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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 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
  • From Suzan at 6/13/2013 8:36 PM
  • From Alicia at 6/11/2013 4:18 AM
    • After straining my kefir I put my grains (after rinsing them off with water) I put them into the grains into a cup and somehow got sidetracked and forgot to put milk in the cup and back into the fridge for my time out while using the already prepared kefir. Have I ruined them? I didn't realize my mistake for over 24 hours of the grains just sitting in the open air unrefrigerated and not covered with milk.
    • It shouldn't be a problem although you may want to give your grains a gentle rinse (spring or filtered water) before you put them into milk to minimize possible contaminants. You basically started a dehydration process so it may take a few batches for the grains to readjust but they should be back making great kefir very soon.
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  • From Zoe at 5/31/2013 8:52 AM
    • I just wrapped up day two of rehydrating the grains. I woke up this morning (less than 20 hours after they were placed in fresh milk) and the liquid has completely separated to whey and a frothy curd layer on top. Are the grains ready to make kefir already? It doesn't smell bad. Tangy/yeasty. I strained out the whey and tried to fish out the grains the best I could, which was hard to do in all those curds.

      I think I need to store them in a cooler place to slow it down a bit, instead of right next to the stove/oven.

      Did I do something wrong?
    • You didn't do anything wrong, the grains are now working and ready for an increased amount of milk. It does sound like your temperature may be a little too warm so your kefir may culture more quickly than 24 hours. We recommend increasing the amount of milk slowly, about 1/2 cup more with each new batch. Your other option is to culture for less time and stop the culturing process when your kefir reaches that wonderful thickened milk stage. If you have any additional problems, please contact us at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com.
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  • From SJ at 5/22/2013 11:29 AM
    • If would like to make non-dairy kefir (i.e. almond milk kefir), should I use water kefir grains or milk kefir grains?
    • If you do not have dairy allergies, you can certainly make non-dairy kefir with milk kefir grains. However, you must refresh them in dairy milk every 1-2 batches as the grains require the lactose from dairy milk to survive. So you can alternate between non-dairy milk and dairy milks!

      However, milk kefir grains do not fare well in nut and seed milks. If you want to culture almond milk, you may wish to make water kefir, and use 1/4 cup finished water kefir per 1 quart almond milk.

      Water kefir grains are specifically for sugar water.
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  • From Luke at 5/22/2013 8:39 AM
    • My kefir went a little long and seperated into curds and whey. Now I can't tell what is curds and what is the kefir grains. Any suggestions?
    • If you have the nylon/plastic mesh strainer, gently stir the curd in the strainer with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. This should remove some of the curd, then use the spatula/spoon to very gently press down on the curd. The soft curd will go through the strainer and the grains will remain. It might be helpful to rinse with new milk if it's hard to get the curds off. Be sure to make kefir cheese out of the curd! You'll find the recipe here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/herbed-soft-kefir-cheese-recipe/
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  • From SB325 at 5/21/2013 5:04 PM
    • Thank you for promptly answering my last question. I have another.

      I received my grains and began revitalizing them. I began changing the milk every 12 hours, for 3 days. Then let it ferment for 24 hours. Now, about 5 days later, my grains are growing/plumping up and make about 1.5 cups of milk nice and thick in 24 hours. Quite unexpectedly, I must leave town and will be unable to tend to my kefir for about 10 days. I read the link provided regarding taking a break from making kefir. My question, should I use the same amount of milk I have been fermenting (about 1.5C), or should I use more? Will the fact they are just getting restarted effect how well they survive storage? When I bring them back out of storage, will I need to revitalize them like I did the dried grains?

      Thank you!
    • You can use the same amount of milk you have been using. Sometimes if they are brand new they do not do as well in storage. Since they are new, revitalizing them would be recommended. Use new milk and do two or more batches until they are making good kefir again.
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  • From SB325 at 5/17/2013 9:18 PM
    • I believe I will consume about 1 cup of kefir per day. Can I culture this small amount daily, or should I plan to culture more milk less often?
    • To make smaller batches, you'll need to reduce the number of grains you are using, or else the milk will kefir too quickly. For more information about timing milk kefir, see this article: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/timing-milk-kefir

      While you can take an occasional break, such as for a vacation, the cultures are healthiest when they're active. It's best to make a smaller batch every day, than to rest the grains too often. Here are other suggestions for taking a break from making kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From non dairy girl at 5/10/2013 7:16 AM
    • I am lactose intolerant and use lactaid milk on my cereal. It is skim fat free milk with lactose added. Will this still work?
    • Maybe. 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.
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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)

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)



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