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They revived and I got my first full quart in 5 days. Great value. Glad I already had plastic mesh strainer. Used bamboo chopsticks for stirring and plucking out grains. My house is about 75 degrees F so kefir can make in 12 to 13 hrs. When they first activated it took only 8 hours for 2 cups....

- Pat

Milk Kefir Grains

SKU: 5500
$19.99

Availability: In stock

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Adding milk kefir grains (MKG) to fresh milk yields a delicious probiotic drink in about 24 hours. Milk kefir can be enjoyed plain, flavored, or used in many recipes, from salad dressings to ice cream.

  • Each box contains 1 packet of traditional, heirloom-style milk kefir grains.
  • Rehydration period of 3-7 days with pasteurized (not raw) dairy milk is required before regular use.
  • Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F, no appliance required.
  • Suitable for use with cow or goat milk. Nut and seed milks yield inconsistent results.
  • Avoid using ultra-pasteurized or UHT milk.
  • Reusable culture - makes up to 1 quart of kefir with every batch. MKG require regular refreshing in dairy milk.
  • Instructions for using this culture are included and can be found here.
  • Having trouble making milk kefir? Browse our Milk Kefir Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

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.

 

Milk Kefir Grains Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

 

Shipping and Storage Information

  • Our milk kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet.
  • For best results, store in a cool, dry place and use by the date on the box.
  • Freezer storage is NOT recommended.

 

Additional Details About Milk Kefir Grains (MKG)

Milk kefir grains are live active cultures consisting of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. Milk kefir grains need to be rehydrated using pasteurized dairy milk (not raw milk) before regular use. Once milk kefir grains are rehydrated, they can be transitioned to raw milk. Milk kefir grains can be used to culture coconut, soy, or rice milk once rehydrated, but must be rehydrated in dairy milk first. Milk kefir grains require regular refreshing in fresh dairy milk (as soon as the texture changes.)

 

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  1. Dehydrated grains are NOT equal to the real thing.

    by Mondie Kay on 07/16/2018

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    I bought real grains in milk from Cultures for Health 2 years ago and they were fantastic. So sad for me that my grains got contaminated and I needed to start all over. These grain come dehydrated and they are NOT as good as the real thing. I am going on 2 weeks of changing the milk every 8 hours and they barely look like real grains yet. Just a few "rice looking bits" in the bottom of the jar. I am not yet convinced that they will turn into a "plug" of healthy grains.

    Response from CFH: Thank you for leaving your honest review, and for allowing us to work with you further behind the scenes. We hope that with our troubleshooting, the grains are now on their way to making lovely kefir for you everyday!

  2. Bed product

    by Darek on 05/16/2018

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    During activation my grains began getting smaller
    I don’t recommend this product

    Response from CFH: We are so very sorry to hear this. Our efforts to reach you the last few months have not resulted in success. We'd love to have assisted you with this, so please in the future contact us so we can get you on the right track! We do want you to be successful.

  3. Not good

    by Gg on 05/14/2018

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    Followed all the instructions but it never worked. Tried adding 1/2 cup then going back to origanal 1 cup but just milk with curds. Very very disappointed.

    Response from CFH: Thanks for working with us behind the scenes! We do hope you can update us soon with the progress of the grains. Be sure to contact as soon as there is an issue, so we can assist!

  4. VERY GOOD

    by Hillary on 04/05/2018

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    Hello, first time with kefir followed directions and I have all I want for my family , works as advertised and is very good we love the smoothies and so do my 2 labs . cant wait to try other types

  5. As they say, no where close to "Nailed it" :(

    by Terresa on 03/30/2018

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    Thought this one was going to work out...the 1 and 1 1/2 cup milk turned out good...then as instructions state added another 1/2 cup of milk. This is when everything fell apart. I restarted but did not increase - just stayed at 2 cups...fail, tried again with 2 cups - failed. All I get is old milk with some curdles in it. So, thought I would decrease milk - went back to 1 1/2 cups milk (which had worked previously) - failed again. How can I have killed these things when EVERYONE says how forgiving they are? What sin did I do that these little Milk Kefir Grains won't forgive? Here I was worried about what I was going to do with all the wonderful smoothies I was going to make. Totally bummed.

    Response from CFH: Thank you for working with us behind the review scenes! We are happy we could fine tune things, and hopefully things are back on track for you and your grains. Please contact us if needed!

  6. hopeful solution

    by don on 03/22/2018

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    I bought the milk kefir grains after going much research into how I could repair my gut after a serious illness and 6 weeks of IV antibiotic therapy.. all the reviews said kefir was the answer and I sure hope so.. after my first batch--I've seen improvement..so far so good...intend to make this an ongoing part of my nutritional regimen. will take some time to get the hang of how it works as this is totally new to me..

    Response from CFH: We are happy the grains are working well for you, and you are finding some benefits. Everyone is different, and we hope you will be able to find continuing benefits!

