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 unisporus
- 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.
I was so scared to start fermenting my own Kefir, but was convinced of the health benefits. It super easy, product shipped quickly, and i love the fizzy taste! it's almost like a soda :) my kids like to mix it with a little cranberry or pomegranite juice.
I like to be able to make kefir milk yogurt & kefir coconut juice. Save me money too. Thanks.
love this product... i make coconut milk kefir with it and love it.
Great and reliable product.4/22/13
I have been using Kefir Starter for several months now and get great results with every batch. I am now making Coconut Kefir, Coconut Pudding and my latest favorite is Coconut Milk Kefir. I use the coconut milk recipe on the Tropical Traditions website. It's great in smoothies.
Easy to use, tastes great.4/22/13
Aside form the health benefits, this Kefir is a pleasure to drink. I find it a challenge not to seconds. Thank you.
The Kefir is excellent, followed the instructions well. I use it on goat's milk.
I loved making kefir with soy milk, but was hoping for the instructions to include making yogurt.
Works great, tastes great4/16/13
Love the young coconut water kefir, have also tried it with bottled coconut water & seems to work as well, although live is better for nutrients. I also enjoy making cultured veggies and use the Culture Starter & EcoBloom. Thanks Body Ecology & Donna, great product!
Product as described4/15/13
Very happy with this product - easy for the first timer!!!!
I haven't tried the product but does anyone else think it's weird how all these reviews refer to it as "product"?
Excellent product for ease of use and resutls4/9/13
This product is excellent as it is easy to use and the results are always of a consistent quality/reliability. We use is regularly!
I love this product... I got my parents & husband hooked!
fisr time starting the Kefir my child seems to like it!
The best kefir4/4/13
By D Light
I make a lot of smoothies with coconut kefir, and I can make batch after batch of great kefir with this starter.
Excellent Kefir, Extremely Easy4/1/13
Body Ecology Kefir Starter is EXCELLENT! Makes delicious, nutritious kefir and it could NOT be any easier to use! Now I am hooked!
Awesome products for improved health!3/30/13
I am loving my coconut water kefir using Donna's Kefir Starter and her Ecobloom. So delish and the health improvements speak for themselves! Love it!
I get consistent results using this kefir and I know after using this for almost two year now that it works.
Coconut Kefir Cheese3/27/13
Coconut Kefir Cheese made with this starter packet is the perfect midnight snack! I love it! I got the recipe off the BED blog!
Liked it a lot3/25/13
I really liked this product, but I personally found the innerbiotic a lot more effective. I was disappointed that the two kefir boxes I ordered came without the instructions said to be inside.
Overall, I did feel an improvement in digestion and bowel movement.
This is my 3rd box of Kefir Starter and we love it. From the drink to the salad dressings it's healty and down right delicious. Thanks for a great (and easy to use) product.
Great Tasting Kefir3/17/13
This starter makes wonderful tasting kefir with a hint of fizz! I love it!
Helped Autistic Son's GI Issues3/15/13
Kefir Starter is a great product that helped balance the internal flora of my son's GI system. He has chronic GI issues, and I have tried many products that he doesn't like. I used Kefir Starter in coconut water,and he prefers this drink over any other. Great product!
How to make yogurt?3/14/13
Have made many batches with Zico brand coconut water from health store. Results always the same. Gets cloudy, some stuff settles to bottle of container and some gooey stuff floats. After 48 hours it does not get fizzy, nor is it thick, but I am hoping it "did it's job" and that it is truly cultured and suitable for BED. I enjoy it in my morning smoothy. I really would like to learn how to make yogurt out of it. Any suggestions?
By Dr. N
using for years and just started culturing coconut milk successfully as well - recommend to anyone
So easy and consistent. My kids are sensitive to the bacteria strains--this particular blend avoids the strep family which is so excellent for our family.
Love this product. I just spent a month in Mexico and brought a packet with me. I bought the coconut water from the Coconut man (it was very cheap)to make the kefir. It kept me hydrated and feeling my best in the warm climate. Now I am home and I immediately made a batch here. I have intestinal issues and the kefir helps . In
opinion everyone she use this product.
Donnas Kefir Starter works wonderfully! Have been using it now for 6 months, Thank You Donna!
great! love this3/8/13
i am new to the cultured food world and find it a bit challenging. this product made making my own kefir SO EASY that i have started my extended family on this. what could be easier than mixing the powder in milk and letting it sit in a warm spot overnight? i have been able to make a half gallon of kefir every week now for the past 5 weeks by mixing my fresh milk with about 1 cup of last weeks kefir.
Belly issues for autism3/8/13
I purchased Keifer starter to ferment coconut water for my 6 year old with autism. He has chronic yeast overgrowth which, in turn, causes many other GI issues. Keifer starter has worked wonders. My son likes the taste of it and it is really helping to balance his internal flora. Thanks Body Ecology for this great product!
This is absolutey a superior prooduct and the raw coconut keifer was really good although I do not have a problem with candida, it has helped me with transit time.
I used the starter with a quart of grass-fed produced milk. Since my house temperature does not reach the recommended 70-72 degrees that the culture requires to ferment, I wrapped the glass jar in a towel and and placed the jar next to a lamp with an incandescent bulb which seems to have increased the surrounding temperature as some nearby coconut oil was softer than usual. The end product was not as sour as the commercial products from Helios (I like the sour flavor), but overall my first batch was very good.
I started with my first batch of kefir milk as soon as I received the package and I tell you, the kefir milk tasted so good and my husband likes it too as he is the reason why I want to make our own kefir milk. The kefir milk tasted better than the commercial ones that we normally buy. We are on our way to good health. Thank you ever so much!
I used the starter to make coconut milk kefir. It worked great and very simple to use.
Great kefir culture!2/25/13
This powder culture makes a great probiotic beverage out of milk. If only I could get real kefir grains from body ecology.
All the products I have purchased from Body Ecology are absolute life savers, the kefir starter being no exceptions. My brother in law is steadily losing weight, and feels his health is improving. He is still in his 40s, has had 5 lung surgeries and is homebound pretty much. Has gained a tremendous amount of weight since he became ill. I originally purchased these items for my younger sister, her husband is benefitting greatly as well.
Super easy, great results2/24/13
By New to kefir
I used the starter with canned coconut milk, and re-started with several non-dairy box milks, as well as homemade rice and coconut milk. Worked great, couldn't be easier, and I can feel it's given me a tremendous boost in solving my candida problem.
I love this product! I have been sampling it to recommend it to my patients!
Love the BED products2/20/13
So far I am very grateful for BED products, they have helped me so much. Thank you Donna Gates.
By Satisfied customer
Great Product - I found that drinking a glass of kefir daily helps manage my acid reflux and usually keeps me from needing to take medicine for it. Also, making it at home keeps the cost manageable compared to buying it at the store. Once you get a system, it takes only about 15 minutes to make per batch. Very happy with the product.
Best product on the market2/15/13
I never use any other kefir starter. it's the best there is, I trust it, and the results are always excellent.
Makes great tasting Kefir. I use it with raw goats milk.
Great product! Always produces and excellent Kefir. The company always delivers in a very timely manner.
GREAT I add some Potent Proteins and Super Green and Stevia 10 drops and shake it up. Can't get any better than that. also good with a little Molasses.
more than expected1/31/13
I was so surprised that there were individual packets, makes it easier to use. My milk & coconut kefir turned out great. Next I'll try using the 'mother batch' to make my next batch...and so on. That is economical if you can really get 6 batches from one packet!
I made young coconut kefir with this starter. It was easy to do and the results were good. I also like that I can save some to make more up to 7 times.
