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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 Zak at 6/12/2011 1:37 PM
    • Hi, I just got some kefir grains for free from a person from an internet kefir grain network, they arrived in a plastic sandwich bag and were all mushy and stuff (they said they shipped it in organic liquid raw milk). I plan on potentially using it, but I don't know if it's safe as I have been storing it in a thermos jar until I find it's safe to use. The time the kefir was in transit was about 3 days or so, and I am still storing it in the container. I know you are probably thinking that this has nothing to do with your site, but I am getting instructions from your site, and I will buy your kefir grains unless these current ones seem legit to you. Also, would rinsing the milk stuff off of them help?

      Thanks, I look forward to your response!
    • If the kefir grains you received in the mail smell okay, you can go ahead and try them in a jar of milk to see how they do. They may need a batch or two to get back up to speed. It's possible that if they're not working, the milk you put them in will just go bad from sitting out, but you should be able to tell that from the smell.

      Get those grains into some milk immediately, or they will starve. They also need some oxygen unless they're refrigerated, so if they're in a closed thermos they could be having problems. You shouldn't need to rinse them, but it won't hurt. Make sure the water you use is free of chlorine and fluoride (bottled spring water is fine.)

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  • From Susan at 6/10/2011 2:32 PM
    • 2 days ago I made kefir and let it culture for 24 hours which was a mistake because it caused some serious gastrointestinal problems since it is hot in my kitchen without AC. I dumped the rest out and used the grains again, this time leaving it out yesterday for about 8 hours; it was still really hot yesterday and by the time I came home, it had separated into what looked like curds and whey.

      Today, I've made kefir and it's already pretty ready after about 6 hours. But, things in my refrigerator are turning sour/into kefir. Yesterday I thought I was crazy when my milk in the fridge went sour and wasn't expired yet. This morning, I threw out curdled half and half. Now, another jug of milk.

      Are my grains ruined? Is all of this just because of the heat? Why is this causing problems in the fridge?
    • If the kefir is covered in the refrigerator, and the other products are covered as well, it is very unlikely that there would be cross-contamination. Is it possible that the thermostat in your refrigerator needs to be re-set.

      It is possible that the kefir is working faster in the heat. One way to slow it down is to put the jar in a shallow dish or pie plate, and fill the dish with water. The evaporational cooling will help bring down the temperature of the kefir jar.

      It's also possible you have too many grains for your amount of milk. Base your amounts on the ratio of 1 tsp. of grains per 1 to 4 cups of milk.
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  • From Marybeth at 6/10/2011 7:35 AM
    • I will be putting my kefir grains in the refrigerator with milk as I am going on vacation for a week. I have started using the grains in coconut milk per your instructions. When I return from vacation should I put the grains into regular milk for 24 hours before I start the coconut milk procedure again? Thanks for your help.
    • It's always a great idea to nourish/culture your grains with their native food (lactose) when they are coming out of hibernation. Give them a batch or two in cow's milk to ensure they are active, and then do a batch of coconut milk.
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  • From Barba at 6/4/2011 3:52 AM
    • How much milk kefir are you supposed to drink in a day to get the best benefit out of it???
    • The optimum amount of kefir to drink would be different for each person. It is something you should talk about with your health care professional.
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  • From Barba at 6/4/2011 3:36 AM
    • Do kefir grains take the sugar out of the milk? Does it make it sugarless??? And what about the carbs???
    • Kefir grains convert the lactose in milk. The longer the milk cultures, the more lactose is converted. By the end of the culturing process, there should be no lactose left.

      The carbohydrate count would vary depending on the type of milk used, and how much lactose has been converted. It would not be any greater than the original milk you used to make the kefir with - but the ending amount is too variable for us to give accurate nutritional information on.
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  • From Tami at 6/2/2011 9:41 PM
    • I live in a cold area where my counter top at night is in the 30's or 40's. Can I use my yogurt maker for kefirs too?
    • A yogurt maker is too warm for kefir. Over 85ºF will kill the grains. However, it's possible you could generate enough heat with the yogurt maker to set the kefir on TOP of the unit. Try putting a bowl of water on top of the yogurt maker with the machine turned on, and then take the temperature of the water over several hours.

      Another option is to wrap the jar of kefir (at room temperature) in a towel or some foam, then put it inside the yogurt maker turned off, or in an insulated lunchbox, to maintain the temperature of the kefir.

      See here for more ideas: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cold-weather-winter-care-starter-cultures-foods
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  • From Jon at 5/30/2011 10:03 AM
    • I received fresh grains from another source and they were sitting in my outdoor mailbox - the weather has been very warm. I could not get them to culture the milk properly even after three batches. I think they might have been killed by the heat. Do dried kefir grains hold up better in warm weather?
    • Our dehydrated grains are pretty shelf-stable, and should be good for 12-18 months in the package. We do regularly ship them all over the world year-round. Occasionally if there is a failure, we are happy to troubleshoot to ensure you can make kefir, but it's not that common and doesn't seem to increase in the summer.
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  • From Julia at 5/30/2011 2:46 AM
    • Are your kefir grains the same thing as kefir buds? And how does one store the grains between batches?
      Thank you!
    • Yes, kefir buds are another term for kefir grains. If you need to take a break from making kefir, put the grains in a jar of milk and put it in the refrigerator (with a lid) for a couple of weeks. If you need a longer break, we have directions on our website for drying them: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir However, we do not recommend frequent breaks in the fridge as this will damage your grains.
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  • From willie mitchell at 5/22/2011 2:12 PM
    • Health question: I am having a problem with constant diarrhea....do you think Kefir will go toward helping this problem? Just had a colonoscopy so there is no problem there.
    • Unfortunately we cannot comment or advise on medical issues or health benefits of our products. However, there is a considerable amount of information on the Internet for you to research, and you can also check with your doctor.
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  • From Oksana at 5/19/2011 4:49 PM
    • Hello,
      I've got kefir grains in April, they worked fine for a month and a half and then they stopped producing kefir. Could it be due to the change of temperature in the house? Is there a way to get the grains back to making kefir?
      Thank you.
    • If the grains stopped working, there is a good chance it was due to being exposed to temps outside the range of 68-85ºF, they became contaminated, or perhaps starved. You can try resting them by putting them in a jar of milk or pure water (like a fast) and letting them sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days. If that does not revive them, they are most likely dead.

      Be sure if you were using the kefir grains to culture alternative milk that you refreshed with dairy milk every other batch. They need the lactose to survive!
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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)

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)

Great Product and Helpful Staff Review by Michelle
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The instructions were easy-to-follow and I was making batches of kefir in no time. The information on making raw milk kefir were helpful, but wasn't going well for me. I contacted Customer Support via chat and she gave me some great tips to help my raw milk kefir efforts more successful. Great job!

(Posted on 4/15/2015)



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