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 Anna at 9/11/2011 2:26 PM
    • When I'm not culturing kefir, how do I store my kefir grains? In the fridge, out of the fridge, in milk, in water etc?

      Thanks, Anna
    • Milk kefir grains can be stored in a jar of milk in the refrigerator and will hibernate for up to three weeks. However, they perform better when they are not regularly in and out of the refrigerator. In fact, it is likely the frequent breaks would damage your grains. You can make smaller quantities at one time if you'd prefer, so you can keep the grains working rather than storing them frequently.
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  • From safira at 8/30/2011 10:57 PM
    • If I buy the milk kefir grains, is there any issue with only using them with goat milk? I never drink cow. Will i need to "revitalize" the grains in cow milk at some point? Thank you!
    • Kefir grains work wonderfully with goat milk. In fact, the first kefir grains, many hundreds of years ago, probably developed in an environment of goat milk, or milk from other mammals (yak, sheep, etc.). It's easier on the grains to keep them in the same kind of milk though. Switching back and forth frequently between goat and cow milk may be problematic, so watch them carefully.
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  • From Rhonda at 8/29/2011 12:10 PM
    • Hi I've been making kefir from your grains for over a year in our raw goat's 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 teaspoon 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 8/28/2011 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 refrigerate milk so it does not sour. How and why are kefir & kefir 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 8/26/2011 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 cow's milk? Also, is kefir different than normal dairy that has so many hormones?Kefir still contains the hormones of cows and goats, even 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 other dairy milk nutrients to survive and thrive. So they must be refreshed every few batches by culturing in dairy milk for 24 hours. Even with this refreshment, it's likely they won't 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 8/19/2011 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, but there is no accurate way for us to give nutritional information on a food product made in one's own kitchen.
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  • From C. St John at 8/16/2011 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 8/7/2011 2:49 PM
    • Effervescent kefir

      I am making my kefir using raw cow's milk, fermenting it 12-24 hrs @ 75ºF. 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. If you want to get a bit more effervescence, after the grains are removed, try putting a lid on the finished milk kefir and allowing it to do a second ferment at room temperature for another 12-24 hours. The idea is to trap the gases that build up as it ferments.
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  • From Anne at 8/5/2011 12:09 PM
    • I would like to make thick kefir yogurt (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 7/22/2011 6:20 PM
    • I am allergic to cow milk (lactose intolerant) and I have access to organic goat milk, not pasteurized. 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 dairy milk - raw, pasteurized, goat, cow, sheep, etc - EXCEPT ultra-pasteurized. You must rehydrate the milk kefir grains in pasteurized milk, and transition them to raw milk. You can heat the raw goat milk to 160ºF to pasteurize it during the rehydration process. Goat milk makes a great kefir, and no special treatment is required. The grains should grow and reproduce, but with so many factors at play, we cannot guarantee it.

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk
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Great Grains Review by Tulip
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I love the flavor. My quart of kefir is usually cultured within 24.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)

It couldn't be easier! Review by Stu
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I've always enjoyed kefir, and after a recent colonoscopy (nuff said)you really are starting with a clean slate, so to speak. I wanted to populate my system with probiotics, but didn't want to pay $4 a qt. The small investment in kefir grains has rewarded us with an endless supply of kefir. It took a bit to get them started, but a few minutes on the chat line produced great kefir the very next batch. I have a small Styrofoam cooler, similar to an Omaha Steak style cooler, very dense, which I retrieved from the recycling depot. A quart of water inside the cooler provides enough heat to incubate a batch in about 12hrs. The grains have multiplied in numbers( not size) to where I can share some soon. Thanks for providing such a reliable product.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)

Great quality Review by Zacky
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I already had kefir grain from Cultures For Health. This order was to give as a gift to my mother who lives in France. Since the grains had to travel by plane, I preferred ordering a proper commercial sealed packaging and an invoice rather than sending her home with some of my fresh ones. Her grains activated perfectly. She couldn't be happier.

The only thing that could have been better is he shipping cost (to Canada). It is double of what the kefir grains cost, making basically that teaspoon of grains a whopping 49$. This size a package,from the US, could certainly cost much less. I have to say though, silver lining, that the shipping is very fast.

I would still order from Cultures for Health (I need to add the Viili to my cultures) for it's difficult to beat that quality and variety of cultures, not to mention the great customer service.

Note from CFH: Due to the perishable nature of our products, shipping options to Canada are limited at this time, to protect the viability of the cultures.

(Posted on 11/21/2014)

Inconsistent quality Review by Cathy
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This is the second batch of kefir grains purchased from CfH. The grains make super kefir that we enjoy drinking every day. The packet of grains that was most recently purchased contained about 5x more grains than the packet from our first purchase about a year ago. In rehydrating the grains, we had good kefir in 2 days. The packet purchased a year ago took close to 2 weeks of the rehydration process before getting good kefir. Don't understand such inconsistent quality.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any culturing concerns. Live cultures can respond quite differently depending on ingredients, temperature, and culturing environment.

(Posted on 11/14/2014)

Excellent purchase! Review by Katherine
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So glad I purchased these. The grains re-hydrated within a couple of days and were making me kefir by the third day. I love making kefir smoothies - they're thick, delicious, and so healthy as I'm getting a huge dose of probiotics every day!

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Cultures For Health is Top Notch Review by Carol
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After 8 days I'm getting 2 cups of kefir. The taste is great without anything in it. I used Chat several times with questions during my re-hydrating process and they gave me just the information I needed.
Also, in our 62-64 degree home, they gave me the great tip to place kefir on something like a DVR. We don't have a DVR, but we do have a battery (UPS)for our computer. I put kefir jar in a milk carton, secured to the wall to protect the electronics from a possible spill.

