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 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 patricia at 3/22/2013 7:30 PM
    • If I want to take a break from making kefir how do I go about doing that? Will I lose my kefir grains and have to order more? I work and it is not easy for me to keep making it just for myself. I don't see an answer to that on the instructions for milk kefir grains.
    • For an occasional break, you can try the following: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir

      However, we recommend that you keep your kefir culturing at room temperature, as much as possible, to avoid stressing the grains. Too many breaks and the grains may eventually cease working.
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  • From Jackie at 3/19/2013 3:28 PM
  • From Mae at 3/15/2013 11:43 AM
    • When you talk about using coconut milk, are we talking about the milk in the can (Thai Kitchen) or milk from the refrigerated section (Silk/So Delicious)? Or does it make any difference? I tried using both types and the consistency isn't coming out as well as using regular milk.
    • You may use alternative milk, canned or boxed, but try to find the one with the least or no additives. The alternative milk will not usually coagulate and thicken like dairy milk does but it will ferment and result in a delicious cultured flavor.
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  • From John at 3/13/2013 4:53 PM
    • We just got our kefir grains in the mail two days ago, and the milk has thickened after only two days. We have changed the milk once, and the thickened milk tastes sweet. Is that normal? Should I assume that it's finished rehydrating and start using it? I've always assumed that kefir should be sour.
    • It sounds like your grains are progressing normally. Now that they have started to thicken the milk, it may take another batch or two to develop that wonderful tangy flavor. Be sure to begin increasing the amount of milk you're using to avoid overculturing. Curds and whey is great if you want to make kefir cheese, or use the whey to culture vegetables, but for drinking, that nice thickened-milk stage is best. The thickened milk stage also makes it easier to strain your grains out to start your next batch.
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  • From Marg at 3/12/2013 10:20 AM
    • Not certain which to purchase, Milk or Water Kefir Grains.

      I am not diabetic, and cow’s milk causes mucus and some swell of the eyes.

      Can you help me to best choose?
    • If you are sensitive to milk, you should check with your heath care provider or nutritionist before making a dietary change like adding milk kefir. That being said, you might enjoy this article on the differences between water kefir and milk kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/compare-milk-versus-kefir-water-kefir
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  • From linda at 3/11/2013 9:25 AM
    • How can "fruit or other flavors" be added to the kefir?
    • You won't want to add anything with the milk kefir grains, but you can create amazing flavors on your finished kefir during a second fermentation. You will find information here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/second-fermentation-milk-kefir
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  • From Kaylyn at 2/25/2013 12:58 AM
    • Are your kefir grains certified gluten free or just gluten free?
      -I noticed on the website you state: "Milk Kefir Grains are produced in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products."
      -Are they processed or shared on same equipment as wheat or any way there could be cross contamination?
      Thanks
    • Our kefir grains are gluten free, but not certified. They are actually produced in their own location, on their own dedicated and meticulously cleaned equipment/supplies. They are not around soy, wheat, nut or fish.
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  • From Michelle at 2/21/2013 2:24 AM
    • Can this be used with goat milk?
    • Yes, Milk Kefir Grains can be used to make delicious goat milk kefir.
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  • From Amber at 1/10/2013 12:23 PM
    • Once you make the kefir, do you have to make a new batch every 24-48 hours? (I probably will anyway, but just wondering). Also I want to ferment mine so that there is no lactose in it, and I've read it takes 24 hours of fermenting for that to happen. Does "ferment" just mean the 24 hour natural process it takes to make the kefir by leaving it out?
      Thank you!
    • Yes, the grains should be added to fresh milk to make a new batch every 24-48 hours, to keep the grains healthy and well-fed. That's correct, the fermentation process takes place as the grains sit in the fresh milk on your countertop, converting the milk to kefir.
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  • From Scarlett at 1/2/2013 5:28 AM
    • Can the grains be reused forever?
    • With proper care, you can keep the grains going indefinitely.
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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)

Amazing results! Review by Tanya
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Order arrived very fast. On day 4 after starting rehydrating (I used whole organic milk) I already had kefir to drink! But it did not stop there. On day 5 I realized that 1litre of milk is too little for my grains. I transferred them into 1.89l jar that I filled with milk to the top. Amazingly I had kefir in less then 24 hrs. What I am doing now is I keep the jar in front of open window (I covered it with brown plastic bag) just to slow down the process a bit. I now use 2% organic milk ( as whole one did require agitation). The taste and texture of the kefir is amazing! It is drinkable and smooth.
My only "complaint" that it's like a pet (meaning you have to take care of it and feed it) and my pet is VERY productive.
I could not be happier with how it's turned out.

(Posted on 12/26/2014)

Happy Customer Review by syblef
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The Kefir grains were ready the next day. I used 2% milk. The only draw back to my order was that I paid extra for 3 day shipping. Cultures for Health shipped them right away but USPS didn't deliver them until 10 days later. Thank goodness the grains were dry or that could have been a problem. I would not hesitate to order again but won't pay extra for fast shipping which was not Cultures for Health's fault. They did their part.

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Very pleased Review by queensyb
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I've been making milk kefir for about two weeks now. Couldn't be easier.

(Posted on 12/11/2014)

My Milk Kefir is much better than store bought! Review by Cris
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My grains are very productive. When I received them I have to admit I was disappointed at the amount. Just looked like such a little bit. But, after rehydrating them and making Kefir, those little grains are busy little workers! I can't drink all they produce. Love my Kefir Grains.
And, customer service is amazing. Everyone I've spoken to is eager to help and offers much needed advice. I appreciate them and all the help they've given me with all my fermenting and culturing trials, errors and successes!

(Posted on 12/9/2014)

A great product Review by Pam
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I love the kefir I'm making. I had no previous experience with kefir, so I had a week of trial and error. I talked by phone and chatted online with the personnel and they were very helpful. They sorted out my issues and immediately I was on track.. Thank you, Cultures for Health!

(Posted on 12/3/2014)

great value and flavor Review by Jean
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This product is excellent. I make kefir for a lot less money than before. I don't feel guilty about drinking as much as I want because it is so inexpensive. It also tastes great! So far I have shared grains with one other person and plan to share with more. I'll always be sure to tell them about the great info on this website as well.

(Posted on 11/30/2014)

Less tart Review by Carrie
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This kefir is less tart than they grains I had used for 8 years. I had trouble getting them going at first but persisted, with help from CFH and it works now. I don't see the gelatinous cottage cheese like grains with this kefir, the grains are more blended in with the kefir so I'm not sure how much they will multiply. Overall, good stuff!

(Posted on 11/27/2014)

Wow! So Worth it! Review by Mishiko
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I am so glad that I purchased the Milk Kefir Grains. I have Kefir in my home every single day so I never have to buy it from the store. I never knew there were so many ways to use Kefir. This is well worth the money...and the health benefits! So happy am I!

(Posted on 11/25/2014)

Very Good Product Review by Louise
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We have always had two goats for our own milk products - When I heard
about Kefir - I thought it sounded like a good idea - certainly worth trying.

We ordered the grains from you and we were very happy with how quickly
they worked and how super easy it is! We live on a farm and have lots
of fresh fruit in season and with the extra we can or freeze. We like to
whiz the fruit in our Vita Mix and put the Kefir in - oh boy, that is gooood.
We just can't seem to get enough of it! We haven't even been making cheese because we like the kefir better.

(Posted on 11/24/2014)

Great Grains Review by Tulip
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I love the flavor. My quart of kefir is usually cultured within 24.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)



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