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
  • Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
  • 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. 


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 1/20/2012 3:10 PM
    • Why are my keifer grains not growing? I have stored my extras in water in the fridge for up to a couple of months. Can that starve them or is their another reason they would stop growing or reproducing?
    • Milk kefir grains need milk to survive. If you have stored them in the refrigerator in water for a long time, they have probably starved... or at least they have been dormant and will not grow or reproduce. To grow and reproduce, they must be active, in milk at room temperature, over a period of time. (The milk should be changed daily.) For further assistance, please contact our customer support representatives at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Sharon at 1/17/2012 3:09 PM
    • Can I use pasteurized, homogenized milk from the grocery store for kefir and yogurt starters? I don't have the option for non-pasteurized milk here. Thanks.
    • Yes you can use pasteurized and homogenized milk to make these products! It works wonderfully. Although we recommend that you do not use ultra-pasteurized products.
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  • From Phil at 12/29/2011 10:11 AM
    • Does kefir sometimes just go sour instead of making the kefir? What if you use milk that is going slightly sour?

    • The general rule is, if it smells / tastes bad, don't consume it. That being said, you should always make your kefir with the most fresh milk possible. Milk is a great place to grow bacteria, both good and bad. Bad bacteria can damage your grains so start with good, fresh milk and enjoy your delicious kefir :)
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  • From Ray at 12/18/2011 12:38 PM
    • How long can the dehydrated / dried Kefir grains last before they expire ?

      Can I buy 2 packages and keep 1 package as backup for 1 year before using it ?
    • You can keep the unopened package in the refrigerator for up to a year. :)
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  • From Melinda at 12/7/2011 11:39 PM
    • I got my kefir grains from a family member. They said to use 1T of grains to 1C of milk. I saw a Q & A above that you can cultre a quart with 2t. When I watched your video your kefir looks smooth in texture while mine looks more grainy, even after 12-18hrs. I use 1% milk, could that be the reason? OR Am I using too many grains in too little milk. My grains are growing like crazy.

      Also, if I culture it for 12 hours am I getting the same probiotics as a 24 hr. culture, just smaller amounts?

      One more question...Does water kefir have the same bit of tangy flavor that milk kefir has? My children won't drink the milk kefir plain and I was wondering about the flavor of the water kefir.

      Thank you so much for the wonderful information you have here! Blessings!

    • 2 to 3 teaspoons of grains is usually sufficient to culture between 2 cups to 1 quart of milk. If you are getting a grainy quantity, you may have too many grains. They do work best when there are at least 2 teaspoons together. Try using 2 teaspoons in 2 cups of milk and see if that helps. You can also stir up the kefir while it is culturing to improve the consistency.

      The same probiotics will multiply in the milk regardless of how long it is cultured, but there will be more of them with a longer culturing time, and the milk will become thicker as more coagulation occurs.