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Very good product Review by asango
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It took a while to find the right milk, but now I have and all is going well and it's a very good product. My low mark regarding price is that I find 30$ shipping a little bit steep for shipping in Canada. There is one distributor here of your product, they only carry water kefir so I'm not taking business away from them.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Satisfied the Second Time Around Review by Doris
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This is my second try at this kefir product. The first time it did not work within 24 hrs, no matter what I did. It took like 45 hrs. Anyway, my husband built an incubator with a constant temp. of 80 degrees, using an enclosure and light bulb arrangement. I did get new granules and used whole milk and it started working within 24 hrs. Now, after about 8 - 9 times of making the kefir, I no longer have to incubate it, but can just leave it sit on the counter and it still works within 24 hrs. What I have noticed is that the granules are somewhat larger and I really think the first time around that I just did not get enough granules to make it work at room temp.

(Posted on 11/9/2014)

Overall I am very pleased. Review by Moby
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I have spent some considerable time reading about Kefir and how to make it. There is a knack to it and now that I am started, it is just a matter of routine. I think that the number of grains could be less stingy but I am gradually building up my "stock". The price is a little steep but in all fairness, the free Ebooks are an added bonus if they work. Not been able to get on yet.

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

Awesome product! Review by Kat
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Love my milk kefir grains!
Started them right away, transitioned to raw goat milk, love having my fresh kefir ready every 2 days! A real treat!
Cultures for Health had a great handout in the box to get me started and along with a quick video tutorial from their site, I was able to get up and running with my culture they day it arrived!
Thanks again!

(Posted on 11/3/2014)

Happy Kefir Grains! Review by Alex
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Nice, healthy Kefir grains, with clear instructions for rejuvenating them from their initial dehydrated state. Very nice, rich flavor.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Very Happy Review by stah
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Love the taste and love what it does for my inner body as well as outer body!

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Fantastic Kefir Grains Review by dlh
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I've had my first packet of grains going for about two weeks and they are growing fast and producing tasty kefir daily from whole pasteurized milk. I think they compare very well with 'live' or 'fresh' grains. Very satisfied.

Note from CFH: Our grains are alive, but dehydrated at low temperature and packaged in organic powdered milk to keep them healthy and fed. We dehydrate to keep the grains free from contaminants, and safe and stable for shipping.

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Loving it! Review by NavyWifeArmyMom
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I've been using Cultures for Health yogurt starter for a couple of years & wNted to try keifer. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, so I bought a bottle of strawberry keifer at the grocery store - I was hooked! Ordered my keifer grains and went to work! I had to experiment with milk fat levels, decided pure skim milk was not the best choice. Tried half skim/half whole milk - still not the best. Finally decided to go with whole milk, & haven't looked back! Have been experimenting with different flavors also. So far my very favorite is Pumpkin Spice Keifer (generous amount of pure pumpkin), dash or two of pumpkin pie spice, a splash of maple syrup &/or caramel sauce for depth of flavor, and a splash of organic evaporated cane juice to taste - DELICIOUS!! I've also made Green Tea Keifer using matcha powder & honey for sweetener, as well as various fruits made in the blender as keifer smoothies. Next up: Caramel Apple Keifer using unsweetened applesauce, a dollop of caramel sauce, and a dash of two of apple pie spice!!

Totally pleased with everything I've purchased from this company - excellent quality and wonderful customer service!!

(Posted on 10/27/2014)

Reliable grains, Good value Review by Daniel
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The milk kefir grains I received from cultures for health have been extremely reliable and multiply quite quickly. They are definitely a good value because of the high price of store bought kefir. The only issue I have with them is that the kefir I get from them is "curdy". No matter what I do it never has the thick smooth texture of store bought kefir. It always comes out with very small curds throughout the thin kefir. Some of the best vegetable ferments I have made have been from extra kefir grains or kefir whey.

CFH Note~ The most common cause of a "grainy" texture (tiny curds in the kefir) is an imbalance in the ratio of kefir grains to milk. Removing some of the grains or increasing the volume of milk usually resolves the issue. Please contact Customer Support if you are having any problems, we are very happy to help.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Turned out pretty darn good Review by Sarah C
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I wasn't sure about these grains when I started using them; I feel like it took several batches of milk for the grains to re-hydrate, but now I get delicious kefir. There is an article on this site about choosing the right milk for culturing, which was pretty helpful. I've decided that although I love to drink non-homogenized milk, I don't really like it cultured. The value of these grains is huge--a bottle of kefir is crazy expensive, and although good, organic milk is as well, it's not nearly as much as the finished product. I'm trying water kefir grains next.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

Enjoying making my own kefir Review by MS
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I was a bit worried about the shipping process, since I live in FL and the temps were running 90 degrees. The product arrived in one day and I met the mail carrier at the mailbox. I had great kefir in three days and am now enjoying it every day.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

Great taste Review by apapillon
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Tasteful and good consistency achieved in 5 days!

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

excellent product Review by David R.
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Bought these grains recently and they were activated in good order according to the directions. I am now trying to figure out how to predict the outcome based on our house's varying temperatures, but each day I am making good progress and am enjoying the milk on my morning cereal each day.

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

Very productive grains ; great way to start the day ! Review by Liz
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We recently bought these grains after reading about them in a cooking magazine. It was a very good purchase ; the cost for kefir in the grocery store adds up quickly. Now we have a quart every morning and experiment with blending in different fresh or frozen fruits,and or agave and vanilla. Directions were easy to follow.

(Posted on 10/15/2014)



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