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 patricia at 3/22/2013 7:30 PM
    • If I want to take a break from making kefir how do I go about doing that? Will I lose my kefir grains and have to order more? I work and it is not easy for me to keep making it just for myself. I don't see an answer to that on the instructions for milk kefir grains.
    • For an occasional break, you can try the following: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir

      However, we recommend that you keep your kefir culturing at room temperature, as much as possible, to avoid stressing the grains. Too many breaks and the grains may eventually cease working.
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  • From Jackie at 3/19/2013 3:28 PM
  • From Mae at 3/15/2013 11:43 AM
    • When you talk about using coconut milk, are we talking about the milk in the can (Thai Kitchen) or milk from the refrigerated section (Silk/So Delicious)? Or does it make any difference? I tried using both types and the consistency isn't coming out as well as using regular milk.
    • You may use alternative milk, canned or boxed, but try to find the one with the least or no additives. The alternative milk will not usually coagulate and thicken like dairy milk does but it will ferment and result in a delicious cultured flavor.
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  • From John at 3/13/2013 4:53 PM
    • We just got our kefir grains in the mail two days ago, and the milk has thickened after only two days. We have changed the milk once, and the thickened milk tastes sweet. Is that normal? Should I assume that it's finished rehydrating and start using it? I've always assumed that kefir should be sour.
    • It sounds like your grains are progressing normally. Now that they have started to thicken the milk, it may take another batch or two to develop that wonderful tangy flavor. Be sure to begin increasing the amount of milk you're using to avoid overculturing. Curds and whey is great if you want to make kefir cheese, or use the whey to culture vegetables, but for drinking, that nice thickened-milk stage is best. The thickened milk stage also makes it easier to strain your grains out to start your next batch.
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  • From Marg at 3/12/2013 10:20 AM
    • Not certain which to purchase, Milk or Water Kefir Grains.

      I am not diabetic, and cow’s milk causes mucus and some swell of the eyes.

      Can you help me to best choose?
    • If you are sensitive to milk, you should check with your heath care provider or nutritionist before making a dietary change like adding milk kefir. That being said, you might enjoy this article on the differences between water kefir and milk kefir: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/compare-milk-versus-kefir-water-kefir
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  • From linda at 3/11/2013 9:25 AM
    • How can "fruit or other flavors" be added to the kefir?
    • You won't want to add anything with the milk kefir grains, but you can create amazing flavors on your finished kefir during a second fermentation. You will find information here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/second-fermentation-milk-kefir
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  • From Kaylyn at 2/25/2013 12:58 AM
    • Are your kefir grains certified gluten free or just gluten free?
      -I noticed on the website you state: "Milk Kefir Grains are produced in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products."
      -Are they processed or shared on same equipment as wheat or any way there could be cross contamination?
      Thanks
    • Our kefir grains are gluten free, but not certified. They are actually produced in their own location, on their own dedicated and meticulously cleaned equipment/supplies. They are not around soy, wheat, nut or fish.
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  • From Michelle at 2/21/2013 2:24 AM
    • Can this be used with goat milk?
    • Yes, Milk Kefir Grains can be used to make delicious goat milk kefir.
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  • From Amber at 1/10/2013 12:23 PM
    • Once you make the kefir, do you have to make a new batch every 24-48 hours? (I probably will anyway, but just wondering). Also I want to ferment mine so that there is no lactose in it, and I've read it takes 24 hours of fermenting for that to happen. Does "ferment" just mean the 24 hour natural process it takes to make the kefir by leaving it out?
      Thank you!
    • Yes, the grains should be added to fresh milk to make a new batch every 24-48 hours, to keep the grains healthy and well-fed. That's correct, the fermentation process takes place as the grains sit in the fresh milk on your countertop, converting the milk to kefir.
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  • From Scarlett at 1/2/2013 5:28 AM
    • Can the grains be reused forever?
    • With proper care, you can keep the grains going indefinitely.
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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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