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 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. 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 grain. 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?
    • There is about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of grains in this package. They will rehydrate to about 1 to 2 teaspoons, which is sufficient to culture 1 quart of milk daily.
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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 a week. 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, will often continue to grow and should be divided when doubling in quantity to culture a second quart or share with friends.
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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 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, 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 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 Abe at 5/24/2012 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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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)

Mild, thick kefir with the right milk Review by Anne from Garner
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My first week of kefir making did not go well. I had bought a store brand organic milk, since the first week the kefir pretty much wakes up and starts producing, and I did not want to waste expensive milk for this process. After the second day in the store brand milk, my kefir started making an extremely foamy, yeasty brew, that tasted like alcohol. I tried fixing this overgrowth of yeast any way I could think of without success. I was about to throw away the kefir grains. I had run out of the cheaper organic milk, and just to keep the kefir until the next day, I added my usual drinking milk, a brand name organic whole milk from pasture raised cows. The next morning I had perfect mild wonderful kefir ! The store brand milk obviously caused this yeast overgrowth, so if you run into this problem, change milk brand.
I have a glass of this kefir every morning now. It tastes wonderful. Mild, and so thick, I could use it like a yogurt.

Note from CFH The yogurt texture can be a little stressful for small grains. We normally recommend culturing to a "thickened-milk" texture, more like buttermilk to ensure that the new grains are getting plenty of fresh food (milk). Great job on the change in milk, it can certainly make a difference and don't forget to try a second fermentation on your finished milk kefir. You'll find instructions here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/second-fermentation-milk-kefir

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

still trying Review by sunshine
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I purchased this product several weeks ago.I really did not want to spend this much , however, given that I drink 2x/day or more, I figured, it would be an investment.However, I had poor results. I contacted the online support for advice. They were very helpful in providing strategies for success. Unfortunately, I still do not have homemade kefir.

Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support if you have any problems with your cultures. Some cultures require a few adjustments to work properly.

(Posted on 7/14/2014)

Great. Fast shipping. Quality product. Easy instructions. Huge savings Review by tania
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This product shipped fast and was everything it said it was going to be. Quality product. My grains were alive and kicking right away. Only problem is I'm now making too much kefir. I am so much more aware of the milk now (ultra high pasteurized v. pasteurized). I accidentally used ultra high pasteurized, however, and my kefir turned out just fine. I was worried I was going to kill it. Pretty tough grains. Highly recommend this to anyone spending upwards of $5 kefir at the store.

(Posted on 6/24/2014)

Very excited about my kefir milk! Review by TC
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I received the grains in the mail and in two days had my first taste of kefir and have even shared with my parents. Made my first soft cheese last night and plan on making a cream cheese also. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

(Posted on 6/24/2014)

Awesome Review by JD
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I purchased this product to help save some $'s and it does!
Making it is super easy and I flavor it with puréed fruit and a little Stevia.
Makes a huge difference in the way I feel!
Thanks for making a great product.

(Posted on 6/23/2014)

Excellent Review by Vicci
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I followed the instructions and within 4 days was making kefir. We're using it in smoothies, salad dressings, drinking it straight, and even giving some to our dog with 5 newborn puppies. Excellent product and instructions.

(Posted on 6/22/2014)

great! Review by sarah
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We are enjoying making kefir daily, and have been highly recommending it to everyone we know- surprising how many people have never heard of kefir. Hoping to influence some people to go down this path to healthiness.

(Posted on 6/18/2014)

The kiefer is helping my digestion Review by Anne C
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I was buying so much milk kiefer from the store and at $4 a small bottle, I decided to do some research and make my own milk kiefer. I'm so glad that I did.
I have been using the milk kiefer to make a home-made ranch dressing and fruit smoothies. It took only a day to get the kiefer started, but now I'm making more milk kiefer than I can keep up with. Thanks for a successful science experiment that tastes great!

(Posted on 6/17/2014)

Great Product Review by Netta
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Ordering was easy, and shippment arrived very quickly. Loved how easy the grains bounced back to life. Love Kefier smoothies!

(Posted on 6/16/2014)

Great Product! Review by Aer
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I love this Kefir culture starter kit. The kefir is very tasty and smooth. I like to strain it after 1 day into another container and do a second 1 day fermentation with a few frozen organic strawberries. My 3 year old son calls it "strawberry milk" and loves it! The little strainer it comes with is helpful to have - I am not sure if I could have found a similar one made out of plastic elsewhere.

(Posted on 6/4/2014)

Great product Review by jessalynn
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I love this ... easy to make great packaging will buy again

(Posted on 5/28/2014)

most excellent! never spent money more wisely. Review by kimmie
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I have had kefir before but lost it while gone from my home, since I didn't know how to store it. I started to look for it on line and came across "cultures for health.com" BEST THING I EVER DID. my grains have been growing so fast and are so healthy, I have to give some away already. I am trying to get everyone who will listen about kefir. I would recommend to every one out there to buy their milk kefir from cultures from this company. their customer service is great, always willing to help and always there, on phone or chat. it is wonderful stuff and so healthy from this company, I don't know if others had the exceedingly prolific growth I experienced but I wouldn't use any other place or company to buy cultured foods. EXCELLENT company and excellent product. thank you so much.

(Posted on 5/27/2014)

I love my little probiotic pets! Review by Jessuh
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My start was a little rough, tried two non-organic milks over two+ weeks (the first one would only half ferment and the second would *not* ferment for me at all) before trying organic milk and PRESTO! Grains are fermenting like little pros :) Now I have more kefir than I know what to do with and am venturing into trying cheeses and dressings made with a kefir base. Wonderful product, highly recommend this starter kit!

(Posted on 5/25/2014)

Fantastic product Review by Jen
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Well worth the money. I was having trouble finding whole milk kefir in my local grocery stores, but I do have access to semi-local whole milk that is pasteurized at the lowest temp possible. Now that I have the kefir grains and plastic strainer, I can make whole milk kefir every day! It is wonderful.

(Posted on 5/19/2014)

Best Customer Service Review by Dan
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The product is great, but the customer service is fantastic! Really impressed with the way these guys do business.

(Posted on 5/19/2014)



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