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 traci at 2/27/2011 3:21 PM
    • Hi. Just wondering, if I were to buy an extra milk kefir and an extra water kefir, how long will they store on the shelf before needing to be opened and rehydrated (I am basically asking what is the shelf life or is there one...can it be stored and/or stored on a shelf for later use if I buy extra?)

      Thank you, Traci
    • Unopened, these grains are shelf-stable for at least a year at room temperature; longer in the refrigerator.
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  • From Tammy at 3/2/2011 10:38 AM
    • I am new to almost everything that is natural/whole food eating, a baby of about a year if you will. We are trying to eat gluten, casein, and soy free. I have been reading about the milk kefir and would like to try something like this, as almost everything with the probiotic is dairy. Can you tell me if there is any milk ingredients used in the process of the grains before we get them, or is just what we use to feed them? Sorry if the question sounds silly.
    • Our milk kefir grains are grown in organic whole milk, and while you can culture alternative milks with them, they do need to be revitalized regularly in dairy milk since lactose is what they eat. If you are trying to stay away from milk products, you might want to try water kefir, which is completely dairy-free, and also contains a variety of probiotic strains.
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  • From Bobbo at 3/4/2011 1:56 PM
    • I have had Kefir for years. I ruined my grains (and my yogurts) and am looking for new. Are there different varieties? The two (free) replacements so far clot the fat and separate the whey. The smell is not good, although the grains look OK. My old batch (1 Tbs) would firm a quart of milk in 24 hours and smell warm(?) good and tart. Should it all act like this? What does yours do?
    • If you're having the same problem with a couple different batches of grains, I would suspect some other problem. Separation of the curds and whey is usually an indication of over-culturing: either too long, or too warm. If you'd like to send an email to us (use the Contact Us form), we can help you troubleshoot.
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  • From Sarah at 3/9/2011 10:21 PM
    • I just got my kefir grains today and am very excited about using them! I have them reconstituting in a cup of milk, and just wanted to clarify the instructions of putting them in a "partially sealed container". Can I do the coffee filter with rubber band??? Or does it actually need to be a 'lid' that is loosely tightened???
    • A coffee filter secured by a rubber band is an excellent solution.
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  • From Sarah at 3/13/2011 6:19 PM
    • Can the kefir grains be stored in the fridge for a short period of time if I want to take a break from making kefir??? Or what should I do with them if I want to take a short break?? I thought this info might be in the instructions, but couldn't find it! Thanks!
    • To take a short break you can leave the grains in a jar of milk in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If you want a little longer break, just replace the milk in that jar and it can go another 3 weeks. You must put it back to work after this. For an extended break, we have instructions for drying the grains: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Beth at 4/5/2011 7:25 PM
    • I have been using a dried kefir powder and the results have been poor. I am interested in using your product. I am eating raw at this time and would like to know the best product to use for a raw almond or coconut kefir. If I am doing dairy free I am asuming that the milk kefir would not produce as well in raw almond or raw coconut milk. I hate to make assumptions. Please advise.
    • Milk kefir grains work quite well with coconut milk. The only caveat is that they do need to be allowed to sit in cow or goat milk for 24 hours once every few batches to revitalize (also we ship kefir grains in a dehydrated shelf-stable state and they will need to be rehydrated and run through a few batches with cow/goat milk before they will be ready to work with coconut milk).

      Almond milk is a bit more of an issue. There really isn't a kefir culture that works well with almond milk. We've had some customers use milk kefir and water kefir grains, but both ultimately yield inconsistent results. If you really want to culture almond milk, you can use 1/4 cup finished water kefir with 1 quart of almond milk.
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  • From Jeani at 4/8/2011 12:15 PM
    • What's the minimum amount you could kefir and how much kefir grains would that take? (Can you use just 1/4 teaspoon of grains and thus kefir just one cup at a time?)
    • Many people find that kefiring just a cup or a pint at a time is more convenient. 1 tsp of grains will adequately culture 1 to 4 cups of milk. You can certainly try to see if just 1/4 tsp. would work!
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  • From gin at 4/19/2011 9:02 PM
    • Can I make almond yogurt with water kefir grains if I add sucanat for them to feed on?
    • Yogurt and water kefir are two different organisms with different bacteria. The water kefir grains will not work in almond milk.

      To make almond milk yogurt, your best option is our Vegan Yogurt Starter. You can find it here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/vegan-dairy-free-yogurt-starter.html

      You can find more information on our Yogurt Learn Page. Once there, scroll down to the section called "Non-Dairy Yogurt."
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  • From carl at 4/23/2011 8:55 PM
    • For about 7 months a year, the temperatures in my house exceed 80 F. Would this be a problem ? What is the maximum "operational" temperature?
    • You can culture up to 85ºF, but on the warmer end of the 68º-85º range might cause too rapid of culturing. Check the kefir after 12 hours to see if it's ready. If you find that the kefir is starting to separate before it finishes culturing, you can try some ideas from this article on warm weather care the next time: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/warm-weather-care
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  • From anna at 4/26/2011 5:24 PM
    • I am new to this idea, and would like to work with soy milk or almond milk. Can kefir be made from these? If so which grains (milk, or water) would you recommend?
    • Milk kefir grains are recommended for culturing non-dairy milk. Soy and coconut milk are the ones we recommend on our website; almond milk does not seem to work well. When culturing with non-dairy milk, you must revitalize the grains in a dairy milk (goat or cow) every few batches to keep the grains viable.
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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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