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Cultures for Health Milk Kefir Grains | DIY Frothy Dairy Non-GMO Probiotic Drink for Stronger Gut Health | Limitless Heirloom Style Starter | Easy to Flavor or Add to Recipes | Bulgaros De Leche Vivos

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Brand Lifetime Kefir
Allergen Information Gluten Free
Weight 0.01 Kilograms
Item Form Liquid, found in image
Number of Items 1

About this item

  • HEIRLOOM STYLE: These kefir starter grains can be used to continuously re-culture more kefir for as long as you want, offering an essentially limitless supply from just one purchase.
  • HEALTH BENEFITS: While kefir is similar to drinkable yogurt, it actually contains 3x more probiotics than yogurt! It's also a great source of vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, and vitamin K2.
  • VERSATILE: Kefir can be consumed plain, flavored in a second fermentation, added to smoothies, or used as an ingredient to make a plethora of healthy snacks, including soups, dips, and even baked goods.
  • QUICK AND EASY: This low maintenance culture yields a quart of kefir every day! All you have to do is let grains sit in milk for 12-24 hours at room temp (68-85°F).
  • STRESS FREE: Our kefir grains arrive in a dehydrated state, giving them a longer shelf life as opposed to live kefir grains, which would need to be cultured right away. This way you can culture whenever you're ready, or even give them as a gift.

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Product Description

All for one, and kefir all!

two cups of frothy milk kefir with topping and logo in top left corner

What is kefir, exactly?

Kefir is a fermented probiotic beverage, traditionally made with kefir "grains," which are actually not grains at all—rather, these gelatinous chunks are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, also known as a SCOBY. The result is an effervescent beverage with a tangy flavor and consistency akin to heavy cream or yogurt drinks.

The word kefir comes from the Turkish word keyif, meaning "feeling good"; aptly named for the short- and long-term benefits of consuming this enzyme-rich drink, from the ease of digestion to the strengthening of the immune system.

This unique drink originated in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia, and for hundred of years was a well-kept secret from the rest of the world, and owning the grains was a sign of wealth. Eventually, a scientist, Dr. Metchnikoff, unlocked the secret (one might say, discovered the key-fir) when he decided to study the exceptionally long lives of the Caucasus mountains people.

Today, we are privileged to have this drink whenever we like, and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.

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Powdered Kefir Starter Milk Kefir Grains Water Kefir Grains Kombucha SCOBY Milk Kefir Starter Kit Water Kefir Starter Kit
Makes how many batches? 2 - 7 Infinite Infinite Infinite Infinite Infinite
Makes milk kefir
Makes water kefir
Includes: 4 packets powdered starter 1 packet of dehydrated milk kefir grains 1 packet of dehydrated water kefir grains 1 dehydrated SCOBY 1 packet milk kefir grains; 1 butter muslin; instructions; 1 thermometer; 1 strainer 1 packet water kefir grains; 1 butter muslin; instructions; 1 thermometer; 1 strainer; 1 package cane sugar
Amount of time to culture a batch (not counting activation batch) 12 - 18 hours 12 - 24 hours 24 - 48 hours 30 days 12 - 24 hours 24 - 48 hours
herbed soft kefir cheese

A great "whey" to use extra kefir or particularly strong-flavored kefir!

Ingredients: Milk kefir | Fresh or dried herbs, such as Herbs de Provence

  1. Pour the milk kefir into a bowl lined with butter muslin, a cotton bag, or tight-weave cloth.
  2. Gather up corners of cloth and hang above bowl or jar and drain for 6-8 hours, or until the desired thickness is achieved. Save the whey in a closed container in the refrigerator. (You can use it to ferment veggies, use as cooking liquid, make drinks, and many other things.)
  3. Mix herbs into the kefir cheese and refrigerate for 2+ hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Serve as a soft cheese spread on crackers or bread. Also makes a wonderful vegetable dip.

herbed soft kefir cheese

You can use your kefir to make a tasty spreadable cheese

cold borscht with kefir

This European soup variant will make any dinner spread pop

kefir artichoke dip

A great game-time snack, or anytime snack!

kefir dessert sauce

This creamy sauce perfectly enhances anything sweet

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.05 x 7 inches; 0.49 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ LK08129
  • UPC ‏ : ‎ 814598020018 013964032819 766789605200 786173764665
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Lifetime Kefir
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002ZI1J50
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.6 out of 5 stars 1,746 ratings

