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Bulgarian Yogurt Starter

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Our Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture is the creamiest of the thermophilic heirloom yogurts. It can be re-cultured indefinitely. Thick, rich, and mild, this is the closest to commercial “European Style” yogurt. 

  • Each box contains 2 packets of yogurt starter
  • Activate 1 packet using 1 quart pasteurized milk; store 2nd packet in the freezer as a back-up
  • Cultures at 110ºF using a yogurt maker or other appliance
  • This culture is also suitable for use with raw dairy milk or non-dairy milk, with special care.
  • The mild flavor of Bulgarian Yogurt makes it a great base for dips, dressings, or other recipes using yogurt.  


Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting: 


Ingredients: Organic milk, live active bacteria (L. BulgaricusS. Thermophilus).

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life: Our Bulgarian starter culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture. The starter keeps 

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 9 months unopened
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12 months unopened

 

Allergen Information:

Manufactured in a facility that also produces products made with gluten and dairy.


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  • From Shona Bakir at 2/25/2015 9:41 PM
    • This item says that it is perishable but then it claims that it's shelf life in room temperature is 3-4 months? I am very confused, can you please help?
    • Some starters have a shorter shelf life at room temperature than others so all of our starters are noted as perishable. We recommend freezing yogurt starters to maximize the shelf life.
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  • From Forgetfulfreda at 2/23/2015 12:57 PM
  • From Miri at 12/30/2014 11:59 PM
    • What are the strains of bacteria in the yogurt culture? I ask because I follow the SCD diet and have been advised to stay away from bifidus. Thanks!
    • The bacteria in the Bulgarian Yogurt Starter are: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus. You will find a list of all of our yogurt starters with details (including bacteria) on this page: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-a-yogurt-starter-culture
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  • From debie at 12/22/2014 1:42 AM
  • From Sharyn at 12/1/2014 3:15 PM
    • My yogurt maker will make 2 qts at a time, which I like to do as I buy fresh whole (grassfed) milk. Do I need to use 2 culture starter packets to make 2 qts or will 1 packet do it?
    • To activate your Bulgarian starter, you must follow the instructions and use 1 quart of milk for the one packet. It is not formulated to ferment more than 1 quart, and you must only do 1 packet at a time. Later when your mother culture has been successfully activated, you can then take the recommended amounts of starter from her to make up to 2 quarts of yogurt (2-3 Tablespoons culture per 1 quart milk).
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  • From Krista at 10/12/2014 10:46 PM
    • If I use powdered milk to thicken my yogurt, can I still use a bit from that batch as my starter to make my next batch? Or will adding the thickener cause the yogurt to not be a suitable starter culture for my next batch? Thank you for all the great info.
    • Powdered milk can be used as a thickener for yogurt that will be re-cultured. Some other thickeners such as gelatins and starches may affect re-culturing.
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  • From Bob at 9/12/2014 3:03 PM
    • How long can the finished yogurt remain at room temperature and still be safe to eat? I cultured the yogurt for 8 hours and forgot to put it in the fridge for about 12 hours.
    • Conservatively speaking, 3 to 6+ hours is what we recommend for a finished yogurt culture to be sitting out at room temperature as safe to consume. It may be that your yogurt is fine, even after being out for 12 hours, but always use your best judgment by smelling, looking, and even taste testing if it smells/looks ok!
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  • From Eve at 9/8/2014 9:13 AM
    • Has this Bulgarian starter been genetically modified? I've researched and it appears that LB Bulgaricum, direct from Bulgaria, is the only starter that is untainted. Can you clarify this for me? Thanks!
    • No, this starter has not been genetically modified. All of our products are GMO-free.
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  • From sarah at 8/4/2014 12:38 AM
  • From Dawn at 7/21/2014 10:06 AM
    • Do you have to keep making yogurt weekly to keep your mother batches safe to use? I'm assuming they mold and go bad after a time. How long does your "set aside" yogurt for making the next batch actually keep/stay safe to use? Thanks.
    • Reusable (Heirloom) cultures should be made every 5 to 7 days to ensure that the bacteria is strong enough to culture subsequent batches.
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It doesn't get better than this! Review by Elly
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I am making awesome raw yogurt with my Bulgarian Yogurt Starter from Cultures for Health. I thought it would be cumbersome to use raw milk, but it turned out to be easy, once I had the routine down. And the directions on this site are spot on and easy to follow. I do use 1 tsp. of Great Lakes Gelatin per 4 cups of milk, to enhance the thickness. This is the best!

