Fresh Kefir Grains/Recipe

Make delicious healthy Kefir using our organically grown Kefir Grains.

About This Product

Kefir is a fermented and cultured beverage. As far as taste goes, it tastes a lot like a yogurt drink. What makes Kefir so great to have on hand is that it is nutrient dense. It has plenty of B vitamins, potassium, calcium and protein. Not to mention, like yogurt, the probiotics are important. They help improve the healthy bacteria ratio in your gastrointestinal tract. While you can use dairy milk to produce Kefir, you can also choose non-dairy options like coconut milk which makes a lovely smooth Kefir.

Most of the time, Kefir will ferment at room temperature. However, in the winter, it may be too cold for it to heat properly. The milk produced is creamy and tart but where Kefir is different is that it is a lot thinner than yogurt. So, what do you need to make the best Kefir? Kefir grains are the key. We cultivate our own Kefir grains using organic milk (homogenized). It's a daily ordeal, feeding them milk so they grow and multiply. They also grow larger through multiple feedings.

Our fresh grown Kefir grains produce a full flavor profile to create authentic fresh Kefir. When you have Kefir grains, expect them to propagate or to produce more grain. Dehydrated Kefir grains will produce Kefir, but it won't include many of the healthy bacteria and yeast that is produced using fresh Kefir grains. And, dehydrated Kefir grains may not multiply.  Our fresh Kefir grains are harvested on the day that you make your order. Feeding our grains daily with a little milk will allow them to multiply, doubling in volume every ten days or so.

In order to maintain a warm temperature in your Kefir vessel, you should consider fermentation heater belts. These belts will help keep your Kefir grains warm, especially when the colder months arrive. Now that you know where to buy Kefir grains, there’s no reason not to have the freshest Kefir grains possible. 

Use the proper strainer to collect all the Kefir grains, especially the baby grains which can fall through some strainers. Our stainless steel strainers are double mesh and their holes are about 1/32nd inch.

Includes 35-38 grams, approximately 2 Tbsp.

  • Made fresh each week
  • Freeze for later use
  • Rubber band and cheese cloth included
  • Directions included 

Fresh Milk Kefir GrainsOur Fresh Grown Kefir Grains include approximately 2-3 tbsp./35-38 grams of fresh Kefir grains, and instructions on how to care, maintain and propagate your fresh milk Kefir grains. Our Kefir grains are propagated using only the highest quality fresh local pasteurized cow milk. Some suppliers sell dehydrated Kefir grains which do not work as well as fresh grains. Our Kefir grains are made fresh each week and harvested the day of your order. Fresh Kefir grains will produce a full flavor profile, making authentic Kefir. Fresh Kefir grains will propagate, producing more grain, doubling about every ten days, depending on ambient room temperature. Working with real Kefir grains is easy.  Freeze your extra grains for later use or give away to others. 

Purchase our Fermentation Heater Belt** at a nice discount to maintain a warmer temperature in your Kefir making vessel, very useful during the colder winter months. **Use our Heater Belt once you start fermenting at least 1/2 gallon or more of milk. Do not allow your fermentation vessel to overheat. Position the heater belt above the Kefir grains/milk so you maintain a temperature of approximately 70-80f. Higher temps produce smaller grains.

Real Kefir grains will produce a full flavor profile, making authentic Kefir. These Kefir grains will propagate, producing more grains. Working with real Kefir grains is easy.  A few minutes each day will make the process simple and produce a superior product. Healthy and probiotic, Kefir is an excellent supplement to your diet. A rubber band and cheese cloth is included.  

Kefir recipe.

Purchase an additional package of Fresh Kefir Grains and SAVE $10.00 on the 2nd Pack! Your order of fresh Kefir grains are harvested the day of order to insure their vitality. They are never dehydrated. Dehydrated Kefir grains do not multiply and do not contain as much bacteria and yeast as fresh grains.

Our Kefir grains, which originally came from eastern Europe** contain loads of healthy bacteria and yeast, including many of the following. Some time ago we had our grains tested by a pathologist friend who confirmed there were at least 40+ different bacteria and yeast present. **We've been propagating these same grains for years. The grains are our babies and we take great care of them.

