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 probiotic drink within 24 to 48 hours. This dairy kefir culture is reusable, and with care will allow you to make kefir over and over again.

  • Traditional heirloom-style kefir culture (a.k.a. "grains" due to appearance); not a powdered starter culture
  • Reusable culture; makes a new batch of kefir every 18 to 48 hours
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious probiotic-rich kefir
  • Cultures on the counter at 67° to 80°F, no heating appliance required
  • Can be used with cow milk, goat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk (see instructions)


Milk kefir grains are a starter culture that can be used with soy or coconut milk if care is taken to occasionally revitalize them in dairy milk. (Complete instructions will be included with each order.) Coconut kefir in particular is quite thick, rich, and delicious. Click here for information on making coconut kefir.

There are numerous uses for kefir including making a type of cream cheese, adding to smoothies, and drinking alone. Kefir can also be flavored after it has cultured and the kefir grains have been removed. Click here for more information on the numerous strains of bacteria and yeast generally known to comprise milk kefir grains.

Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life. Click here to see what bacteria and yeasts are in the milk kefir grains.

Milk kefir grains are produced in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products.


Shipping Information: Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. Upon receipt, the dairy grains can be rehydrated in fresh milk (this process usually takes 5 to 7 days) and then used to make kefir by adding the grains to fresh milk, stirring, covering, and leaving at room temperature until the desired consistency is reached (no more than 48 hours).  

Complete instructions are included with each order. Click here to view our milk kefir instructions.

       
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 Rhonda at 8/29/11 12:10 PM
    • Hi I've been making kefir from your grains for over a year in our raw goats 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. 1-2 teaspoons 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 Emily Charles at 8/28/11 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 refigerate milk so it does not sour. How and why are kefer & kefer 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 Eiffel Fleur at 8/26/11 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 cows milk? Also, is kefir different than normal dairy that has so many hormones?Kefir still contains the hormones of cows and goats, evn 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 casein to reproduce and to thrive. So they must be refreshed every few batches by standing in dairy milk for 24 hours. Even with this refreshment, they will probably not 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 Anne at 8/19/11 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.
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  • From C. St John at 8/16/11 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 8/7/11 2:49 PM
    • Effervescent kefir
      I am making my kefir using raw cows milk, fermenting it 12-24 hrs @ 75 degrees. 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. You can make the kefir thicker without the tartness by letting it ferment for 10-12 hours and then moving it to the refrigerator for another 24 hours or so, grains and all. The fermentation will slow down and let the milk thicken without souring.

      Putting a lid on the jar as it ferments will help the kefir retain the carbon dioxide and increase effervescence. If you culture with a lid on at room temperature, fill the jar only about 2/3 full instead of all the way, to allow for the buildup of gases.
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  • From Anne at 8/5/11 12:09 PM
    • I would like to make thick kefir yogart (thick like greek yogurt). Is this possible?? If so, what are the steps needed to produce a thick final product.
    • Some of the factors involved in getting a good thick kefir are: Use a high-fat milk, or even add some cream to the milk. A higher fat content will give a thicker kefir. Also, you can let the kefir culture for a longer time. The longer it cultures, the thicker it will be. If you stir it up a few times as it is culturing, it will give a nice consistency. You can also drain some whey from the finished kefir, once the grains have been removed, to yield a thicker yogurt-like consistency.
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  • From kj at 7/22/11 6:20 PM
    • I am alergic to cow milk (lactose intolerant) and I have access to organic goat milk, not pasturized. how would i use the milk kefir grains with goat milk???? Thanks oh and will they re-populate.
    • Milk kefir grains will work in any sort of dairy milk - raw, pasteurized, goat, cow, sheep, etc - EXCEPT ultra-pasteurized. We do recommend rehydrating the milk kefir grains in pasteurized milk for best results. You can heat the goat milk to 160ºF to pasteurize it during the rehydration process, then convert the grains to raw milk. Goat milk makes a great kefir, and no special treatment is required. The grains should grow and reproduce.

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk
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  • From Lottakids at 7/20/11 11:06 PM
    • I was just wondering if you could use the kefir in almond or rice milk. If a person is lactose intolerant would milk kefir still cause a problem?
    • Milk kefir can be used successfully in almond or rice milk, but must be refreshed periodically in dairy milk to keep the grains alive. The almond or rice milk kefir may have a much thinner texture than kefir made with dairy milk, but will still have a probiotic content.