      Water kefir is a different drink altogether. It tastes sort of like a very bland lemonade, and can be flavored with juices, herbs, fruits, etc., to provide different tastes and flavors.
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  • From Brad at 11/22/2011 2:40 PM
    • What are the factors that cause the cultures/grains to multiply and/or increase in size? Mine have not grown at all in 3 months. I make a 1-liter batch at a time and it's good quality, but I'd like to have more grains to make a bigger batch within 24 hours, at a time. I've used other cultures in the past that had no problem growing even in the ultra-pasturized (flash pasturized w/high heat) milk they sell here in Brazil.
    • My suggestion would be to stir the milk while it's culturing and please see our article: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply
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  • From Sarah at 11/18/2011 3:41 PM
    • Is it possible to "over-feed" the kefir grains. I think I put too much milk with the amount of grains I had, and it doesnt seem to be doing much. Can I add more grains that I have going in another jar?
    • You can use anywhere between 1/2-2 teaspoons of grains. That is enough to culture anywhere from a cup to a quart. If there are too many grains for the milk, the kefir can get foamy or yeasty. If there aren't enough, they won't be as active. It's fine to combine sets of grains, or you can use less milk until the grains get stronger. They may multiply, also.
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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 that they are active. If they have been in milk in the refrigerator, they are usually okay for a couple of weeks, but you can really only tell by giving them a trial and seeing what happens.
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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 Miha at 11/7/2011 8:36 PM
    • Are the kefir grains that you sell known as Tibetan Mushroom?
    • Yes, Tibetan Mushroom is another name for milk kefir grains.
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Great product and website Review by InTexas
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I got these grains a year ago. It took close to a week to activate them. I only used a little milk at first as it wasn't active yet and I didn't want to waste it. Once it got going, it tasted too sour for me but it's either gotten sweeter or I've gotten used to it. I always add a banana with tart fruit to make it sweet. Or a spoonful of fruit jam. The kefir has a almost tingly feeling on your tongue, there are some bubbles in it - that and the yeast makes it taste different from yogurt. Also the store bought kefir is not comparable as it is more of a thin yogurt. I had tried that first and if it wasn't for the other reviews and all the info these people provide I wouldn't have known it was supposed to taste so different.
Also, my house tends to stay warm, especially in the summer and I struggled with making this at first as it seemed to go from nothing to a super sour thick stuff that I didn't care for. Then I read a review from a lady in Houston who cycles hers daily with counter time and fridge time. I tried it and it works for me. I put it out until it looks a little thick, then fridge. Then I filter it and get it in new milk and back on the counter. I use organic milk. I could never get it through the sieve I bought here once it got thick. I started using one I got from Walmart that has bigger holes. Maybe if you filtered while it's still thin it would work, but I found this works ok.
And also, it never gets very thick, more like buttermilk. And whiter than the milk you start with when done. And then you put it through the sieve and that breaks it up thinner so I've mostly used it in smoothies and as a buttermilk substitute. Today I made one with a banana, teaspoon honey, fistful squished raw spinach and handful of frozen blueberries. It was good, too sweet, but couldn't taste the spinach. I have also made some salad dressing out of it, recipes on the website.

(Posted on 9/20/2014)

Skimpy supply Review by Jeff
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The quality seems to be good, but for the price, surely you could have included more kefir grains.

Response from CFH: The amount of grains included is sufficient to culture 1 quart of milk at least every 24 hours, indefinitely with care. This will provide nearly 2 gallons of milk kefir each week.

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

Excellent Review by Donna
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A great learning experience! When I needed help I received support using the live chat and was able to solve my issue. After drying the grains, and starting over, the kefir is delicious.

(Posted on 9/13/2014)

Kefir Grains Review by Reets
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Product arrived promptly. Directions clear and true to set-up time estimate. Taste delicious.

(Posted on 9/7/2014)

I am inexperienced using cultures, but think the product worked just fine. Review by M
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The culture seemed very expensive for a few granules. The product worked well and was easy to hydrate. I find that I have more questions than available answers. I don't understand the doubling effects of the granules and am afraid I am mixing them in the drink. All in all I think the product certainly is more flexible than the powder product, more convent and less expensive in the long run.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any questions. If answers can't be found on the site, we are often able to help find the answers or answer directly.

(Posted on 9/4/2014)

Quick start Review by Brant
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Order arrived on time and in good condition. It is clear instructions in good website support. The culture took off like a rocket! Great product!

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

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I have ordered milk kefir grains more than once and they die. I give up. It is super chunky and very difficult to separate at 24 hours. I work so I am not available to watch it every hour to see when it is ready. I will stick with the wonderful (forgiving) water kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support before discarding products. Many cultures are salvageable with some minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/25/2014)

Works great! Tastes great! Review by Gord
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My Kefir grains activated in one day and began producing a delicious drink that I can't get enough of!