Lactobacillus acidophilus|, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. delbrueckii, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis, Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. kefiranofaciens, Lactobacillus kefiri, Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus sake, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. dextranicum, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. mesenteroides, Pseudomonas, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas putida, Streptococcus thermophilus 

Shipping included within the USA & Puerto Rico(priority mail).  International shipping not available.

What Our Customers Say

  • 5
    Milk Kefir Grains

    Posted by Gregory Meissner on 21st Sep 2020

    From experience I can say that The Cheesemaker sells the highest quality kefir grains (in terms of flavor, viability, even quantity and shipping practice. I bought from their main competitor once and was very disappointed. But THESE grains will not disappoint. The milk kefir I make with them is far superior and much more "alive" than any store-bought kefir.

  • 5
    Easy Kefir

    Posted by Charmaine A Parsons on 25th May 2020

    This is my first time trying to make Kefir so it seemed a bit overwhelming to me. I had to revive the grains and then was ready to start making kefir. Steve Shapson was so very kind to me and answered questions I had. Now I make a quart a week. So awesome!

  • 5
    milk kefir

    Posted by Linda Prettyman on 19th May 2020

    Totally excellent product. Far superior to some of those (others) online.

  • 5
    Excellent quality and service!

    Posted by Denise M on 16th May 2020

    Bought kefir grains from another cheesemaking supplier, and had no luck making cheese or getting the grains to multiply. Bought these kefir grains, received 5 times the quantity I got from the other source, and these are not freeze-dried. They're growing like crazy, and act a lot different. Looking forward to seeing what cheeses taste like with real kefir grains. There is a learning curve for a complete newbie like me, but The Cheesemaker provided excellent support and suggestions to help me understand how to care for my new kefir grains. THANKS SO MUCH!

  • 2

    Posted by SA on 11th May 2020

    I have not had ANY success getting the grains to produce the taste of the kefir. Only cottage cheese texture and smell :( I placed them in a cup of milk in the fridge out of desperation. But any suggestion to revive them is welcome. Note from Steve/TheCheeseMaker: Once fresh Kefir grains are revived from their transit time, best to get them in a little milk and go through the reviving period of about 3-4 days. Your issue is a matter of over-fermentation. Refer back to our instructions which will help. Best to monitor the ferment and when the top layers are creamy and thick, strain off that wonderful Kefir and place in fridge. It will continue to ferment so only make enough to consumer within a week or less.

  • 5
    Kefir grains

    Posted by Elizabeth Mueller on 29th Apr 2020

    I'm very happy with my purchase, thanks!

  • 5
    Works well

    Posted by Ralf on 22nd Dec 2019

    After giving the grains some time from shipping following the detailed instructions the grains produce excellent kefir. The grains have started to grow in number.

  • 5

    Posted by Carl Silver on 28th Aug 2019

    I got my first batch almost year ago. Had trouble getting it to grow. Had a backup batch that my wife threw out because she has dimentia and is now in a nursing home.

  • 5
    Excellent Kefir Grains

    Posted by Unknown on 14th May 2019

    I will definitely order from Steve again. I received my order when promised. I love that the kefir grains came with the recipe. I’ve been enjoying this delicious homemade kefir, what a difference quality grains make. When I received my order I had a question and called. Steve was so helpful! Thanks again!

  • 5
    Good health begins with healthy intake

    Posted by Ryan on 3rd May 2019

    Traveled a good long distance, arrived in great shape! Very happy with the grains. Glad to be back on the kefir diet.

  • 5
    Killer Kefir Grains

    Posted by Chris on 16th Apr 2019

    As i am a newcomer to the Fermenting community I was anticipating the experience of ordering from Steve; online reviews help but ultimately it boils down to personal experience... my personal experience was fantastic!!! My expectations (quite demanding, as i value my dollar) were exceeded in every way: Shipping: Fast Packaging: Excellent Quality of product: Astounding Customer Service: Totally Awesome So glad i ordered from Steve. Blessings and Abundance upon all the folks at TheCheeseMaker!

  • 5
    Always the best!

    Posted by Chef Ryan on 13th Apr 2019

    I have ordered many products from Steve over the years, kefir grains included, and I continue to rave about his service! Kefir arrived in perfect order with double or triple the quantity of other suppliers. Excited to highlight this product in a dairy fermenting class next month. Thanks again!