With this Kefir starter I make coconut water Kefir flawlessly. Using small amounts from previous batches also works quite well. I definitely recommend this starter for first time Kefir makers. Use an air tight bottle for best results.
By body ecology user
Worked well adding to milk jar, made good kefir.
Makes best coconut kefir!1/23/13
Can't live without it! It makes the best coconut kefir and coconut kefir yogurt which I eat with liquid stevia and gf vanilla for dessert or use it in a fruit smoothie. It's even a favorite for my kids and husband.
I love this. I use it for my fresh young coconut water. I also mix in the light meat of the coconut. It removes the sugar and makes a yummy drink. I enjoy adding it to my berries and when I take omega 3s.
Great Morning Start1/13/13
I can't wait to make my coconut kefir water in the warmer months. I am enjoying it now, so I'm sure it will be even better!
keifr packs dont work1/12/13
By joe dirt
The kefir starter packs are a waste of money. Just get real grains. The packs dont work. I am experienced with kefir making, and the grains work much better, plus gives you more bacteria
good with coconut water1/10/13
It was easy to do and tasty. It did not work well with the almond milk
This product is really special. The fermentation of the coconut water came out perfect and so delicious that the whole family loved it.
High quality products1/7/13
I love my coconut Kefir water I made with the Kefir starter! I had some trouble due to the cooler temperatures this season, but I'm excited if the product will even get better in the warmer months!
Hard to get good results1/5/13
I don't get good results with this product consistently. I have tried my best to follow the directions but it doesn't seem to work that well. However, while I never can get that kefir consistency and can't even get a separation between curds and whey, I do get the kefir taste, so I assume it's working correctly.
so far I just love all of your products1/5/13
I am so happy to have found out about BED, I just love all of your products. And I feel so much better on the BED. Thank you so much.
I bought the kefir starter to make coconut water kefir and coconut yogurt. I have made both once before just using probiotic capsules and a store bought coconut water kefir. I have to say that the kefir starter gave both a different taste and my coconut water kefir never got bubbly and still tasted sweet so I was nervous to drink it.
The yogurt turned out great.
Purchased this product to help my 6 year old son with autism - we struggle with major yeast issues. This product is tasty to him and is returning balance to his body. It's also easy for me to prepare.
Love this and easy to do even for first timers!12/31/12
I bought this starter to use with young coconuts for kefir and yogurt and had great success. I've never done kefir or yogurt before so was nervous about it working, but it tastes great. Will buy again.
Still seems different than original kefir starter12/28/12
I really liked the original kefir starter (from clear back in 2009 or 2010) and used it all the time. I keep trying this to see if it is just me but no matter how precise I follow instructions kefir the coconut water, it isn't the same. I cannot use any milk including goat. I am using the correct young thai coconut water (frozen) along with all instructions but it still seems syrupy and not palatable like before. I will continue using the Cocobiotic but hope there will be something in the future for me that is less expensive than Cocobiotic. Would love to see fresh BED kefired coconut water in the frig section one day. ;-)
By johnny o
This is the best Kefir starter I have ever used. It easy to use and works like a charm. Plus I feel great every time I have a glass of Kefir. It is a must have and I use it everyday. Thank you so much!!!
It is a great product12/25/12
I was hesitant at first to try this product, but prove to be a very good product, my health improve a lot
easy to use12/17/12
I love it
Kefir starter for coconut water kefir12/17/12
I use the kefir starter to make coconut water kefir. I really enjoy the taste without the added milk! My only problem is trying to find the young coconuts.
I love everything I buy from Body Ecology! That's why I'm a repeat buyer. :)
I love how easy it is to make kefir. I made goat kefir and coconut kefir. The taste was great.
good for making fermented foods12/12/12
The kefir starter is very useful for making home fermented foods, which I have started going .They taste much better than store bought fermented products.
I have been using Kefir Starter to make coconut water kefir because I'm allergic to dairy. I really like the results. Unfermented coconut water was too sweet for me and now I can drink it everyday. I add a little Cocobiotic or Innergybiotic to give it some fizz. It's a great combo.
I just used it for the first time with coconut water and I think it was still a little too sweet. I have to experiment with a little more time. I'm going to try dairy kefir next.
Amazing product... Easy to make an the Health benefits are second to none... Love It!!
It doesn't matter what kind of milk you choose to use with this.....it is all so yummy for your tummy ! Thanks for caring and sharing your great health information with us. P.S. Love your show on Hay House Radio too....another great source of good health information.
By Dr Ed
Excellent highly recommended
I'm amazed at this product!
Simple to use and very effective!
Well worth the costs.
I've ordered several boxes and
share with others.
A cheap and effective way to
maintain good digestive health!
The easiest way to make kefir11/17/12
Using this starter seems so much easier than using kefir grains, and I have found it is always a success.
Excellent taste - love the bubbles11/15/12
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the taste of coconut kefir. Now that I've made it a couple of times I love it. I love the bubbles. I love the sharpness of the flavor. I feel good when I drink it.
Kiefer Starter is wonderful11/15/12
I've been using the Body Ecology Kiefer Starter for a few months now in coconut water. It's easy to use and makes a delicious product!
I just love the kefir! My favorite is "kefiring" the young coconuts. Delicious!
Packets are easy to use and come with easy to follow instructions. Works like a charm when I make my coconut kefir every time!
Best Tasting Kefir11/12/12
This starter makes the best tasting coconut and dairy kefir I've had. It's a plus that it can be 're-used' up to 7 times. I'm very happy with this product!
We love this stuff. We make tons of CocoKefir. It is great!
Love Kefir Pudding!11/2/12
By Vibrant Energy Natalie
I made kefir pudding with the raw, organic coconut meat we can buy frozen from Exotic Superfoods. I blended it up in my Vitamix then mixed in a packet of Kefir starter. Let it culture for a little less than a day - until it had visible bubbles in it.
Love it with stevia and a few blueberries OR as a topping to homemade veggies soup.
Delicious and so beneficial!
Kefir is easy to use11/2/12
I am undergoing long term antibiotic treatments and use Kefir as a probiotic. I find it easy to use and much more economical then the Kefir you can find at the grocery store. I put it into a daily healthy shake and my digestive system is working just fine!
I use kefir starter to culture the water inside of the young coconut...yummy probiotic drink!
only coconut or raw milk??10/28/12
i really want to try this. i got the packet and wished i had easy instructions or if i can use regular milk with?? im so confused on how this is made with just regular milk... links anyone?
Love this product!10/26/12
The Body Ecology Kefir starter is one of my absolute musts when catering big retreats. I believe offering a fermented beverage at high vibe retreats is an essential part of educating the masses about digestion and maintaining balance of the good bugs. I've used this product to make kefir and coconut milk as well as kraut and kim chee for all the retreats I cater all over the world!
very good product10/26/12
long time customer, very satisfied.
We have been drinking this great tasting stuff daily because it ferments fast! As for the amazing health benefits proclaimed, there have not so far been any remarkable transformations noticed just yet, but you shouldn't be looking for miracle cures anyhow!
I don't like the taste of coconut water but I love the taste of the coconut kefir. I drink in plain or mixed in a tart juice in the mornings. Love it!
Can't find raw milk, or green coconut10/16/12
I was not able to use the product since it calls for raw milk or green coconut. I feel that it was a waste of my money since I did not know in advance that those were the only products that were mixable with this culture.
Easy to use10/15/12
Given the importance of probiotics for our health, this product is essential. The fact that it is so easy to use makes it indispensable!
I love the effervescence as well as the flavor of the coconut kefir.
By Mary Ellen
The Kefir starter arrived in a timely manner and worked exactly like the directions indicated. It is easy to make and is delicious! Thanks Body Ecology for a great product!
