- Kefir is similar to yoghurt in taste and texture, but contains millions more beneficial bacteria and is live in a completely different way
- Kefir can be adjusted from batch to batch, by changing the ratio of milk to grains to produce a kefir that you really love
- Even kefir you don’t love on its own can be used in smoothies and swirled through curries
- Kefir can be used in salad dressings, or as a tenderiser
- You can use it to soak Oats in overnight, instead of milk or yoghurt
- Can be used as a replacement for milk or yoghurt almost anywhere, and will add a bit of extra tang and a lot of great bacteria
- Great for lactose intolerant, as the kefir grains ‘eat’ lactose and render it useless and harmless
- Kefir is traditionally made with cow's milk, but can also be made with a variety of alternative milks, such as soy, coconut, rice, goat or sheep's milk
Included in this starter kit
- Glass jar fermentation vessel
- Plastic sieve and spoon
- 1.5 grams dehydrated kefir grains
- Instruction manual
Did you know? Kefir actually means ‘feel good’ in Turkish, which is how drinking kefir regularly makes you feel (and pronunciation is actually kuh-FEAR, with the emphasis on the second syllable and isn’t anything like Kiefer Sutherland).
Suggested use – How to activate your Milk Kefir Starter Kit
- Into container (glass bottle with lid), mix together the entire contents of one sealed package of dehydrated kefir starter grains and 250ml of warmed milk (about skin temperature), not more than 30 degrees Celsius.
- Stir to mix well with a wooden spoon. Place the lid loosely on the container; do not seal the container tightly.
- Let this mixture ferment at room temperature for 24 hours in a dark area, like a cupboard.
- Cover with a cloth and elastic band.
- Sieve the Kefir grains through the milk sieve supplied (do not use metal spoon or metal sieve). Discard the first milk after sieving, making sure to keep the Kefir grains. This may be necessary to do twice to activate the dehydrated Milk Kefir grains properly.
- Place the Kefir grains back into the sanitised glass container and pour 250ml of milk over the Kefir, stir well. After 24 hours, repeat the harvesting process (You will notice that the Kefir Cultured milk is ready if the milk has thickened and has a distinctive, sour fragrance which now contains healthy probiotic bacteria and beneficial yeast). Never discard your grains.
- If you are using full cream milk the activated grains should be washed on a monthly basis with tepid water to remove the cream globules that will build up on the grains. This cream build-up inhibits the growth of the Kefir.
- Should you wish to slow down or stop the fermentation of your Kefir, place the glass container in the fridge, making sure that the grains are covered with milk or for prolonged storage - in the freezer.
- Shelf life of the Hydrated Kefir grains is 60 months from the manufactured date, or longer when stored in a freezer.
- Kit contains:
- Glass jar fermentation vessel
- Milk cloth sieve and wooden stirrer
1.5 grams dehydrated kefir grains
Country of Origin:
- Product of South Africa
54 out of 59 people would recommend this product10/09/2023, By LorenI ordered a Milk Fefir Starter Kit, which I activated exactly according to the instructions, but I suspect the grains were not viable as absolutely no fermentation happened after trying for 10 days straight. I feel sad and frustrated for having wasted so much milk and time, only to be left with nothing to show for it.03/07/2023, By AnnekeMy first fermenting product and so far it works excellently. Clear instructions and FAQ's inside the bottle.
14/02/2023, By LeriI'd ben wanting to try and make my own Kefir milk for a while, and when I saw this starter kit that included everything you need I was very excited. Not only did it have everything, but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I also appreciated the fact sheet containing information on these specific grains along with helpful FAQs. By following the instructions provided I soon had my first batch of kefir milk... and the grains grow super fast, I'm now producing more kefir milk than I use, so getting creative by making kefir milk cheese, ice-cream and salad dressings.17/01/2023, By LeeWow these worked well! I had a yogurt like substance in less than 24 hours. I’ve been disappointed with kefir beads not taking in the past but these are very well and alive.30/09/2022, By BiancaGreat product. Works well, I've made a few kefir batches now. I would recommend going through the whole leaflet provided to ensure consistent outcomes each time04/02/2022, By JasonEasy to understand instructions had drinkable Kefir after 3 days and then every 24 hours thereafter. Very happy with the product so far, just waiting for my grains to multiply which should start in the next week. Funnily enough my normal sinus issues have disappeared after a few days use. Thanks FTN fast efficient service and an excellent product. Getting in a ton of extra probiotics.09/03/2021, By CeciliaUnfortunately the Kefir did not take. I have extensive experience in growing Kefir, but could not get this product grow.22/01/2021, By SigalWasted lots of milk on that. Finding the grains after each session became harder and harder. Gave up trying. Waste of time and money.02/01/2021, By DoronA waste of money14/12/2020, By RussellFantastic product. Have made Kefir milk before so was quite easy to use .27/10/2020, By RhoanneVery good brand ulcer12/09/2020, By LiezelVery thin consistency. Final product supposed to resemble drinking joghurt but looks and tastes like fermented milk - not recommend09/09/2020, By DeborahBought this product in June 2018 and it still going strong. I used the review posted by Gill on 21/10/2017 as well as what i researched. Great for my family as well as fur babies!02/09/2020, By geoffreyFound the product to be a fraud and a scam. Obtained a slightly thickened result after 24hrs but this would not pass through the ridiculously fine mesh of the sieve. Tried to work it through using the back of the spoon and eventually left with a milky sludge - NO GRAINS.
