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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 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 Ray at 12/18/2011 12:38 PM
    • How long can the dehydrated 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 18 months!
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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 culture 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!

    • 1 teaspoon of grains is usually sufficient to culture 1 cup to 1 quart of milk. If you are getting a grainy quantity, you may have too many grains. 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. However, if you culture too long, the lactose will run out and you'll get curds and whey.

      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. If you bottle it up for a second ferment with some juice, it will taste and act like soda. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir
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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.
    • Try stirring the milk while it's culturing and please see our article: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

      That is interesting the grains work in Brazil's Ultra Pasteurized milk! They do not fare well in the U.S.'s UP milk.
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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 doesn't seem to be doing much. Can I add more grains that I have going in another jar?
    • You can use about 1 teaspoon of grains, 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 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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  • 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?
    • 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 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 shannon at 10/28/2011 7:04 PM
  • 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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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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