Giveaway: Milk Kefir Starter Kit from Hobby Hill Farm Fresh

February 9, 2016

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Friends! After a month-long break, the giveaway is back! This week, I’m featuring the Milk Kefir Grains Starter Kit from the nice folks at Hobby Hill Farm Fresh. The kit contains a small packet of milk kefir grains, a small plastic strainer (kefir grains don’t like metal), and an instruction booklet. Once you activate the grains, they can be recultured repeatedly and can produce up to 1 quart of kefir per day.

milk kefir grains - Food in Jars

When you open up a packet of kefir grains, you’ll find a small number of dried yellow nubbins, packaged in dried milk. To wake them up, you combine them with 1 cup of pasteurized (but not ultra-pasteurized) milk, cover the jar with something breathable, and let them sit for 24 hours.

Milk Kefir - Food in Jars

Give the grains fresh milk every day, until the milk begins to separate into curds and whey. Once that happens, you can start to increase the amount of milk you’re culturing and the kefir is ready for drinking, baking, and flavoring. The best way to keep kefir grains happy is to regularly give them fresh milk for culturing!

Hydrated Milk Kefir Grains - Food in Jars

For more information on making milk kefir and what to do with it, I recommend checking out this post on Phickle.

I have one of these Milk Kefir Grains Starter Kits to giveaway! Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite way to use kefir. When I was a kid, we always had a quart in the fridge for smoothies and quick breakfasts!
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, February 13, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Hobby Hill Farm Fresh is providing the starter kit for this giveaway at no cost to me. They are a site sponsor and a valued Food in Jars partner. However, all opinions expressed in this post are mine. 

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128 thoughts on "Giveaway: Milk Kefir Starter Kit from Hobby Hill Farm Fresh"

  • I’ve only tried store-bought versions and based on that packaging always assumed kefir was just a beverage. I had no idea it had so many other uses!

  • Husband and I have only had water kefir…this summer we were making so much and just drinking it. It replaced our sodas! We’ve never tried milk kefir but we both want to!

  • We absolutely love kefir but organic kefir is so expensive that it’s outside my reach for a regular part of our diet. What a great giveaway.

  • I use commercial kefir in my breakfast smoothie every day. I would love to try making it myself, reducing my dependence on the commercial product.

  • Without a doubt, hands down- Kefir is the best with raspberries, no sugar. It basically tastes like raspberry cheesecake, the Kefir adds a sour’ish dairy flavor similar to cream cheese, and the raspberries add a lovely floral/fruity flavor.

    -Another great fruit is Mango, which is similar to Mango Lassi.

    -Cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla makes a nice horchata flavor.

    But generally I consume it plain… mostly because the turnover rate is so quick with Kefir it’s hard to keep up with blending fruits/flavors.

  • I would love to try making kefir for smoothies. I currently make kombucha every week and love trying new cultured foods!

  • I’ve always just purchased it and drank it straight, I love it that way. But it does get expensive, so doing it myself would be something I’d love to have a go at.

  • I love kefir, especially to put on my oatmeal or to use in smoothies. I love that it’s almost naturally lactose free!

  • I’ve actually never tried Kefir for anything but drinking, but I love the idea some have commented about putting it in my oatmeal!

  • Hi, I have no idea what kefir is. Till today. Where has this been all my life?! Anyway, the best way to do something new, is both feet in! Would love to win, but won’t be hurt if someone else who already has a slight kefir addiction gets in on the gravy train. Thanks for the chance.

  • I didn’t even know you could use Kefir for other things besides drinking in yogurt! I would definitely try it in oatmeal.

  • We use it in smoothies and I use it in baking quite often too. We have a simple kefir pancake recipe that is great for when I have an excess built up. I like having it on hand!

  • I only recently started drinking store-bought kefir, and I love it! Making my own seems like a great next step. I also started using kefir in my overnight oats, which is delicious.

  • I’ve actually never had it, but I’ve made my own yogurt and it seems like it could be used like a very loose yogurt. I’d probably mix it with granola or just dunk graham crackers in it for breakfast or a snack. Or make post-workout smoothies.

  • I love to use it as the base for my smoothies. I buy a lot of commercially prepared kefir, but never considered making my own!

