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 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 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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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)

Very satisfied Review by Maria
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Thank you, Cultures For Health, for carrying this product! The milk kefir grains are easy to use and the final product is truly delicious! So glad I found this website!

(Posted on 1/4/2015)

Great! Review by Iris
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This is very good. It took a while to get the hang of making it, but now it is simple and I like that the grains will last for a very long time.

(Posted on 12/30/2014)

Amazing results! Review by Tanya
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Order arrived very fast. On day 4 after starting rehydrating (I used whole organic milk) I already had kefir to drink! But it did not stop there. On day 5 I realized that 1litre of milk is too little for my grains. I transferred them into 1.89l jar that I filled with milk to the top. Amazingly I had kefir in less then 24 hrs. What I am doing now is I keep the jar in front of open window (I covered it with brown plastic bag) just to slow down the process a bit. I now use 2% organic milk ( as whole one did require agitation). The taste and texture of the kefir is amazing! It is drinkable and smooth.
My only "complaint" that it's like a pet (meaning you have to take care of it and feed it) and my pet is VERY productive.
I could not be happier with how it's turned out.

(Posted on 12/26/2014)

Happy Customer Review by syblef
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The Kefir grains were ready the next day. I used 2% milk. The only draw back to my order was that I paid extra for 3 day shipping. Cultures for Health shipped them right away but USPS didn't deliver them until 10 days later. Thank goodness the grains were dry or that could have been a problem. I would not hesitate to order again but won't pay extra for fast shipping which was not Cultures for Health's fault. They did their part.

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Very pleased Review by queensyb
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I've been making milk kefir for about two weeks now. Couldn't be easier.

(Posted on 12/11/2014)

My Milk Kefir is much better than store bought! Review by Cris
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My grains are very productive. When I received them I have to admit I was disappointed at the amount. Just looked like such a little bit. But, after rehydrating them and making Kefir, those little grains are busy little workers! I can't drink all they produce. Love my Kefir Grains.
And, customer service is amazing. Everyone I've spoken to is eager to help and offers much needed advice. I appreciate them and all the help they've given me with all my fermenting and culturing trials, errors and successes!

(Posted on 12/9/2014)

A great product Review by Pam
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I love the kefir I'm making. I had no previous experience with kefir, so I had a week of trial and error. I talked by phone and chatted online with the personnel and they were very helpful. They sorted out my issues and immediately I was on track.. Thank you, Cultures for Health!

(Posted on 12/3/2014)

great value and flavor Review by Jean
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This product is excellent. I make kefir for a lot less money than before. I don't feel guilty about drinking as much as I want because it is so inexpensive. It also tastes great! So far I have shared grains with one other person and plan to share with more. I'll always be sure to tell them about the great info on this website as well.

(Posted on 11/30/2014)

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)



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