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 Catch at 2/5/2012 2:11 AM
    • How can you store the kefir grains between batches? For example, if I only make one batch every few days or so, how can I keep the starter alive? Per your answer- I also travel a lot, so how long can a starter stay alive between batches? Thanks!
    • You willl find information about putting your starters on hold on the following page http://www.culturesforhealth.com/safely-holding-starter-cultures-vacation The milk kefir grains can be stored in fresh milk for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. We do not recommend frequents breaks in the fridge as this will eventually damage your grains.

      You might find the kefir starter a better fit for you, as the powdered starter does not need to be cared for: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kefir-starter-culture.html
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  • From Julia at 2/3/2012 8:34 PM
    • Hi, I just received my kefir grains and was wondering whether I need to sterilize my jars every time before making kefir in them (and before rehydrating the grains). Thanks!
    • It's not necessary to sterilize the jars each time. While you should be careful to keep all containers and utensils free of any contaminants or soap, many people simply pour off the kefir and then add new milk to the jar. If you choose to do this, it would be a good idea to wipe off the rim of the jar with a clean cloth or paper towel.
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  • From Jessica at 2/2/2012 2:18 PM
    • I was wondering about cross-contamination. Can you set two jars of milk kefir next/close to each other (like, on top of the same refrigerator) if they are grains from the same batch? Or set a jar that's being flavored with a second fermentation near another jar of culturing milk kefir?

      Thanks so much for your help! Your site is amazing. :)
    • Any time you have two jars of the same culture, you can put them next to each other to work. It is when you have two DIFFERENT cultures that cross-contamination can be a problem.
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  • From jim at 1/26/2012 3:55 PM
    • What color should healthy grains be when cut open? Is there a color change if they have been contaminated? Not sure if mine are still active.
    • Generally, milk kefir grains will be a whitish color throughout. If you feel your grains have been contaminated or are not making good kefir, please contact customer support for advice and troubleshooting assistance.
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  • From Miguel at 1/21/2012 6:34 PM
    • I have been using your milk kefir grains for over 4 months now and they are amazing. My question is, I have been made aware you can make a type of cheese from kefir after straining the whey out, is this correct? Now I know of Lebneh type soft cheeses, what I am referring too is a harder cheese kind of like Mexican “queso fresco.” Is this possible? Thank you for your time.
    • Here is a recipe for Kefir Hard Cheese that you might find useful: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/hard-kefir-cheese-recipe

      Lebneh is a "cheese" made from yogurt, not milk kefir from what we understand.
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  • From Karen at 1/20/2012 3:10 PM
    • Why are my kefir grains not growing? I have stored my extras in water in the fridge for up to a couple of months. Can that starve them or is their another reason they would stop growing or reproducing?
    • Milk kefir grains need milk to survive. If you have stored them in the refrigerator in water for a long time, they have probably starved... or at least they are dormant and will not grow or reproduce. To encourage grains to grow, see here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

      For further assistance, please contact our customer support representatives at customersupport@culturesforhealth.com
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  • From Sharon at 1/17/2012 3:09 PM
    • Can I use pasteurized, homogenized milk from the grocery store for kefir and yogurt starters? I don't have the option for non-pasteurized milk here. Thanks.
    • Yes, you can use pasteurized and homogenized milk to make these products! Do not use ultra-pasteurized or high temperature pasteurized products.
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  • From Phil at 12/29/2011 10:11 AM
    • Does kefir sometimes just go sour instead of making the kefir? What if you use milk that is going slightly sour?

    • The general rule is, if it smells/tastes bad, don't consume it. Always make your kefir with the freshest milk possible. Milk is a great place to grow bacteria, both good and bad. Bad bacteria can damage your grains so start with good, fresh milk.
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  • From Ray at 12/18/2011 12:38 PM
    • How long can the dehydrated kefir grains last before they expire? Can I buy 2 packages and keep 1 package as backup for 1 year before using it ?
    • You can keep the unopened package in the refrigerator for up to 18 months!
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  • From Melinda at 12/7/2011 11:39 PM
    • I got my kefir grains from a family member. They said to use 1T of grains to 1C of milk. I saw a Q & A above that you can culture a quart with 2t. When I watched your video your kefir looks smooth in texture while mine looks more grainy, even after 12-18hrs. I use 1% milk, could that be the reason? Or am I using too many grains in too little milk? My grains are growing like crazy.

      Also, if I culture it for 12 hours am I getting the same probiotics as a 24 hr. culture, just smaller amounts?

      One more question...Does water kefir have the same bit of tangy flavor that milk kefir has? My children won't drink the milk kefir plain and I was wondering about the flavor of the water kefir.

      Thank you so much for the wonderful information you have here! Blessings!

    • 1 teaspoon of grains is usually sufficient to culture 1 cup to 1 quart of milk. If you are getting a grainy quantity, you may have too many grains. You can also stir up the kefir while it is culturing to improve the consistency.

      The same probiotics will multiply in the milk regardless of how long it is cultured, but there will be more of them with a longer culturing time, and the milk will become thicker as more coagulation occurs. However, if you culture too long, the lactose will run out and you'll get curds and whey.

      Water kefir is a different drink altogether. It tastes sort of like a very bland lemonade, and can be flavored with juices, herbs, fruits, etc., to provide different tastes and flavors. If you bottle it up for a second ferment with some juice, it will taste and act like soda. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir
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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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