Emptied it all down the drain.
Waste of money!!26/07/2020, By MonikaAwesome kefir kit and the resulting kefir tastes amazing23/06/2020, By AnnelieThis was my first fermentation product purchased and it works great for beginners. Took about a week before they started making thick kefir. Worth it!08/05/2020, By CamilleConvenient and durable02/03/2020, By DevanagieI reviewed this last year just after I bought it. It's been so great I had to do an update. Since going dairy free and using the kefir only I've seen great results in my overall health and my skin has been really clear of tiny bumps that dairy had been causing.
The kefir itself has been very resilient. It survived us moving house were I was not able to change the milk for a few days as opposed to a daily change because i had been drinking so much of it. And I also froze it for 4 weeks when we went away on holiday. Just thawed it out, changed the milk and by the next day I was drinking kefir again.
This is a very good investment for me. No regrets buying this at all!16/02/2020, By TammyWonderful product. Grains are bigger and it comes with a sieve which is very useful.12/02/2020, By NegarUnfortunately, the grains did not grow. We have extensive experience with making kefir and although we followed the instructions meticulously, the grains did not multiply. Very disappointed.09/02/2020, By NikkiA wonderfully easy to use kit. I received great feedback from the producer too which helped me successfully make kefir for the first time.20/01/2020, By CherilynVery easy to make. My husband an I both love it especially with fruit. I'm really pleased I took the leap.16/01/2020, By CrizaneGreat product02/12/2019, By LindieLove kefir! Easy to make, although my grains look like its not growing much, it still works. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants to supplement their probiotic gut health.03/08/2019, By LesleyAt last, living in the 'Bundu', we were able to order something not available anywhere near us, that actually works! Everything about Faithful to Nature, from ordering to delivery, which was super quick (!),was an amazing first time experience!25/07/2019, By GerhardThis is a great product and works like a charm. Only took 24 hours and we where in business. I use it to make fantastic beetroot (pink) smoothies for my daughter and she LOVES it. Fantastic! Just need to mention this kit did not come with a bottle but that`s fine, we always have plenty of those at home.06/07/2019, By ChelleGreat Product !12/06/2019, By AmeliaMy Kefir has grown so well and fast. It makes a lovely type of yogurt. I’m using it to restore my 4 year old’s gut inter flora.11/06/2019, By BasiGreat product. I had kefir grains and our helper took them with the kefir without noticing :-). It was a good thing that that happened, as it led me to discover F2N and your wide range of products.
I was pleased with how quickly the grains get to work and give me the kefir in no time. Keep it up guys.08/06/2019, By ElizabethI have been making kefir for four months now. My first kefir attempt resulted in batch after batch of sour milk. Starting with new grains I have been using organic milk and it works perfectly. The weather plays a role in how long it takes to ferment - average about 24 hours. The grains are slowly multiplying and have doubled in volume. Great as it is or as a base for any smoothy.29/03/2019, By MartGreat Product. Was very easy to hidrate the grain. Start using it on the first bach already. The grain also grows beautiful. Very creamy. I also use normal full cream mild as raw milk is difficult to get.22/03/2019, By DevanagieI have really congested skin and read that kefir is great for helping with that and after only a few days I have noticed awesome results. It was not difficult to get started at all. My first batch of drinkable kefir was quite thin however as the grains are growing the results are a thicker and creamier batch. I love doing a second fermentation with berries or dates. The best part is that I didn't have to go out and buy any special milk I just used the full cream milk that we already had at home!18/02/2019, By BridgetteI received my product yesterday, so I have not had time to make my kefir. I however, am a bit upset by the PLASTIC spoon and sieve received in the bottle with kefir grains. I am sure many of us have strainers in our houses and spoons. Maybe you can make it an "optional" choice to receive the plastic spoon and sieve? As I am sure we are all trying to cut down on the plastic waste.05/02/2019, By BenWorks very well - Awsome !!22/10/2018, By CHrisThis worked awesome. I am having some smoothies everyday. love it08/09/2018, By IngridI really love this product and am giving the probiotic to the Australian Shepherd SA Rescue Org dogs and we are all loving it.08/09/2018, By IngridI am successfully growing kefir grains and getting fantastic probiotics for the Australian Shepherd SA Rescue Org Dogs and us06/09/2018, By AstridIt is so much fun to go to the jar and see nice kefir waiting for you to enjoy it! I had