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 probiotic drink within 24 to 48 hours. This dairy kefir culture is reusable, and with care will allow you to make kefir over and over again.

  • Traditional heirloom-style kefir culture (a.k.a. "grains" due to appearance); not a powdered starter culture
  • Reusable culture; makes a new batch of kefir every 18 to 48 hours
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious probiotic-rich kefir
  • Cultures on the counter at 67° to 80°F, no heating appliance required
  • Can be used with cow milk, goat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk (see instructions)


Milk kefir grains are a starter culture that can be used with soy or coconut milk if care is taken to occasionally revitalize them in dairy milk. (Complete instructions will be included with each order.) Coconut kefir in particular is quite thick, rich, and delicious. Click here for information on making coconut kefir.

There are numerous uses for kefir including making a type of cream cheese, adding to smoothies, and drinking alone. Kefir can also be flavored after it has cultured and the kefir grains have been removed. Click here for more information on the numerous strains of bacteria and yeast generally known to comprise milk kefir grains.

Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life. Click here to see what bacteria and yeasts are in the milk kefir grains.

Milk kefir grains are produced in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products.


Shipping Information: Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. Upon receipt, the dairy grains can be rehydrated in fresh milk (this process usually takes 5 to 7 days) and then used to make kefir by adding the grains to fresh milk, stirring, covering, and leaving at room temperature until the desired consistency is reached (no more than 48 hours).  

Complete instructions are included with each order. Click here to view our milk kefir instructions.

       
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 Sara at 11/12/13 7:19 PM
    • Which country are the grains grown in?
    • Our grains are grown in our U.S. facility, in Oregon!
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  • From Anita at 11/11/13 9:27 PM
    • How do I make yogurt from kefir grains? I read in Q&A for VIILI yogurt starter I can use kefir grains and not have to heat anything.
    • There is a bit of clarification needed here. The Q & A you are referring to is in regards to a customer who wanted a truly raw milk fermented product. With the Viili, you must heat the raw milk for the mother culture. If you do not want to heat your raw milk at all, then the best answer for that is to use milk kefir grains because you can simply put them in raw milk and let them culture at room temperature. No need for heat. You cannot make yogurt from milk kefir grains, as they are two different organisms with different bacterial make-up.
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  • From Juliet at 11/5/13 7:00 PM
    • Can you use rice milk with the milk kefir grains?
    • While animal-based milks are the healthiest for the Kefir Grains, alternative types of “milk” (coconut, soy, rice, nut, etc.) can also be used under certain conditions. Generally speaking, Coconut Milk, Soy Milk, and Rice Milk can be cultured using Kefir Grains as long as a revitalization period is observed (see below). While some people report success culturing Kefir Grains in seed and nut milks (e.g. hemp milk, almond milk, etc.), these varieties tend to yield more inconsistent results.

      Revitalization Period. When using a non-animal variety of milk, it is important to occasionally allow the Kefir Grains to revitalize in animal milk for 24 hours. We recommend allowing the Kefir Grains a revitalization period at least once every few weeks and ideally more often. To revitalize the Kefir Grains, simply place the Kefir Grains in 1-2 cups of animal milk for 24 hours. Once the process is complete, the Kefir Grains can be returned to use with an alternative variety of milk.
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  • From Joe at 10/29/13 5:05 PM
    • For rehydrating the kefir grains, I must place them in a "lightly covered container.'
      What does lightly covered mean on a glass canning jar?

