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Milk Kefir Grains

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Milk Kefir Grains Starter Culture

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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 delicious 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 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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  • From Chuck Shelton at 6/13/2011 1:40 PM
    • What can excess kefir grains be used for?
    • You can give them to friends, blend them up in a smoothie, feed them to your pets, eat them plain or with a little cinnamon, put them in compost, use them as a salad topper (like feta cheese)... they are completely edible, and you can probably think of even more fun things to do with them. You can also dehydrate them at room temp to save as a backup!
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  • From Zak at 6/12/2011 2:03 PM
    • Hi thanks for the response, that was incredibly quick! Great advice, I will definitely take them out of the thermos, The bag smells like, well..a mix between old milk(?) and a farm. But I'll give it a go and if it does not work I'll be placing my order with you guys when I get the chance ;)

      Thanks again, and your website is like a goldmine of fermented stuff!

      -Zak
    • Good luck! If you run into more difficulty, email us: customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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Milk Kefir Grains are Super Quality Review by Penny
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I am so happy with how well the milk kefir grains I purchased from Cultures for Health are producing kefir. This is my first attempt at making kefir, and I'm thrilled with the success. I've had the grains less than a month, and after just two "conditioning" ferments my new grains have been making delicious and healthy kefir every single day. And the grains are increasing in size very nicely! So glad I made the leap into making kefir, and so very pleased with the quality of Cultures for Health grains.

(Posted on 8/23/2015)

very good quality Review by eman1958
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i was so happy with the quality, i did an amazing kefir with it. it is very easy to follow the instructions too.

(Posted on 8/12/2015)

Good Review by Sarah
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I try to be careful when I strain the grains but it seems my grains become fewer and fewer so that after a few weeks I have just 2 or 3 left. And I feel the price is a little expensive.

Note from CFH: Decreasing grains is usually a sign the grains are starving. Please contact customer support for troubleshooting.

(Posted on 8/3/2015)

So Glad I FINALLY started Kefir Culturing Review by llw
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Love your produce. Excellent videos on your site to get started. Thanks!

(Posted on 8/2/2015)

No Problems Review by Jack
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Started the grains per instructions with Raw Milk. They were active right after the start period and have worked well for the last month. They are growing slowly and the kefir tastes great--I do a primary for 24 hours and a secondary for an additional 24 hours. I make just under 1 quart a day. Fortunately have 2 raw milk sources within a few miles.

(Posted on 7/13/2015)

Success! Review by zelda
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I am a happy customer! The Milk Kefir Grains worked perfectly. The instructions included were so helpful. I had no problems starting my kefir, and it has been going strong for several weeks now. All of my questions were answered well by the online resources here on the Cultures For Health site. This was my first home fermentation project, and I would definitely order another starter from Cultures For Health if I decide to take on another. Thanks for making an awesome product, and maintaining a super helpful website.

(Posted on 7/6/2015)

Didn't Work for Me Review by SweetBee
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Ended up wasting at least a gallon or more of expensive organic milk refreshing the grains every day for almost two weeks before I just gave up and dumped them in the trash.

Such a small amount of grains and they never did smell right, smelled more like bread yeast than kefir.

I had good luck with the dehydrated powder and with the water kefir, don't think I'll waste more money trying these again.


CFH Note: Most kefir issues can be easily resolved with minor modifications to the kefir making process. It is very important that you contact Customer Support for help if you are experiencing problems.

(Posted on 6/23/2015)

Love it! Review by Emm Vee
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I bought my grains from a local health food store. It took a while and a few trials and errors to get consistent results, but the customer service reps were very helpful. I have been getting consistent results now for several months, and am very pleased with the end product. It's thick (even with skim milk) and pleasantly sour and yogurty. It takes five minutes each morning to give the little kefir-dudes some fresh milk, and they just do their thing. I'll be interested to see what happens in the hot and humid summer months.

