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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 Sybil at 3/1/2014 11:56 PM
    • Do you need to refrigerate milk kefir after culturing before you drink it?
    • Finished milk kefir may be enjoyed right after culturing at room temperature, or refrigerated and consumed cold.
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  • From dave at 2/17/2014 7:00 AM
    • Would you know if the grains will work in Rice Dream?
    • The results from using an alternative milk can be variable. Select a milk that is unflavored and organic. Be sure to put the grains back into a dairy batch when your rice milk kefir is finished. Alternating batches is the healthiest thing for the grains.
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  • From Yan at 1/23/2014 1:15 PM
    • Hi I've been using the kefir grains for about a month now. My grains have a yellowish color. Is that normal? Thanks, Yan
    • Yes, kefir grains can be white to yellowish in color. That is normal.
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  • From Kayt at 1/1/2014 8:53 PM
    • When you make a batch of kefir and take the kefir grains out, do you have to make a batch right away, or can they sit out for a couple days/weeks? I don't think I need to be making kefir every couple days/weeks, so I was curious!
    • Kefir grains are a living colony of bacteria and yeast. In order to thrive and make great kefir, they need to be placed in fresh milk as soon as they are removed from the finished kefir. In general, this will happen every 24 hours. Not culturing them, or frequent breaks, will harm your grains.
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  • From Kaytlynn at 1/1/2014 8:22 PM
    • Can you use unsweetened coconut milk that comes in a carton, or does it have to come from a can? Also, when you buy kefir in the store it's 99% lactose free, so when you make your own is it also lactose free?
    • We recommend using coconut milk with the fewest additives possible. If you can find unsweetened coconut milk in a carton with no additives other than guar gum, that will work great.

      As culturing time and temperature varies for each person, it is nearly impossible for us to say how much lactose will remain in your kefir. For more information, please see our article about lactose in kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/reducing-lactose-content-kefir/
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  • From Sonal at 12/5/2013 8:15 AM
    • We've been making milk kefir for nearly a month now, and the grains are proliferating nicely. My question is, are they supposed to look like cottage cheese granules, or do healthy grains look like cauliflower florets? Mine look like a tablespoon of cottage cheese. Did I mess them up?
    • The grains can actually vary widely in their appearance. Typically, when the grains are a little larger, they will look more like cauliflower florets. When they are small, they are usually surrounded by curd so they will look more like cottage cheese. To be sure that the grains aren't trapped in too much curd, you can put the grains in the nylon/plastic mesh strainer and gently stir with a rubber or silicone spatula. The grains are firm, they will stay in the strainer, the soft curd will be allowed through (gentle pushing may be needed). Removing excess curd will ensure that the grains have better access to the milk. This article is very helpful for encouraging small grains to grow: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply/
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  • From Melissa E at 11/28/2013 6:04 PM
    • I see your kefir grains are processed in a facility which also processes wheat. Do you also process any other gluten containing grains on the same equipment with the kefir grains? What, if any, steps are taken to prevent cross-contamination? Are these grains considered safe for someone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease?
    • We are required by law to state that the products we manufacture or repackage are manufactured or packaged in a facility that may process wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, and fish. We use dedicated equipment and we are meticulous about cleanliness. Cultures are separated to avoid cross-contamination for the sake of the cultures' health as well as to reduce allergens; in fact, the wheat based cultures (sourdough) are made in a completely different building.
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  • From Melissa E at 11/28/2013 7:36 AM
    • I see these grains are packed with a powered milk; are they gluten free?
    • The grains are grown in organic milk and packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend the shelf life and protect the grains during shipping. Milk Kefir grains are gluten-free.
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  • From rita v at 11/26/2013 6:05 PM
    • Can you make kefir with skim milk?
    • Milk with any fat content ranging from fat-free to whole milk may be used with kefir grains. While kefir made with reduced fat or fat-free varieties of milk will have a thinner consistency, the fat content itself does not influence the effectiveness of the kefir grains or the culturing process.

      We do recommend rehydrating the grains in whole milk, for best results. Once rehydrated, the grains may be used in milk with any fat content. Avoid Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized milk.
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  • From Cheryl at 11/20/2013 7:29 PM
    • I've made great kefir with raw milk but can't seem to get it to do anything in regular cow milk from the store, but everyone says that regular homogenized milk works. Mine works the first couple days but then dwindles to not doing anything. Any suggestions? I'd like to buy some grains and start again if I knew it was something I could fix. Thanks, Cheryl
    • When switching milk kefir grains to raw milk or to pasteurized milk from raw milk, it helps to introduce them slowly. Here is a link with more information on that process: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

      You might also be unintentionally using Ultra or High Temperature Pasteurized milk from the store. Check your label, as this milk will not work with cultures.
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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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