Love the product10/8/12
Kefir Starter for Coconut Kefir10/7/12
We use this starter to make coconut kefir from Young Coconuts. It's excellent and a thoroughly reliable starter for kefir.
Economical Way to Heal10/6/12
I was buying coconut kefir at Whole Foods when i first started on BED and it was so expensive. I've been using this starter to make my own coconut kefir for a year now. It makes it so affordable.
Very easy to make and tasty!10/5/12
My husband and I have been eating kefir with fruits every morning for a long time. It is very easy to make and we love its taste and consistency. Thanks! Great product!
Easy to use
I love this product, it's the simplest way to keep gut issues in check.
COCONUT KEFIR IS GREAT10/3/12
MY WIFE AND I REALLY ENJOY THE COCONUT KEFIR WATER AND THE COCONUT PUDDING AS WE CALL IT AND WE LOVE IT!! OUR STOMACHS ARE FEELING BETTER LOST A FEW POUNDS AND OVER ALL FEELING GREAT
If you want to heal your gut and move into vibrant health....use this product and culture starter!!
Ez and good!10/1/12
I love the Body-E kefir starter! Very easy to use and makes great tasting kefir in little time.
Great stuff. We have two kids on the spectrum that are being helped using this product and our whole family is using it as well. My boys actually ask for this. I read about another kid begging for it in someone's blog and thought that maybe it was overstating...it wasn't. My boys actually ask for it. Totally worth the effort for anyone who is reading, but hesitant to try.
This is the fourth or fifth box of kefir starter that l have purchased from you over many years. I make kefir from young coconut water, and it is truly wonderful stuff! I have taught several people to make it. My younger son and my daughters all swear by it. I think it is always exactly what our bodies want. Mine loves it!
Made a coconut kefir - great taste
I've been making coconut kefir non stop!! I love the juice and I love the coconut "cheese" even more!
I've used one packet already and it works every time. Saves lots of money and I sweeten with stevia so eliminate the large amount of sugar from store bought kefir.
This is supper easy to make and the flavor of the finished product is one of the best I've had.
A healthy product9/20/12
Kefir starter is helping me sustain a probiotic lifestyle through my own creativity. Just mix, wait, and be pleased with the marvelous flavor and wonderful addition to one's healthy regimen. Thank you for the product.
I made my first batch of coconut kefir water about a month ago. I LOVE IT and it is helping my digestion tons.
Great product. We use the kefir starters for young coconut kefir and my family loves it. Easy to use and good quality. Love that it's free of dairy.
Product is Good!9/18/12
By Jazzy Boy
I use it to help allevivate my gut dysbiosis. It has a nice tarty-tanginess when I prep it with goat milk.
Expect it to be great 9/14/12
I have not used it yet as I really want to use fresh young coconut and have not had the time to track some down. The previous reviews are very helpful guidelines once I am on track.
easy and yummy!9/5/12
For a long time I was nervous about fermenting my own Kefir. Body Ecology Kefir starter is so easy I wish I had done it sooner!
Excellent in Coconut Kefir9/4/12
We got the Kefir Starter so we could make Coconut Kefir as my wife is battling with some problems in her colon. The Coconut Kefir is delicious. It's not easy to make Coconut Kefir, but the starter is the easiest part. Once you have the water extracted and warmed to the right temperature, put in the starter, shake it up and in 36 hours, you'll have delicious coconut kefir. All of our friends who've tried it, really love it.
I have made 6 batches of coconut kefir and 2 batches of milk kifir. Here is what I can tell you: the 2nd-6th batches are always better than the first, and adding eco bloom makes a huge difference. I make the coconut in an airtight glass bottle from crate & barrel, and a 1 litre pickl-it jar for the milk kefir. I really recommend the pickle-it jars if you are going to ferment veg too. It makes a huge difference. A tip for the coconut kefir -- mine was starting to get a sulfur smell so I stuck a few dried cherries in the bottle for the probiotics to feed on and it took care of that problem. I read somewhere that happens when the probiotics run out of sugars to feed on. This is a great product!! I'm so happy I tried this!
Great and easy9/3/12
Easy to make love that I get multiple quarts out of 1 packet
Best kefir starter on the market, in my experience. I highly recommend it to everyone I know!
Excellent product...I use it to ferment coconut water-great for digestive system
My favorite product8/29/12
Kefir is my favorite BED product. Can't live without it :)
Love this product, easy to make.
The product worked as expected. However, it's too early to tell if the product and diet will work on my candida. I am hopeful.
perfect for busy ppl8/26/12
By pure and simple
taste great and its good for you. must buy
Kefir Starter - Great Tasting Kefir at Great Value!8/24/12
I was impressed with the kefir starter. The instructions were very easy to follow. I bought 3 coconuts and used the liquid for the kefir and the coconut meat was easy to scoop out with a heavy spoon ( I didn't have to buy a cleaver as I had a heavy knife and was able to cut through the top of the coconut, making 4 heavy whacks in the shape of a square around the top of each coconut.
My digestion is a lot better now after a week of drinking the kefir and eating the coconut pudding daily.. I am now able to tolerate eating my favorite gelato and also eat pizza with no gastrointestinal distress due to gluten or dairy.
Thank you Donna, for your all your efforts in creating these kefir starter oroducts and being willing to offer them to the public at a reasonable cost!!
I am thrilled with the Kefir Starter as it is such a great relief to know the products are produced to high standards and that we know the research behind them and they are right for our conditions. It makes such a difference as there are so many options out there and to KNOW these are good creates confidence in the program...as well as ease of use.
Lovr the quality!8/22/12
This is such a fabulous product. My coconut kefir has such a fabulous zing. I can taste the aliveness of the cultures. I am a user for life!
Works really well. I have used it for more than 7 batches of both the milk and coconut kefirs. I really trust the strains of bacteria that Donna uses. One box could last year if you make sure to make your next batch within 3 days.
simple and easy8/20/12
Don't think I have got the fermenting time just right, but is very good anyway!
I love Kefir Starter8/19/12
I didn't use to be able to eat dairy products, but now I make my own raw milk kefir and I can digest it just fine. Thank you Donna!
Love this product 8/19/12
Love this product. Works very well. Couldn't go without it.
The Kefir Starter is excellent! Every week I make at least two batches of coconut kefir water and also the coconut kefir "yogurt" from the kefir starter. My whole family loves the kefir and the "yogurt", we don't like to go a day without it! It also lasts a long time since you can make seven batches off the one packet of starter. Will order again and again.
Love this stuff.... thank you!
By Sandy O.
Love, love, love your Kiefer Starter product! Love the ease of using it to get the culture started and the yummy goodness I know I am putting into my body every morning. Thank you!
I bought this and found similar products at Whole Foods for a much better price that works just as well. There is an impossible return policy so if you get this and don't like it. You're kind of screwed.
I love this product.
as long as you fermented for about 2-3 days with this youll have an awesome product! if youre used to kefir grains then youll have to get adjusted to the longer period
I use this to make coconut kefir and it could not be any easier. I have found that fresh coconut works better than the processed. I thought I found a pure coconut water--per the ingredients--but it wasn't working out--it smelled of sulfur. I switched to frozen coconut water from exotic and it's perfect! 2nd batch always comes out better than the first. Also, Ecobloom makes a difference. Love it!!
Worked as expected7/30/12
The kefir made from this starter had a very nice flavor. The starter worked as the directions said it would.
