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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 doug at 7/20/2015 10:41 PM
    • hello, i want to make raw skim milk kefir. i have a source for the raw skim...will the grains do the trick ?
      thanks for the help.

      doug
    • Yes, the grains will certainly do the trick. The grains must be activated in pasteurized milk. Whole milk makes it easier to determine if the texture is correct but once activated and making good kefir, the grains can be introduced to your raw skim milk. The texture will be thinner than whole milk kefir but equally delicious. You will find information about introducing the grains to raw milk here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk
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  • From Brenda Becker at 6/24/2015 7:40 AM
    • I'm using home pasteurized goat milk. To do the pasteurization I heated the raw milk to 165 F for 30 seconds. Chilled the milk. Now I started the process to activate the milk kefir grains. I have soaked the grains 24 hrs, strained and added the grains to fresh pasteurized milk again. After the second soaking, I strained and the grains are in the strainer along with a thickness of what looks like milk fat. My question is, should I rinse the grains before soaking them and should they be rinsed between batches later after activation?
    • Non-homogenized milk will normally result in a layer of cream on top of your kefir. You should plan to stir the kefir a few times during the culturing process to give the grains better access to the milk. When the milk thickens, gently stir the grains in the strainer to remove most of the cultured cream before placing the grains in fresh milk to start the new batch. Change the milk when it thickens or at 24 hours if the milk hasn't thickened. If the milk thickens in less than 24 hours, increase the volume of milk for the next batch. No need to rinse the grains unless the previous batch had an off or overly yeasty smell or flavor.
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  • From Mangala at 4/12/2015 2:09 PM
    • When doing the activation process, providing that fresh milk is given within 24 hours, is the discarded milk OK to drink or use in some way?
    • As per the printed instructions that will come with your grains:

      "At any stage during the activation, if the finished product smells and tastes pleasant, it may be consumed or used in recipes. Finished product with an unpleasant aroma or flavor should be discarded after the grains have been removed."
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  • From Erika at 3/29/2015 2:49 PM
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  • From ann tsipolitis at 1/1/2015 11:15 AM
    • can i make new kefir without draining the first batch?
    • To ensure that the grains have an adequate supply of fresh food and to minimize the risk of mold, we recommend straining the grains out and placing them in a clean jar with fresh milk for each new batch.
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  • From Susan at 12/28/2014 8:29 PM
    • What is in the milk kefir starter kit besides the grains? What is the proper amount of milk to use each time (after rehydration) to get the best results.
    • The kit contains grains, a plastic / nylon mesh strainer and a very helpful booklet which includes information and recipes. The grains are activated in 1 cup of milk and you will begin increasing the volume when the milk thickens to a buttermilk-like texture. The amount of milk for each batch will depend on the temperature of your culturing area and how long you culture the milk. A small amount of milk will culture very quickly, especially in a warm location. 1 teaspoon of active grains can normally culture 4 cups of milk within 24 hours if the temperature is within range.
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  • From Jean at 11/30/2014 6:09 PM
    • I received my milk kefir grains during the summer months. They were left in the mailbox on a 90 degree day for several hours. I re-hydrated them and have been making kefir and the grains are growing, but I have always wondered, if I lost some of the beneficial bacteria and yeast from that exposure to the heat?
    • If your milk kefir grains are producing good kefir, then you are receiving all the possible benefits they can give! If they are not, please contact our customer support representatives by phone, email or chat.
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  • From Maria Carstensen at 11/12/2014 7:52 PM
    • I am ordering both kefir grains and yogurt starter. I would like to get the hang of making the yogurt for a while before starting kefir....how long and how can I store my kefir grains when I receive them...Thanks
    • At room temperature, the grains will last 12 to 18 months. However, we recommend refrigeration so the dehydrated grains will last 18 + months.
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  • From Leslie at 8/27/2014 12:04 AM
    • I just got my grains and my hubby bought ultra past. milk...is it safe to use for one day to keep the grains or should I just put the grains in the fridge to keep? I don't want to ruin the grains with this milk...
    • The results using ultra-pasteurized milk are inconsistent. However, you will be discarding the first few batches so start using the ultra pasteurized milk, but make the change to regular pasteurized milk as soon as you can. This milk will not support the grains, and you risk possibly harming them the longer they are in this milk.
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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)

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)



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