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 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 Gio at 7/2/2011 9:26 AM
    • Can you use kefir grains with homogenized milk?
    • Yes, you can use kefir grains with homogenized milk. The only kind of milk to avoid is ultra-pasteurized, as it is too sterile for the grains to work.
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  • From JJ at 7/7/2011 3:07 PM
    • Are your milk kefir grains the same as Starter? Thanks!
    • The milk kefir grains are live and contain about 30 strains of bacteria and yeast. They can be re-used indefinitely with proper care. The starter is dried, powdered kefir, containing about 6 strains, and can only be re-used a few times.
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  • From JJ at 7/7/2011 5:28 PM
    • Thank you for your quick response. I will be taking a trip for at least two weeks next month. I am wondering what should I do with the kefir grains, so I can reuse it after coming back from the trip. Thanks!
    • We have a great article on keeping cultures on hold while you are away: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir

      Basically you just put the grains in a jar of milk, cover the jar, and leave it in the refrigerator. They will hibernate happily for a couple of weeks!
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  • From JJ at 7/10/2011 9:10 AM
  • From Alex at 7/13/2011 4:03 PM
    • Hello, I would love to purchase some of your milk kefir but I've just read an older post saying that you have to use dairy milk to refresh the grains from time to time. I'm a vegan and would really not like to do this. Would they not last very long in that case if I used them in soya or coconut milk all the time? Thank you.
    • The milk kefir actually contains casein as part of the grain body, and lactose is its natural food, so the grains must be refreshed in dairy milk periodically. They would probably be able to produce kefir from soy or coconut milk for a couple of weeks, but would eventually starve and die.
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  • From RB at 7/19/2011 12:23 PM
    • Can I use refrigerated cold milk to make kefir when I add the grains to the milk, or does it have to be warm/room temperature milk?
    • Either will work! Be sure to either let the milk come to room temp on its own naturally, or if using heat, avoid the microwave and heat it very slowly on the stovetop. It MUST cool to room temp before adding the grains.
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  • From Amy Hoffman at 7/19/2011 3:13 PM
  • From Lottakids at 7/19/2011 11:06 PM
    • I was just wondering if you could use the kefir in almond or rice milk. If a person is lactose intolerant would milk kefir still cause a problem?
    • Milk kefir can be used successfully in most alternative milks, but almond or nut milks seems to be very problematic. If you use a nondairy milk, be sure to refresh it periodically in dairy milk to keep the grains alive. With almond or nut milks, it will work best to use 1/4 cup finished water kefir in 1 quart of almond/nut milks.

      The kefir grains will eat up the lactose in milk. The longer it ferments, the less lactose remains in the kefir. A one to two-day ferment would use up nearly all of the lactose. If you ferment too long, it will separate into curds and whey, indicating all of the lactose is gone (which can harm the grains if done too often). If you have concerns about drinking kefir, consult your health professional.
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  • From kj at 7/22/2011 6:20 PM
    • I am allergic to cow milk (lactose intolerant) and I have access to organic goat milk, not pasteurized. How would I use the milk kefir grains with goat milk???? Thanks, oh, and will they re-populate?
    • Milk kefir grains will work in any dairy milk - raw, pasteurized, goat, cow, sheep, etc - EXCEPT ultra-pasteurized. You must rehydrate the milk kefir grains in pasteurized milk, and transition them to raw milk. You can heat the raw goat milk to 160ºF to pasteurize it during the rehydration process. Goat milk makes a great kefir, and no special treatment is required. The grains should grow and reproduce, but with so many factors at play, we cannot guarantee it.

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk
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  • From Anne at 8/5/2011 12:09 PM
    • I would like to make thick kefir yogurt (thick like greek yogurt). Is this possible?? If so, what are the steps needed to produce a thick final product.
    • Some of the factors involved in getting a good thick kefir are: Use a high-fat milk, or even add some cream to the milk. A higher fat content will give a thicker kefir. Also, you can let the kefir culture for a longer time. The longer it cultures, the thicker it will be. If you stir it up a few times as it is culturing, it will give a nice consistency. You can also drain some whey from the finished kefir, once the grains have been removed, to yield a thicker yogurt-like consistency.
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excellent Review by mom
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I had a little bit of a hard time getting the directions straight but my kefir grains are actually starting to multiply. I had put my grains into raw milk at first, but realized I did it wrong and through contact with customer support via e-mail, I got back on track and they are doing good now. I really recommend the Milk Kefir grains.