(Posted on 6/17/2015)

Challenging To Get Great Results Review by Suzanne
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I was very challenged using these grains to make milk kefir. I followed the instructions to dehydrate the grains and make kefir. I used low pasteurized/non-homogenized milk. My process with the grains kept changing the milk into curds and whey. I was unable to recognize/see the grains in the finished product. I contacted Customer Support and the representative worked with me for almost a week to resolve these problems. No more curds and whey. Only great tasting milk kefir! Thank you CFH Customer Support.

(Posted on 6/15/2015)

Fantastic quality! Review by Angel
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Hint: don't even dare to rinse your grains in tap water. That's how I killed my first batch. I was dumb and thought I knew better. You don't need to rinse them at all unless you're taking some out to dry and save as a back up. Anyway, this is my second attempt to make kefir. These are fantastic quality grains and I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to help themselves be healthier.

(Posted on 6/1/2015)

Rehydrating Kefir grains Review by GardenGirl
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It barely took a week until I had a quality home made kefir. I have divided my grains already!

(Posted on 5/16/2015)

Love my home made kefir! Review by J
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I love making kefir at home. It is much more economical then buying it and I get a lot of use out of the kefir in dressings, soups, smoothies and backed goods.

(Posted on 5/7/2015)

great Review by Paula
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I love these milk kefir grains, this is the second time I've ordered them. They make delicious milk kefir and I and my husband enjoy it every day. Thank you for a great product!

(Posted on 5/6/2015)

Liquidy freshness Review by Eriza
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It'd been about a year since my last kefir venture, and I don't know why I ever stopped!?! The fresh, sour-ish (my preference), complex flavor that awaits on my counter every day is superb!!! The grains became active after 3 days, and are in full force. It really is so easy to get fresh kefir every day with these grains. Currently, I'm fermenting goat's milk, and I'll be switching to coconut milk for a change of pace. Highly highly recommend for quality and ease. Thanks Cultures for Health!!

(Posted on 5/4/2015)

Disappointed in product Review by Anita
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I have been having problems with my grains from the start. They took 15 days to activate. The quality of my kefir is not good it doesn't thicken as it should. In fact the only way I can get it to thicken at all is to add some kefir to it. Have tried everything that customer support has recommended. Now what?

Response from CFH: Our support staff is always happy to help. If you are still having trouble with your culture, please don't hesitate to contact us.

(Posted on 4/25/2015)

Fun and Different! Review by Lizzy
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Having never had kefir before, buying the grains was an adventure! At first I had major issues (several batches of spoiled milk), but then I consulted with a customer service rep and she informed me that my ultra-pasteurized milk (though organic) was probably the issue. I started using non-organic pasteurized and it worked! Overall, it took about 2 weeks to start regularly producing a quart of kefir. Now, my grains produce a quart usually in less than 12 hours at room temp (60-65 degrees). I was surprised at how good the kefir actually tasted (very much like yogurt), and am looking forward to using it in diverse recipes!

(Posted on 4/23/2015)

Awesome product Review by Karl
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You can't get much better then buying something that can not only last a lifetime, but makes buying yogurt obsolete and cheaper and is full of healthy probiotics.

(Posted on 4/21/2015)

The kefir grains don't look normal Review by ngarcia
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I've had kefir grains in the past, and even though sometimes a few of them got stringy (during warm weather), most of them looked nice and fluffy. These current kefir grains just look like curdled milk. They do culture the milk at least.

Please contact customer support for troubleshooting before disposing of cultures.

(Posted on 4/20/2015)

Just what we ordered! Review by B
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I followed the video directions and my cultures are alive and well!!!

(Posted on 4/20/2015)

Delighted and totally hooked on kefir... Review by Radovan
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I am really delighted with my purchase of your Milk Kefir Grains. They took about a week to really get started but they've been going great guns ever since. I'm now having fun experimenting with secondary fermentation and have found your Kefir ebook an invaluable resource. I hugely recommend this product. Thank you!

(Posted on 4/15/2015)



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