      Thank you!
    • A coffee filter or cloth, secured with a rubber band is sufficient. It allows the fermentation gases to escape while protecting the kefir from debris and pests.
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  • From Sean at 10/11/13 10:40 AM
    • does rinsing the grains in tap water destroy them?
    • Tap water is not usually recommended unless steps are taken to remove any chlorine or fluoride but a quick rinse in tap water wouldn't destroy the grains. Spring or filtered water usually works better however, the grains can also be rinsed in milk which would be more mild. Rinsing is only encouraged if the kefir has an "off" or overly yeasty smell or flavor.
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  • From Gabrielle at 8/30/13 10:55 AM
    • Hello,
      lovely kefir, but its just me and its producing so much I can't keep up. I'm not finding instructions about how to let the kefir grains go dormant on the package. I assume if I refrigerate them in a few cups of milk that will slow things down? Is there another way?
    • Even with the ice cream: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kefir-ice-cream-recipe Cheese: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/herbed-soft-kefir-cheese-recipe and chocolate bread: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/chocolate-kefir-bread-recipe it is still possible to end up with more than you can use. You can slow things down a little by culturing at a slightly cooler temperature (not below 68°) or removing some of the grains and placing them in storage in the fridge until you're sure you don't need to add them back in. The milk should be changed weekly while the grains are in storage. The best kefir is made by keeping the grains out of refrigeration but it is helpful at times.
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  • From ROBERT DICKINSON at 8/23/13 10:24 AM
    • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN;
      KEFIR GRAINS, USING A LIVE / ORGANIC KEFIR FROM A STORE , OR A POWDERED KEFIR STARTER PACKAGE ?
      & WHAT MAKES THE KEFIR FORM GRAINS ?
    • Excellent question! Milk Kefir Grains are a made up of a combination of different strains of bacteria and yeast. With proper care, the grains will last indefinitely. Milk Kefir Starter is a limited use culture that can be used to make kefir without grains. It is helpful for those who love kefir but do not wish to care for grains. Store bought kefir does not contain grains and may or may not be able re-culture for a short time. You will find more information about the differences here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-kefir-grains-versus-powdered-culture
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  • From Nathalia at 7/30/13 4:20 PM
    • Can I make the kefir with Lactose free milk (lactaid)? If not is Kefir ok for lactose intolerants?
    • You could use milk kefir grains to culture Lactose free milk but the grains would need to go back into dairy to refresh (they need the lactose). You can cut down the amount of remaining lactose by culturing your kefir for a longer period (a second fermentation keeps your grains safe) but you would need to discuss any lactose issues with your Nutritionist or Health Care Provider to determine if it would be feasible for you.
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  • From pauleis at 7/14/13 11:38 PM
    • Will kefir grains work with non-fat 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.
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  • From jasmine at 7/11/13 7:33 AM
    • I have always wondered about the nutritional contents of kefir. I you make your own at home, do you go by the nutritional contents on the carton of milk you are making it from? I've been told the culturing process eats up some of the carbohydrates. Is that true? and is the sugar content the same as it would be in the milk used (natural sugar) or has that been eaten up by by culturing process? thank you.
    • The nutritional content will come from the milk. The grains consume lactose (milk sugar) so the carb content could be a little different in your finished kefir depending on the temperature and the length of time cultured which would make determining the final amount difficult without a lab analysis. To minimize the lactose left, let your kefir culture until it just begins to separate and keep in mind that the separation into curds and whey also means that the grains are running low on food.
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We love Milk Kefir - what did we ever do without it Review by Beach Gal
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We received our grains and followed instructions to rehydrate them. Now we are making 4 cups every day. My grains haven't grown but that has not stopped them from producing kefir. My husband and I and our two dogs drink the whole 4 cups daily. My husband has been teasing me about my "experiment" but he is now admitting that he feels so much better and our two dogs beg for kefir and are running around like young dogs. Their coats are nicer and their eyes brighter and they have more energy. The strange thing is that both my husband and I are lactose intolerant. These nifty little grains feed on the lactose and we have had no problem with the lactose at all. I am so happy that Cultures for Health offer these fantastic kefir grains. For the initial price along with the cost of milk, you can have a lifetime of healthy drink. We drink it straight, we put it in smoothies, we add fruits and juices. The possibilities are endless. (Posted on July 29, 2014)
Milk Kefir grains Review by Janie
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Mine had a slow start- might be the temp in the house and it is multiplying very slowly (I use organic milk) but what I have there is very healthy looking grains..Oh and did I say I am ADDICTED to Kefir! Can't seem to get enough...I love it...

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on July 27, 2014)
Fabulous Review by Jim
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I have ordered this product twice. Both times the grains activated within a couple of days, and started producing wonderful tasting kefir. Our family is very happy with it! (Posted on July 22, 2014)
Very good product. Review by GM
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I first ordered milk kefir grains and they did not work right, they must have been bad because all I made was rotten milk. After speaking to customer service, I received some new grains along with detailed instructions and this kefir has turned out to be wonderful. It has worked great from the start and we have made some good kefir that my family loves. (Posted on July 19, 2014)
Great product! Review by Ruthie
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Awhile back I had some grains that were so hard to use, never growing significantly and hard to strain out and reuse. I gave up for awhile, but missed this wonderfully probiotic drink so ordered these grains. Within 2 days they were making kefir. They have grown and multiplied, are easy to strain out of the finished product, and live happily on my counter in local raw milk from grassfed cows. I'm a fan! (Posted on July 18, 2014)
so much kefir! Review by R
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I'm really happy with the kefir grains. When they came, I was feeling anxious that I would not be able to get them to work. I followed the instructions exactly, and in about 5 days I began to make kefir. The small amount of grains that I got makes 1.5 cups of kefir in about 12 hours in my 77 degree house. I am looking for a cooler place in the house to store them, and plan to add more milk so that I can slow down the process a little. (Posted on July 16, 2014)
Disaster Review by None
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As far as I know all I ended up with was sour milk - did'nt taste like kefir and I ended up throwing everything away.
If I was doing something wrong I don't know what

