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 Angela Woodward at 5/3/2012 12:29 PM
    • I know yogurt can be used as a starter to make feta cheese. Will kefir do the same thing?
    • There are reports kefir has been used as a starter, but we do not have any recipes. We would like to hear how it goes if you try it!
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  • From Holly at 5/3/2012 12:15 PM
    • When I read in the instructions to rehydrate the grains in a partially sealed container, does that mean with a lid on that is not fully tightened, or does it mean with a coffee filter/towel over the jar with a rubber band? Thanks!
    • You are simply allowing fermentation gases to escape, and protecting your jar from outside pests, so either of those options would work.
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  • From Amy Richards Realty at 4/30/2012 1:08 PM
    • Can you make kefir with lactose free milk? It does not sound like it...
    • Lactose free milk usually does contain lactose, but it also contains lactase, an enzyme that helps lactose-intolerant individuals digest the lactose. Check the label; if you see lactase, the milk does contain lactose and may be used to culture milk kefir. However, many lactose-free milks are ultra-pasteurized, which does not work well for culturing.
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  • From Deidre at 4/21/2012 7:45 AM
    • My kefir seems to be going straight from milk to curds and whey after about 12 hours. I have not been able to find a thickened in between stage. Thank you!
    • The jump from thickened milk to curds and whey can happen very rapidly if you're using a small amount of milk or the temperature is warm. If you have recently rehydrated your grains, it could be that the grains are ready for more milk. If an increase in the amount of milk doesn't solve the problem, please contact customersupport@culturesforhealth.com and we will be able to help you resolve the issue.
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  • From Angie at 4/18/2012 10:11 AM
    • Can these kefir grains grow in unsweetened almond milk?
    • No, the milk kefir grains will not grow, nor survive in almond milk. Generally we do not see successful culturing with nut milks, especially almond milk.
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  • From Christel at 4/9/2012 3:44 AM
    • Do you ship Kefir grains to New Zealand?

      Christel
    • We don't ship individual orders outside of the United States and Canada, but if you would like to see our products in your local health food store, please have them contact us about a wholesale account. They can start the wholesale process here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/Wholesale We would love to talk to them :)
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  • From Jean at 4/8/2012 5:20 PM
    • Did I "kill" the good stuff in my raw goat's milk by freezing it? I purchased 1 gal. at a time and freeze 2 qts since I drink aprox. half gal. a week. Can I use the frozen (thawed milk) for kefir? Tried Kefir Starter product which did not produce well at all - very bad tasting. Want to buy good grains and make my own ASAP!
    • We have a lot of customers making yogurt and kefir with frozen - thawed goat's milk. A few people report an altered flavor but the flavor can change when the goat's diet changes too. Studies show differences of opinion about the slight loss of nutrients when freezing raw milk but it certainly won't "kill all the good stuff."

      See here for more info: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/using-previously-frozen-milk-for-culturing-yogurt-kefir-buttermilk
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  • From Millie at 4/6/2012 10:36 AM
    • Can you list the actual names of the micro-organisms in your kefir, so that I know what I am getting? Thanks.
    • The Composition of Milk Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/milk-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast

      Please note, this list is for general informational purposes only. We do not test individual batches of Milk Kefir Grains for yeast and bacteria content, therefore we cannot make any guarantees to the exact probiotic makeup any particular set of Milk Kefir Grains sold on our website.
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  • From lily at 4/3/2012 10:20 PM
    • Do you not need to warm the milk first for the kefir grains? The cultures recommend heating first.
    • It is not necessary to heat the milk if you are using milk kefir grains. If you are using the powdered kefir starter, the milk would be gently and slowly heated (70° to 75°) to help in even distribution of the powder.
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  • From Jen at 3/27/2012 4:21 PM
    • My kefir wouldn't stain through the strainer so I stirred lightly with a wooden spoon. Now I don't see my grains. Did I damage them?
    • Straining the grains shouldn't cause any damage. If the kefir is thick or has separated, gently stir before straining to thin the kefir and loosen the grains. You can also dilute it with a bit of fresh milk to help. Then use a fine mesh strainer to make sure you catch the smaller grains, working the kefir through the strainer gently using a wooden or plastic utensil. Contact Customer Support for more assistance.
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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)

It couldn't be easier! Review by Stu
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I've always enjoyed kefir, and after a recent colonoscopy (nuff said)you really are starting with a clean slate, so to speak. I wanted to populate my system with probiotics, but didn't want to pay $4 a qt. The small investment in kefir grains has rewarded us with an endless supply of kefir. It took a bit to get them started, but a few minutes on the chat line produced great kefir the very next batch. I have a small Styrofoam cooler, similar to an Omaha Steak style cooler, very dense, which I retrieved from the recycling depot. A quart of water inside the cooler provides enough heat to incubate a batch in about 12hrs. The grains have multiplied in numbers( not size) to where I can share some soon. Thanks for providing such a reliable product.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)



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