  • I’ve never had it, but have heard wonderful things about it for years. Not sure what I would do with it, but you can be sure I’d try everything at least once.

  • I love making flaky, kefir biscuits as well as mile high pancakes! (Use kefir just like you would buttermilk – it makes an excellent substitution!)

  • I never had kefir until just a few years ago, now I love it, and so does my son!
    I love drinking it as part of my breakfast.

  • I have only had kefir when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan. It was a new experience.

    I find it interesting that it is now so popular here. I would like to try making it.

  • I love to drink it plain, or in smoothies. For some reason my body rested very badly to water kefir, but I love milk kefir.

  • I like to drink it plain, and I sometimes add a little sugar and rosewater for an eastern flavor swing. I’ve also considered trying it out as a buttermilk or yogurt substitute in baked goods, marinades, and dressings.

  • I don’t have any kefir grains currently, but have been wanting to get some again. We mostly used kefir in smoothies.

  • I haven’t made Kefir yet. I know I like to drink whey (in my cocktails), so I think I’d like kefir too. I would also like to make it so I would have a starter for other fermented goodies. My latest thing I’d like to try making with kefir as a starter is fruit sauce and soda( thanks for suggesting phickle ).

  • Recently, I’ve been thinking about making kefir so this would be a great way to start! I’d like to use it smoothies

  • I am new to the wonders of kefir and am buying it at the health food store. I would love to make my own and this fantastic! I usually some every day for my stomach problems, which are being helped by it, and use it in my overnight oats. Plan on doing a lot more with it, if I can make my own. Gets a little pricey to keep buying these bottles! Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Can’t say that I have ever tried Kefir. I am definitely going to try this. I love milk., What’s there to lose. As the express goes, “It’s a win, win.”

  • A couple of years ago, I was having horrible digestive issues after a result of rounds of antibiotics to help with an infection as a result of spider bites. (Oh, but spiders don’t bite, my doctor told me–I disagree!) Anyway, my diet was severely limited as to what I could eat until I started a regime to get my gut into better health. Kefir–drank cold and straight from the glass–was one of those things that got my digestive issues a thing of the past. I still drink it today and I’m happy to say that I’m much better!

  • My mom started me drinking kefir when she was diagnosed with cancer last fall and wanted to make some changes in her diet pre-chemo. I was skeptical but I’m really loving it. I like it on crunchy cereal with frozen fruit. Or granola and fruit. A bit like a crunchy smoothie? I would love a starter kit to make my own. 🙂

  • Like most I make it into smoothies, primarily blueberry. I love the yogurt I’m now making, so kefir seems like a natural next step. Fingers crossed…

  • I am a big fan of Kefir…..my German “Oma” started me on it as a young child. I love it w/granola, as is, as a marinade, in fruit salads and many more?

  • I don’t favorite way yet because I’ve never used it! But it sounds great, and the link has several good ideas in addition to just drinking it.

  • Smoothies for the win! I should find other ways as well because we don’t tolerate milk well unless it’s kefir or yogurt.

  • I haven’t made kefir in so long and would love to get some grains going again! Back when I was making it regularly, I didn’t know much about what to do with it other than drinking it straight. These are such great ideas, I want to try it again!

    When my grains would reproduce where I couldn’t keep up with all of them, I’d feed them to my dog. She loved them, but, alas, is no longer with us.

  • I’ve never had kefir. I would want to try to make it out of goat’s milk. But my kids would probably use it for smoothies or instead of regular milk for cereal.

  • I would love to begin making my own Kefir every day! I am currently interested in adding more fermented foods to my daily diet, and this is certainly one of my favorite products! I would feel so good knowing that the cultures are real and active, unlike those is the store bought variety.Also, I would feel so great about saving money and time by making my own!

  • My favorite way to use Kefir (if I must pick one way) is to add it to my homemade mayonnaise and other sauces to culture them.

  • Mostly in smoothies so far, but I’ve been inspired by someone who made a form of ice cream from them that was delicious.

  • I am not a fan of kefir myself (although the kefir sour cream sounds interesting) but my son LOVES it. would love to try making it myself rather than pay supermarket rates for it.

  • I’ve never tried it, but I’m always willing to try something new. And I feel like it could be a good alternative to plain milk on cereal, since I’m already a fan of yogurt on cereal/granola for breakfast or a snack.