Didn't work for me7/29/12
I have now wasted 3 bottles of expensive coconut water on this product. It does not work. 48 hours later and it's still sweet, no sugar gone whatsoever. I actually used a refractometer to check and the reading hasn't changed at all. I found it interesting that the package says to keep refrigerated, yet they shipped it to me regular mail in 100 degree heat. So I'm wondering if the bacteria were killed before it ever got to me. Very disappointing.
This product really only worked one time for me. I was disappointed because I have such great success with this diet and all the other products. but the kefir would not bubble up or get to a probiotic rich state like i do when i use real kefir grains.
I've been using this product for years and will never use anything else.
easy to make and taste great7/22/12
This product is amazing. It is easy to make, affordable and taste great. Kefir grains might be more affective but they are very complicated. This starter is great for beginners or busy people trying to find their way to a healthy life. I cant live without it.
Kefir Starter is Great!7/19/12
I've now made at least 20 batches of Kefir and every batch has been perfect. I've used both whole milk and 1% milk to make the Kefir. Both worked fine. I always make sure I heat the milk to 92 degrees before adding the starter and I let it sit out (in a covered glass container) for a minimum of 24 hours in a room that's approx. 72-75 degrees. After 24 hrs. I put the Kefir in the refrigerator to cool. Before I drink it, I use a whisk to lighly stir the Kefir. It takes out the lumps and makes it very creamy. Pour & enjoy!! I love this product!!!
I love the Body Ecology Kefir Starter. My kefirs turn out amazing each time. We make them with raw cows milk. My daughters don't eat a single meal without kefir (they call it yoghurt!).
I fell in love with coconut kefir right away. It taste wonderful and pretty simple to make. The best part is how much we need it as well.
Easy to use. 7/12/12
I'm new to making kefir but this made it easy. I am making the coconut water kefir and have lots of intestinal issues. Things seem to be improving. I purchased the frozen coconut water through the link provided and it arrived on my doorstep the day after I ordered it.
A little expensive
save your money7/2/12
Nothing happened with the milk when I used this product, following instructions exactly. Customer servise is non responsive when you contact them. I finally just bought real kefir grains from the internet, which I wish I would have done the first time. Better for your health and last forever.
This product is wonderful, fantastic, great!
Good non-dairy starter for coconut water kefir6/30/12
My gluten and wheat free son's tummy fares much better when we follow each meal with coconut water kefir made with this non-dairy starter
Great stuff !6/27/12
I used it with raw milk. I forgot to reread the directions and just added it to the half-gal. bottle while still cold. Left it sit out 24 hrs. and it worked perfectly !
A Caution About Making Coconut Kefir6/22/12
I love this product and have been using it to make coconut kefir for a while, but I just wanted to share a word of caution with other people using it for the same reason. I have had a few batches explode recently, breaking the glass in which they were fermenting and shooting shards of glass all over the place. I highly recommend placing bottles in a box or other closed container while they ferment for safety reasons and also to minimize cleanup if a bottle does explode. And now that it's getting hotter, it seems to take considerably less time for a batch to ferment, so cutting back on fermenting time might also be a wise precaution.
Does what it's supposed to do6/20/12
Good, thorough directions; starter seems to do its job well (though I'm new to kefir and have nothing to compare it to). However, I am satisfied with this product and would order it again.
This product makes really good kefir, but it's really temperamental. I've made 2 batches so far, both on separate occasions, and the consistency is whacky. It's like a mixture of yogurt and kefir, rather than just kefir. But it's still yummy.
very good product6/14/12
I was hesitant to try to make my own Kefir at home, but this product made it easy and delicious. Thank you.
I use it to make coconut kefir. It's a great product...calms my stomach and very good with digestion!!!!
Love the coconut kefir and pudding I make w/ it!6/13/12
This is the only kefir starter I've ever used so I have nothing to compare it to but I LOVE the coconut kefir and coconut pudding that I make with it! It's tangy and tasty and works every time!
I have used the culture with raw cow milk. The instructions are a little vague about the initial temperature (other culture starters recommend a higher temp) but the end results are delicious!
My coconut milk is delicious with the culture.
Love to use the kefir starter to make coconut water kefir. So easy!
I love this kefir starter. I use it to make coconut kefir and have recently also been making raw cow milk kefir. Even my 18 month old loves drinking the kefir! Thanks, Donna!
Such an easy and delicious product to use - wish I had found this years ago!
I have been making young coconut water kefir since the beginning of the year. The kefir starter is easy to use and produces consistently delicious kefir.
Great for cow's milk, can't get it to work with coconut milk5/15/12
I was very excited to try the Kefir starter. I was making sauerkraut for years and was excited to see how simple kefir making was!
I purchased raw milk from the Amish grocery store. I had a few problems getting started, mostly because I kept missing things in the instructions. My first few batches were too sweet/liquidy, but then I figured it out successfully and the kefir tasted great!
After a little while, however, I realized that dairy was just not working out for me. So I decided to use sweetened coconut milk instead. As of yet, I haven't been able to make a successful batch. I have done everything the same as with the cow milk and even let the coconut milk sit longer, but still can't get it to ferment.
I really want it to work and am determined to keep trying, but have wasted several packets with my experimentation and it's getting expensive!
I love this product! I am using it with Goat milk and it works great! Thank you!
Makes good kefir. I used it to make young coconut kefir. Instructions make sense.
Easy To Use5/11/12
It was easy and it was good.
Homemade Coconut Kefir5/11/12
Making homemade coconut kefir is sooo much easier than I would have ever thought it would be! And I LOVE the taste! :)
making kefir is quick and easy with this starter. the kefir tastes great. now if only i could find an easy way to open the coconut!
Fantastic stuff, easy and simple to make.
Our coconut Kefir turned out great.
Very tasty and healthy beverage.
Love this product. Have been using it for years. I love making coconut water kefir- so easy!
I am very pleased with the Kiefer starter and will continue to use the product
Love this product!4/26/12
Love this product! Essential for good health.
This is great, wish I had gotten it a year ago when I first learned about it.
Great!!!! I am really starting to feel much better after 2 months on BED.4/25/12
I had spent many year trying other thing, but nothing had given me results.
I purchased the kefir starter & am making it with 1/2 soy milk, 1/2 almond.
So far , so good. I'm making 1/2 gallons using a canning jar (to size) & a cooler with a heating pad on low for 2 days.
My latest is with xylitol , vanilla, & cinnamon. When I'm done I strain the whey out & add a little more flavoring to have for my 'cheese' or mix in with yogurt.
The kefir I drink straight & in smoothies.
So easy and delicious!
Best Kefir Starter4/18/12
I've tried some more common brands of kefir starter, but this one seems to be the most potent and the taste is really delicious. Plus, you can use it for BOTH dairy and coconut water. I'm definitely going to buy more of it.
good kefir started4/18/12
I've been using this started for 3 years and I love it.
Very pleased with the kefir starter4/16/12
I am very satisfied with the kefir produced with this starter. It is so very simple to make and I like the flavor and the texture when it is ready. I appreciate the careful selection of probiotics used and their benefits. Since my daughter and I have drinking this the past 5 months, we are now both able to tolerate some cheeses and dairy products. It was also a much healthier winter season for both of us - and this, along with the cultured vegetables, is the only change we have made in our routines. We are very thankful!
Haven't quite figured it out yet4/15/12
I tried it with skim milk and it didn't thicken at all.
I tried another packet with coconut water. It seemed to work fine, but I was confused as to whether or not I could take a portion and re-use it to ferment another batch? It didn't feel like I could.
This week I plan to try again - this time with 2% milk. I hope it works because it was not my intention to use a new packet each time.
Easy to use4/14/12
This product totally helps my stomach when I eat too much, and it's so easy to make!