(Posted on 3/2/2015)

Great customer support and advice!!! Review by Kefir Rookie
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I have had some trouble getting my grains started. The customer support has been terrific.

(Posted on 2/28/2015)

So happy to have my Kefir again! Review by Jean
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I ordered these grains and they arrived 3 days later! I reconstituted them and I have been making smoothies ever since! Can't wait to educate myself with more ways to use my Kefir! So happy with this product! Would definitely recommend.

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

A slow start Review by Betsy
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It took two tries before they started their fermentation, even though the whole milk product was not ultra pasteurized (and is supposed to be antibiotic free). I am going to, however, try different brands of milk; their fermentation rate remains slow compared to the granules that I have used in the past.

Response from CFH: It is normal for dehydrated grains to take 3-5 days to start culturing. If you experience trouble with your cultures, please contact customer support for assistance. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/contact-us

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

Will purchase again for my family! Review by Dana
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This is second time I bought this. Have very positive effect on my overall health. I recommend it to all my friends and family!

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

grains Review by n/a
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Very well pleased as always with CFH!!!

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Great, even for a newbie Review by Terri
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My house is cool so after a few days of my kefir not thickening, I began keeping it in the oven with just the light on. This makes about 3 cups in 24 hours. I've begun flavoring my kefir in a second fermentation. Finding out what works and what doesn't. Hopefully my grains will begin to grow soon so I can give them away to introduce everyone to the benefit of cultured milk. Love that good bacteria!

Staff was very helpful too, since I needed alot of hand-holding during the first two weeks.

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

Buy your grains here! Review by kelshop
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There are many places online to buy kefir grains, but I highly recommend buying them at Cultures for Health. I have ordered both the water kefir grains and milk kefir grains. My water kefir grains hydrated quickly and started producing water kefir in just a few days. I struggled with my milk kefir and wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I emailed Cultures for Health and got an very quick response with suggestions. Anita was so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir. I couldn't have asked for better customer service. :)

(Posted on 2/14/2015)

4 star Review by Mary
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This is the second batch of milk kefir grains I have purchased from you, and neither of them has grown in size or quantity. I always use Kroger's Simple Truth organic milk.

Your service is awesome!

Thanks.

Mary

Response from CFH: We do not guarantee that Milk Kefir Grains will grow or multiply. Everyone gets different results. Very few grains are need to culture milk kefir. We ask that you contact us any time you have questions or problems with your products.

(Posted on 2/10/2015)

No Grain Growth, but good kefir. Review by n/a
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Re-hydrating instructions very clear and easy to follow. The grains are up and running and they produce nice milk kefir. However, there are only three grains and they are neither growing much in size, nor reproducing. Once fully hydrated, I started using milk from my own goats...I use no antibiotics...so I do not understand the lack of growth.
I had grains a few years back from a friend and those grains multiplied daily.

Response from CFH: Milk kefir grains may or may not grow, as they are a very dynamic culture. For tips on encouraging grains to grow, see: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

(Posted on 2/6/2015)

Excellent product at a very good price. Review by DC
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I have sustained my culture for ten months now and am very satisfied. I have recommended this product to numerous people.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Kefir and CFH - two, too awesome Review by platOR
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I am now making Kefir at home and am happy I can make full fat, organic Kefir in any flavor we desire. I feel better drinking Kefir daily. The thickest, most flavorful Kefir I’ve made was with raw dairy milk (following the special instructions on CFH).

I was timid about trying to culture Kefir again and mistakenly got confused while doing Filmjolk in the same month. Though both processed on the counter they require different feeding schedules. Online chat supported me awesomely along the way.

I no longer need to purchase sour cream or buttermilk and am learning all about the health benefits and tasty ways to use whey. (A byproduct of straining either of these cultures.) Buying just two cultures and learning on this website have opened a new way to work in my kitchen and make good gut bacteria (probiotics) at home.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

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)



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