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"amazingly quick"

My kefir grains I got just about 2 weeks ago, have made 2 quarts of kefir for the last 8 days. Its so easy just to let it culture on my counter top. They've already multiplied enough that I gave my sister a small portion so she can have the same health benefits.

- kimberz

Milk Kefir Grains

SKU: 5500
$19.99

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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. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Do Not Buy

    by Nestor on 01/27/2018

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    Do not buy this product.

    My grains, while they made kefir, never reproduced or grew in size. After about seven months they disappeared (ie died) entirely.

    I wrote customer service multiple times and received no answer.

    Bad product, horrible customer service.

    If you want to make kefir, go to your local craigslist and buy active grains.

    Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry to hear of your experience with our grains. While they are not guaranteed to multiply, we do guarantee they will make batch after batch of good kefir under their preferred conditions. We reached out several times but sadly have not had success gaining contact to assist you. Perhaps if you chatted with us through the Live Chat feature on our Contact Us page, we could help you in real time there, as we really do want you to be successful!

  10. Very Happy

    by AJ on 01/16/2018

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    Highly recommend these grains. My first batch was so productive I keep giving away my grains. Unfortunately, I did something to lose the actual grains but I was STILL able to continue to culture the resulting kefir. I assumed I was missing some of the biodiversity therefore wanted true grains. I tried some from a FB group member; Not the Same! I purchased more grains from Cultures for Health and am glad I did.

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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 Beth at 12/7/2010 11:56 AM
    • Can these be used with raw milk?
    • Yes, the milk kefir grains can be used with raw milk. The grains do best when activated using pasteurized milk, but can then be transitioned to raw milk. You can find instructions here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/introducing-milk-kefir-grains-raw-milk

      Once converted, the process is the same with raw milk as with pasteurized milk.

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  • From Nick at 12/16/2010 6:26 PM
    • When using milk kefir grains with coconut milk, can it be unsweetened coconut milk that does not contain any sugar?
    • Ideally you'd want to use unsweetened coconut milk. Any additives have the potential to interact negatively with the kefir grains and potentially damage them. Unsweetened would be safest.
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  • From Adam at 1/9/2011 9:44 PM
    • Hi. Where are your kefir grains originally sourced/grown? Do you post to Australia?
    • We grow our kefir grains ourselves in a licensed food processing facility--this allows us to maintain the highest quality product. We do not ship individual orders to Australia. There is one location in Australia which carries a limited number of our products. You can contact Elaine at Natural Therapy Shop via email [email protected] or via her website www.naturaltherapyshop.com.au to find out what products she stocks. She may be willing to ship to you, if her location is inconvenient. Please contact her for more information.
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  • From Nick at 1/10/2011 1:22 PM
    • I rehydrated my kefir grains in cow milk and they came out great. I then switch to unsweetened organic coconut milk for two days and the grains no longer seem to be active, even after switching back to cow milk. Do you know why this could be? If the milk is unaffected after 24-36 hours are the grains no longer active? Thanks.
    • Kefir grains can take a few days to adjust to a new milk medium. For example, if you switch your kefir grains from cow to goat milk, it can take a few batches for them to adjust to the composition of the new milk and start working properly. Same thing happens if you go from pasteurized cow milk to raw cow milk, and sometimes even different brands of milk (feed, etc. can vary from farm to farm). Different chemical compositions can mean an adjustment period of up to a few batches. So go ahead and put them back in coconut milk and give them a batch or two to adjust (maybe use the coconut milk that isn't kefiring in the meantime to cook or in a smoothie or something). They should perk up and start doing their thing in a few days. With coconut milk though you'll need to put them back in cow milk for 24 hours to revitalize every few batches.

      If still no luck, contact Customer Support.
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  • From Steena at 1/25/2011 6:37 AM
    • How many kefir grains are sold in one box? How many are needed for one batch? I'm new to kefir and I'm just wondering if there's enough for a "backup" in this box? Or enough to share with a friend? Thanks!!
    • Kefir grains are one of the hardiest cultures so there's just one portion in the box. Kefir grains are a wonderful culture for a beginner because they are very easy to use and it's very rare to mess them up. We can't guarantee they will multiply since it's due to a large number of factors. You can encourage them, however: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/encouraging-milk-kefir-grains-to-mutiply
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  • From Emma at 1/28/2011 10:38 AM
    • Hello, what is the quantity (tablespoons) of the grains once rehydrated? Thank you!
    • The milk kefir grains rehydrate to about 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of grains, sufficient to culture up to a quart of milk every 24-48 hours.
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  • From Lynn at 2/6/2011 2:31 PM
    • Can kefir be made with powdered milk? If so how does this affect quality?
    • Well, you could try it... There's not much information around on whether this would work, or how well. One concern is that powdered milk is highly processed, and is usually very low in fat, so it might not produce a suitably thick result. On the other hand, it does contain lactose, so it would provide sufficient food for the grains.
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  • From Nick at 2/10/2011 9:12 PM
    • Can heavy whipping cream be cultured with kefir grains? If so, would heavy whipping cream be sufficient to revitalize the grains when used with coconut milk?
    • Heavy whipping cream will not work well with milk kefir grains. The grains require lactose to survive and reproduce, and there is very little lactose in heavy cream. You could try half-and-half, or even just adding some cream to the milk.

      For the same reason, you should use regular milk (whole milk is fine) to revive the grains every other batch when you are culturing coconut milk.
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  • From Madison at 2/11/2011 11:02 PM
    • Will the grains "go bad" if not used frequently enough? Thanks!
    • It's not so much that they would go bad, but they would starve if they don't get fresh milk (for milk grains) or sugar (for water grains). Of course, starving is not healthy, so it's best to regularly culture milk using your grains. If you want to take a break from making kefir, you can find instructions here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir
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  • From Terri at 2/21/2011 3:48 PM
    • Are milk and water kefir grains the same? Or can they be used interchangeably? Of course the need for several days of adjustment?
    • Milk kefir grains and water kefir grains are actually different organisms. Milk kefir grains eat lactose (present in milk) and water kefir grains eat the cane sugar (sucrose).

      Milk kefir grains can be converted (slowly) to work with water, but they can't be converted back. Water kefir grains can't be converted.
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