Milk Kefir Starter Kit

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Our Milk Kefir Starter Kit includes:


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 probiotic drink within 24 to 48 hours. This dairy kefir culture is reusable and, with care, will allow you to make kefir over and over again.

  • Traditional heirloom-style kefir culture (a.k.a. "grains" due to appearance); not a powdered starter culture
  • Reusable culture; makes a new batch of kefir every 18 to 48 hours
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious probiotic-rich kefir
  • Cultures on the counter at 67° to 80°F; no heating appliance required


Milk kefir grains are a starter culture that can be used with soy or coconut milk if care is taken to occasionally revitalize them in dairy milk. (Complete instructions will be included with each order.) Coconut kefir in particular is quite thick, rich, and delicious. Click here for information on making coconut kefir.

There are numerous uses for kefir including making a type of cream cheese, adding to smoothies, and drinking alone. Kefir can also be flavored after it has cultured and the kefir grains have been removed. Click here for more information on the numerous strains of bacteria and yeast generally known to comprise milk kefir grains.

Milk Kefir Grains Ingredients: Organic whole milk, live active cultures. Packaged with a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life.

Milk kefir grains are produced in a facility that also processes soy, wheat, nut, and fish products.

Shipping Information: Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. Upon receipt, the dairy grains can be rehydrated in fresh milk (this process usually takes 5 to 7 days) then used to make kefir by adding the grains to fresh milk, stirring, covering, and leaving at room temperature until the desired consistency is reached (no more than 48 hours).  

Complete instructions are included with each order. Click here to view our kefir instructions.

 

       


Shannon

 

Why I Love This Product

Making milk kefir is easy, simple, and fruitful... when you have good kefir grains. I have been making milk kefir for our family for years and have sourced kefir grains both from Cultures for Health and from friends who had gotten them from a friend who had gotten them from a friend. The Cultures for Health milk kefir grains have worked wonderfully every time... as long as I took proper care of them. At one point I was unable to get my grains to multiply or grow in size, but soon discovered that our kitchen was much too cold for them to thrive. With some changes, the grains became active and began to multiply with fervor. If it weren't for my own forgetfulness, I believe these grains could last a lifetime. Shannon, CFH Content Writer

 

 



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  • From BN at 10/19/11 10:14 PM
    • Hi,

      I am new to making my own milk kefir.

      I can only find ultra-pasteurized organic milk in the grocery stores here. Is that ok?

      Can kefir be made from fat-free milk or is that not advisable?

      Thanks,
      B
    • Ultrapasteurized milk can be too sterile for the kefir grains. They may be able to make kefir for a while, but eventually they are likely to weaken for lack of nourishment. You may be able to have your grocery store order some regular pasteurized milk for you. Fat-free milk is acceptable, but will make a thinner kefir.
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  • From ap at 2/25/12 10:55 PM
    • Does this kefir have lactose in it once it's made? I know the kefir I buy at the store says it's 99% lactose free, and I didn't know if that was all kefir or just theirs. Thanks,
      Amina
    • The amount of lactose in the finished kefir will depend on how long you culture it. The longer it cultures, the less lactose will be in it.
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  • From hildegard at 2/26/12 3:49 PM
    • Can you make kefir with instant non-fat dry milk? Thank you
    • You could probably culture a batch of instant non-fat dry milk with kefir grains, but the grains would not survive well as the dry milk is usually very highly processed and does not provide a lot of nutrient for the grains to grow and reproduce.
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  • From Jessica at 3/8/12 9:23 AM
    • Can you use this kefir starter set with coconut milk instead of cow's milk?
    • Yes however the grains must be rehydrated using dairy milk. After rehydration, you can put them into coconut milk. The grains will survive and culture coconut milk but they do not seem to grow well in coconut milk so plan to put them back into dairy milk occasionally, especially if you want your grains to grow and multiply.
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  • From Amina at 3/8/12 3:18 PM
    • Oh no! I was rehydrating my kefir grains and accidently used a metal spoon. Have I ruined them? They have not started making proper kefir yet, and I am not sure what they are supposed to be doing at this point in the process. Can you tell me how sensitive they are to this sort of mistake?
      Thanks
    • The grains are probably ok, especially if the spoon is stainless steel. Brief contact with the metal will likely not harm them. Continue with the rehydration process and contact customer service if you have further problems.
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  • From Joy at 4/4/12 2:14 PM
    • I want to make my own keifer at home but my family doesn't consume enough to make a new batch ever 24-24 hour. We usually go through 1 qt a week.