I LOVE this product
Delicious young coconut kefir4/11/12
I put off making my own young coconut kefir and now I wonder why. The kefir starter is so easy to use and my young coconut kefir is deliciously consistent each batch.
The Very Best Kefir Starter4/9/12
By Lady K
I just love your Kefir starter. Yours is the only one that I use on a regular basis. I make my own raw milk kefir and with your product it turns out perfectly every time.
Thanks for providing such a health promoting and sustaining product!!!
By Eva Laskas
Please see previous review
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By Eva L.
I made young coconut kefir with the starter kit and within 48 hours I developed a severe vaginal yeast infection. I would appreciate someone contacting me to give me advice so I can feel comfortable with the other products that I purchased. ie, the Veggie Culture and EcoBloom. Thank you.
Very good product4/3/12
I use this product all the time, it's very easy to use,will buy again
I LOVE homemade coconut kefir!4/3/12
I've used the Body Ecology kefir grains for years to make milk kefir, but I had never tried using fresh, raw coconut milk. Cracking the coconuts just seemed intimidating to me! But it is so much easier than I expected! Just drill a few holes, pour it out, easy! And in about 36 hours, some of the freshest, yummiest kefir I've ever tasted!
It makes the most delicious kefir, we had been buying it from the store for quite a while. Bed kefir is so much more delicious.
Thank you for such a good dependable product.
I still wish you would deliver in Canada.
The Body Ecology Kefir starter has provided excellent potency and consistency of probiotic cultures in my fermented veggies
Awesome Kefir~so much better than 'store bought'!3/24/12
I am on my 4th generation of Kefir (from the first packet) and my family is loving it. I have added many different fruits to it, but our favorite is nectarine with a dash of cinnamon. My 11 year old son's stomach aches have stopped completely. Thank you Body Ecology-you ROCK!
Power Energy Source3/21/12
The homemade Kefir is one of the most powerful energy drinks I 've ever had. I make it with young coconut water or raw milk (Organic Pastures) and Donna's Kefir Starter. When I need extended energy I add raw chocolate powder (Wolfe) or Maca (HealthForceNutritionals) and it keeps me going for hours.
It gives me such a boost, I have to avoid drinking it after 6pm- otherwise I will have to go to bed really late.
In short: LOVE IT!
By Mary Catherine
great product! simple and easy
very bad texture-lumpy and runny3/21/12
Very bad texture-lumpy and runny. I spent more for this than any other Kefir starter I have ever used. How dissappointing.
Worth every penny3/19/12
We use it for both dairy and coconut kefir. It makes an amazing beverage.
The highest quality3/18/12
This kefir starter is the highest quality I have found. I make coconut kefir and use it for smoothies, and it tastes really great. It is economical too, as I can make many batches of kefir from one envelope of starter.
positive kefir experience3/13/12
By magic jen
I received the kefir starter promptly after ordering, it was not overpackaged and product representation was accurate to the actual product. Haven't tried it yet, but I am happy with bodyecology's service.
Kefir with raw milk3/10/12
Preparing kefir was really really easy. Making fermented foods can require a little elbow grease but using this kefir starter was a cinch!
Best probiotic out there!
I just love your Kefir Starter. It really makes the coconut kefir pudding taste the best!!!
Terrific -- Great tasting- - easy to make3/4/12
I think that it is terrific! Such a great product.
I use these for my coconut kefir, and though I've had a couple batches not turn out, I'm not sure I can blame it on the starter...
Product is great and so easy to make! I can't get enough!
easy to utilize. makes effective cultures....love this. Have been using it to recolonize my gut with good bacteria...so far so good.
love, love, love it2/28/12
Thank You for the Kefir starter, I love to make my fresh batch every day...sooooo delicious! My inconvenience is that I am from Canada and you don't deliver here. Is there a possibility that this my change in the near future?
I've made both coconut kefir and coconut pudding and both are delicious (the coconut kefir tasted funky at first, but I've grown to really like it!)
Instructions are clear & easy to follow - overall great product
Didn't work for me2/26/12
This didn't work for me. I tried to make Kefir from whole raw milk but all I got was curdled milk. The instructions seemed simple enough but it just didn't work. I'll try it again,
The Kefir comes out grainy-I've followed the directions of course. This has happened several times. A few years ago when I first used the product it worked beautifully. Maybe it's because I'm using raw milk now?
easy to use!2/24/12
I look and feel healthier when I drink Kefir. I've told everyone who will listen about the advantages of making young coconut water kefir, it's changed my health completely!
I like using the Kefir starter. It is easy to make, by that I mean does not take a lot of time to prepare. I like the taste and have good results with each batch.
It took me a few tries to get the hang of using this. For my vegan baking business, I needed a super thick cream to make cakes and puddings. I experimented with different coconut milks and the one that worked was a frozen milk with no additives. For some reason, coconut milk from a carton (with stabilizers and preservatives) did not cooperate with the culture.
Once I got the hang of it, I can now make the thickest, creamiest coconut yogurt ever. It sure beats the store bought kinds, which have an artificial taste, a lot of low quality sweetener, and have more of a jello-like texture.
With Body Ecology kefir starter, I get the rich, Greek yogurt-style consistency that is missing from the store-bought brands. And because the culture can be carried over from batch to batch, it is a better value at the end of the day.
Love using this to make a probiotic drink out of young coconut water. My kiddos love it too. Can't seem to find enough coconuts to keep up with my household demand for this stuff :)
Easy, delicious, excellent probiotic2/20/12
I love kefir and this starter with easy instructions makes a superior product.
Very easy to use, worked great!
Love this product2/19/12
I make Coconut Kefir with this and love it!
Unable to make kefir 2/19/12
I am having a very difficult time using your Kefir Starter product. I purchased a package last year and used it through the year with no issues but this year, I purchased a new box from Mother's Market and was unable to get it to culture. I returned the package for another one and had the same result. I thought maybe it was just the lot the store received so I ordered it directly from your company but had the same result. I haven't changed anything I did in the previous year - I use skim, raw milk and the kefir starter along with the recommended amount of non-fat dry milk powder per the instructions in the box. After 18-24 hours on the counter, the milk is still completely fluid with no culturing (yogurt texture) whatsoever. Is there a chance that maybe something has changed with your product? I really miss the kefir I was able to make using it previously. Thank you so much for your time!
Dana Point, CA
Got my order in record time, I haven't used the kefir starter yet, but the directions look very easy and I look forward to my first batch thanks!
a wonderful product2/17/12
veggie starter is a fantastic product. I have used it for about 10 years, and have never had a failed batch of cultured vegetables. We eat them almost everyday, and our family never has colds, flu, etc.
not sure if it can be improved2/15/12
I used a packaged coconut water to ferment into kefir with the starter instead of fresh coconut. It did not become the "fizzy delicious" drink that Donna describes. It did turn cloudy and taste fermented but there was not much fizz. I hope it's ok to drink. I've been using it for over a month.
I didn't know you could make your own kefir, let alone out of coconut water. What an incredible blessing this has been to me. No more heartburn (or heartburn medicine). I'm a convert, seriously.
Love it!!! Highly recommended!!!
Easy to use!2/7/12
I have now replaced yogurt with kefir in my morning shakes...so far the taste is great and its easy to make. I hope to see a change in my health. I have Ulcerative Colitis and am looking to remain in remission with little to no medication. I had a terrible flare two years ago that resulted in being off of work for 3 months.
It took me a while to use the kefir starter. I kept it in the fridge, but when I did start it, it turned out perfect in the organic whole milk and it tastes very, very good. I'm anxious to experience the results, (I have allergies and I'm being weaned from medicines). Thanks for a great product. I would recommend it.
