- Non GMO
- Dairy Free
- Soy Free
- Gluten Free
Please Refrigerate Once Received!
Kefir has many benefits including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home.
Body Ecology Kefir Starter contains the following beneficial bacteria:
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis,
- Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
- Lactobacillus kefyr (thermophilic)
- Saccaromyces Boulardii
- Kluyveromyces marxianus
- Non-GMO dextrose as a carrier (consumed during fermentation)
Contains 6 packets which can be used an average of 7 times each. 6 tablespoons of previous batch will ferment 1 quart of liquid.
To activate starter for initial usage:
- Into container (preferably glass with lid), mix together the entire contents of one foil package of kefir starter and one quart of slightly warmed milk (about skin temperature or 92 degrees).
- Shake, stir or whip with a whisk to mix well. Put lid on container.
- Let this mixture ferment at 72-75 F for 18-24 hours for milk, 24-48 hours for coconut water and some others. (You will notice it is ready if the milk has thickened and has a distinctive, sour fragrance. Final consistency is pourable but not "eat with a spoon" thick.) Coconut water will not thicken like milk, only become cloudy and much less sweet.
- Shake or stir vigorously and place into the refrigerator. Even in your refrigerator the fermentation process continues, but chilling will slow down the fermentation of the healthy bacteria and beneficial yeast.
Directions for transferring kefir after the initial batch has been made and directions for making kefir cheese are included on packaging.
Donna Gates recommends adding kefir starter to the liquid found inside the young, green coconut.
Kefir is traditionally made with cow's milk, but can be made with soy, coconut, rice, goat, or sheep milk (other varieties of milk yield a more watery kefir than cow's milk).
Kefir is a wonderful addition to smoothies!
Shelf life is 12 months from the manufactured date, or longer when stored in a freezer.
- Non GMO
- Dairy Free
- Soy Free
- Gluten Free
Quality and Ease of preparation, a super product!1/6/2015
I have bought Kefir starter twice so far. I find it extremely healthful for the intestinal tract. I followed the directions on the booklet included with the box of starter. To make things easier, I bought a Rubbermaid cooler, add hot tap water and leave my kefir in the cooler in Ball Mason Jars to ferment for 12 to 18 hours. I buy raw cows milk and use one packet to make two half gallons. Really Excellent tasting, no need for fruit or additives. I then freeze what I don't use right away in quart tupperware type containers. You have a a customer for life and I will never go back to store bought Kefir if given the choice..I even give it to my dogs, to support their intestinal health.
like the kefir starter1/2/2015
The kefir starter works very well. It clearly ferments my drinks. I have used it for coconut water, cow's milk, and goat's milk. It also transfers well when I use the already made kefir to inoculate the next kefir I make. And the kefirs taste good. And I like that It has quite a few different strains of bacteria in it.
Easy to use!12/30/2014
Love this product! Simple, easy to use! It seriously helps fight off colds in my children when I feed it to them daily! Put in a smoothie with raw honey and fruit and ice and you have yourself a real treat that is completely healthy! It's an easy way to get kids to drink it. And much better than making them swallow pills or suffer through another cold.
Loving what you offer :O)12/21/2014
Very "new" at making the Kefir and Cultured Veggies. Donna's products and videos help so much! Thank you Donna, love your book and your products.
Enjoying Coconut Water Kefir12/12/2014
Have been making Coconut Water Kefir and Coconut yogurt with the coconut meat. I'm not fond of coconut so I often do a second ferment in the refrigerator by adding a few tablespoons of unsweetened whole organic cranberry or pomegranate juice to about a pint of the Coconut kefir. I let this ferment 24 hours to 48 hours in the refrigerator to remove the sugars from the juice. I cap tightly to retain the effervescence. The coconut yogurt goes in my green smoothie every morning (the coconut taste is not noticeable). I noticed that once I started following much of Donna's BED diet along with drinking the kefir my sugar cravings went away. Before doing this, I had eliminated gluten and dairy, and was following a vegetarian diet (eggs and fish included). But I still had those cravings for something sweet shortly after dinner. They are gone! I have bought the vegetable starter and will begin fermenting vegetables in the next few days. Truly enjoy getting back to the basics in food preparation, especially fermentation.
Love the Kefir Starter!!12/9/2014
I absolutely love the kefir starter kit! I use it to make kefir from coconut water, and it is so fantastic tasting--so crisp and refreshing and bubbly...tastes just like the coconut kefir that you can buy at health food stores. Also--one packet can last you up to 8 batches of kefir! It's so economical! That's 48 batches per purchase! It's a wonderful, tasty investment, not to mention one of the best things you can do to improve your health. I've turned some naysayers into full-blown believers with this kefir kit, so thank you Body Ecology for helping all of us!! I highly recommend this product.
Kefir Starter Easy to use.12/9/2014
By Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
I tried the Kefir Starter with some organic milk and it was easy to use and worked great! I liked the taste and it thickened well. I did start having strange sharp pain in my hands after I started using it. I am wondering if that is because I tried it with organic, pasteurized, homogenized milk from the store.
I stopped using it and after a few days all the pain went away in my hands.
Next time I will try it with grass fed raw milk or goats milk. I would also like to try it with coconut milk. Please give more instructions for that.
Love it! Very convenient.12/5/2014
I am switching from kefir grains to Body Ecology's kefir starter. I like it very much. It is more convenient and I can start several jars of kefir at a time. It also allows me to stop producing for periods of time if I'm too busy or out of town. It tastes great in raw cow or goat milk. Love it!
I make a coconut kefir with this stater. It's so easy to make one. I love this product!
Works great every time. 11/30/2014
By Lauren Michele
Works great every time. Easy to use and love knowing I am improving my health so simply by using the Kefir Starter