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Milk Kefir Grains

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Milk Kefir Grains Starter Culture

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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 delicious 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 Iryna at 9/20/2011 10:43 AM
    • Hi! I was wondering if I wanted to take a break from making kefir for a week or so, where do I store the kefir grains while they are resting? Do I leave them on the counter or put them in the fridge?
    • To take a break from making milk kefir, simply place the kefir grains in fresh milk, place a tight lid on the container and place it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. See here for more information: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Hector at 9/23/2011 6:37 AM
    • Hi,

      The types and quantity of bacteria, do they increase if you allow the milk kefir to brew longer than 24 hours? I am refering to the strains of bacteria.
    • The number of bacteria and yeast organisms will increase as culturing continues. The types of bacteria and yeasts will remain stable.
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  • From Heather at 10/7/2011 10:31 PM
  • From Kathleen at 10/12/2011 3:26 PM
    • I am in process of eating to bring healing to my gut. I follow a yeast, dairy, gluten, corn free diet. I have never made kefir before. I buy coconut milk and would like to make kefir. Which of your starter grains do I buy?
    • There are 2 options with coconut milk kefir:
      1. You could use milk kefir grains and put them directly into the coconut milk once they have been sufficiently re-hydrated in dairy milk. However, you will have to put them back into dairy milk every other batch or so to keep them alive and thriving.
      2. You can make water kefir using the water kefir grains and then use 1/4 c. of your finished water kefir to inoculate 1 quart of coconut milk. This requires that you make water kefir, but you do not have to deal with dairy at all.
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  • From TS at 10/23/2011 1:56 AM
    • How much fresh coconut milk will the grains in the pack make?

      And, does it have to be in glass jars, or could it be made in a Harsch fermentation crock?
    • The packages of milk kefir grains that we sell contain sufficient grains to culture about a quart of liquid after rehydration - either milk or an alternative. Glass jars are perfect for making kefir. A fermentation crock is fine, if you don't put the lid on. Kefir needs some air circulation for fermentation to work properly.
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  • From shannon at 10/28/2011 7:04 PM
  • From Rachel at 11/3/2011 4:00 PM
    • I have had my kefir for about a week now. When I first got it I put it in goat's milk and changed it out daily for about 5 days. The grains doubled in size and so on the 6th day I rinsed with spring water and put them in coconut milk. I don't like the taste of goat milk and cow milk breaks me out. My question is regarding cow milk kefir and acne. If I break out from cow milk, will I also break out from cow milk kefir?
    • We recommend checking with your health care practitioner, as we are not medical professionals and cannot speculate on health issues.
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  • From Miha at 11/7/2011 8:36 PM
    • Are the kefir grains that you sell known as Tibetan Mushroom?
    • Tibetan Mushroom is similar to milk kefir grains in that it is a community of bacteria and yeasts that can be use to make a fermented milk beverage. They look alike as well.
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  • From jaimie at 11/10/2011 1:06 PM
    • I am using raw goat's milk with my grains, but would like to transition to coconut milk. Once they are transitioned and fully thriving, do I need to do anything additional at any point in time? Or will they be fine and live well in the coconut milk?
    • Coconut milk can be used repeatedly to make milk kefir, but the grains will need to be cultured periodically with cow or goat milk to revitalize them. More information can be found here:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/coconut-milk-kefir-recipe
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  • From Karen at 11/17/2011 12:46 AM
    • If I haven't fed my milk kefir grains for a while, how can I tell if they're still active?
    • The best way to tell if kefir grains are active is to note whether they are still making kefir. If they have been out at room temperature without being fed for more than 48 hours it is unlikely they are active. If they have been in milk in the refrigerator, they are usually okay for up to three weeks, but you can really only tell by giving them a trial and seeing what happens.
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Milk Kefir Grains are Super Quality Review by Penny
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I am so happy with how well the milk kefir grains I purchased from Cultures for Health are producing kefir. This is my first attempt at making kefir, and I'm thrilled with the success. I've had the grains less than a month, and after just two "conditioning" ferments my new grains have been making delicious and healthy kefir every single day. And the grains are increasing in size very nicely! So glad I made the leap into making kefir, and so very pleased with the quality of Cultures for Health grains.