By Tiki Blu
The Body Ecology Kefir Starter is by far the best I have ever used. I have been making Kefir from raw milk with this starter for 9 years. It makes a creamy rich delicious product that is so superior it even cultures raw cream into a divine creme fraiche. I highly recommend this product!!
I'm using an infuser from a previous kefir starter kit, and this increases the life of the kefir grains. I use a two-cup glass jar, and I've prepared more than the seven batches advertised from the first packet. I share the kefir with my two Labs. They have theirs plain, and I add honey and frozen mixed berries to mine. This product has a very good taste.
It worked great and tastes delicious!
I just finished drinking from my first batch of coconut kefir made from this Starter. It is delicious! The instructions are clear and I like that I can get 7 generations from each packet...very economical.
I used it to make coconut water Kefir and it is great. I can use the remaining Kefir from a batch and make a new one. I expect it to last a long time.
Great way to make pro-biotics1/21/12
This is a great starter pack to make the best coconut kefir you have ever had. It grew fast, and the directions make it so easy. Great info on there about what you could have done wrong if your kefir didn't work correctly, too.
Remember to warm up coconut water to activate kefir culture1/21/12
Love the idea of making a cheaper and homemade probiotic for my family, just remember to warm up coconut water to activate the kefir culture
I love this kefir starter, I use it to make morning shakes everyday. It is simple and it tastes great!
I enjoy the taste of the coconut kefir and it is a treat to have in the refrigerator.1/14/12
I'm still mastering the art of opening the young green coconuts but I really enjoy the taste of the kefir. It really helps to control food cravings.
Product is great and easy to use with young coconut water from Exotic Superfoods.
The Kefir starter worked great with lactose free milk. Delicious.
By satisfied customer
It's easy to use. I've made coconut kefir twice now. I always worry whether it's going to turn out and it always has.
Love This Starter!!! Love making my coconut Kefir!12/30/11
I Love this Starter for making my own coconut Kefir!!
Great product. I use it to make coconut kefir. It's very easy and works great every time.
This starter is rapid acting and delicious.
Best probiotic I've ever had12/24/11
I really love this product. I've been putting it in a mixture of rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk and fresh young coconut water. I've made several batches and it has come out great every time. It is by far the most economical and potent probiotic I have found. I love that it is so easy to make and I can make multiple batches from one starter packet. Great value all the way around! I also love the taste and after only a week feel it is already improving my intestinal health. I'm a big believer that fresh is best. Thank you for this wonderful product Donna!
Easy To Prepare12/23/11
Product is eay to prepare ..Taste is good. I use it with fruit smoothies..Thanks Donna!!!
Most stable culture I've tried12/21/11
Forget their directions. One packet has lasted us a year and a half, we just keep making new batches from the last. Spring will bring new flora to the pasture, and to you if you use safe raw milk.
A few months drinking homemade kefir got rid of my systemic candida albicans fungal infection that neither prescription anti-fungal Sporanox nor 15 years of expensive probiotics could.
Was a different starter, this should work, too, only you know what works for your body. Experiment.
Not a big fan12/19/11
I had high expectations for the coconut kefir that I had heard so much about. I have never had alcohol before, so the ferminted taste was different for me. I did not like it. Perhaps it is an aquired taste. I am scared to try the cultured vegetables now.
Wouldn't be without it!12/19/11
I started using Kefir Starter a few weeks ago and now I never want to be without it. Gave some to my daughter and she uses it too.
Does not always work12/12/11
I have bought 3 boxes of Kefir starter and my results have been inconsistent at best. I have meticulously followed the instructions for making coconut kefir, using body ecology young Thai coconut water and keeping it at approximately 71degrees (easy to do in LA) but my kefir often comes out too sweet or thick like syrup. I have called customer service and they are virtually no help. There are a lot of kefir starters out there (whole foods carries one) that I think I will try next. Body ecology vegetable starter works much better. This product is kind of expensive to not have good results
Kefir Starter is an excellent product. The results are far more potent than any grocery store product!
Can't live without it.12/6/11
This Kefir starter is used for so many different things. I make coconut kefir with it. I put some in a smoothie for my breakfast and i also mix it in some store bought yogurt when i don't have time to make my own.
I could not live without it!12/5/11
I use the kefir starter for coconut kefir as well as dairy kefir. After about 2 weeks of using the products, I could tell a difference in my energy levels. I feel good knowing that I am restoring the beneficial bacteria in my colon and tonifying my liver!
Easy to use!12/1/11
I've tried to make kefir with grains and struggled, never really getting a good result. With the starter, it is so easy to get a nice solid, smooth result, batch after batch.
Product is excellent11/29/11
This product has become an integral part of my food preparation.
Love the BE Kefir Starter11/27/11
Have been using the BE kefir starter for a few weeks. On my second batch of coconut water kefir from first packet....very tasty and economical!
I was happy to find this product. Once you get the process down of making kefir, it's pretty easy and doesn't take a lot of time. Making kefir is 1/2 or less the cost of buying it. It has been very helpful with reducing my acid reflux. I'd much rather drink kefir than take the pills! And it takes great - I put a little vanilla and stevia in it, shake it up, and presto!
works as advertised11/24/11
I followed the website directions to make coconut water kefir and coconut meat kefir by using some coconut water kefir from a prior batch and have successfully made kefir up to 7 times from one kefir packet. I haven't tried beyond 7, but batch #7 was just as good as batch #1.
you shorted me kefir...11/24/11
Hello, I emailed your company 2 days after receiving my order when i realized that you had only sent 5 of the 6 packages of kefir that I was supposed to get. I am disappointed and frustrated that you guys haven't responded to me yet. Please get back to me.
This product is fantastic!!! Very easy to use will continue to use and recommend to others
Delicious and Refreshing!11/23/11
We are fortunate here to have young sweet coconuts fresh from our trees....and making kefir has never been so easy. This wonderful healing drink has become my afternoon refresher as well as my wake up rehydrator.
The difference I feel in my body cannot be underestimated...this is so incredibly good for everyone! Do it! You will never regret using this kefir starter, it is powerful stuff, and you can re-use your kefir many many times over, so it goes a long way!
Makes a very tasting YCK11/22/11
I use it for coconut kefir and coconut kefir pudding..... these are my kids two favorite foods!! The kids don't like the YCK made with kefir grains, but love it with the BED starter. My kids have made some of their best behavioral/social gains drinking YCK!
we love coconut kefir. With this product you know what beneficial bacteria you are getting. Coconut kefir is refreshing. Love it!!!
Love this stuff11/19/11
I have used this product for several years now. It's wonderful. Makes several batches per packet which makes it very economical.
Love It 11/19/11
Too good to be true, but it is the best kefir all I can say is YUM!
Love the BE Kefir!!11/16/11
I LOVE the kefir made with BE Kefir Starter. For years, I used to make my kefir from grains, however, my body said that was not the right stuff. I found Donna Gate's and this wonderful culture starter & my body says "Woo-Hoo!!" I switched to BE Kefir Starter 9 years ago.
The Kefir culture was great! I made kefir with fresh almond milk and it turn great. I use it to make my morning smoothie.
I use Kefir Starter with coconut water. Using this product has changed my life. Thank you!
I've been using BED products for a few years now and love making the coconut water kefir with this starter. This time around I also made a little coconut milk yogurt and kefir. It was a fun little experiment that came out so yummy!
We bought this to make coconut kefir for our family including our 7 month old. Easy to use and a quality product we will purchase again.
I have used a lot of kefir starters and this makes the best kefir I have ever had. Easy and good.
Kefir starter is great!11/10/11
I use it to make coconut water kefir and it works great.
Such a great product11/9/11
Of course I am a great fan of Kefir, but my two little pug dogs bark when it's time to drink their Kefir.