Important information


Use to make milk (dairy) kefir


Organic milk, live active cultures


Complete instructions will be included with the item

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3.0 out of 5 stars Get fresh if possible, if not these can work
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OLD REVIEW (update below): After brewing kombucha I wanted to try making other cultured foods instead of buying them. Kefir seemed to be a pretty easy low maintenance option. I didn't do much research and started with a box of starter from Vitamin Cottage. After I realized that wasn't the same thing as kefir grains I bought these grains on Amazon. I was skeptical since a lot of reviewers said it was very few grains and that it took forever before they could get a real batch of kefir. Still, I don't know anyone I could get fresh grains from so these seemed like my best bet.

They came in the mail and it's true that there isn't a lot in the packet. But, having never made it, I can't say how many grains you need. So I mixed it like the instructions said. The instructions, by the way, were very helpful and had lots of answers to my immediate questions like "does the milk need to be a hot or cold?". I also LOVE that the packaging is so reassuring. As soon as I opened it there was the reassurance "You can do this!" staring back up at me.

After putting my jar of milk and grains in the pantry I had to leave town unexpectedly for two days. You're supposed to change the milk out every 12-24 hours. Well that wasn't going to happen. So I figured if it doesn't work and kefir takes that much maintenance then maybe it wasn't for me. I'd just have to wait and see 'til I got home again.

Thankfully when I got home the milk had thickened A LOT. And the grains were bouncy and seemed like they'd rehydrated. With just the first glass of milk! In fact the milk was so thick it was like yogurt. I couldn't even shake it out of the jar. I had to get a spoon and scoop it out. And then I couldn't even get the thickest of the milk to go through a strainer. I had to feel around in the thick kefir with my (clean) fingers to even find the grains and see how they looked.

After using the kefir starter from Vitamin Cottage I found that I like to second ferment the kefir with fruit before eating it. So I did that with this first batch. I only tried a small lick as I straining out the grains. It tasted like plain yogurt! Just not as smooth. I'm excited to see what it will be like tomorrow after fermenting it further with orange slices and blueberry agave syrup! I gave my dog a small lick too of the plain kefir and he loved it. He kept looking at me with big eyes wanting more. I've had a lot of fun making kombucha and I have a feeling this is going to be a grand adventure too!

UPDATE: I have been brewing this kefir for quite a few months now. And the brew with these grains started to get really yeasty smelling and tasting. I figured it would even itself out so I just kept changing out the milk, but it kept getting worse and worse. And it felt like I was buying milk just to throw it down the drain. Eventually my dog wouldn't even touch the stuff these grains were turning out. It was like an awful beery, bready, yeasty concoction. So after a lot of research online and getting some advice from my wonderful kefir group on FB I had a plan to try to save these poor grains. I boiled water (so it would be as clean as possible), let it cool to room temp, and washed my grains with it. Typically this is a big no-no. But I wanted to get the yeasty milk off them. I washed them really well so there was no white milk left. Just the grains. Then I mixed a super small dab (maybe 1/8 TB) of blackstrap molasses with plain store bought kefir and whole milk and added my grains. I let it sit for day. It got nice and thick and smelled good this time. I strained them and repeated, but without the molasses. I kept doing this process (half store bought kefir, half whole milk) until the store bought kefir ran out. It did seem to normalize my grains out for quite a while and the kefir is pretty good now. Although I'm starting to smell some yeast again.

However, in the mean time I did go on Etsy and buy some fresh grains. They are still acclimating and have only been with me for three days. But the difference is already pretty big. As soon as I opened them I couldn't believe how big they were in comparison to my tiny freeze dried grains! I included a picture. Also the kefir they turn out is much smoother. The freeze dried grains seem to go instantly from normal milk to curds and whey. There really isn't an in between for them. And the taste is much more tart. Not that I mind that! I like tart kefir. But the Etsy grains definitely have a "smoother" taste.

After a lot of reading, and a decent amount of experience with these grains, and a new experience with other grains for comparison, I would recommend looking for fresh grains from another source. If that isn't an option then these will do just fine. You just might have to work hard to get the grains brewing good balanced kefir. But just be aware going in that these grains might take some dedication to turn out kefir you'll want to drink or eat. I highly recommend joining a kefir group somewhere online. Advice from people with more experience than you can be invaluable. Searching for some of my issues on Google didn't turn up much information, but posting the question in my group gave me a lot.
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