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 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 lisa at 12/20/2012 11:45 AM
    • I forgot about my kefir grains and left them in the refrigerator a little too long, and they became a little funky--moldy I think. Are they salvageable or should I dispose of them? I just put them in fresh milk and was planning to change it each day for a few days to refresh them.

      Thank you!
    • It very uncommon to find mold developing on a batch of kefir. However mold does occasionally develop, and can generally be seen by the formation of white, green, orange, red or black spots on the surface of the kefir.

      If mold does develop, immediately toss the entire batch including the kefir grains. Do not try to salvage a moldy batch or moldy kefir grains even if you do not see mold on the grains themselves. Doing so may be dangerous to your health. Obtain a new set of kefir grains, clean the jar thoroughly, and try again another day.
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  • From yoshi at 12/11/2012 3:26 PM
    • 1st time, I got from Amazon(Life time Kefir). Grain was creamy paste. I never see grains as on photo.
      So now, I got one from your Grains. I am still waiting for delivery. I should get it this week. Should I start from 1/2 milk? Thanks,
      Yoshi Mathias
    • The kefir grain packet comes with detailed instructions for rehydration and continued use. You will be starting with 1 cup of milk.
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  • From Cheri F. at 12/6/2012 11:29 PM
    • I haven't made kefir before. If using store bought non fat milk, are there any issues besides being thinner that I need to know about? Will the grains live fine with consistant use of non fat milk? Will the kefir be lumpy instead of smooth? Anything else I should know in this regard?

      Thank you for your time and assistance! Cheri
    • 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 strongly recommend avoiding Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) or Ultra-Pasteurized (UP) milk.
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  • From Maria Victoria at 12/4/2012 1:19 AM
    • Hi! Can I make the kefir grain with soy milk? Thanks.
    • 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 Lana at 11/22/2012 10:29 PM
  • From Elizabeth at 10/9/2012 6:35 PM
    • What is the shelf life of the dehydrated kefir grains if I keep them in the original package? I have some active grains right now, but want to have "back up" grains in case I need them. Thank you!
    • The grains last 12-18 months unrefrigerated, and 18+ months refrigerated.
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  • From niki at 10/7/2012 1:35 PM
    • I am very new to kefir. What do I need to start with? Just the milk kefir grains? Or the starter kit? I plan on using this with raw milk.

    • The Milk Kefir Starter Kit Contents:

      One packet milk kefir grains
      Plastic mesh strainer (3½-inch diameter)
      Instruction and recipe booklet

      Milk kefir grains do very well in raw milk, but we advise rehydrating them in pasteurized milk until they are fully active. Follow the directions for rehydration that are included with the culture and the kit.

      See here to transition them from pasteurized milk to raw milk: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

      See here to make raw milk kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/raw-milk-kefir
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  • From Jennifer at 10/3/2012 8:03 PM
    • How long will the grains last?
    • If cared for properly, milk kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly to make kefir.
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  • From Beth at 9/21/2012 5:22 AM
    • Do you happen to know what the difference is between milk kefir and piima or villii (sp?) milk? I have been researching, but am unable to find what cultures are present in pima/villii.
    • For milk kefir, see here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast

      Piima is known to contain Streptococcus lactis var. bollandicus, Streptococcus taette

      Viili is known to contain Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
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  • From Laura at 9/8/2012 9:58 AM
    • We've been enjoying our kefir grains since purchasing them a few months ago. We are going on vacation for 10 days in a week--could you tell me the best way to keep the kefir grains while we're gone? Thanks!
    • Fresh milk in the fridge (airtight container) for up to 3 weeks, and fresh milk when they come out. They will be safe and happy in the fridge while you're away. See here for more info: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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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)

grains Review by n/a
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Very well pleased as always with CFH!!!

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Great, even for a newbie Review by Terri
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My house is cool so after a few days of my kefir not thickening, I began keeping it in the oven with just the light on. This makes about 3 cups in 24 hours. I've begun flavoring my kefir in a second fermentation. Finding out what works and what doesn't. Hopefully my grains will begin to grow soon so I can give them away to introduce everyone to the benefit of cultured milk. Love that good bacteria!

Staff was very helpful too, since I needed alot of hand-holding during the first two weeks.

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

Buy your grains here! Review by kelshop
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There are many places online to buy kefir grains, but I highly recommend buying them at Cultures for Health. I have ordered both the water kefir grains and milk kefir grains. My water kefir grains hydrated quickly and started producing water kefir in just a few days. I struggled with my milk kefir and wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I emailed Cultures for Health and got an very quick response with suggestions. Anita was so helpful and patient answering all of my questions and helping me get my milk kefir grains producing milk kefir. I couldn't have asked for better customer service. :)

(Posted on 2/14/2015)

4 star Review by Mary
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This is the second batch of milk kefir grains I have purchased from you, and neither of them has grown in size or quantity. I always use Kroger's Simple Truth organic milk.

Your service is awesome!

Thanks.

Mary

Response from CFH: We do not guarantee that Milk Kefir Grains will grow or multiply. Everyone gets different results. Very few grains are need to culture milk kefir. We ask that you contact us any time you have questions or problems with your products.

(Posted on 2/10/2015)

No Grain Growth, but good kefir. Review by n/a
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Re-hydrating instructions very clear and easy to follow. The grains are up and running and they produce nice milk kefir. However, there are only three grains and they are neither growing much in size, nor reproducing. Once fully hydrated, I started using milk from my own goats...I use no antibiotics...so I do not understand the lack of growth.
I had grains a few years back from a friend and those grains multiplied daily.

Response from CFH: Milk kefir grains may or may not grow, as they are a very dynamic culture. For tips on encouraging grains to grow, see: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

(Posted on 2/6/2015)

Excellent product at a very good price. Review by DC
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I have sustained my culture for ten months now and am very satisfied. I have recommended this product to numerous people.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Kefir and CFH - two, too awesome Review by platOR
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I am now making Kefir at home and am happy I can make full fat, organic Kefir in any flavor we desire. I feel better drinking Kefir daily. The thickest, most flavorful Kefir I’ve made was with raw dairy milk (following the special instructions on CFH).

I was timid about trying to culture Kefir again and mistakenly got confused while doing Filmjolk in the same month. Though both processed on the counter they require different feeding schedules. Online chat supported me awesomely along the way.

I no longer need to purchase sour cream or buttermilk and am learning all about the health benefits and tasty ways to use whey. (A byproduct of straining either of these cultures.) Buying just two cultures and learning on this website have opened a new way to work in my kitchen and make good gut bacteria (probiotics) at home.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

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)



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