Very easy to make. Just followed directions, then set on the counter - didn't mess with it at all. I let mine set about 21 hours. Turned out perfect. Only downside is you have to do it every 3 days if you want to reuse the starter. But I will definitely buy again.
A bit pricey, but excellent results.
I like it!11/3/11
I have made 6 batches of the Kefir and I really like it. I use organic milk as I am unable to buy raw milk here. It's very tasty when I add cranberries to it for breakfast! Good product for the money!
This culture makes the best kefir beverage ever!
By c john
i love these products! great for improvement of digestion. great for health improvement.
Inferior to the real thing10/27/11
There's no good reason to buy this product when you can buy live kefir grains, which are cheaper, work better, and have more of probiotics we want.
I enjoy using this product!
I followed the instruction and do as told. My coconut water kefir turns out excellent. I have tried others, but this is the best product.
I use my Kefir starter to make coconut kefir from young coconuts. It is delicious and nutty
flavored. Great with soda water and a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice. Very probiotic and balancing.
Been using the Body Ecology starter for some time now and would not to be without it.
This starter makes great and tasty coconut kefir. The starter remains good till the 7th batch. Mix some in the vegetable smoothie every morning.
The BEST Kefir Starter EVER!!10/10/11
By T Hoops
This is the very best Kefir Starter bar none & I should know as I have been using it for 7 years. It cultures my raw, pasture raised milk to a sweet tart perfection. I can get seven generations from one packet and it will even culture my fresh raw cream to a delicious creme fraiche. My body's digestion works so well when I have my daily portions of kefir made with Body Ecology Kefir Starter.
Just started using it. First batch thickened but didn't sour much with raw cow's milk. Tastes delicious, like a custard.
Very Good, Very Good10/7/11
By Punchy McCloud
Very kefiry, very kefiry indeed!
I Love this product. Love the smoothies i make with it. I have lost 6 lbs this week10/6/11
This is a great product. I feel blessed to have found it. My sweet craving have disappeared. I have lost 6 Lbs . And feel more energetic.
Love the kefir...makes great smoothieswith added fruit and vegetables10/6/11
Easy to prepare ..make a new batch once a week. Use starter 6 more times.
We love this product!! I make the coconut water kefir and drink it with a little stevia. My kids love it too. They think it's a treat. :)
Best product on the market.....hands down!
I love this product. It is so easy to make and goes a long way. It's a great way to start the day.
went bad in shipping?9/25/11
In the heat of texas it gets pretty hot in the summer. The BED people told me that there stuff was fine with shipping here in the summer. I had been healing my gut over a period of 2 months. And bam out of nowhere I felt like I was back at square one and I didn't know why. Turns out I was slowly poisoning myself with a batch of cultured vegetables gone wrong. I tried to figure out why and just thought it was from too high of a fermentation temperature. But then I turned my temp in my house down to 73 degrees for two days and tried to ferment some water kefir, this made me incredibly sick too. Both of these starter cultures were sent to me in the same shipment of products....there was something wrong with the product! I wonder if others are getting sick from this too?
possibly Gluten intolerant9/20/11
I used this product in the past to improve my digestion. I am now using it to get my gut in health possibly Gluten intolerant. Thank you for this avalability.
I have used this product for 3 years. I have tried it with whole milk, low fat milk, coconut water (store bought) and almond milk. It was not until I made it with coconut milk (the Silk brand in the carton) that I was able to make a creamy, fizzy kefir. The other ones seemed to be flat with no fizz and I always wondered if they were working. I don't think I can digest milk, so I don't use milk at all anymore. I've used other kefir starters and they don't seem to work at all and aren't good quality. This one is the best and most cost-effective. Is it OK to make the kefir with coconut milk? I don't see it recommended anywhere in the book or online.
The kefir works great and makes Cultured foods so much more affordable. The Young Coconut Kefir took away my lifelong sugar cravings I always used to get at night.
I love the product, easy to use and makes me feel great
Coconut kefir was easy to make with this starter. Anyone who is serious about their health should be making and drinking this.
Love this product. I use the convenient kefir foil pack just once to make the starter kefir which then makes additional kefir up to 6 times from that starter. I make fresh kefir almost every week by adding already made kefir to fresh milk. Easy and fool proof. Its good to know the milk will be fermented properly.
I use if to make kefir and it seems to work fine.
I can always trust Donna's products. It's so easy to use and you can transfer your batches to make your box of Kefir starter go along way. I've been using this and the veggie starter for years.
First batch worked great. Delicious non-fat kefir. Working on second batch now!
I have only made coconut water kefir so far, but it is excellent and easy to make. I hope to experiment further using raw milk as soon as my health allows.
Made wonderful kefir with this product. You must watch your temps carefully though. Wish raw milk was more easily available.
A great product
Love it! Easy to use. Makes as described. Feel great when I'm using it! Thanks.
By Keifer Starter
Easy to use. Works as it describes. Would recommend to anyone who wants to be healthier, have more energy and become more regular!
Love the Kefir Starter8/30/11
Have been using the kefir and culture starters for years and love them. Very easy to use!
I really enjoy coconut water kefir an important part of my diet.
I liked it. It make awesome Coconut Kefir
Great tasting kefir8/28/11
This Kefir tastes so much better than the one from the store -- and is cheaper as well.
No S. thermophilus!8/25/11
I have used the Body Ecology kefir starter to make both coconut water kefir and goat milk kefir. Not only is it very convenient to use, I also appreciate that it does not contain the bacterial strain Streptococcus thermophilus (unlike the kefir found in stores).
Now on my 5th gallon of kefir. I never thought it would be so easy, taste so good, and help my health so much!
Have not noticed any results yet with my autistic son. Still proceeding.
Timely delivery of product8/21/11
Kefir starter was ordered in conjunction with young Thai coconut water, and had to be shipped separately. However, it arrived later the same day that the coconut water arrived. Shipping was fast and efficient.
Kefir Starter is the best8/20/11
I have tried several starters for my coconut water and they haven't worked very well. I'm back to Kefir Starter and it's the best product I've found.
first time using a packet for starting kefir, easy to use and make homemade kefir
The best probiotic 8/19/11
I love your Kefir starter! I have been putting it in coconut milk and using it daily. So glad I found you at David Wolfe's Longevity Conference : )
VERY GOOD PRODUCT8/19/11
I have been using Body Ecology Kefir for almost 10 years. It is a very good product. I love to be able to make my own Kefir. It is a lot more economical than purchasing the ready to drink Kefir in the stores. I feel better when I drink a glass of Kefir every day. I like the taste plain without any flavoring, but sometimes I will add fruit and ice to make a smoothie.
All in all, I think Kefir is a very good product and I am thankful I can purchase it at Body Ecology.
a good thing8/18/11
I use raw goat milk for this and mix it into my smoothies, delicious!
Usualy as advertized, ocasionaly milky.8/16/11
We enjoy the product and use it religeously. Ocasionaly we se get some batches that are like milk but normally thicker.
Very predictable results8/16/11
The kefir has a good flavor and I appreciate the predictable results.
You have to make a lot of kefir to get your money's worth!8/15/11
I love the Body Ecology diet. This is the first product I've purchased from the website. I wanted to make coconut kefir after reading about it in Donna Gates' book. I found the product easy to use, but was confused by the instructions. In Donna's book. she says coconut kefir lasts for three weeks and you only need to use 3 coconuts per packet. On the instructions in the kefir starter, it said coconut kefir lasts for three days and you need a case (9) coconuts per package. That's a lot of kefir! (And a lot of labor.) In order to get 7 batches of kefir from one packet, I figure you have to use at least three coconuts and start a new batch every 3 days, which is out of the question for me. I sent an email to the company asking for clarification on how long the product lasts and whether or not it can be frozen until I'm ready to make another batch and received no reply. I called the company and was told that the kefir must be used within 3 days to make a new batch, although the already-prepared batch would last for 3 weeks, and coconut kefir cannot be frozen until I'm ready for the next batch. I did enjoy the coconut kefir and will make more batches but will try to figure out a cheaper way once all the packets are used up.