(Posted on 8/23/2015)

very good quality Review by eman1958
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i was so happy with the quality, i did an amazing kefir with it. it is very easy to follow the instructions too.

(Posted on 8/12/2015)

Good Review by Sarah
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I try to be careful when I strain the grains but it seems my grains become fewer and fewer so that after a few weeks I have just 2 or 3 left. And I feel the price is a little expensive.

Note from CFH: Decreasing grains is usually a sign the grains are starving. Please contact customer support for troubleshooting.

(Posted on 8/3/2015)

So Glad I FINALLY started Kefir Culturing Review by llw
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Love your produce. Excellent videos on your site to get started. Thanks!

(Posted on 8/2/2015)

No Problems Review by Jack
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Started the grains per instructions with Raw Milk. They were active right after the start period and have worked well for the last month. They are growing slowly and the kefir tastes great--I do a primary for 24 hours and a secondary for an additional 24 hours. I make just under 1 quart a day. Fortunately have 2 raw milk sources within a few miles.

(Posted on 7/13/2015)

Success! Review by zelda
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I am a happy customer! The Milk Kefir Grains worked perfectly. The instructions included were so helpful. I had no problems starting my kefir, and it has been going strong for several weeks now. All of my questions were answered well by the online resources here on the Cultures For Health site. This was my first home fermentation project, and I would definitely order another starter from Cultures For Health if I decide to take on another. Thanks for making an awesome product, and maintaining a super helpful website.

(Posted on 7/6/2015)

Didn't Work for Me Review by SweetBee
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Ended up wasting at least a gallon or more of expensive organic milk refreshing the grains every day for almost two weeks before I just gave up and dumped them in the trash.

Such a small amount of grains and they never did smell right, smelled more like bread yeast than kefir.

I had good luck with the dehydrated powder and with the water kefir, don't think I'll waste more money trying these again.


CFH Note: Most kefir issues can be easily resolved with minor modifications to the kefir making process. It is very important that you contact Customer Support for help if you are experiencing problems.

(Posted on 6/23/2015)

Love it! Review by Emm Vee
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I bought my grains from a local health food store. It took a while and a few trials and errors to get consistent results, but the customer service reps were very helpful. I have been getting consistent results now for several months, and am very pleased with the end product. It's thick (even with skim milk) and pleasantly sour and yogurty. It takes five minutes each morning to give the little kefir-dudes some fresh milk, and they just do their thing. I'll be interested to see what happens in the hot and humid summer months.

(Posted on 6/17/2015)

Challenging To Get Great Results Review by Suzanne
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I was very challenged using these grains to make milk kefir. I followed the instructions to dehydrate the grains and make kefir. I used low pasteurized/non-homogenized milk. My process with the grains kept changing the milk into curds and whey. I was unable to recognize/see the grains in the finished product. I contacted Customer Support and the representative worked with me for almost a week to resolve these problems. No more curds and whey. Only great tasting milk kefir! Thank you CFH Customer Support.

(Posted on 6/15/2015)

Fantastic quality! Review by Angel
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Hint: don't even dare to rinse your grains in tap water. That's how I killed my first batch. I was dumb and thought I knew better. You don't need to rinse them at all unless you're taking some out to dry and save as a back up. Anyway, this is my second attempt to make kefir. These are fantastic quality grains and I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to help themselves be healthier.

(Posted on 6/1/2015)

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)

Disappointed in product Review by Anita
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I have been having problems with my grains from the start. They took 15 days to activate. The quality of my kefir is not good it doesn't thicken as it should. In fact the only way I can get it to thicken at all is to add some kefir to it. Have tried everything that customer support has recommended. Now what?

Response from CFH: Our support staff is always happy to help. If you are still having trouble with your culture, please don't hesitate to contact us.

(Posted on 4/25/2015)

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)



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