(Posted on 4/1/2015)

Did not reculture well Review by Rebecca
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I've been making yogurt for years and was attracted to this because the description claimed that I could reuse it over and over. The first batch turned out beautifully. The second generation of that batch also was perfect. The third generation turned out clumpy and clotted. We're still eating it, because it tastes alright, but I'm quitting after that one. I'll make the other packet and see if there is a difference but I'm very disappointed by this purchase.

CFH Note: It is important to contact Customer Support when you experience problems. It sounds like the culture is working, you're getting a good flavor but there are a few issues that can impact the texture. Make sure that you're making a new batch within 5 to 7 days, don't heat the milk too quickly and test the temperature of your yogurt making method. Reusable yogurt cultures are more sensitive to temperature issues and you need to maintain a consistent temperature between 105° and 112° for the duration of the culturing process.

(Posted on 3/28/2015)

Great Flavor Review by SmokedGouda
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Great Bulgarian flavor. I found that this yogurt is a tiny bit too thin for my liking, but I've tweaked that with longer fermenting times and by holding the milk at 170 degrees (f) for 15 minutes before I cool it down and add starter. This evaporates some of the moisture.

(Posted on 3/26/2015)

my go-to starter Review by merry
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We are new to yogurt-making. I purchased the Bulgarian starter along with the Euro Cuisine yogurt machine, and successfully made a batch of yogurt using grass-fed cows milk. Because we weren't eating it quickly, I put part of it into the freezer, and the next time I made yogurt, my first batch had remained in the freezer longer than suggested to use as starter for the next batch. So, I used the second packet of Bulgarian starter. That batch turned out great, and we used it to make our next batches. The yogurt in the freezer? I used it to replace the buttermilk in the most delicious, tender biscuits I have ever eaten! I'm also using yogurt in pancakes - so tender and delicate! Yum! We are enjoying making healthful yogurt - my husband eats it daily with a teaspoon of fruit spread mixed in. I initially had a bit of sticker shock, but with careful planning, it's possible to make one package be used as culture for yogurt for many, many batches of creamy yogurt! I have since purchased a second box to have on hand in my freezer. CFH has wonderful customer service, and they have very patiently answered my many, many questions about yogurt making. Love it!

(Posted on 3/25/2015)

Wonderful - delicious!! Review by Kathy
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A lovely creamy yogurt. My college student takes it back with her to keep in her dorm refrigerator. Easy to make with the Yogotherm.

(Posted on 3/24/2015)

The Real Stuff Review by Bill
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Many, many batches from one packet.

(Posted on 3/23/2015)

First time user Review by LDJJ
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I've made yogurt in the past using store bought yogurt as the starter. And I've had success, but I was never happy with the taste or thickness. I've drained it to make it thicker, but still didn't have the flavor I was looking for.

I purchased the Bulgarian starter after reading the description and reviews. The main thing that drew me to it was that the flavor was reminiscent of European yogurts, which I have had on trips and love.

I actually used 1 cup of half and half (not ultra pasteurized) and 3 cups of whole milk with my batch and absolutely love how it came out. It has the flavor and creaminess that I was looking for.

I did have a bit of a panic moment when I checked it at the 5 hour point and it did not look set at all. I walked away and gave my prayers to the yogurt gods and at 8 hours in was completely set and wonderful. I will be straining some for yogurt cheese and other uses, but I am in love with this yogurt. Thank you so much!

(Posted on 3/22/2015)

Lovely taste Review by Jynae
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This is my second yogurt starter from this site and I love both. The first two batches were runny but since then it's made lovely, smooth yogurt with a nice tart taste.