Easy to use!8/15/11
Just made my first batch of kefir and this was so easy! Can't wait to try the finished product!
I used this with organic whole milk and it is soooo delicious, better then the organic brand kefir I used to buy at the store. I don't even have to add any flavoring to it since it is so creamy and delicious, plus the kids LOVE it:)!
Cut your Sweets cravings8/12/11
I have used Kefir starter to make my own coconut kefir and dair kefir. I have some every morning/night & after 24 hours I no longer craved sweet treats, breaded goods, or starches. Due to curbing my addiction to these foods, I have lost 5 pounds. I now crave its sour, tangy taste. I just made a new batch this morning of raw cow kefir.
Very easy to make your own kefir using this starter. I didn't have as much success using the kefir to make more kefir but that was because I mixed new milk with the kefir and then applied heat. I suspect the heat killed the kefir because it sank to the bottom of the pot so I suggest you add the kefir after you have reached 90F.
I use the kefir with young coconut juice. I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel when I drink the kefir and when I don't. It really helps my leaky gut!
I used Natural goats milk for my kefir starter...it is rather clumpy and a little difficult to drink ..but feel it is natural and healthy any suggestions?
I have made 4 batches of Kefir with raw milk. It is so easy and I know so good for me. I just add the recommended amount of kefir I previously made to new milk, leave for 24 hours and I have a whole new batch. It is easier than going to the health food store and better because I am using raw milk.
kefir starter kit8/4/11
I just tasted my first kefir and I don't know if it came out okay. The taste is supposed to be sour but it tastes more like a milk eventhough, one can see that it is fermented and looks almost like yogurt...The manual has very limited information so I don't know what to do...
I ordered the Kefir Starter to make Coconut Water Kefir. The directions were very easy to follow and I finished my first batch two days ago! Definitely looking forward to the reaping the amazing benefits found in this little box of Kefir Starter.
It is new to me and I don't know what to expect but I have been using it daily and I know that the pain in my stomach has gone from screaming to a dull roar.8/3/11
I am excited about the idea of making my own Kefir. I have been buying the grocery store version and liked it. Mine is much thinner but it tastes good and it doesn't bother my stomach like the store bought does. I am extremely excited that the pain in my stomach that I have had for years is quieting down.
Takes at least 48 hours to get a good fermentation with coconut water. I also wonder why it's only good for 7 generations.
i love the kefir starter. It is easy to use and makes great coconut water kefir and the kefir cheese. Great great culture starter.
Excellent product, easy to make. Kefir tastes great.
After reading Donna Gates' book "Body Ecology" I decided to add several new things into my diet -- one thing I've found easy to make ... especially with a busy schedule, is coconut water kefir. I love it, & enjoy a small glass at bedtime. Thank you.
It was so simple and exciting to make my own coconut kefir. At first I wasn't sure if the batch turned out well, but after a few extra days in the fridge, it tastes great! I'm hooked!
It gets the Coconut water in shape7/25/11
This starter gets my coconut water fermented fo I can have a nice dring in the morning and at bed time.
Great product & health benefits. . 7/23/11
Started using this for coconut kefir four years ago. I lost weight and I stopped getting bad colds/flus regularly. Shared this with friends who benefitted with improved complexion, healing from acid reflux and better sleep. I stopped for a while but now starting up again. Benefits vary from person to person - it's been helpful.
Easy to use. Delicious to drink.
like it a lot7/23/11
I have a hard time with doing your BED diet,
since I have to do it very strictly, it is hard for
me to get used to it, even tought I already eat
Giving up 1 cup coffe w/milk no bread, I am not crazy about the grains, I have terrible carb-
cravings. I do like kefir and fermented vegetables, which I make myself.
I wish you would mail your product Internationally. The one shop in England is very expensive.
Do you have your "Body Ecology Book in German? Thank You, Agnes
Product does not set up using coconut milk. Attempting to aviod dairy, but have only had results with whole milk.
The Kefir starter works great! Will be buying it again and again!
My kefir packet arrived on a scorching day in July. I put it in the fridge to cool it and defrosted my frozen coconut juice at the same time. I made coconut kefir and raw dairy kefir that night - I'm on my fifth batch since. Easy, delicious, strengthening and uplifting.
Easy to use7/13/11
Once I got the hang of it, it was easy to make my own cultured products.
Kefir is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and it is hard to find kefir starter! Body Ecology makes it easy to make your own kefir at home and nourish your family.
SIMPLE TO USE AND KEFIR TASTES GREAT!
By Taz Virk
I've just made my first Keifer with keifer starter
easy to make, better than store bought. Now I need some good recipes:)
Great product, love coconut water kefir. Just started, already feel better, can't wait for even more.
I have lost weight with your kefir and believe my health is so much better. People see me and ask what I am doing after only 3 months.
Love it. Thanks Donna.
Like the Kefir Starter7/12/11
I like the Kefir Starter. It is easy to make by that I mean it does not take long make compared to other brands.
Great product, easy to use7/12/11
Though it did take me a few tries to get it right, now my family and I are the lucky recipients of lime-mint, lemonade, cherry and coconut water kefirs, and creativity is the only limit. It really is very easy to use and the customer service was great. Highly recommended!
Great product, I always know my Kefir will turn out using this.
By Kefir lover
Great and easy to use probiotic to make Kefir yogurt or water!!
Very potent blend of probiotics I feel comfortable using and is easy to use.7/12/11
This blend of probiotics was too potent for my severe dysbiosis. The die off from toxins was too fast. I've had to switch to GI ProHealth Yogurt Starter for now, and plan to return to this when I can tolerate it.
By Liberian Butterfly
I started the Body Ecology Diet due to my candida problem. To my surprise it also cleared up my acne. Since coconuts are plentiful in tropical Africa I I've used Kefir starter and Veggie culture starter to make fermented coconut water and coconut kefir. OMG it's so delicious, I couldn't believe how tasty it was. Seriously, I was expecting it to be disgusting. I'm now hooked.
Great keifer starter, works much better than storebought brand7/11/11
Great keifer starter, works much better than my healthfood store bought brand,
I love it with coconut water
I use this product to make coconut kefir. I drink a glass 2 times a day to help with my leaky gut syndrome. I can tell a difference on my body when I drink the coconut water kefir versus not. I definitely recommend the kefir.
kefir starter review7/11/11
starter good, easy to use.
This is a repeat purchase for me. Good quality and a fair price
Even with 6 grandkids running around, I successfully made kefir twice! It is well worth the investment, BUT you need to have a family to drink all this will make at one time. My husband and I both drink it, but not this much!
Makes Great Coconut Kefir!7/11/11
By Sun Child
I just made my first batch of young Thai coconut kefir and it was very easy to use and made delicious coconut kefir! I can't wait to make the kefir with milk. I love the kefir because I can sip on it throughout the day and it is quite thereputic to have on an empty stomach. Has definitely helped my digestion (along with the cultured vegetables)!
The coconut kefir that I have been making with the Kefir Starter is wonderful! I drink a glass every day. Since I have been drinking the kefir and eating fermented cabbage, I don't have the sugar cravings anymore or alcohol craving. That said, I have lost weight which is a plus.