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 Karen at 5/5/2011 1:28 AM
    • Do these have some shelf life once shipped from your warehouse? How long? Would they go bad if I don't rehydrate them right away? Since I'm having a friend bring them to me from the U.S. in a month I'm a bit worried... should I order now or when the time is closer? Thanks!
    • Our milk kefir grains are shipped dehydrated, and have a shelf life at room temperatures of 68-85ºF for 12-18 months. They generally hold up quite well in shipping and transport. If you refrigerate them once you receive them, they should stay viable for quite a long time. Even though they are fine at room temps, it's best to play it safe and store them in the fridge until you're ready to use them. Unexpected rises above 85º will harm your grains, even in a dehydrated state.
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  • From Linda Mrowka at 5/11/2011 8:16 AM
    • Hello, I am having a hard time finding out the sugar content of 1 cup of kefir milk. I find the amount is zero in the grains but what is it in the milk after fermentation?
    • We are unable to give nutritional information for products made at home. However, the amount of lactose (milk sugar) remaining in fermented kefir will vary depending on the amount of time the kefir is cultured. Ultimately the grains will consume all the lactose in the milk - after that, they will starve as lactose is their food. If you ferment the kefir to the point just before it begins to separate into curds and whey, virtually all of the lactose will probably be gone.
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  • From Denise at 5/11/2011 3:14 PM
    • I forgot about my kefir and left it sitting out for about 2 1/2 weeks. Is it safe to dump out the kefir, rinse the grains, and start again? How can I tell if the kefir grains are still ok to use?
    • Unfortunately after 2-1/2 weeks at room temperature the grains have probably starved. They can sometimes go a bit over two days, at room temp, and can last in the refrigerator in milk for a couple of weeks, but you are probably going to have to start over with new grains at this point.
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  • From Marissa at 5/14/2011 5:27 PM
    • I have left my kefir on top of the fridge in milk about 4 days over. The kefir yogurt is very potent and I am not sure if it is safe to drink or not. The grains look a little fragile - will they be ok? Thank you so much whom ever receives this message. Marissa
    • That's generally too long for grains to be in the same milk, as they require a constant source of fresh lactose from milk to survive. Likely by now they have starved, but you can try to save them. Transfer them to fresh milk right away, and try to culture them for 12-24 hours. If nothing happens, you can try again with new milk and another 12-24 hours. If still no kefir, they have starved and will likely not bounce back.

      As far as consuming the four-day kefir… use your best judgement and don't consume anything that smells or tastes bad.
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  • From Linok at 5/16/2011 11:55 PM
    • What happens if you accidentally eat the grains?
      How many different types can kefir milk grains be? I got one on Amazon and they seems like good and working, but they are different from what I saw from my friend. Mine now are kind of loose and soft, but hard to find in the kefir, while my friend has formed ball shape, very easy to find and pick up. Not sure if I have different type of it or they just too small and will be reshaping?
    • There is no problem if you eat the kefir grains.

      Kefir is a very specific type of bacteria and yeast combination, so it should be the same no matter where you get it. However, different suppliers will treat the grains differently, so you will sometimes find kefir that looks different.

      Your kefir grains should begin to grow in size and quantity as they become more mature. If you have trouble finding them in the milk, you can stir up the kefir before you strain it. You can also take a small portion of kefir at a time in the strainer, dilute it with fresh milk, and push the finished kefir through using a rubber scraper or wooden spoon.
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  • From Jill at 5/17/2011 10:11 AM
    • Will kefir grains properly culture in organic SKIM milk or does it need fat? Thank you!
    • You can make kefir in skim milk, although the resulting drink will be much thinner than if you make it with whole milk.
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  • From Oksana at 5/19/2011 4:49 PM
    • Hello,
      I've got kefir grains in April, they worked fine for a month and a half and then they stopped producing kefir. Could it be due to the change of temperature in the house? Is there a way to get the grains back to making kefir?
      Thank you.
    • If the grains stopped working, there is a good chance it was due to being exposed to temps outside the range of 68-85ºF, they became contaminated, or perhaps starved. You can try resting them by putting them in a jar of milk or pure water (like a fast) and letting them sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days. If that does not revive them, they are most likely dead.

      Be sure if you were using the kefir grains to culture alternative milk that you refreshed with dairy milk every other batch. They need the lactose to survive!
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  • From willie mitchell at 5/22/2011 2:12 PM
    • Health question: I am having a problem with constant diarrhea....do you think Kefir will go toward helping this problem? Just had a colonoscopy so there is no problem there.
    • Unfortunately we cannot comment or advise on medical issues or health benefits of our products. However, there is a considerable amount of information on the Internet for you to research, and you can also check with your doctor.
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  • From Julia at 5/30/2011 2:46 AM
    • Are your kefir grains the same thing as kefir buds? And how does one store the grains between batches?
      Thank you!
    • Yes, kefir buds are another term for kefir grains. If you need to take a break from making kefir, put the grains in a jar of milk and put it in the refrigerator (with a lid) for a couple of weeks. If you need a longer break, we have directions on our website for drying them: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir However, we do not recommend frequent breaks in the fridge as this will damage your grains.
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  • From Jon at 5/30/2011 10:03 AM
    • I received fresh grains from another source and they were sitting in my outdoor mailbox - the weather has been very warm. I could not get them to culture the milk properly even after three batches. I think they might have been killed by the heat. Do dried kefir grains hold up better in warm weather?
    • Our dehydrated grains are pretty shelf-stable, and should be good for 12-18 months in the package. We do regularly ship them all over the world year-round. Occasionally if there is a failure, we are happy to troubleshoot to ensure you can make kefir, but it's not that common and doesn't seem to increase in the summer.
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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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