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
  • 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 JJ at 7/7/2011 3:07 PM
    • Are your milk kefir grains the same as Starter? Thanks!
    • The milk kefir grains are live and contain about 30 strains of bacteria and yeast. They can be re-used indefinitely with proper care. The starter is dried, powdered kefir, containing about 6 strains, and can only be re-used a few times.
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  • From Gio at 7/2/2011 9:26 AM
    • Can you use kefir grains with homogenized milk?
    • Yes, you can use kefir grains with homogenized milk. The only kind of milk to avoid is ultra-pasteurized, as it is too sterile for the grains to work.
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  • From Paul at 7/1/2011 3:04 PM
    • Which bacteria do your grains contain? I am looking for Kefir grains that contain Bifodobacterium. Thanks.
    • All milk kefir grains contain essentially the same bacteria: that is what makes them milk kefir grains. This is unlike yogurt, where there are many varieties.

      For a list of bacteria and yeast generally known to comprise the milk kefir culture in live grains, click here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast
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  • From Babs at 6/30/2011 1:54 PM
    • My husband is lactose intolerant. And I try to stay away from sugar. Should I purchase the water kefir grains or the milk kefir grains?
    • Depending on your degree of sensitivity, you may be able to use either. Milk kefir grains use up the lactose in the milk as they culture the milk. The longer it cultures, the less lactose remains in the kefir, until eventually (at about the point where the kefir begins to separate) there is no lactose remaining. You can also culture alternative milks such as coconut milk or nut milk using kefir grains, although you will have to refresh them in dairy milk periodically.

      Water kefir grains, although they are put into a sugar-water solution, convert the sucrose, so there is less sugar remaining in the water kefir. The longer it ferments, the less sugar is remaining.
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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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excellent Review by mom
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I had a little bit of a hard time getting the directions straight but my kefir grains are actually starting to multiply. I had put my grains into raw milk at first, but realized I did it wrong and through contact with customer support via e-mail, I got back on track and they are doing good now. I really recommend the Milk Kefir grains.

(Posted on 3/2/2015)

Great customer support and advice!!! Review by Kefir Rookie
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I have had some trouble getting my grains started. The customer support has been terrific.

(Posted on 2/28/2015)

So happy to have my Kefir again! Review by Jean
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I ordered these grains and they arrived 3 days later! I reconstituted them and I have been making smoothies ever since! Can't wait to educate myself with more ways to use my Kefir! So happy with this product! Would definitely recommend.

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

A slow start Review by Betsy
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It took two tries before they started their fermentation, even though the whole milk product was not ultra pasteurized (and is supposed to be antibiotic free). I am going to, however, try different brands of milk; their fermentation rate remains slow compared to the granules that I have used in the past.

Response from CFH: It is normal for dehydrated grains to take 3-5 days to start culturing. If you experience trouble with your cultures, please contact customer support for assistance. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/contact-us

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

Will purchase again for my family! Review by Dana
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This is second time I bought this. Have very positive effect on my overall health. I recommend it to all my friends and family!

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

grains Review by n/a
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Very well pleased as always with CFH!!!

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Great, even for a newbie Review by Terri
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My house is cool so after a few days of my kefir not thickening, I began keeping it in the oven with just the light on. This makes about 3 cups in 24 hours. I've begun flavoring my kefir in a second fermentation. Finding out what works and what doesn't. Hopefully my grains will begin to grow soon so I can give them away to introduce everyone to the benefit of cultured milk. Love that good bacteria!

Staff was very helpful too, since I needed alot of hand-holding during the first two weeks.

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

Buy your grains here! Review by kelshop
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There are many places online to buy kefir grains, but I highly recommend buying them at Cultures for Health. I have ordered both the water kefir grains and milk kefir grains. My water kefir grains hydrated quickly and started producing water kefir in just a few days. I struggled with my milk kefir and wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I emailed Cultures for Health and got an very quick response with suggestions. Anita was so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir. I couldn't have asked for better customer service. :)

(Posted on 2/14/2015)

4 star Review by Mary
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This is the second batch of milk kefir grains I have purchased from you, and neither of them has grown in size or quantity. I always use Kroger's Simple Truth organic milk.

