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
  • Instructions for using milk kefir grains are included.
  • 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. 


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 Leslie at 8/27/2014 12:04 AM
    • I just got my grains and my hubby bought ultra past. milk...is it safe to use for one day to keep the grains or should I just put the grains in the fridge to keep? I don't want to ruin the grains with this milk...
    • The results using ultra-pasteurized milk can be inconsistent however you will be discarding the first few batches so go ahead and start using the ultra pasteurized milk and make the change to regular pasteurized milk as soon as you can..
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  • From Maria at 7/25/2014 12:20 PM
    • I'm going to be away for the weekend, is it safe to leave my kefir over the counter or should I refrigerate? Thanks.
    • Anytime you are not able to give your milk kefir grains fresh milk every 24 hours, you must preserve them in some manner. For short term, you can simply put them in fresh milk in a jar/lid and store them in the fridge. They are safe for up to 3 weeks. If someone is able to give them fresh milk at the end of that 3 week period, you can store them another 3 weeks. After that, they must be put back to work or they will suffer damage and will likely die.

      We do not recommend storing them often in the fridge, as this can break down the grains' bacteria and enzymes and cause them to cease working.
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  • From Dina at 6/19/2014 7:21 AM
    • My kefir is curdling after I strain it and put it in the fridge. What am I doing wrong?
    • It sounds like your kefir is continuing to culture in the fridge. You may want to check the temperature in your fridge and if you are storing your kefir in the door, move it closer to the back of the fridge where it will remain more cold. If your kefir is separating during the culturing process, you will need to increase the amount of milk you are using or decrease the culturing time to reach that wonderful "thickened-milk" (like buttermilk) stage before storage.
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  • From Mary at 6/9/2014 4:49 PM
    • I live on the southeastern Arizona desert and we do not have central heating/cooling. I don't have a thermometer in my kitchen, but I'm sure it gets over 85 in the summer and sometimes below 65 (we heat with wood) in the winter. Are the milk cultures so temperature dependent that I would not be able to make my own kefir. I tried the water kefir last fall, but I guess it got too cold and my grains died. I love the kefir cheese and really want to make own if it is at all possible.
    • Yes, the milk kefir grains must be cultured between 68º-85ºF. If it gets too cold or too warm, they will not be viable. Perhaps looking at the following articles might be helpful in maintaining your temperature during the cold and hot periods of the year:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cold-weather-winter-care-starter-cultures-foods/
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/warm-weather-care/
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  • From Bill at 4/17/2014 1:00 AM
    • Great Site!
      Is the protein in milk broken down or digested when being made into Kefir? The casein in milk is really hard to digest and is why many health professionals recommend giving up dairy. Thanks!
    • During the culturing process lactose is consumed by the grains. Casein still remains.
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  • From Chris at 4/16/2014 3:39 PM
    • Is it normally safe to drink the milk used to activate the kefir grains? Also, what must be done to start making kefir with grains that were put in the refrigerator for a break?
    • We do not recommend consuming the milk used to rehydrate the kefir grains. Kefir is ready to consume when it is thickened and has a pleasant aroma and taste.
      Milk from grains stored in the fridge is generally not pleasant to drink either.
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  • From Dan at 4/10/2014 9:46 AM
    • Can I use organic ultra pasteurized 2% milk with the milk kefir grain? And how do I know the kefir grain is activated? Thanks!
    • The results with ultra pasteurized milk can be a little unpredictable. Some brands seem to generate better results than others so you might need to experiment to find a brand that works well for you. Yes, you can use 2% milk. The texture is generally a little thinner than whole milk but will still result in a delicious, tangy flavor.
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  • From Bernard at 4/9/2014 2:25 PM
    • Hi, I am here in Texas and will be traveling to Mexico in about a month and a half when I will start to make my Raw Milk Kefir. Will the Milk Kefir Grains that I order last that long or what do you recommend I should do? Can I pay using Pay Pal
      or how do I pay? Thank you Bernard.
    • Your milk kefir grains should be stored in the refrigerator when you receive them. When at room temperature, the grains are shelf stable for 12-18 months. As long as they are not exposed to temperatures above 85º F, they should be fine. Payment options are listed here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ordering-information#Payment_Methods
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  • From Brenda at 4/7/2014 2:06 PM
    • Can I add organic sugar to milk kefir during the culturing process? If so, will this make the final product sweeter?
    • When culturing milk kefir, there should be milk and milk kefir grains. If you want to flavor after, that is best. We don't recommend adding sweetener during the culturing process.
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  • From Cynthia at 3/11/2014 7:23 PM
    • What is the sugar/carb content of the kefir?
    • The nutritional profile of your finished kefir will depend on many factors. The milk you use is the biggest factor of course.
      Temperature, length of culturing and use of a second fermentation will also affect nutrient content.
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Great product and website Review by InTexas
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I got these grains a year ago. It took close to a week to activate them. I only used a little milk at first as it wasn't active yet and I didn't want to waste it. Once it got going, it tasted too sour for me but it's either gotten sweeter or I've gotten used to it. I always add a banana with tart fruit to make it sweet. Or a spoonful of fruit jam. The kefir has a almost tingly feeling on your tongue, there are some bubbles in it - that and the yeast makes it taste different from yogurt. Also the store bought kefir is not comparable as it is more of a thin yogurt. I had tried that first and if it wasn't for the other reviews and all the info these people provide I wouldn't have known it was supposed to taste so different.
Also, my house tends to stay warm, especially in the summer and I struggled with making this at first as it seemed to go from nothing to a super sour thick stuff that I didn't care for. Then I read a review from a lady in Houston who cycles hers daily with counter time and fridge time. I tried it and it works for me. I put it out until it looks a little thick, then fridge. Then I filter it and get it in new milk and back on the counter. I use organic milk. I could never get it through the sieve I bought here once it got thick. I started using one I got from Walmart that has bigger holes. Maybe if you filtered while it's still thin it would work, but I found this works ok.
And also, it never gets very thick, more like buttermilk. And whiter than the milk you start with when done. And then you put it through the sieve and that breaks it up thinner so I've mostly used it in smoothies and as a buttermilk substitute. Today I made one with a banana, teaspoon honey, fistful squished raw spinach and handful of frozen blueberries. It was good, too sweet, but couldn't taste the spinach. I have also made some salad dressing out of it, recipes on the website.

