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 Marybeth at 6/29/2011 1:25 PM
    • I noticed that Lifeway has a frozen kefir in 4 different flavors. Any suggestions for recipes to try and make a frozen treat? Thanks!
    • You can find quite a few recipes here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-recipes Scroll down to the section on desserts!
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  • From Shaun at 6/25/2011 7:36 PM
    • When re-hydrating the grains, the milk needs to be changed daily, is that correct?
    • Yes, that is correct. Give it fresh milk every 24 hours. Once you see the milk thicken before 24 hours is up, you will immediately strain the grains and give it more milk than before. So instead of 1 cup, now give it 1 1/2 cups of milk. When that 1 1 /2 cups of milk thickens before 24 hours is up, again strain. This time give it 2 cups, and so forth until you are successfully culturing 3-4 cups of milk.
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  • From Kelli at 6/24/2011 8:52 AM
    • Thank you for your response. Just so that you know, I did rehydrate the kefir grains for 7 days and when I strained it (from cow's milk) it was quite clumpy and thick, so that is why I ask about the coconut milk since it seemed to be/ looked fermented in the jar, but when I poured it out and strained it, it was still sort of the same consistency as the original consistency of the coconut milk. I did order the kefir grains from your website. Also, I thought 24-48 hours was the normal time and I did 36. Should I let this batch go the whole 48, or longer?
    • Kefir is normally finished culturing in 24 to 48 hours. Coconut milk will not necessarily behave like dairy milk when you culture it, and it can be thinner or thicker. Does it taste fermented? If not, it may be that your kefir grains are inactive. You can contact us at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com and we can help you troubleshoot more specifically.
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  • From kelli at 6/23/2011 9:00 PM
    • I just finished rehydrating my kefir grains (did it for 7 days) and yesterday morning (at 8:30am) I put them in 27oz of Thai lite coconut milk. I waited 36 hours and strained the kefir at 8/830 this evening. It seemed to be the same consistency as the original form of the coconut milk, but I did see striations in the milk when it was in the jar. Has this milk been "kefired" or is it still more like coconut milk and I should add the kefir back to this batch to let it ferment longer? When I strained it, I placed it in reusable water bottle containers and added two more 13.66fl.oz cans of CM to the kefir grains in my glass jar. Should I also let this batch ferment longer and just keep the first batch in the fridge until this one is properly done? I don't want to just be drinking CM without the kefir benefits.
    • It's quite likely that the coconut milk has taken on the characteristics of the kefir, and is loaded with probiotics. It's also possible that the kefir grains are inactive and the coconut milk is NOT cultured. It's hard to tell from your description alone, since coconut milk is not kefir's natural environment, so it will behave somewhat differently from dairy milk.

      I would suggest letting the grains work in the new batch for the normal amount of time, then make a batch of dairy milk to see how the grains behave, and what happens to the dairy milk. If it sets up properly (like kefir should), you have a good set of grains there. If you continue to have problems, please email customersupport@culturesforhealth.com so we can help you troubleshoot.
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  • From Emily at 6/22/2011 1:41 PM
    • Hi, I've been making kefir from your Milk Kefir Grains for 5 weeks now. They started to work on the 2nd or 3rd day, which surprised me. My question is, they haven't gained much in size/quantity now it's been 5 weeks. Is that normal? And they don't float to the top. Every day when I drain them out they're always found at the bottom of the jar. Is that normal? Thanks!
    • While kefir grains usually do float to the top of the milk, sometimes they don't, and sometimes they take a while to reproduce. As long as they are making kefir, they're fine. Make sure the milk you're using isn't ultra-pasteurized!
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  • From rich at 6/22/2011 9:13 AM
    • Will your kefir grains continue to work indefinitely if used properly? I read somewhere that starter grains only work for about 7 batches.
    • With proper care, the grains can work for a very long time - many years for some people. We also carry kefir starter culture, which can be added to milk and then recultured several times, but that starter doesn't contain the whole, live grains.
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  • From Marcia at 6/19/2011 12:05 PM
    • Can I use kefir grains with almond or soy milk?
    • You can indeed use these grains with soy milk, but almond milk (or nut milk) does not fare well. When you culture soy milk, be sure to do a batch of dairy milk next to revitalize them. If you want to culture almond milk, one way to do this is to add 1/4 cup finished water kefir (another culture) to 1 quart of almond milk.
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  • From Barba at 6/14/2011 4:41 PM
    • What's more beneficial? Fermenting kefir grains with whole milk , 2% milk or, fat free milk?
    • You can use any of those milks. However, you will get a thicker, richer kefir with the whole milk.
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  • From Barba at 6/14/2011 2:19 AM
    • When do you get the best benefit when drinking your kefir? After it's fermented for 12hrs , 24hrs , 36hrs or when the curd and whey are separated?
    • The kefir will have distributed the probiotics into the milk after in about 18-24 hours. The total length of time you let it ferment depends on how thick and how sour you like it. Most people prefer not to let the kefir separate into curds and whey, but some people like it that way. The longer it ferments, the more lactose is used up, and the more acid the milk becomes. If you let it sit for too long, the grains will run out of food, and can become weakened or even die.
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  • From Jana at 6/13/2011 7:59 PM
    • Can kefir grains get cross contaminated from yeast? If so, how do you know they have and what do you do about it?

      My grains gradually disappeared. Can the strainer not be fine enough and let the grains pass through?

      I find it hard to separate the grains with the milk fat on top. Is there a trick to having lump-free creamy kefir that doesn't get the moldy smell on the cream that is at the top?

      Sorry about all of the questions, but I don't know what I'm doing.
    • What you describe sounds like the grains were somehow weakened, and have disintegrated. As you describe it, they probably are still there and active, but too small to be sorted out. This can happen from cross-contamination if the kefir is too close to something else that is culturing, or bad bacteria such as a garbage can or compost. If your grains are not working, it's possible the grains might revive themselves if put into the fridge in fresh milk for just a few days.

      To keep the cream from rising to the top, you can stir the kefir gently as it is culturing. If the cream rises to the top, it's possible that the surface is reacting with the air and going sour a little before it is kefiring.
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Less tart Review by Carrie
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This kefir is less tart than they grains I had used for 8 years. I had trouble getting them going at first but persisted, with help from CFH and it works now. I don't see the gelatinous cottage cheese like grains with this kefir, the grains are more blended in with the kefir so I'm not sure how much they will multiply. Overall, good stuff!

(Posted on 11/27/2014)

Wow! So Worth it! Review by Mishiko
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I am so glad that I purchased the Milk Kefir Grains. I have Kefir in my home every single day so I never have to buy it from the store. I never knew there were so many ways to use Kefir. This is well worth the money...and the health benefits! So happy am I!

(Posted on 11/25/2014)

Very Good Product Review by Louise
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We have always had two goats for our own milk products - When I heard
about Kefir - I thought it sounded like a good idea - certainly worth trying.

We ordered the grains from you and we were very happy with how quickly
they worked and how super easy it is! We live on a farm and have lots
of fresh fruit in season and with the extra we can or freeze. We like to
whiz the fruit in our Vita Mix and put the Kefir in - oh boy, that is gooood.
We just can't seem to get enough of it! We haven't even been making cheese because we like the kefir better.

(Posted on 11/24/2014)

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)



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