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:

 

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 J at 5/15/2013 4:58 PM
  • 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 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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  • 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 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 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 Julia at 12/13/2012 1:33 PM
  • 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 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 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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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)

Excellent service and great product! Review by BTurner
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My first batch of kefir was easy and excellent. I am excited to make more and to try other products! Thanks for a great experience and an introduction to a wonderful health benefit.

(Posted on 2/6/2015)

Met expectations Review by Sharon
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This is my first time fermenting. The starter kit is perfect for people like me. I had to be patient waiting for the grains to "wake up" as it is the middle of winter and our kitchen is on the cool side. My kefir is delicious! Thank you for all the information and encouragement on the website. It gave me the confidence I needed to get started.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

love the kefir! Review by Don
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The grains shipped quickly and I had no trouble getting it to start up. I've only been making milk kefir for 12 days now and it's going very well. Sometimes too well. My kefir was getting made too quickly for the amount that I wanted to drink. And it tended to be too thick since the organic dairy I was using has all Jersey cows who make very creamy milk. So I switched to 2% milk of theirs and put the culture for a time in a 60 degree room to slow it down a little and now it's going fine for me. I easily get two pints a day and have started drinking more kefir. I like it with vanilla and stevia in it. My stomach likes it better than the yogurt I had been eating every day. The support is top-flight. Very easy to get help which I've done twice now. Wonderful company.

(Posted on 1/12/2015)

My First Kefir Grains Review by Terrie
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A quality product and the instructions were simple. My grains performed well after a few days. I'm single and had to put them on "vacation" for a few days because I couldn't consume that much kefir! But, it's been a fun and wonderful experience. I'm just learning and am sure I'll make kefir for a long time to come. Good product and worth the price.

(Posted on 1/6/2015)

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 Review by kefircito
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it took me about 5 days to activate the grains, now that they are active, i am drinking it almost every day.

What I have seen is that you better start small, meaning that it's not good to start fermenting 4 cups right after the activation, I've been doing 1.5 cups every time, and it's been the best way for me.

The 4 cup thing hasn't worked that well for me, I guess you need the grains to be more plentiful, and then to try the 4 cup at once.

Response from CFH: We include enough milk kefir grains to culture up to 4 cups of milk once the grains are fully activated. Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting assistance before discarding any products.

(Posted on 11/20/2014)

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)



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