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 Christa at 7/4/2012 3:17 PM
    • I have an old gas stove with pilots burning all the time, so for many years I make my kefir in the stove which is always around 90 degrees. My kefir is doing very well, very quick like between 12 to 18 hours. I never gave it a thought till I recently started reading more about kefir and found out not to heat it more than 80 degrees. My son drinks it like that and it helps for his acid reflux a lot . So, is it bad to grow it in too much heat like I do?
    • If it seems to be working at 90 degrees then likely it is fine. We do recommend a ceiling of about 85ºF, as that seems to be in our experience, the most consistent temperature the grains can handle.
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  • From David P at 7/2/2012 5:06 PM
  • From Terry at 6/29/2012 8:04 PM
    • Do additives in coconut milk, such as guar gum, ruin the kefir grains?
    • We do recommend avoiding brands with additives and sweeteners as they can be hard on the kefir grains (guar gum which is a typical additive does not seem to be problematic). Customers experience success with the grains in coconut milk, so long as they are refreshed in dairy milk every 1-2 weeks.
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  • From Iryna at 5/26/2012 12:39 AM
    • I am allergic to dairy products and can't drink cow milk. Can I use the Milk Kefir grains with goat milk? Also, if I am able to make kefir from goat milk, can I then use it in soy milk?
    • We have a great article that discusses the various milk options for making kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-milk-making-dairy-kefir. Any animal milk will work fine with the milk kefir grains. A soy milk would work well, just be sure to revitalize the milk kefir grains in dairy milk every other batch or two between the soy milk batches so they can stay nourished and viable.
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  • From joreen at 5/20/2012 8:36 PM
    • I'm recently new to using kefir and bought the grains from your site. I added the entire box of grains to a glass canning jar of raw cow's milk, allowing enough time to sit and thicken. After straining the kefir and making another batch, and putting the ready kefir in the fridge, I found that it slightly curdled and was very runny... almost a complete difference in texture from the original kefir before straining and adding into fridge. What is your suggestion? Do you add the whole box of grains and do you even refrigerate? Thanks.
    • Yes, the entire packet of milk kefir grains should be added to dairy milk. Follow the instructions included with the packet, taking care to watch for thickening by or before each 24 hour period is up. Raw milk is not recommended for rehydration, so plan to use regularly pasteurized milk and then transition to raw milk: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk
      We strongly discourage refrigerating milk kefir grains until they are strong and have been culturing for a few months.
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  • From Tai at 5/19/2012 11:00 AM
  • From Bronwyn at 5/18/2012 2:28 PM
    • What is the difference between kefir grains and kefir starter. I've been using the powdered starter, but it doesn't produce grains - is it supposed to?
    • The powdered culture will not produce grains as it is a "direct-set" culture. It's basically a one-time use (although you could potentially get a couple regenerations). It is great for people who do not have time to care for the grains, or who only need to make kefir periodically. If you have time, using grains is the best and most economical, nutrient-dense way to produce kefir.

      This is a great article that explains grains vs. starter: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-kefir-grains-versus-powdered-culture

      Worthy of noting, the powdered starter has significantly fewer strains of beneficial yeast and bacteria than the grains.
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  • From John at 5/14/2012 12:08 PM
    • Hi! I got my grains about a week ago, but I messed up and got some ultra pasteurized milk and have been using it. I got it because it was organic. My grains have actually grown since then. My questions is: have I messed my grains up? Should I start over? Or are they ok? Thank you so much!
    • Strain the grains and add them to some non-UP milk as soon as possible. There is a chance they will be ok.
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  • From Bill at 5/13/2012 3:48 PM
  • From Bambi at 5/11/2012 3:23 PM
    • Can I use these kefir grains with raw goat milk? If I can, is there anything special to consider because of the difference in fat content?
    • There have been many customers who reported excellent results using goat milk with the milk kefir grains. No extra procedures are needed.
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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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