(Posted on 9/20/2014)

Skimpy supply Review by Jeff
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The quality seems to be good, but for the price, surely you could have included more kefir grains.

Response from CFH: The amount of grains included is sufficient to culture 1 quart of milk at least every 24 hours, indefinitely with care. This will provide nearly 2 gallons of milk kefir each week.

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

Excellent Review by Donna
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A great learning experience! When I needed help I received support using the live chat and was able to solve my issue. After drying the grains, and starting over, the kefir is delicious.

(Posted on 9/13/2014)

Kefir Grains Review by Reets
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Product arrived promptly. Directions clear and true to set-up time estimate. Taste delicious.

(Posted on 9/7/2014)

I am inexperienced using cultures, but think the product worked just fine. Review by M
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The culture seemed very expensive for a few granules. The product worked well and was easy to hydrate. I find that I have more questions than available answers. I don't understand the doubling effects of the granules and am afraid I am mixing them in the drink. All in all I think the product certainly is more flexible than the powder product, more convent and less expensive in the long run.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support with any questions. If answers can't be found on the site, we are often able to help find the answers or answer directly.

(Posted on 9/4/2014)

Quick start Review by Brant
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Order arrived on time and in good condition. It is clear instructions in good website support. The culture took off like a rocket! Great product!

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

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I have ordered milk kefir grains more than once and they die. I give up. It is super chunky and very difficult to separate at 24 hours. I work so I am not available to watch it every hour to see when it is ready. I will stick with the wonderful (forgiving) water kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support before discarding products. Many cultures are salvageable with some minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/25/2014)

Works great! Tastes great! Review by Gord
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My Kefir grains activated in one day and began producing a delicious drink that I can't get enough of!