no issues getting the culture started. I was even away for three weeks and the culture was happy to work again after being stored in the fridge in no special additional conditions. Now I'm moving to water kefir23/08/2018, By LeboI love this. Unlike other brands with almost powder-like grains, these are quite big. Thank you very much FtN.13/07/2018, By AstridEasy to use, I had no issues with the rehydration and quickly started to produce my own delicious drink. The cycle takes a bit longer since it’s winter and colder than optimal temperature for fast kefir production11/07/2018, By PatVery easy to use. Had useable results from second day. Instructions on jar very brief so worth doing extra research online if new to kefir.21/06/2018, By esmai was making kefir this grains. it was lovely and very delicious. however after 2 weeks my kefir did not fermented. i made new again and again but it is still not fermenting in 24 hours. when i sit for 48 hours it has too much sour taste and not like kefir. i think my grains are died. I do not know what to do. :(27/04/2018, By SamSimple and easy to make22/04/2018, By SharynI have been drinking for 4 days and it has helped alleviate a cough I have for months. The cough was caused by reflux and hiatus hernia and post nasal drip and gluten and other allergies.
On day one there was a marked improvement.
Stopped medication on day 3.
My gut is so improved it is unbelievable.17/04/2018, By KukzaJust completed my first batch and I love it! The fact that it is so easy to make, its a bonus!09/03/2018, By NickAfter 2 days of hydrating the grains I finally had some lovely kefir on day 308/03/2018, By SamanthaIt is not that easy to make Kefir. I am struggling. The weather plays a massive part in the process. And it really does not taste nice. I, however, do think it has amazing benefits and very healthy. So I will pinch my nose closed if I have to! I am lactose intolerant, and I am happy to say that the Kefir does break down the lactose.16/02/2018, By ClareEasy to make and was so thrilled as to how quickly the order came. the starter pack has everything to start making this healthy beverage.08/02/2018, By CaitEasy to make, works well!04/02/2018, By MonkikiHydrates reasonably quickly ... makes a very tasty kefir.17/01/2018, By HealthmamaI love this kit! I have made several successful batches of kefir so far. The instructions are easy and with very little efford I enjoy a daily glass of milk kefir.08/01/2018, By KatrienThis is supercharged kefir. Followed the instructions and used pasture fed raw full fat milk to feed. Within three days I harvested more than the 250ml for smoothies as per the instructions. Four days later I had enough for 2 morning smoothies and some left to second ferment and harvest whey. And there is still only about a teaspoon of grains. Very impressed !29/12/2017, By NelciIt worked wonderfully!02/11/2017, By SaritaIt’s a great product with simple easy to use instructions.30/10/2017, By MirandaEverything you need and comprehensive instructions included.
The kefir has rehydrated beautifully, and I'm looking forward to my daily smoothie!21/10/2017, By GillI am loving making my own milk kefir with this kit.
A couple of things that I have learnt along the way:
my grains took about a week to 10 days to become active, during this period I changed the milk every 24 hours. Once the milk has a "yeasty" smell you're on the right track. If at this point you find it's not thickening enough, then leave the kefir for a few extra hours to see if that helps - if not just keep going, it will eventually become active.
In my experience the quality of the milk DEFINITELY has an effect on the end product - I've had the best results with Woolworths full cream milk.
My kefir takes between 36 to 48 hours to get to the consistency that I like - I have found it's definitely not ready after 24 hours unless the weather is very warm.
Once you have strained your kefir, you should wash and dry the jar before replacing the grains and adding the milk for the next batch. I add milk that is about room temperature - I heat it in the microwave.
DON'T rinse the grains, it's not good for them - it's fine to toss the grains, covered in their milky coat directly into the clean and dried jar.
The weather has an effect on the speed at which the milk ferments, on cold days my kefir takes longer.
I give my jar of fermenting kefir a swirl a couple of times a day, to aid the fermentation process.
If for some reason your kefir isn't thickening as much as you like, try adding a couple of spoons of yesterdays kefir into the new batch and add a little less milk.28/08/2017, By PaulIt is well packed. Speedly delivery. Great product.11/08/2017, By TiffanyStrained my first batch of kefir last night . Great stuff! Thick and creamy .03/08/2017, By RietteAfter a slow start to get the Kefir activated I was surprised at the result and great taste. I cannot wait in the morning to harvest my glass of Kefir and start the process for the next round.
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