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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.

  • 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 Starter Kit Contents:

 

Milk Kefir Grains Instructions and Troubleshooting:   


Milk Kefir Grains 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°-78°F): 12 to 18 months
  • In the refrigerator (40°-45°F): 18+ months
  • In the freezer (0°-25°F): not recommended

 

Milk Kefir Grains Allergen Information:

Our Milk Kefir Grains are a gluten-free product. Manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.

 

       


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 Melkha at 6/27/2012 2:21 PM
    • Can I make kefir using raw filtered goat milk ?
    • Kefir can be made using pretty much any mammal's milk, as it long as it isn't ultra-pasteurized (also known as UHT).
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  • From Dana at 7/10/2012 10:26 PM
    • When rehydrating my grains, starting on day 2, they are thickening the milk to the point that I can't strain them out (texture of yogurt or sour cream). How should I get them out? Should I be straining them more often than every 24 hours? They are being kept at about 73 degrees during the soaks.
    • If your milk is thickening that much that fast, it may be due to the warmer temperatures at this time of year, it may be time to increase the milk at the next milk change, or it may just be that the milk itself is souring. To make removal of the grains easier, you can stir up the milk a few times during the rehydrating period, and/or change the milk more frequently.
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  • From Jimi at 8/23/2012 12:41 PM
    • What kind of coconut milk should I use for making coconut kefir? Should I use Thai coconut milk in a can or should I use the coconut milk in the milk carton?
    • To make coconut milk kefir, use fresh homemade, canned or boxed coconut milk. We do recommend avoiding brands with additives and sweeteners as they can be hard on the kefir grains. Guar gum which is a typical additive does not seem to be problematic.
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  • From Steve Speights at 8/26/2012 8:33 AM
    • Can you tell me the amount of milk kefir grains in tablespoons that comes with your kit.

      Thanks, Steve.
    • There is a small quantity of grains in the package that generally rehydrate to about 1 tsp. This quantity is enough to culture up to 1 quart of milk. The grains, when used with care, may grow and should be divided when doubling in quantity to culture a second quart or share with friends. We cannot guarantee growth or multiplication, but you can encourage them: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply
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  • From Cayla at 10/11/2012 1:46 AM
    • I just bought the milk kefir grain but I am going abroad for one month. Is there a way to keep them alive while I am away for one month?
    • The best way to keep them alive would be to put them in the refrigerator in milk and ask a neighbor to change the milk once every 3 weeks, although once a week is better. If that isn't possible, you will need to dehydrate your grains and rehydrate them again when you get back. You will find instructions for dehydrating here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Julia at 12/13/2012 1:33 PM
  • From Shirley at 1/7/2013 7:06 PM
    • How much of the kefir grains comes in this starter package?
    • The amount of grains in this package will rehydrate to about 1 teaspoon, which is sufficient to culture 1 quart of milk daily. Although we cannot guarantee their growth and multiplication, you can encourage them: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply
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  • From Sara at 2/24/2013 5:18 PM
    • I am new to this and so excited about your website. I see you ship dehydrated real kefir grains. Does the process of dehydrating the grain kill off any of the microbial strains in the grains? Thanks so much, Sara.
    • All the goodies are well in-tact in our dehydrated grains! This is the safest way to ship our cultures to ensure their health and viability in transit. Once you rehydrate and nurture the grains you'll be on your way to making some great milk kefir, and enjoying all the benefits!
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  • From Christina at 3/5/2013 8:31 AM
    • If culturing coconut milk, how often do the grains need to be put back into dairy milk? My instructions just say occasionally, but I wasn't sure what exactly that meant. Every few weeks? Every few months?

      Also, does this apply only to canned coconut milk? Or can we used coconut milk in cartons such as So Delicious Coconut Milk? If canned only, should it be full fat only, or will light work too?

      Finally, can you culture other milks such as almond milk with kefir grains?

      Sorry for all the questions. I've been making kefir successfully using dairy milk for a few weeks now and wanted to try coconut milk, but I don't want to mess anything up!
    • You should put the grains back into dairy milk every few batches. The grains need dairy milk for nourishment. You can also culture other milks using milk grains, but the natural food for grains is dairy milk.

      Any coconut milk you choose should have little to no additives in it. Guar gum does not appear to be a problem.

      Nut milks do not work well with milk kefir grains, and likely would culture poorly if at all. It would be best to wait until you have extra grains to experiment with.
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  • From frances at 4/2/2013 4:16 AM
    • Hi, Will the kefir, not grains, store after it has been made, i.e. one or two days in the fridge until consumed, or is it better to drink it straight away?

      Thank you in advance.
    • Yes, your finished milk kefir can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and enjoyed cold.
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Yummy Review by melinaleo
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My son loves his kefir, he looks forward to smoothies.

(Posted on 4/20/2015)

Great product Review by Chris
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I had just started drinking store bought kefir and read about the benefits of making your own. I've never done anything like this before but thought I would give it a try. I received my order very fast and started making it right away. I can tell a total difference from the store bought I feel I am getting more benefits from my own and it's definitely saving me lots of money. So happy I decided to try this!