      What do you do with the grains in between batchs?
    • In between batches you can add your kefir grains to a cup of milk and set them in the refrigerator. They will be good for about 2 weeks that way!
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  • From Erica at 4/18/12 3:05 PM
  • From Stephanie at 4/21/12 7:18 PM
    • Hello! I wanted to know if it's okay to use real silver spoons (not stainless steel) with the kefir. If not, I suppose wood would be okay?

      Thank you!
    • Silver has anti-microbial properties and shouldn't be used with your grains. Stainless steel is fine but when in doubt, go with the wooden spoons :)
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  • From Monica at 5/14/12 3:48 PM
  • From Abe at 5/24/12 6:23 PM
    • In instructions for Rehydrating Kefir Grains: Can I use 1/4 or 1/2 cup fresh milk to rehydrating Kefir Grains instead of one cup as indicated in the instruction?
      If idea to submerge Kefir Grains completely in the milk, I think 1/4 or maximum 1/2 cup is more than sufficient. Why waste one cup of fresh milk?
      Let me know.
    • We recommend using 1 cup of milk to rehydrate the grains. As the grains rehydrate, you are also providing food for them. 1/4 cup of milk would not be enough to feed the grains and keep them healthy.
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Such a great experience Review by Julie
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I decided to try kefir after realizing I could use some probiotic support. I bought a quart from the store to see what it was supposed to be like, and while the homemade isn't quite as yogurty (because the store-bought has additives like pectin), I love making it! I've been making smoothies every day for my kids and myself, and have noticed the benefits. Since this was my first time ever doing any kind of fermenting, I really didn't know what to expect. Customer service was phenomenal with asking all my questions and really going above and beyond to make sure my experience was positive. (Posted on April 17, 2014)
Excellent! So easy to make Review by Adrienne
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I love this milk kefir kit. The kit brings everything you need. My family loves it. I've tried many of the recipes and they are all delicious! Thank you!! (Posted on April 14, 2014)
Excellent Customer Support Review by Stephanie
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I had some trouble initially activating my grains because I was using non-homogenized milk. (The grains got caught up in the cream layer as it separated. I should have been more vigilant about stirring). Anita with customer service was very helpful (and patient!) with all my questions and walked me through the process of fixing my situation. I now have a steady stream of kefir going and couldn't be happier! (Posted on April 11, 2014)
Wonderful Kefir Review by Melissa
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We have really enjoyed our Kefir so far. The directions were clear and easy to follow. The grains activated in only 2 days, and we were in business. The grains almost work too well, we are going through so much milk now, BUT, I am loving having an awesome fermented snack each afternoon. Since the grains activated so quickly, I needed costumer service help when I found a completely set up jar of milk. The service team was great, and told me exactly what to do to correct the situation. Kefir is so easy, it is a great culture to start out with if you are new to fermenting foods at home! (Posted on March 27, 2014)
Great Product Review by Shanna
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The milk started to thicken after only 2 days and I've been making kefir milk and cheese everyday since! Very satisfied with everything! (Posted on March 24, 2014)
Excellent product. !!!!! Review by Patrick
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Great customer support and guidance for a novice.
MANY THANKS (Posted on March 23, 2014)
The best product on market Review by diesel
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Work great, I make one gallon every day. (Posted on March 18, 2014)
Pleased beyond my expectations Review by Dennis Swenson
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I am pleased beyond expectations with this product. This product seems to have many different 'good' strains in it and seems easy to culture. I have been drinking it daily for about three weeks now. (Posted on March 17, 2014)
makes excellent delicious kefir Review by fsid
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I started making Kefir in 5 days! (Posted on March 17, 2014)
good product Review by Sue
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good product, efficient service, easy to follow directions with help when needed (Posted on March 16, 2014)
Good Product.....Very Satisfied Review by drewcorey
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Kefir grains re-hydrated within 3 days and now is making delicious organic kefir. Nice strainer just a tad small. Haven't used the cloth yet. (Posted on February 19, 2014)
Milk kefir starter kit Review by Cheri
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Being new to culturing, I'm impressed by the instant support given to my questions. The staff made it easy to troubleshoot when I had trouble with my grains. Love the kefir & Cultures for Health! (Posted on February 19, 2014)
good product and value Review by JimyP
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I'm happy and would recommend to anyone. (Posted on February 13, 2014)
confused Review by suz
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Delivery quick and product arrived as advertised. Follow all steps to activate my kefir grains. However, by end of first week I don't know what I did wrong - everything was clumped up like curds & whey - I couldn't find my kefir grains! Fed all to chickens. Would like to start again but, hesitant because I don't know what I did wrong and don't want to spend money on something I can't use properly.