  7. Healthy, Versatile, and Cost-Saving

    by kathan on 03/10/2018

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    Our local grocer does not stock Organic Nonfat kefir, so I started making CFH's powder version. I soon figured out that the grains were a significantly cheaper way to go for the long term. Also, one does not need to boil the milk in preparation for grain-based kefir. The boiling process was a bother, because the milk inevitably burns on the bottom of the pan. That cleanup task was my least favorite kitchen chore. Two tips: 1. Get a quality plastic strainer (kefir grains can react with metal and they are slightly smaller than quinoa or coarse-ground pepper, so you can lose them with some conventional plastic strainers). 2. Make sure you have at least 3 wide-mouth quart jars on hand (or something large enough to fit your hand inside to scrub off the sticky substrate). We don't have a dishwasher, so maybe this is only an issue for hand dishwashers. We use kefir as the dairy base for our smoothies, as an addition to cereal, and as a substitute for anything that calls for sour cream. Be aware that heat with destroy kefir's probiotic qualities, but not the lovely tart taste.

  8. Excellent!

    by Ann on 02/16/2018

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    They work beautifully. Today is my 7th day and they thickened up just like they were supposed to. Takes a bit of time to get used to the smaller grains than the years ago product, but once they work - its AOK! Thanks again.

  9. First time kefir grower!

    by LESLIE on 02/14/2018

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    I have used 'adult' kefir before so this was a new experience for me. Grains seem to be of good quality, not all grains became active, however. Would purchase this product again.

  10. Going Great Gonzo's

    by Mumbo on 02/14/2018

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    After about 5 days of nothing I increased the temperature up to around 85 and boom the little buggers took off. It is winter and our house is usually 60-65. What I did was take a seed starter mat, stood it upright and secured it into a circle with a rubber band. I put the mason jar in the middle and put a small folded towel on the top. That is what got the temp up to 85. Now I am cranking out a quart every day. I am sure this will pay for itself over store bought real fast, but it is tough to lay out the money at first when you don't know if it is going to go or not. Love the kefir - tastes good!

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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.

 

Milk Kefir Grains Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

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  • From Christine at 7/27/2018 1:29 AM
    • I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the current temperature is above 100 degrees. Will my shipment of kefir grains be okay on arrival? Thank You!
    • We guarantee our cultures to work everywhere we ship to, all year round. If you ever experience an issue, our customer support team is here to help!
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  • From Sarah at 4/22/2018 11:38 AM
  • From Anne at 1/21/2018 7:57 AM
    • When I purchase the grains, how long will they last before I start to use them?
    • They're guaranteed to last until the "best by" date on the package, which is approximately one year after the purchase date. They tend to last longer than that when stored in the refrigerator.
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  • From Cendrine at 10/2/2017 8:31 PM
    • Can I use goat milk kefir I made at home to use as a starter culture for a vegetable ferment? I have seen recipes using whey, but my kefir doesn’t really separate, and I was just wondering if the whole product can be used as a starter?
    • You can strain your milk kefir to get whey and then you can use that whey in your vegetable ferment! Here is a great article on vegetable fermentation that may help: https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/natural-fermentation/salt-vs-whey-vs-starter-cultures/
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  • From Carole at 6/28/2017 11:21 AM
    • The only organic milk I have access to is ultra pasteurized.

      If I rehydrate the grains in conventional, pasteurized milk, can I go back to the Horizon Organic ultra-pasteurized milk I can get here on St Croix, USVI?
    • It is not recommended to use any Ultra Pasteurized milk. If you cannot find an organic brand that is regularly pasteurized, then use a non-organic milk that is regularly pasteurized. The grains really only care about the lactose, and how the milk was processed. Ultra Pasteurized milk is a dead milk, and yields very inconsistent results. It is why we ask you to avoid it.
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  • From Crob at 10/19/2016 9:31 AM
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  • From Marc at 3/19/2016 10:40 AM
    • 2 part question: (1) How many consecutive days can milk kefir grains be used to make nut or grain milk kefir? (2) If using unsweetened alternative milks, do you have to add sugar?
    • Milk kefir grains do not usually do well in nut or grain alternative milks. For their optimal health we recommend not using them directly in the alternative milk. It's better to take 1/4 cup finished milk kefir and add that to your alternative milk (1 qt) and allow it to culture at room temperature. You could experiment with adding sugar to your alternative milk, and see what happens.
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  • From Mary at 3/5/2016 8:22 PM
    • I was away for 2 weeks and left my milk kefir out. Is it still OK to start the process again and use it? After researching, I've realised I should have kept it in the fridge if away for long periods of time!
    • Yes, when out at room temperature, milk kefir grains are looking for more food! The food runs out after 24 hours, so they may be starved by now. If all looks and smells good, you can try to culture them to see what happens. Do not use or consume anything that looks bad or seems/smells unpleasant. Feel free to contact us for more support if needed.
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  • From Amber at 1/2/2016 2:57 PM
    • Hi - I see that we are supposed to use pasteurized milk to activate the grains. However, once they are activated and I start making kefir on a regular basis (about twice a week), will I be able to use raw (goat) milk?
    • You can absolutely transition from your pastuerized milk to raw milk! Here's how: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk/

      However, for best results and to keep your grains as healthy as possible, we do not recommend frequent breaks in the fridge. The enzymes and bacteria can break down from storage and stress, and the grains can either suddenly or eventually stop working with no warning. Best practice is to culture a small amount, as little as 1 cup, every 24 hours so the grains are active, working, and nourishing themselves.
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