Body Ecology Starter Culture

Availability: In stock


Share: FB


An alternative to culturing vegetables with salt or whey. This starter culture can also be used to culture cream (dairy) to make cultured butter or crème fraèche.

Cultured Vegetable Starter contains the following beneficial bacteria: Lactic cultures (lactococcus species, leuconostoc specise, and lactobacillus species), glucose.

May contain trace amounts of dairy.

Each box contain 6 packets which can be used to make cultured vegetables, cultured butter, and crème fraîche.


Questions on Body Ecology Starter Culture

Sort by Descending

Items 11 to 20 of 20 total

per page
  1. 1
  2. 2
  • From Herby Irvine at 2/26/12 11:10 AM
    • Hi, Can BE starter culture be used in making Kvass.
    • Yes, you may use the BE starter culture when making kvass.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Grace Kellermann-McLean at 4/2/12 3:10 PM
    • Is this starter vegan?
    • The Body Ecology Starter Culture contains trace amounts of dairy.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Amy at 5/2/12 12:24 PM
    • Can I add some of this BE culture starter to my veggie fermenting using whey and salt, just to beef up the variety of bacterial strains? Or is it best to use this starter without whey? Thanks!
    • It is best to follow the instructions included with the culture. This is meant to be used in place of whey. Freeze-dried cultures are also compatible with salt for taste, crunch, and some mold protection.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Richard at 7/11/12 1:17 PM
    • How do you ship this product? I know it's temperature sensitive, so I was wondering if there's anything done to protect it during shipping.
    • Because it is freeze dried it will usually be just fine in the mail. We suggest that you watch the tracking and don't let it sit out in an overly hot mailbox or on the porch for too long though.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Jack at 9/5/12 12:29 PM
    • I would like to pickle some whole dill cucumbers. The directions for the culture starter do not address this usage, only for shredded vegetables. Can the culture starter be used to make whole dill pickles?
    • Yes. You should be able to use the same ratios to make whole dill pickles.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Rene at 12/28/12 12:37 AM
    • Are these packets reusable or are they just 1 time use?
    • Although it is quite common for people to reuse the starter, the acidic environment can be a little tough on the bacteria so we recommend using a fresh packet with each new batch.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Sarah at 2/7/13 10:02 PM
  • From Melissa at 2/9/13 7:18 PM
    • I have been putting folded cabbage leaves on top of my veggies to help hold them down in the brine (I use celery juice brine). When the veggies are through 'curing', some of the folded cabbage leaves have a little mold on top. Should these leaves be left in place or discarded before I store my jars of cultured veggies in the refrigerator? Or does it matter?
    • Usually fermenting enthusiasts discard any mold or veggies with mold on it, and continue fermenting or put their ferments into cold storage. I'd discard the leaves.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Marcia at 2/15/13 4:37 PM
  • From Venetia at 4/17/14 8:41 AM
    • This is the product used to make young coconut kefir, correct?
    • This product can be used for milk, coconut water, coconut milk, sugar water or juice.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No

Ask Your Own Question

Back to the product page

Write Your Own Review

You're reviewing: Body Ecology Starter Culture

How do you rate this product? *

  1 2 3 4 5

Customer Reviews

High quality but high price Review by Jim
This product works great but is pricey...would love to be able to buy it in a greater volume at a significant discount...100 or 200 gram jar, perhaps? (Posted on April 10, 2014)
Love this starter. Review by Sarah
I love this starter and always like to have some on hand if I can. I too like the taste of cultured vegetables that aren't too salty. Even though the price is somewhat high,I think it is well worth it. (Posted on April 6, 2014)
Interesting stuff Review by Eh?
Made a batch of cabbage using a packet of this culture and no salt whatsoever. It's good! We just each sprinkle salt to taste on our own serving. Nice to have home-fermented kraut that's not so salty. Works great in my fermenting crock. (Posted on March 24, 2014)
great for cultured vegetables Review by Mary
Works well for cultured vegetables, good instructions but i modified slightly (didn't make the brine - used water just to cover) and cultured quickly. (Posted on December 23, 2013)
View More Reviews >>

Free eBook Library Access & Weekly Newsletter

Sign up today for free access to our entire library of easy to follow eBooks on creating cultured foods at home, including Lacto-Fermentation, Kombucha, Kefir, Yogurt, Sourdough, and Cheesemaking.
  • Library of eBooks for making your own cultured foods
  • Weekly newsletter filled with tips & tricks
  • Expert advice articles, recipes, and how-to videos
  • Join 140,000+ other health-conscious readers
  • We never share your information!
first name last name email address