Directions were easy to follow.

(Posted on 10/15/2014)



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