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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 Anne at 8/7/2011 2:49 PM
    • Effervescent kefir

      I am making my kefir using raw cow's milk, fermenting it 12-24 hrs @ 75ºF. So far the batches haven't become effervescent. Some batches taste like thin yogurt; another’s very sour yogurt. What am I doing wrong if anything? What makes the kefir become effervescent? Thanks!!!
    • Usually kefir will become more tart and more thick the longer it ferments. If you want to get a bit more effervescence, after the grains are removed, try putting a lid on the finished milk kefir and allowing it to do a second ferment at room temperature for another 12-24 hours. The idea is to trap the gases that build up as it ferments.
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  • From C. St John at 8/16/2011 1:11 PM
    • Since I live in inland southern California, where it's very hot in the summer months, I wonder if I should wait until cooler weather before ordering kefir grains. It would be a pity if the heat destroyed them en route. What do you think?

      Thanks.
    • Our products generally stand up very well to shipping, even during the summer. If there is ever any problem once you have received the cultures, you can contact us at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Anne at 8/19/2011 4:10 PM
    • What is the calorie content of kefir made using whole pasteurized milk? The pre kefired milk I am using indicates that 1 cup = 150 calories. Thanks!!
    • The bacteria themselves have no measurable calories. The calorie content of the finished kefir will be about the same as the calorie content of the milk you make it with, but there is no accurate way for us to give nutritional information on a food product made in one's own kitchen.
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  • From Eiffel Fleur at 8/26/2011 4:01 PM
    • Why can't kefir grains thrive in coconut milk even if kept fed by the coconut milk? Do they not multiply, and do they just die? So confused. People say they have more than enough grains, but this doesn't happen with coconut milk?

      Will they multiply in coconut milk as they do in cow's milk? Also, is kefir different than normal dairy that has so many hormones?Kefir still contains the hormones of cows and goats, even if raw milk, right?
    • The bacteria and yeast in milk kefir grains will cause the coconut milk to thicken, and they will propagate throughout the coconut milk to provide a probiotic drink. However, the kefir grains require lactose and other dairy milk nutrients to survive and thrive. So they must be refreshed every few batches by culturing in dairy milk for 24 hours. Even with this refreshment, it's likely they won't reproduce much, if at all. Without the refreshment, they will ultimately weaken and die.

      Kefiring will not eliminate any hormones that have been added to the milk you use. The effect of kefir grains is to add bacteria to the milk, and to acidify the milk, causing it to coagulate.
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  • From Emily Charles at 8/28/2011 4:16 PM
    • I have been told by two different friends that kefer is so benificial. Because I am new to this product, explain why it so good and my understanding always has been that you need to refrigerate milk so it does not sour. How and why are kefir & kefir cultures different? Thanks.
    • Kefir is a cultured milk product. The kefir grains acidify the milk so it coagulates, and the bacteria and yeast that are in the grains multiply so that there is a large quantity of probiotics throughout the milk. (Probiotics are "beneficial bacteria" - the same kind that are in your intestines that help digest your food.)

      The reason you don't have to refrigerate the milk as it is culturing, and that you can leave it out a little after it's cultured, is that the beneficial bacteria in the kefir outnumber the bacteria that would make the milk spoil.

      We cannot make any comments or recommendations regarding the health benefits of kefir, but there is a lot of research available on the Internet that you might find useful, or you can speak with your doctor about how kefir might benefit you personally.
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  • From Rhonda at 8/29/2011 12:10 PM
    • Hi I've been making kefir from your grains for over a year in our raw goat's milk and they have been growing and multiply lots along with making good kefir, but the last little while they have gotten really slimy like boiled okra, and aren't growing anymore. I have kept them at the same place so the temp should be the same and I put the yogurt in another room. Thanks for your help. I love your website and products.
    • The slime you're describing can come from too many grains in the milk. It is probably kefiran, a clear, viscous polysaccharide that is produced by the grains, and usually assimilated into the milk or reabsorbed by the grains. It is part of what gives the kefir its thick, creamy texture.

