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 Cheryl at 8/24/2012 8:23 AM
    • I am on the second day of rehydrating the milk kefir grains. The milk is thick. Is it ok to drink it now or should I go through the entire 5 days as the instructions say. It does not smell sour at all, more like what fresh yogurt smells like.
    • If your milk is thickening and you have that fresh, tangy smell, you can taste your milk kefir. As long as it tastes ok to you, it’s ok to consume. It's best to finish out the rehydration period, making sure the grains can consistently make kefir with each addition and increase of fresh milk. The flavor will continue to develop as your grains adapt to their new environment.
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  • From Liza at 8/7/2012 8:36 PM
    • Hi. Do I need to rinse the grains out after straining or can I just dump them into new milk all yogurty? And, for yogurt, is it ok to use a metal spoon to serve it with? Somewhere in my Russian past I remember hearing that this was not allowed.
      Thanks.
    • No need to rinse the milk kefir grains between batches.

      Some metals are reactive and should not be used with cultures (aluminum, silver, etc.) so it's best to stick with a wooden or plastic spoon. Generally 100% stainless steel is safe, but it's best to be cautious.
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  • From Ir at 7/29/2012 10:21 AM
  • From Sacha at 7/27/2012 3:54 PM
    • Will the kefir grains grow?

      'Milk Kefir Grains are manufactured in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products.'

      The use of the term "manufactured" leads me to wonder if the grains have been modified or altered in some way. Traditional grains do multiply over time. Do these grains grow as well? Are they from an organic source? Have they been genetically modified? Any pesticide use?
    • Milk kefir grains are known to multiply, but at times they are reluctant to do so and therefore we do not guarantee kefir grains will multiply. Even if they do not multiply, with proper care, kefir grains can be used repeatedly to brew milk kefir. You can encourage them to grow and multiply: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply

      Our kefir grains are cultured using only organic whole milk in our certified kitchen, following the same methods we recommend for culturing at home. No alterations or modifications except that they are dehydrated to be stable for shipping. No pesticide use.
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  • From Valerii at 7/25/2012 5:51 PM
    • "Removing Milk Kefir Grains from Finished Kefir" article on this web site mentions a muslin bag for the quick grains removal.
      Instead could I use a similar bag (pouch) of appropriate size made from plastic mesh that's cut out of strainer?
      Would plastic material (it's apparently nylon) leach chemicals into kefir in the course of fermentation process?
      Thanks.
    • A plastic mesh bag would work really well. It would even let the grains breathe better than a muslin bag!*

      * We have recently removed this information from that article. We no longer recommend using bag for the grains as there are can be issues with mold, and it is difficult to clean.
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  • From Beth at 7/20/2012 1:42 PM
    • Once you make kefir out of fat free milk, what is the nutritional information? The cultures digest the sugars/lactose in the milk correct? So what would the fat/carbohydrates/protien/calcium content look like after it's kefired?
    • The nutritional profile of finished kefir depends on the milk used. As there are many different brands and types of milk, we do not have specific information regarding the nutritional content of finished kefir.
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  • From Carlos at 7/19/2012 11:43 AM
    • i buy organic milk which is ultra pasteurized. Is that better than raw milk for optimal probiotics?
    • Unfortunately, ultra-pasteurized milk can be problematic when trying to culture, therefore we advise against it.
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  • From Mary at 7/18/2012 5:31 PM
    • Are the kefir grains organic?
    • The milk kefir grains are made in organic whole milk.
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  • From Me at 7/6/2012 6:20 PM
    • What is the shelf life of the packets? I didn't see an expiration date on the box or packet.
    • There is a "best by" date on the packet that contains the culture. If stored properly, many cultures may be good past the "best by" date, as it doesn't necessarily expire on that date. Milk kefir grains stored unopened in the refrigerator are good for up to 18 months. We do not recommend storing milk kefir grains in the freezer.
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  • From Me at 7/6/2012 6:17 PM

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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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