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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 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 Juliet at 11/4/2013 7:00 PM
    • Can you use rice milk with the milk kefir grains?
    • While animal-based milks are the healthiest for the milk kefir grains, alternative types of “milk” (coconut, soy, rice, nut, etc.) can also be cultured 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 allow the grains to revitalize in 1 to 2 cups of animal milk for 24 hours. Once the process is complete, the grains can be returned to use with an alternative milk. We recommend revitalizing the grains once every few batches.

      You can try to culture an alternative milk with finished water kefir as well. Simply add 1/4 cup finished water kefir to 1 quart alternative milk, allowing to culture for 8-12 hours, depending on how you like it.
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  • From Joe at 10/29/2013 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 10/11/2013 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. It's not worth the risk, so spring or filtered water works well. The grains can also be rinsed in milk, but rinsing in general is only encouraged if the kefir has an "off" or overly yeasty smell or flavor.
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  • From Gabrielle at 8/30/2013 10:55 AM
    • Hello,
      Lovely kefir, but it's just me and it's 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?
    • You can slow things down a little by culturing at a slightly cooler temperature (not below 68°) or removing some of the grains. Store them in the fridge until you're sure you don't need to add them back in. See here on how to take a break: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir However, the healthiest kefir grams are maintained by keeping the grains out of refrigeration.
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  • From ROBERT DICKINSON at 8/23/2013 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 ?
    • 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 7/30/2013 4:20 PM
    • Can I make the kefir with Lactose free milk (lactaid)? If not is Kefir ok for lactose intolerants?
    • You might be able to make kefir with lactose free milk. Lactose-free milk isn’t actually lactose-free, but has lactase added, which makes the lactose easier to digest. Check the label and if you see lactase, the milk does contain lactose and may be used with milk kefir grains. Avoid ultra-pasteurized milk for making milk kefir.


      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 7/13/2013 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 7/11/2013 7:33 AM
    • I have always wondered about the nutritional contents of kefir. If 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 the 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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  • From Claudia at 6/26/2013 12:37 PM
    • I am hydrating my milk kefir grains. I have been doing this for 4 days now. I was wondering what is the easiest way to strain the grains out? I have one of your plastic mesh strainers. I don't know the best technique to capture the grains and still be able to use the kefir. Thanks.
    • The easiest way to strain the grains out would be to stir up your kefir gently but thoroughly and then slowly pour it through the strainer while stirring in the strainer gently with your finger, rubber spatula, or wooden spoon. See here for more info:
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/removing-milk-kefir-grains-from-finished-kefir
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  • From Angela S. at 6/14/2013 10:40 AM

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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)

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)

Nice Product Review by MPJP
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This has been a great product. Cultures for Health does a great job of making the process super simple for first timers. The packaging instructions are very easy to follow and well presented. They also have great video support.

I decided to make water kefir on a whim and see how my family would like it. The love it!! After the kefir grains have fermented we transfer the water into another bottle with some organic lemon concentrate an let it sit out for another day or two. The result is a delicious, slightly effervescent lemonade. It's not funky tasting at all. It will definitely be the beverage of choice on hot summer days.

(Posted on 4/10/2015)

Fizzy Review by Kat
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These grains are new and different to me. The kefir it produces is a little fizzy. I have older grains that don't produce fizzy kefir, but I like them both. I think it makes great tasting kefir.

(Posted on 4/6/2015)

Quantity Review by PDunn
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Unless this was a packaging error, there were fewer than 1/4 teaspoon of grains. I've been struggling making one cup of kefir at a time. If the pictures are any indication of the package quantity, then I think the pictures were quite misleading (enlarged?) compared to what I actually received. These little grains work alright, I make a cup every day. It's just not practical to fuss with a one cup batch. And for that price I really expected enough to culture 3 to 4 cups of milk as the directions state. Given 72 hours this little bit does culture 3 cups. I am using my yogurt maker and it works quite well for this. Just want to do more at a time and the little grains don't multiply very fast. I tried to make like the instructions say with 3 cups of milk but it took too long, and the end product wasn't very creamy like it is when I make 1 cup at a time. Otherwise the product shipped quickly and makes great kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support so we can troubleshoot, as we're happy to help. *** Milk kefir grains cultured in a yogurt maker will kill the grains. Their range is only 68-85ºF. ***

(Posted on 4/5/2015)

Excellent Review by annette
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The grains grew very fast and the kefir tastes so delicious, thanks so much for the speedy delivery too! I love your company and the how to videos.

(Posted on 4/2/2015)

Excellent Product Review by Ebabs
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I really enjoy using these kefir grains. I've made some delicious kefir with them. I wish the packet gave information about refrigerating the grains for when I wanted to take a break from fermenting.

(Posted on 3/30/2015)

LOVE Review by Jana
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I happened to catch these on sale.- I love them so much, I would have gladly paid full price!

(Posted on 3/23/2015)

Very satisfied Review by jansto1
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Don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. Great product and fair price, fast shipping as well.

(Posted on 3/18/2015)

Milk Kefir grains Review by Justme
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I received my grains in a timely manner. They have worked well, no disappointments. I was curious why mine wasn't growing or multiplying as some people's said theirs does and was told live cultures seem to multiply faster. Don't get me wrong though, that has not diminished their effectiveness at all...they work very well. I've bought a few things from Cultures for Health and everything has proven well.

(Posted on 3/18/2015)

Works better than I expected. Review by Joseph
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Works better than I expected.
Was faster and easier than I expected.

(Posted on 3/17/2015)

the best company and the best kefir!! Review by rebi
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The first trying with making kefir didn't work for me and the grains died. It was my first time making kefir and I didn t know what I was doing. I emailed the company and they answered me so quick. People from this company were so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir in the end. The best customer service! I am happy I have kefir every day and I know it is healthy.
Thank you Cultures for health!

(Posted on 3/16/2015)

excellent Review by mom
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I had a little bit of a hard time getting the directions straight but my kefir grains are actually starting to multiply. I had put my grains into raw milk at first, but realized I did it wrong and through contact with customer support via e-mail, I got back on track and they are doing good now. I really recommend the Milk Kefir grains.

(Posted on 3/2/2015)

Great customer support and advice!!! Review by Kefir Rookie
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I have had some trouble getting my grains started. The customer support has been terrific.

(Posted on 2/28/2015)

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)



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