(Posted on 8/21/2014)

Huge Disappointment Review by Katheryn
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I've had these grains for a month and they never activated. The milk doesn't thicken at all. I've contacted Customer Service several times and they keep giving me new tricks to try, but nothing works. These grains simply aren't working. I've poured SO MUCH time and energy into the critters, trying to lovingly nuture them to life. I'm more mad about how much time and milk i've wasted on this venture than the eightteen bucks down the drain.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/20/2014)

goforit Review by Satified
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I am very pleased with my Kefir making process, especially when it cost around $3.18 at a local store.

(Posted on 8/4/2014)

Great Review by Ssunshine62
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This is my first try with milk kefir. I have made several batches and have enjoyed them in my daily smoothies. Can't wait to try other gains.

(Posted on 8/2/2014)

Off and running Review by HKC
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The grains are working great! It's so easy once you get them started which for me took about a week. Now I make 1 qt of kefir everyday which costs about $0.50/qt. v.s. $3-4 from the store. Yea!!

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

We love Milk Kefir - what did we ever do without it Review by Beach Gal
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We received our grains and followed instructions to rehydrate them. Now we are making 4 cups every day. My grains haven't grown but that has not stopped them from producing kefir. My husband and I and our two dogs drink the whole 4 cups daily. My husband has been teasing me about my "experiment" but he is now admitting that he feels so much better and our two dogs beg for kefir and are running around like young dogs. Their coats are nicer and their eyes brighter and they have more energy. The strange thing is that both my husband and I are lactose intolerant. These nifty little grains feed on the lactose and we have had no problem with the lactose at all. I am so happy that Cultures for Health offer these fantastic kefir grains. For the initial price along with the cost of milk, you can have a lifetime of healthy drink. We drink it straight, we put it in smoothies, we add fruits and juices. The possibilities are endless.

(Posted on 7/29/2014)

Milk Kefir grains Review by Janie
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Mine had a slow start- might be the temp in the house and it is multiplying very slowly (I use organic milk) but what I have there is very healthy looking grains..Oh and did I say I am ADDICTED to Kefir! Can't seem to get enough...I love it...

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/27/2014)

such a small amount Review by jen
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I received a very small amount - 1 teaspoon re-hydrated- it took forever to do more than 2 cups of milk.

Response from CFH: One teaspoon of milk kefir grains are all that is needed to culture up to 4 cups of milk. Please contact us before discarding any cultures. Some cultures may require a minor adjustment.

(Posted on 7/23/2014)

Fabulous Review by Jim
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I have ordered this product twice. Both times the grains activated within a couple of days, and started producing wonderful tasting kefir. Our family is very happy with it!

(Posted on 7/21/2014)

Very good product. Review by GM
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I first ordered milk kefir grains and they did not work right, they must have been bad because all I made was rotten milk. After speaking to customer service, I received some new grains along with detailed instructions and this kefir has turned out to be wonderful. It has worked great from the start and we have made some good kefir that my family loves.

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

Great product! Review by Ruthie
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Awhile back I had some grains that were so hard to use, never growing significantly and hard to strain out and reuse. I gave up for awhile, but missed this wonderfully probiotic drink so ordered these grains. Within 2 days they were making kefir. They have grown and multiplied, are easy to strain out of the finished product, and live happily on my counter in local raw milk from grassfed cows. I'm a fan!

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

AFTER 10 days my kefir was spoiled Review by mustashka
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After 4 days I started to drink kefir, it was fresh and good the first week. The next week kefir had smell and I had to through away everything.
Bad instruction! Special in the begining.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting tips before discarding products. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/17/2014)

so much kefir! Review by R
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I'm really happy with the kefir grains. When they came, I was feeling anxious that I would not be able to get them to work. I followed the instructions exactly, and in about 5 days I began to make kefir. The small amount of grains that I got makes 1.5 cups of kefir in about 12 hours in my 77 degree house. I am looking for a cooler place in the house to store them, and plan to add more milk so that I can slow down the process a little.

(Posted on 7/15/2014)



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