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 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 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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  • From Jill at 5/17/2011 10:11 AM
    • Will kefir grains properly culture in organic SKIM milk or does it need fat? Thank you!
    • You can make kefir in skim milk, although the resulting drink will be much thinner than if you make it with whole milk.
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  • From Linok at 5/16/2011 11:55 PM
    • What happens if you accidentally eat the grains?
      How many different types can kefir milk grains be? I got one on Amazon and they seems like good and working, but they are different from what I saw from my friend. Mine now are kind of loose and soft, but hard to find in the kefir, while my friend has formed ball shape, very easy to find and pick up. Not sure if I have different type of it or they just too small and will be reshaping?
    • There is no problem if you eat the kefir grains.

      Kefir is a very specific type of bacteria and yeast combination, so it should be the same no matter where you get it. However, different suppliers will treat the grains differently, so you will sometimes find kefir that looks different.

      Your kefir grains should begin to grow in size and quantity as they become more mature. If you have trouble finding them in the milk, you can stir up the kefir before you strain it. You can also take a small portion of kefir at a time in the strainer, dilute it with fresh milk, and push the finished kefir through using a rubber scraper or wooden spoon.
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  • From Marissa at 5/14/2011 5:27 PM
    • I have left my kefir on top of the fridge in milk about 4 days over. The kefir yogurt is very potent and I am not sure if it is safe to drink or not. The grains look a little fragile - will they be ok? Thank you so much whom ever receives this message. Marissa
    • That's generally too long for grains to be in the same milk, as they require a constant source of fresh lactose from milk to survive. Likely by now they have starved, but you can try to save them. Transfer them to fresh milk right away, and try to culture them for 12-24 hours. If nothing happens, you can try again with new milk and another 12-24 hours. If still no kefir, they have starved and will likely not bounce back.

      As far as consuming the four-day kefir… use your best judgement and don't consume anything that smells or tastes bad.
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  • From Denise at 5/11/2011 3:14 PM
    • I forgot about my kefir and left it sitting out for about 2 1/2 weeks. Is it safe to dump out the kefir, rinse the grains, and start again? How can I tell if the kefir grains are still ok to use?
    • Unfortunately after 2-1/2 weeks at room temperature the grains have probably starved. They can sometimes go a bit over two days, at room temp, and can last in the refrigerator in milk for a couple of weeks, but you are probably going to have to start over with new grains at this point.
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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)

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)



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