p.s. My husband and I love kefir - we were so excited to try and make our own.

Response from CFH: Maintain a maximum of 3 teaspoons grains in up to 1 quart milk, to avoid over-culturing. Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding anything. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on February 10, 2014)
excellent customer service Review by Katherine
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My milk kefir starter kit arrived very fast----much faster than any of my amazon orders! Everything about it worked well for me---the simple yet elegant and professional packaging, the easy to navigate instruction booklet, and the clearly labeled grains themselves. Rehydrating the grains went smoothly per the instructions. I contacted customer service several times for answers to various questions that came up and received courteous, prompt, and informative replies. I didn't have any trouble with the grains doing their work as a culture. I did use a reptile heat mat because my house is so cool in the winter. The idea for the heat mat came from customer service and was a life saver for the entire project! (Posted on February 7, 2014)
Great Review by Tommyc
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Enjoying fresh delicious organic Kefir every morning, thank you Cultures for health. (Posted on February 7, 2014)
Makes great kefir Review by Didi
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This set does make really good kefir. However, I am a little disappointed with the extremely small size of the kefir grains. They do work though - it's just tedious to make sure you don't lose grains in the straining process. I've only and them about 3 weeks and am hoping they get bigger as time passes. The strainer is very small, I have a larger one ready to buy now. The cotton bag is still in the original wrapper unused - maybe I will use it for something sometime. All in all I'm glad I bought these because they do work but mostly glad I got them from this company for the wonderful help they provide via chat. (Posted on February 7, 2014)
The cheese is fantastic! Review by jean
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I didn't know what to do with all the kefir I started getting, so I made the cheese. The cheese is unbelievably good. I spread some on toast with a topping of a little marmalade, and I'm good until lunchtime. I also add a tablespoon of the cheese to eggs for scrambled eggs -- makes them really fluffy and rich. (Posted on February 5, 2014)
Great investment for never ending kefir! Review by Ray
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We have loved our kefir grains! They were rehydrated within four days and were producing a quart of kefir every cycle. I think we could have done even more. The taste is great! No complaints here! (Posted on February 3, 2014)
It must be me.. Review by Sheila
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I was excited about making kefir for myself, I have always enjoyed the store product, and looked forward to the personal benefits. I purchased organic skim milk, found it very difficult to locate a plastic strainer of any substantial size, so I recommend purchasing it when purchasing the grains.
I worked with the kefir grains for a few months, but never achieved the cauliflower sized grains that one could fish out with their hands, as shown in the video. Mine always looked like cottage cheese in the strainer. The milk also never got thick, like the store brands. If I left it to thicken further, the kefir would separate into curds & whey. I found it difficult pacing its growth. It's winter right now, and for the most part the house is at 68-70*, but some days were very warm, or much colder. The kefir would sometimes set quickly and I wouldn't be home, so then I would try holding the grains over in the frig and then leaving it out for overnight, which proved not to be enough time, which meant the grains came to fruition while I was at work, again. I tried increasing the amount of milk I was using, thinking my grains were many, even if small sized. I tried cutting back the amount of milk, thinking I could get it to set in a shorter amount of time. Eventually it came to the grains would start floating on top, and no kefir had set at all. I gave up. I purchased a second set of grains, but feel that until I figure out what I am doing incorrectly there is no point. This makes me sad.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice. Minor adjustments in temperature and culturing time can improve the texture and flavor of the final product. (Posted on January 31, 2014)
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