(Posted on 3/10/2015)

Dependable Review by Michael
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I ordered the Bulgarian culture six weeks ago and make at least 12 quarts of yogurt each week. I always reserve a pint to add to the next batch of one gallon whole milk and one quart of half and half. I remove the pint from the refrigerator and let it warm up on the counter over the dishwasher while washing the Ball jars. The culture does extremely well and is dependable for my twice a week preparation. I prep the quart mason jars with the mixture and let them cozy up in my Brod and Taylor proofing box at 110 degrees for seven hours. I have strained a batch to make Greek style yogurt but found I like a little whey in my yogurt. The culture solidifies well and has just the right amount of tanginess without being overwhelmingly sour. I'm extremely pleased with the finished result which is excellent with frozen blueberries and Splenda sprinkled on top.

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

Great service wonderabout refrigration of product-nothing on box Natto culture was the product. Review by Erwin
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nothing about storing product dark dry place refrigerator?

CFH note: The first bullet item under "Before You Get Started" section includes instructions for storing the backup packet in the freezer. The starter is fine at room temperature for 3 to 4 months but freezer storage maximizes the shelf life (12 mo +).

(Posted on 3/3/2015)

Bulgarian Yogurt starter Review by Christina
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This yogurt turned out wonderful! Super yummy and creamy.

(Posted on 3/2/2015)

Most Delicious yogurt I've ever had Review by Ally
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Made two batches of yogurt using this heirloom product and the Euro yogurt maker. Came out perfect - creamy and mild. Perfect!

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

Love it! Review by Tamara
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This makes a lovely thick, fresh, tart yogurt that if drained is a perfect substitute for sour cream and a lovely yogurt cheese. I really want to make a cheese cake with it!

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

Love it Review by Lily
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I LOVE this Bulgarian yogurt starter as the taste of the yogurt reminds me of my childhood.
I am from Bulgaria and believe it or not it is impossible to find in the stores, the authentic sour taste of the real Bulgarian yogurt anywhere, any more. My family eats yogurt everyday and my 15 months old truly loves it, plain or mixed with some fresh fruit. I use 1 gallon of milk every week to make a new batch and it turns out great tasting every time. So happy with this purchase!

(Posted on 2/12/2015)

Great! Review by Beth
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Great product! I have used it for months and love it! Thanks!

(Posted on 2/8/2015)

Loved It!!!!! Couldn't be Happier Review by Lee
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Lovely Taste Consistency and easy to make!!!!!!!

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

best culture ever Review by JanSin
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Absolutely love this culture. We use it for both regular and greek yogurt. IT TASTES AMAZING. Very creamy, mild, yet delicious. Best yogurt I've ever had. We've been making it for about a year, and the culture is still very strong.

Since my family eats so much (and I also make sourdough), I decided to invest in the Brod & Taylor Bread Proofer.

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/brod-taylor-folding-proofer.html

Now we can make massive amounts at one time. I just made 3 liters, which turns into about 1.5 liters of greek yogurt. Gone in 2 days with my family of 4. But you could make a lot more in the proofer if you like, which I will do next time.

If you do get the proofer, I highly recommend the extra shelf. Makes bread making easier.

(Posted on 1/27/2015)

Great results over time Review by Abdi
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This has produced delicious yogurt for us using a yogurt maker. Disclaimer: The only thing I can compare it to is that we first tried using a store-bought yogurt as starter; we haven't tried other cultures, but this yielded MUCH better tasting yogurt than the store-bought brand. I should note that it took a couple of batches to "get going"; I'm not sure whether we were getting the hang of it or the culture was getting "broken in," but the first couple of batches had a thinner consistency and were more prone to separation, and then from the third batch on the results were impeccable.

(Posted on 1/15/2015)

great money saver! Review by culturinginTexas
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I love this product! I have been using it for about a month and it is a very great yogurt culture. Everyone in my family loves the taste of the yogurt, and best of all, we are saving tons of money. We live in a rural community and organic plain whole milk yogurt is hard to find. Even when we go to the city, it is typically 3.50/quart. With this culture we are able to make it for 1.75/quart. Thanks so much! I heartily recommend this product!

(Posted on 1/8/2015)

Great Yogurt!!!!!!!! Review by Lee
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I love this yogurt been making it every week......creamy and wonderful....with the exception of the first batch..... but the instructions said it might not set as well...... every batch since has been creamy and wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Plan on trying the Greek Yogurt some time soon!!!!!!!!!!

(Posted on 1/5/2015)



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