(Posted on 4/14/2015)

Do Not Give Up activating the culture, even if you think it is not working Review by Arizona
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At first, I had a hard time finding the tiny grains in the porridge like consistency of the curds. Living in Arizona my house is warm so I had to increase the amount of cold milk and watch it closely to avoid the milk separating into curds and whey. After 7 days, I think I've got it. My kefir is now perfect. I love it best ice cold in a chilled drinking glass. So glad I was patient and persistence in activating the grains.

(Posted on 3/24/2015)

Product great, support terrific, shipping cost ridiculous!! Review by Nana
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This is my first Kefir purchase and I am impressed with the product, the information and video instructions available on line. All has gone well, they rehydrated well and I've been enjoying the finished Kefir. My only complaint was the shipping cost. There has to be a better way, it was close to twice the price of the product!

Response from CFH: We must ship to Canada by Expedited Shipping, so it can be pricey. We do offer retail locations in Canada. Some of our retail locations may be willing to ship to you. Here is the map that lists those locations: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ustorelocator/location/map

(Posted on 3/22/2015)

lovely Review by starfish
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i am so glad i got this kit - so nice to have a dedicated strainer only for the kefir - i never have to go looking for it...
At first i was really wondering if this was going to work, but it really did take about a week for the kefir packet to rehydrate and start growing and actually making the kefir.
Now it is like having an enthusiastic pet ~ every day a new jar of kefir and at first i thought whoah, when am i going to eat all this? then realized oh ya, let it rest in milk (changed often) in the fridge til i catch up with stuffing my face...
I tell you my gut is SOOOOO HAPPY!... who knew? i used to think yogurt was healthy, but i tell you my gut loves the kefir waayyyyy more.... i notice i have stayed healthier as well this winter since eating kefir daily as well ( my fav is putting frozen orange juice concentrate in - tastes like creamsicles - i may never eat ice cream again!) also chop in some fruit).... so good!!

(Posted on 3/21/2015)

Great product - Excellent customer service Review by Jon
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I got my first kefir grains in the mail and started the re-hydration process. After 7 days of not working I thought that the room I was keeping it in was too cold so I moved it to a smaller room where I could increase the heat. Unfortunately it died a horrible death at the hands of a nasty invasive bacteria or yeast. I contacted customer support and they walked me through some possible problems and I discovered that the kefir was too near a couple of potted plants on the shelf with it in the new space and that is where the invaders must have come from. Within 2 days of getting new grains and following their suggestions I had delicious kefir! Now several weeks later I am still getting a new batch about every 12 hours, making kefir cheeses and smoothies too! Great product and a pleasure to work with the people at C for H!

(Posted on 3/21/2015)

Milk Kefir Kit Review by LMB
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I ordered my kit about a month or so ago and in about 3 days was making smooth, creamy kefir. Now I not only drink it straight-- delish! but make kefir cheese, ice cream and use it as a starter for my homemade whole grain bread. Can you tell I am a satisfied customer? I love dealing with CFH because they have awesome products and great customer service!

(Posted on 3/14/2015)

excellent Review by MIKE
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Easy-peasy! That's what I like! TWO days to "AWAKE them"-then off to the races!
The nuances of flavor are superior to bottled commercial product,plus no pectin,which by itself is not bad but-HEY! this is milk not jelly. I like the effervescence ...try it on fresh raspberries!

(Posted on 3/10/2015)

Love this Kefir Review by Kev
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When I first discovered Kefir in the grocery store I thought it was expensive but I knew I needed probiotics. I was doing a lot of reading on Pinterest about real foods and some articles on Kefir. I also subscribed to some blog emails and read them for a while before I decided to try making Kefir at home. The instructive videos made it look very easy and store bought can get expensive.
I've been keeping to the basic formula but want to try some variety. The benefits I've noticed from using home made Kefir are well worth all the reading and watching videos. Thanks for making the purchase so affordable and simple.

(Posted on 3/8/2015)

Very vigorous culture Review by Loreli Reese
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I picked Cultures for Health over less expensive options because I figured I would be paying for quality backed up by customer service and reputation. I liked the quality of the information given and the patience of the staff in chat.

I was not disappointed. I was worried that my culture might not thrive, but quickly it activated to the point that I needed to back up my grains, as I couldn't afford to buy that much milk every day. Within a month and a half a good 3/4 of my purchased grains needed to be dried for backup, and just one small and very active grain thickens six cups of kefir very well every 24 hours. Awesome.

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

Very Satisfied Review by krisakson
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I have been using the milk kefir grains for about a month now. I use 1% organic milk and the kefir tastes great. My husband makes kefir smoothies every morning, I use it to replace buttermilk in recipes(bread, pancakes). I have also been hanging it to separate the whey (breadmaking) and use the thickened kefir like sour cream. We use about 3 quarts a week of kefir a week. I have already shared grains with a friend. Thanks for a great product!