Your service is awesome!

Thanks.

Mary

Response from CFH: We do not guarantee that Milk Kefir Grains will grow or multiply. Everyone gets different results. Very few grains are need to culture milk kefir. We ask that you contact us any time you have questions or problems with your products.

(Posted on 2/10/2015)

No Grain Growth, but good kefir. Review by n/a
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Re-hydrating instructions very clear and easy to follow. The grains are up and running and they produce nice milk kefir. However, there are only three grains and they are neither growing much in size, nor reproducing. Once fully hydrated, I started using milk from my own goats...I use no antibiotics...so I do not understand the lack of growth.
I had grains a few years back from a friend and those grains multiplied daily.

Response from CFH: Milk kefir grains may or may not grow, as they are a very dynamic culture. For tips on encouraging grains to grow, see: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

(Posted on 2/6/2015)

Excellent product at a very good price. Review by DC
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I have sustained my culture for ten months now and am very satisfied. I have recommended this product to numerous people.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Kefir and CFH - two, too awesome Review by platOR
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I am now making Kefir at home and am happy I can make full fat, organic Kefir in any flavor we desire. I feel better drinking Kefir daily. The thickest, most flavorful Kefir I’ve made was with raw dairy milk (following the special instructions on CFH).

I was timid about trying to culture Kefir again and mistakenly got confused while doing Filmjolk in the same month. Though both processed on the counter they require different feeding schedules. Online chat supported me awesomely along the way.

I no longer need to purchase sour cream or buttermilk and am learning all about the health benefits and tasty ways to use whey. (A byproduct of straining either of these cultures.) Buying just two cultures and learning on this website have opened a new way to work in my kitchen and make good gut bacteria (probiotics) at home.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

Easy to Make Review by Gwen
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I have tried both types of Kefir Cultures and really like the milk grains the best. Very easy to use and make. No need to heat the milk like in some yogurt cultures.

(Posted on 1/26/2015)

great Review by Lynn
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This product has been great! It stops the cravings for sugar and helps our digestion. It is much more economical then buying the pre-made from the store and it is so versatile.

(Posted on 1/22/2015)

Thankful -- Cost Savings and Healthy Review by bonnie
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I placed my kefir grains in the refrigerator for a few weeks until I was ready to use them. It took a few batches for them to really kick in and start making thick kefir, but the last batch thickened well. I appreciate the tips that CFH has for cold and warm weather care. I am thankful for the cost savings of being able to make my own kefir over and over again and being able to make a natural product without added ingredients.

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

love the grains! Review by Soli
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I bought my first batch of milk kefir grains from CFH back in 2011. Even though I did not handle them right at that time I still got a few years use out of them. Then one day they quit and I got a new batch. This time I prepared them right from the start. I drink raw milk only and did not know back in 2011 I could not use that milk to start the grains. This time I did right, buying pasteurized milk, changing every 24 hours, and slowly introducing some raw into the culture. Now my grains are acting like good healthy grains (the last batch never grew, these are!) and I am getting better quality kefir that before.

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

Delicious Review by Whitney
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This kefir is easy to keep working, and has a lovely tartness to it.

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

I'll buy this again. Review by roxiboomalotti
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This product is great! Mine developed curds and whey much more quickly than expected which resulted in a big mess and in the need to purchase another round of this product. So, be sure to tend yours closely.

When I have purchased these grains in the past, I have been 100% satisfied. Additionally, I love supporting a site that provides so much strong information and delicious recipes for the fermentation community!

Response from CFH: Curds and whey is extremely common when culturing Milk Kefir Grains. The grains can recover and culture future batches successfully with minor adjustments. Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures.

(Posted on 1/16/2015)

Great product, easy to use! Review by Kuulei
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My culture activated very quickly! Great directions, easy to follow!

(Posted on 1/16/2015)

Great Product Review by Whitney
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I have a hard time keeping yogurt made. I have found that having kefir on hand to make smoothies with when I am out of yogurt is very helpful. It is very easy culture to use, and I have found that my family doesn't mind the flavor difference in smoothies.

(Posted on 1/11/2015)



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