(Posted on 8/21/2014)

Huge Disappointment Review by Katheryn
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I've had these grains for a month and they never activated. The milk doesn't thicken at all. I've contacted Customer Service several times and they keep giving me new tricks to try, but nothing works. These grains simply aren't working. I've poured SO MUCH time and energy into the critters, trying to lovingly nuture them to life. I'm more mad about how much time and milk i've wasted on this venture than the eightteen bucks down the drain.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/20/2014)

goforit Review by Satified
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I am very pleased with my Kefir making process, especially when it cost around $3.18 at a local store.

(Posted on 8/4/2014)

Great Review by Ssunshine62
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This is my first try with milk kefir. I have made several batches and have enjoyed them in my daily smoothies. Can't wait to try other gains.

(Posted on 8/2/2014)

Off and running Review by HKC
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The grains are working great! It's so easy once you get them started which for me took about a week. Now I make 1 qt of kefir everyday which costs about $0.50/qt. v.s. $3-4 from the store. Yea!!

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

We love Milk Kefir - what did we ever do without it Review by Beach Gal
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We received our grains and followed instructions to rehydrate them. Now we are making 4 cups every day. My grains haven't grown but that has not stopped them from producing kefir. My husband and I and our two dogs drink the whole 4 cups daily. My husband has been teasing me about my "experiment" but he is now admitting that he feels so much better and our two dogs beg for kefir and are running around like young dogs. Their coats are nicer and their eyes brighter and they have more energy. The strange thing is that both my husband and I are lactose intolerant. These nifty little grains feed on the lactose and we have had no problem with the lactose at all. I am so happy that Cultures for Health offer these fantastic kefir grains. For the initial price along with the cost of milk, you can have a lifetime of healthy drink. We drink it straight, we put it in smoothies, we add fruits and juices. The possibilities are endless.

(Posted on 7/29/2014)

Milk Kefir grains Review by Janie
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Mine had a slow start- might be the temp in the house and it is multiplying very slowly (I use organic milk) but what I have there is very healthy looking grains..Oh and did I say I am ADDICTED to Kefir! Can't seem to get enough...I love it...

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/27/2014)

such a small amount Review by jen
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I received a very small amount - 1 teaspoon re-hydrated- it took forever to do more than 2 cups of milk.

Response from CFH: One teaspoon of milk kefir grains are all that is needed to culture up to 4 cups of milk. Please contact us before discarding any cultures. Some cultures may require a minor adjustment.

(Posted on 7/23/2014)

Fabulous Review by Jim
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I have ordered this product twice. Both times the grains activated within a couple of days, and started producing wonderful tasting kefir. Our family is very happy with it!

(Posted on 7/21/2014)

Very good product. Review by GM
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I first ordered milk kefir grains and they did not work right, they must have been bad because all I made was rotten milk. After speaking to customer service, I received some new grains along with detailed instructions and this kefir has turned out to be wonderful. It has worked great from the start and we have made some good kefir that my family loves.

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

Great product! Review by Ruthie
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Awhile back I had some grains that were so hard to use, never growing significantly and hard to strain out and reuse. I gave up for awhile, but missed this wonderfully probiotic drink so ordered these grains. Within 2 days they were making kefir. They have grown and multiplied, are easy to strain out of the finished product, and live happily on my counter in local raw milk from grassfed cows. I'm a fan!

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

AFTER 10 days my kefir was spoiled Review by mustashka
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After 4 days I started to drink kefir, it was fresh and good the first week. The next week kefir had smell and I had to through away everything.
Bad instruction! Special in the begining.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting tips before discarding products. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/17/2014)

so much kefir! Review by R
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I'm really happy with the kefir grains. When they came, I was feeling anxious that I would not be able to get them to work. I followed the instructions exactly, and in about 5 days I began to make kefir. The small amount of grains that I got makes 1.5 cups of kefir in about 12 hours in my 77 degree house. I am looking for a cooler place in the house to store them, and plan to add more milk so that I can slow down the process a little.

(Posted on 7/15/2014)



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