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

Dead grains on arrival Review by Lew
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I have used Kefir grains in the past, and since Cultures 4 health had very good reviews, I thought I would give them a try. After two weeks of attempting to wake up my grains, I contacted customer service(CS). I exchanged four emails with CS, and sent pics of my horrible looking grains. CS sent me a replies of advice already contained in the instructions, which I followed, yet all I wanted was a set of replacement grains. After my 3rd week of dead grains, and no movement from CS to replace them, I decided to buy from another company. Those kefir grains are thriving.

Note from CFH: Cultures can nearly always be saved with some minor adjustments. We stand behind all of our products 100%. Please contact customer support for assistance.

(Posted on 3/1/2015)

Excellent customer service Review by Barb
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Customer service is excellent. I was having very good results with my kefir grains until I transitioned them to raw milk without following the guidelines. I plan to buy more products from this company.

(Posted on 3/1/2015)

I would buy this starter kit again Review by C
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Before purchasing the Milk Starter Kit I watched the "How to" videos and read the "How to" information links provided on the Cultures for Health website. I purchased the proper milk, and whatever else I needed. When the kit was on it's way to my home I got a little nervous, being my first attempt at fermenting so I used the easy "Leave a Message" service at the bottom of the screen to ask additional questions. I was helped immediately. I was making more of a fuss than the project called for :) The kit arrived right on time. I put everything together following the easy instructions and we enjoy delicious kefir every morning. It's been a great and rewarding experience. Thank you Cultures for Health.

(Posted on 3/1/2015)

just buy the milk grains alone Review by Joey C.
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I cannot recommend this kit. The booklet that comes with it is convenient to have, but contains recipes and information that is easily found on this web site. Also included is the general instructions sheet (you don't need the booklet).
The biggest issue I have is the 3.5" strainer that came with the kit. (and this was the reason I bought the kit - to get a strainer) It is too big for the wide mouth mason jars, and the mesh is too fine to strain the kefir (you must put very small amounts of kefir into it and force it through the fine mesh - time consuming and messy). Save some money and buy the grains alone,

CFH Note: The 3.5" mesh strainer is perfect for trapping even the smallest baby grain. A silicone or rubber spatula can be used to gently stir the kefir in the strainer to speed up the straining process A canning funnel can be used with the strainer for easy straining into wide mouth or regular mouth canning jars, the strainer sits on top of the funnel.

If you are having any problems, please contact customersupport@culturesforhealth.com for assistance.

(Posted on 2/23/2015)

Great but slow start Review by Becky
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They arrived in good condition. Instructions were good. For some reason the kefir is not getting thick. It stays rather chilly in my house about 68 and it is hard to find a warm place to put the grains. My husband does not like that I am culturing kefir so I can't leave it out on the fridge or out someway. It is beginning to get better but I think it is the temperature of the house. I am happy with the cultures and they have matured to look like grains I have seen online. I recommend cultures for health to anyone who will listen. I also really appreciate the videos on your site which I watched more than once to make sure I was doing things right.

Response from CFH: Temperature is very important when starting any culture. For tips on keeping cultures warm, please see our article with tips for culturing in cool weather: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cold-weather-winter-care-starter-cultures-foods/

(Posted on 2/20/2015)

Kefir at last! Review by Debbie
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It took me quite some time to rehydrate the kefir grains. I definitely would recommend using a type of heat source if you are doing this during the cold winter months. After 4 weeks I finally have some good kefir. Will have to experiment with different flavors and uses. Thanks for the support and help from your knowledgeable staff.

(Posted on 2/19/2015)

Excellent Kefir Review by Nance
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I have now finished switching my keifer grains over to raw Jersey milk. My kefir is thick and delicious. I didn't experience any problems along the way and did not require any support. The video and written instructions were clear and very helpful. I am looking forward to making the soft cheese.

(Posted on 2/18/2015)

I'm in love with milk kefir! Review by Kathy
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Bought the milk kefir kit and glad I did because I needed another plastic strainer. I've been making water kefir and we love it! Couldn't wait to try making milk kefir. My first grains worked fine for about two weeks and then quit. Talked to Anita by email a few times. She made several suggestions but I just couldn't get the grains to thicken the milk. I think my problem was that although I was using organic milk (Horizons) it is ultra-pasteurized (which is why it has a shelf-life of two months!). I started using just plain pasteurized milk and have had no problems. I will eventually use raw milk when I can locate it around here. Love using kefir as a buttermilk replacement in baking and the cheese is great for making ranch dip and dressing! We don't drink smoothies much, but I know they are very tasty made with fresh fruit and berries. I am so glad I tried milk kefir!

(Posted on 2/17/2015)

excellent product,shipping support Review by Cat
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I'm completely satisfied and will recommend this website & company. I'm amazed and enjoying the process of making kefir it's fun. I'd say buy the kit & dive in. I'll be trying some heirloom yogurt next.

(Posted on 2/7/2015)



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