Milk Kefir Starter Kit

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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:


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

 

Allergen Information:

Contains dairy. Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.

 

       


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 sandra at 4/12/2013 12:54 AM
    • I'd like to use the Kefir Grains for raw goat's milk. When I get them, can I rehydrate them in raw goat's milk so they will work better when I make my first batch?
    • You can rehydrate your grains in goat milk but you must pasteurize the milk until the grains are producing good kefir. Plan on a few weeks of pasteurizing your raw milk, being sure it has completely cooled to room temp or lower before adding the grains, as temps above 85ºF will damage the grains. This article will help with transitioning to raw milk: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk/
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  • From Cher at 6/5/2013 1:27 PM
  • From Loretta at 7/14/2013 7:47 PM
    • How long can I store milk kefir in the fridge (not the grains themselves)?
    • Milk kefir may be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. The kefir will continue to culture slowly, so you may notice a taste difference if stored for a longer time.
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  • From Jo at 10/19/2013 10:45 AM
    • I have allergies. Is regular milk o.k. to use or do I need to use only organic?
    • Non-organic milk is ok to use for making milk kefir. Please avoid ultra-pasteurized milk, whether organic or not.
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  • From don winthrop at 2/6/2014 4:47 PM
    • Is the kefir grains for using in milk different then the water ones?
    • Yes, milk kefir grains and water kefir grains are two different cultures, each with its own set of bacteria and yeast. Milk grains require lactose from milk to survive, while water kefir depends on nutrients from cane sugar and water.
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  • From Karen at 8/11/2014 9:03 PM
    • I would like to place an order. I am currently in Kentucky for an extended stay. My home is in Ohio. Delivery address is a UPS box. Our mail is only picked up once a week. Will the kefir grains last up to 2 weeks in a mail box?
    • Although the grains are shelf stable for several weeks, during the summer months It is not advisable to order them if you are unable to retrieve them upon delivery. Heat will damage the grains, even though they are dehydrated. Unless you are certain the UPS facility can maintain its room temperature, it's best to send them to an address where the recipient can get the package, and then refrigerate it until you return. Or, you can wait to place your order.
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Great for beginner Review by Jaz
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This kit is a great place to start. I have been buying kefir for my kids for 2 years because my son wouldn't drink milk. I have now been making my own kefir and flavoring it with blueberry juice and a little maple syrup. I love how easy it is and my kids love it. I barely get any, because they ask for as I am straining out the grains. The grains are doing very well after 4 or 5 days of re-hydrating. We now do 3 cups of milk every 24 hours.

(Posted on 11/29/2014)

Good product. Am recommending it to friends. Review by Patty
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Only one suggestion. We travel and it's really difficult to take the kefir with us. What can we do to preserve it (not kill it) if we are going to be gone a few days. Can I put it in the refrigerator to slow it down or do I just get a "babysitter"?

CFH Note ~ For short term storage, put the grains in fresh milk and store them in the fridge using an airtight lid You will find additional information on storage here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir

(Posted on 11/10/2014)

best money I ever spent Review by littledove
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Love my milk Kefer kit. Was very nervous about using it at first but when I got the hang of it, "easy as pie". Hope I never have to do without Kefir. Thank you for being patient with me about all my questions.

(Posted on 11/3/2014)

Why was I ever buying Milk Kefir!?!? Review by Ang
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This starter kit is amazing. I've been making my own Kefir all month and I can't believe I was paying so much for store bought Kefir. Then last week I read an article that outlined that the claims on the brand of Kefir I had been buying for years were inaccurate. I just feel better knowing where the ingredients in the food my family eats came from. This starter kit makes it so easy.

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

Outstanding! Review by gfloyd61
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Within 3 days of the grains arriving, I had amazing kefir by the quart. The included instructions and videos on the site are invaluable. You just have to really try to mess this process up. I like to let it go longer occasionally as the curds & whey are amazing too. Such a versatile product. I never dreamed you could do this with homogenized/pasteurized milk. Thank you CulturesForHealth!!!

(Posted on 10/16/2014)

Easy Peasy Review by kefir sutherland
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a great product with exceptional support staff. this culture is pretty forgiving so just use some common sense and go for it. if you feel like you're becoming a slave to it just throw it in the fridge for a bit then pick up where you left off later. also, i've had great results w/ ultra pasteurized milk as this is the only kind i can find in my area. cheers and thanks to CfH for a great product and support.

Noe from CFH: Ultra Pasteurized is not recommended as it may not culture consistently. Contact customer support for help choosing ingredients for culturing.

(Posted on 10/15/2014)

Opens new doors... Review by Gary
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Quick shipping, loaded with ample direction and
additional online help. Culture took right off
and make great kefir in the first batch.
Have made maybe 2 dozen batches since I received it
and grain culture is still going strong. Thanks !