      Try dividing up the grains into separate batches or even just removing some of them. 1 teaspoon of grains (sometimes less!) should be plenty to culture a quart of milk. You can also stir up the milk a few times while it's culturing. This distributes the kefiran better, and also helps give the kefir a smooth texture.
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  • From safira at 8/30/2011 10:57 PM
    • If I buy the milk kefir grains, is there any issue with only using them with goat milk? I never drink cow. Will i need to "revitalize" the grains in cow milk at some point? Thank you!
    • Kefir grains work wonderfully with goat milk. In fact, the first kefir grains, many hundreds of years ago, probably developed in an environment of goat milk, or milk from other mammals (yak, sheep, etc.). It's easier on the grains to keep them in the same kind of milk though. Switching back and forth frequently between goat and cow milk may be problematic, so watch them carefully.
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  • From Anna at 9/11/2011 2:26 PM
    • When I'm not culturing kefir, how do I store my kefir grains? In the fridge, out of the fridge, in milk, in water etc?

      Thanks, Anna
    • Milk kefir grains can be stored in a jar of milk in the refrigerator and will hibernate for up to three weeks. However, they perform better when they are not regularly in and out of the refrigerator. In fact, it is likely the frequent breaks would damage your grains. You can make smaller quantities at one time if you'd prefer, so you can keep the grains working rather than storing them frequently.
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  • From Erin at 9/15/2011 10:53 AM
    • I purchased a packet of milk kefir grains from the local co-op and noticed after I had started rehydrating the grains with raw goat milk that the allergen information on the package says that the grains were processed in a facility that handles products containing soy and wheat. I'm wondering what those products are and whether you've ever known customers to have reactions due to cross-contamination? I know that's pretty unlikely but I was just very surprised to see that and curious as I deal with substantial food allergies.
    • We are required by law to make that statement on our products, since we use a commercial kitchen that may also be used to process soy and wheat products. However, our equipment is dedicated (used only for our products), and we don't produce any soy or wheat cultures ourselves. We are meticulous about cleanliness. The type of exposure to these allergens would be about the same as if you shopped in a supermarket that also sold wheat and soy products.
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  • From Lili at 9/17/2011 6:21 PM
    • I am making my kefir using fat-free cow milk for over a week. It still doesn't look and taste right. It looks like soft tofu, and when I touch it with a wood spoon, it was all smashed. It is not the same as the kefir I bought from the supermarket at all. What is wrong with that?

      Thanks!
    • The kefir you make at home may or may not be exactly like the kefir you buy at the store. Quite a lot will depend on the type of milk you use. Commercial kefir also sometimes has additives and thickeners than can change the consistency. The length of time you culture it, and the temperature, can also affect the final result. If you would like some help troubleshooting your kefir, please email customersupport@culturesforhealth.com.
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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)

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)

Not impressed-sorry Review by jillu
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After using up three gallons of milk trying to wake up the dried milk kefir grains.....still no real kefir to speak of. With the price of the milk along with the price of the grains, this was an expensive fail. I went elsewhere for some fresh milk kefir grains and had immediate success. I would not recommend starting with dried grains.

Note from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 3/24/2015)

LOVE Review by Jana
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I happened to catch these on sale.- I love them so much, I would have gladly paid full price!

(Posted on 3/23/2015)

Couldn't transition to raw milk... Review by Jen
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We drink raw milk, and I purchased half a gallon in order to activate and transition the grains to raw milk as directed. It only took two days for the grains to begin working - although I never tasted the kefir, the consistency looked right. I began transitioning to raw milk according to the instructions. I used 25% raw milk, and it went off. I never got past 25% raw milk, but four days later I was out of pasteurized milk, it smelled foul each time, and had to dump the whole thing. Quite an expensive experiment, and now I'm back to purchasing kefir. I would love for this to work and will likely buy again to try again. Just don't want to be out that much more if it won't work with raw milk...

~Please contact customer support for troubleshooting with raw milk before discarding cultures.

(Posted on 3/22/2015)

Very satisfied Review by jansto1
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Don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. Great product and fair price, fast shipping as well.

(Posted on 3/18/2015)



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