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on July 15, 2014)
Didn't work out as I had hoped Review by Anne
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I was so looking forward to trying this new endeavor. I'm sure the fault was all mine (though I followed the directions as closely as I could), but I was never able to get kefir that tasted good. In fact, I would describe the taste as foul. I'm sure it was a case of user error, but I don't know what I could have done differently. I wound up throwing away the grains after a couple of weeks' worth of attempts (and quite a bit of wasted milk). I would recommend trying it, and I may again in the future because I would be delighted if I could make it work.

Response from CFH: It is important that you contact us immediately if you are struggling to activate a culture. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on July 1, 2014)
So happy with the products I ordered. Enjoying them everyday! Review by Jaime
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I love both the kefir grains I ordered from you (milk and water). I am enjoying them everyday! I love your videos, recipes, and information you provide to us novices!!! (Posted on June 30, 2014)
Fast rehydration, reliable result, multiplying kefir grains Review by Asu
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Reviewing after an 8 day experience, including the rehydration period.

The day I started rehydrating coincided with a really hot weather wave for 2-3 days.The second and the third days the yield I had was a fermented product in a consistency of yoghurt, which tasted extremely good. By increasing the amount of fresh milk as suggested, I started to get fermented kefir in a drink consistency.

After 5-6 days, the little amount of grains I started with began to swell in size, which I hope grows bigger as many others experienced.

(Posted on June 19, 2014)
Super easy, fun and I feel real good about making it everyday! Review by Eva
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The grains started working much sooner than I expected, It has been a fun process and I enjoy making a probiotic-packed smoothie in the morning and have now ventured into baking with the kefir in place of buttermilk in baked goods with happy results. I look forward to having extra that I can pass on to family and friends (Posted on June 16, 2014)
Great grains! Review by Carolee
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As a person who has given up other grains (wheat, rice, etc.), these grains are keepers! I make coconut kefir with part 1/2n 1/2, and part canned coconut milk. It's delicious. (Posted on June 14, 2014)
Very good quality Review by leo
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I love these, and bought my second box this time. Makes the BEST milk kefir and i would never recommend going to another site to buy these. (Posted on June 9, 2014)
Great! Review by Kuulei
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I make a batch every day. It easily transitioned to RAW goat's milk for me! Thank you for offering this product! (Posted on June 5, 2014)
I like them! Review by Kharries
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Thanks! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
I love this product! Review by Andy
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Thank-you for making Milk Kefir Grains available to the public. I am so happy with my Kefir grains and all the Kefir they are helping me to make. This is such a blessing. Thank-you again so much...you are all really great! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
Great Results! Review by Cisco
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The grains were shipped promptly.

I made three 1 cup batches to get the grains going.

After that I was making real kefir that tastes great.

The grains are still very small but the milk is turning into kefir very quickly. I am having a hard time drinking all of it but that is a good problem to have.

I highly recommend these grains. (Posted on June 2, 2014)
So economic, healthy & good Review by Llin
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I am soo enjoying making and drinking my kefir this time around. I found in the past I was loosing my grains after 2weeks or so. Then reading more carefully instructions and being confirmed by a co. Counsellor, realized I was not using enough milk. But now so simple! I thank God for this wonderful product. And the readiness and courteousness of the workers there to help.
(Posted on May 31, 2014)
Easy to use Review by wickedb
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These are great. Easy to use and saves me money. What could be better? (Posted on May 23, 2014)
Nicely surprised Review by AL
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I had little success with my order of milk kefir grains. Chatted a couple of times with Sarah, she is very knowledgeable and did her best to get me straightened out. I can only think of good things to say about these folks. (Posted on May 21, 2014)
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