      Part of the action of kefir grains is to eat up the lactose that is in milk. The longer it ferments, the less lactose remains in the kefir. A two- or three-day ferment would use up nearly all of the lactose. If you have concerns about drinking kefir with lactose intolerance, you should consult with your health professional.
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  • From Amy Hoffman at 7/19/11 3:13 PM
    • Can you sweeten kefir? If so, what is best to use and at what stage of the process?
    • You can sweeten and flavor kefir. You would do it after the kefir has cultured and the grains have been removed. You can learn more in our video: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-flavor-milk-kefir-video
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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 July 27, 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 July 22, 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 July 19, 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 July 18, 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 July 16, 2014)
Disaster Review by None
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As far as I know all I ended up with was sour milk - did'nt taste like kefir and I ended up throwing everything away.
If I was doing something wrong I don't know what

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on July 15, 2014)
Didn't work out as I had hoped Review by Anne
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I was so looking forward to trying this new endeavor. I'm sure the fault was all mine (though I followed the directions as closely as I could), but I was never able to get kefir that tasted good. In fact, I would describe the taste as foul. I'm sure it was a case of user error, but I don't know what I could have done differently. I wound up throwing away the grains after a couple of weeks' worth of attempts (and quite a bit of wasted milk). I would recommend trying it, and I may again in the future because I would be delighted if I could make it work.

Response from CFH: It is important that you contact us immediately if you are struggling to activate a culture. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on July 1, 2014)
So happy with the products I ordered. Enjoying them everyday! Review by Jaime
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I love both the kefir grains I ordered from you (milk and water). I am enjoying them everyday! I love your videos, recipes, and information you provide to us novices!!! (Posted on June 30, 2014)
Fast rehydration, reliable result, multiplying kefir grains Review by Asu
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Reviewing after an 8 day experience, including the rehydration period.

The day I started rehydrating coincided with a really hot weather wave for 2-3 days.The second and the third days the yield I had was a fermented product in a consistency of yoghurt, which tasted extremely good. By increasing the amount of fresh milk as suggested, I started to get fermented kefir in a drink consistency.

After 5-6 days, the little amount of grains I started with began to swell in size, which I hope grows bigger as many others experienced.

(Posted on June 19, 2014)
Super easy, fun and I feel real good about making it everyday! Review by Eva
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The grains started working much sooner than I expected, It has been a fun process and I enjoy making a probiotic-packed smoothie in the morning and have now ventured into baking with the kefir in place of buttermilk in baked goods with happy results. I look forward to having extra that I can pass on to family and friends (Posted on June 16, 2014)
Great grains! Review by Carolee
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As a person who has given up other grains (wheat, rice, etc.), these grains are keepers! I make coconut kefir with part 1/2n 1/2, and part canned coconut milk. It's delicious. (Posted on June 14, 2014)
Very good quality Review by leo
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I love these, and bought my second box this time. Makes the BEST milk kefir and i would never recommend going to another site to buy these. (Posted on June 9, 2014)
Great! Review by Kuulei
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I make a batch every day. It easily transitioned to RAW goat's milk for me! Thank you for offering this product! (Posted on June 5, 2014)
I like them! Review by Kharries
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Thanks! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
I love this product! Review by Andy
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Thank-you for making Milk Kefir Grains available to the public. I am so happy with my Kefir grains and all the Kefir they are helping me to make. This is such a blessing. Thank-you again so much...you are all really great! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
Great Results! Review by Cisco
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The grains were shipped promptly.

I made three 1 cup batches to get the grains going.

After that I was making real kefir that tastes great.

The grains are still very small but the milk is turning into kefir very quickly. I am having a hard time drinking all of it but that is a good problem to have.

I highly recommend these grains. (Posted on June 2, 2014)
So economic, healthy & good Review by Llin
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I am soo enjoying making and drinking my kefir this time around. I found in the past I was loosing my grains after 2weeks or so. Then reading more carefully instructions and being confirmed by a co. Counsellor, realized I was not using enough milk. But now so simple! I thank God for this wonderful product. And the readiness and courteousness of the workers there to help.
(Posted on May 31, 2014)
Easy to use Review by wickedb
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These are great. Easy to use and saves me money. What could be better? (Posted on May 23, 2014)
Nicely surprised Review by AL
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I had little success with my order of milk kefir grains. Chatted a couple of times with Sarah, she is very knowledgeable and did her best to get me straightened out. I can only think of good things to say about these folks. (Posted on May 21, 2014)
positive Review by First timer
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I was able to use the grains (following directions on your site) with raw milk. They have worked great every day since they were rehydrated. I am now starting to increase the amount of milk so I can grow more. (Posted on May 20, 2014)
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