(Posted on 10/13/2014)

loving it!!! Review by Ann
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My kefir grains "awakened" without a hitch and are now producing kefir beautifully! I am enjoying trying different ingredients in "second ferments" and making kefir smoothies with various ingredients. I called with questions on one occasion, and your rep gave me much valuable information. With all the written and video helps you provide, I don't see how you can go wrong! Yes, the initial price is costly, but it will pay for itself in no time as you can continue culturing indefinitely if you like. You can make up to a quart of kefir daily if you choose. Highly recommended product and service.

(Posted on 10/6/2014)

Excellent product Review by Woody
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Making kefir every day, I now am interested in making cheese.

(Posted on 9/28/2014)

Fantastic product! Review by Kimberly
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I am a newbie to kefir making. The grains reactivated within three days and have been very active! Making kefir in large batches within about 18 hours. Very healthy grains. The included strainer is perfect. I found the book helpful as well. Very pleased with my purchase.

(Posted on 9/24/2014)

Very Good Review by Sharon
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The product arrived as promised. It was easy to activate. I did have a problem at one point and used the "Chat Now" on the website. I was doing something wrong and they quickly told me how to get my kefir grains going again. I am completely satisfied.

(Posted on 9/24/2014)

WONDERFUL !!!! Review by Yvette
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I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this product. I was able to switch over to raw goat milk with no problems. It is so wonderful to have Kefir and know what it is made with. Wonderful service with Cultures for Health and I have recommended them often.

(Posted on 9/24/2014)

getting healthy Review by aday
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I have really enjoyed learning about this process of kefir making. It was easy to start the kefir and I am amazed everyday by the delicious product awaiting me each morning. My husband has also enjoyed the benefits of kefir. Wished I had known about this long ago!

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

GREAT PRODUCT! Review by BJ in OK
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I started drinking kefir over a year ago and was pleased with the difference it made for me. Then my local store stopped stocking it, which was the ultimate blessing in disguise. After researching online, I ordered the kit from Cultures for Health (I love your website!). I Received the kit and started reactivating the grains the first night: no results in the first 24 hours, but ever since I have been culturing all the kefir I can use and I am loving it. It has become a staple in my diet AND my cooking, and I couldn't be happier!!!

(Posted on 9/8/2014)

Great service Review by Len
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I ordered a Milk Starter Kit. I didn't get a good result and called you. You were very helpful, and when I couldn't make kefir after a week, I called you again and I have been successfully making kefir. Thanks to you and your expert staff. Len

(Posted on 9/7/2014)

WONDERFUL !!!! Review by Yvette
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I am completely satisfied with my milk kefir starter kit. Was a little worried when I saw the small amount of kefir grains but there was no need to worry as it worked wonderfully. I was able to work up to 4cups quickly. I have since been able to switch over to raw goat milk with no problems and now consistently make kefir every day for my husband and I. Thank you for a wonderful product.

(Posted on 8/25/2014)

Awesome Review by Daren
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I'm new to fermentation and really appreciate the videos and the great customer service. My first 2 attempts weren't very good but after a couple of emails I got the results I was looking for. I've been able to transition over to raw goats milk and my next batch I will try and flavor. I'm very happy with the product and the company.

(Posted on 8/20/2014)

Overall: great! Review by H
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Our family has enjoyed this product

(Posted on 7/27/2014)

Great product and service! Review by Thomas
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I was amazed at how fast I received my kefir starter kit after I ordered it. Once it arrived, I got started with the re-hydration and reactivation process. My next shock was that on the second day of the process I found that I had a thick, creamy, and very mild kefir waiting for me. I have been enjoying the stuff ever since. I can't recommend this product enough. It is so much better than any store bought that I have ever tried.
Now I am ordering the Bulgarian yogurt starter. We will see where that goes..

(Posted on 7/24/2014)

We sincerely wanted to make this product work - but everything from the ordering (accidentally ordered 2 sets when I only wanted 1) to implementing was unclear and turned out to be a huge waste of money and time. Review by Dawn
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The directions provided were very unclear (i.e.; check every 24 hours - check for what? I'm brand new at this! I can look at it often up to 24 hours - or every hour, but you don't detail what it is I'm looking for! I haven't a clue). I tried calling for help to no avail - lines were always closed when I was trying to get help. We really want this to work for us. But have NO idea how to get to this point with the undetailed and unclear directions provided. Your directions may be perfect for someone who has made their own kefir before. I've only had kefir once in my life and have never made it. Please read your instructions as if you are the novice that I am - and see how the instructions do not meet the needs of a newbie. By the way - I have kept everything - as your instructions say to do - I haven't a clue as to what to do with the stuff!

In summary, I'm very disappointed and out a fair amount of money (with the organic milk and the raw milk - products that I don't normally use or buy and the 2 packages of grains) and a lot of time and energy. Not all of your customers are experienced in making kefir. You need to provide much, much more instruction - detailed instruction and help available when it is needed.

Response from CFH: We are happy to help troubleshoot products and clarify instructions. We are available directly 6 days a week via Live Chat, phones, and email.

(Posted on 7/20/2014)



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