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 Alisha at 5/15/2013 11:27 AM
    • Do you only use the starter mix to make more yogurt or can you eat it too? Also can you freeze the starter to use later?
    • You use the starter culture to make your pasteurized dairy "mother" culture batch...you will reserve part of her to make a new mother within 7 days (so you can have ongoing yogurt making capabilities without having to continually buy a new culture) and the rest to make your yogurt you'll consume in the upcoming week. As long as you have saved a portion of the mother to make a new mother, the rest can certainly be consumed.

      Freezing the starter can be done for 2-3 weeks, but the viability will be about 70%. The sooner you use the starter, the better. The longer it sits in the freezer the less likely you will be able to self-perpetuate it.
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  • From Zach at 10/14/2013 3:51 PM
    • Am I able to make this yogurt in the oven just by having the oven light on and the oven door closed? Or do I need to set a temperature on the oven. Thanks!
    • If your oven with the light on is able to maintain 110ºF or if you have a setting that goes as low as 110ºF on your oven, you can certainly use that. We recommend confirming temperature whenever culturing. You can do that by placing a jar of 110ºF water for the normal culturing period to see if it holds the correct temperature.
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  • From V at 10/30/2013 10:10 PM
    • Can the activation of a Bulgarian starter take longer than 12 hours? What is the maximum number of hours recommended to incubate the starter culture?
    • 12 hours is the maximum time to allow your starter batch to culture. Longer culturing times can damage the bacteria.
      Occasionally we see a starter batch not set. If the yogurt is still runny after 12 hours, but smells pleasant, allow it to cool for 2 hours and then refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Use this yogurt to start your second batch according to the package instructions. This batch should set beautifully.
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  • From RobertH at 3/27/2014 10:03 PM
    • Can you freeze a portion of the Bulgarian yogurt and use it as a starter at a later date? Thanks.
    • A small amount of yogurt can be frozen for 2-3 weeks, with a 70% chance of viability. Because the bacteria will degrade over time, we recommend freezing 3 to 4 times the amount you will require to make a new batch and limiting freezing to no more than a few weeks.
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  • From PJ at 5/30/2014 2:48 PM
  • From Diane at 6/6/2014 5:28 PM
    • I'd like to buy the Bulgarian culture but am quite sure I would not want to make one batch of 7 jars after another. Is there a way to keep the starter healthy if it's not being used? Could I just stick it in the fridge?
    • You can keep a "pure" pasteurized dairy mother culture in the fridge, and make sure to reculture a new mother from which to make more yogurt within 7 days. No need to have to make a new batch of yogurt right after a batch.
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  • 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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  • From sarah at 8/4/2014 12:38 AM
  • 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 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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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)

wonderful product Review by LaDonna
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This culture is 100% better than the store brand. My yogurt was really runny but this culture gave creamy great tasting firm yogurt.

(Posted on 1/1/2015)

Excellent culture Review by Maria
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I recently made my first batch of the heirloom Bulgarian yogurt from this starter, and it turned out perfectly). It was easy to make from the directions included, but I also benefited from consulting with the chat service on this site, as I was using raw milk and wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly. I heated my raw milk to 180 and cooled to 115, and cultured the yogurt in my gas oven with the pilot light. It was thick and creamy in 5 hours, and has a delicious flavor and consistency. It will be hard to choose which I like better, now, Greek or Bulgarian. Guess I will just have to alternate between the two!

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Customer service rocks Review by gari
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Anita in customer service supported me through my initial activating, which I thought wouldn't culture [due to operator error of impatience, lack of ability to follow instructions + not warm enough]. It did set up, just took longer. Since then consistently rich and delicious. Wanting to limit carbs, I use half&half, so this is about the richest yogurt imaginable. I tried using full cream and there was a lot of separation, so a certain amount of lactose is needed. My Cuisinart slow cooker happens to keep a constant temperature of 110 degrees on WARM. How convenient is that?

(Posted on 12/14/2014)

First time's a charm! Review by Willow
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I had never made yogurt before--nor had I ever been around anyone who did--but this was super easy (even without a yogurt maker--which is totally unnecessary actually). My husband and I like the flavor of the yogurt (I used whole, raw milk). Every time my husband has some, he says, "That is some GOOD yogurt!" Love how fresh it is. Set up nicely.

(Posted on 12/14/2014)

Love this yogurt culture! Review by Beth
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I am glad I finally bought yogurt culture from Cultures for Health. The directions are detailed and helpful. I have tried making yogurt in the past with other cultures, but with no lasting success! I appreciate the ebooks which were especially helpful with some minor questions I had. I look forward to trying Kefir next as well as different varieties of yogurt cultures.

(Posted on 12/5/2014)

Fantastic starter Review by cchris
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When I first got this starter, I somehow missed the 1 quart milk part, so I dumped the package into almost 2 quarts of non-homogenized organic free-range whole milk. I cultured it for 24 hours at around 105 F (have to do that so that so no lactose is left). It set beautifully and tasted great. Since then I've been making yogurt every few days, always with great results.

Our favorite smoothie recipe right now: 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 very ripe banana (brown spots), a few pieces of pineapple and sometimes a little honey.

CFH Note ~ A little information on the benefits and perils of long culturing periods with heirloom yogurt starters: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/benefits-perils-long-culturing-time-yogurt

(Posted on 12/4/2014)

Love this yogurt, firm, dependable, the best! Review by NJAYNES
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Bought this starter last year and used it easily for months, then allowed it to go bad by neglect for awhile. Now that Mom is nearby, I bought this starter again to make for us. She is 89 and still going strong! This is GOOD yogurt!

(Posted on 11/29/2014)

Best yoghurt starter I've found! Review by Purplesprite
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This Bulgarian starter makes the best yoghurt! Ever since I moved to the US a decade ago I have missed 'proper' yoghurt. The yoghurt I can make with this starter is better then any of the very expensive gourmet yoghurts in stores. I have friends who ask to taste my yoghurt every time they come over!

I had similar experiences with activating the starter and was concerned about how it would turn out. But turn out it did! And every batch seems to get better and better. It is mild, with a definite cultured/yoghurt taste, rich, and thick. I use small jars in the Euro cuisine yoghurt maker. And I usually (though not always) pour off some of the whey that rises to the top.

This yoghurt is absolutely delicious!

(Posted on 11/16/2014)

*Adore* this starter. Review by Heather
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The Bulgarian yogurt starter is, in a word: phenomenal. This was my first attempt at making yogurt, and I'm obsessed.

My starter batch, as is noted as a possibility in the FAQs, didn't fully set up, but my subsequent batches using that starter batch have been absolutely gorgeous. The flavor of the Bulgarian is like a tangy ice cream. It's so good. I just want to make buckets and buckets of it each week.

The process is simple as long as you have a food thermometer and a way to incubate your yogurt. Once you've set your appropriately heated and cooled milk of choice with the starter mixed in it to incubate it's hands-off. I usually set mine to incubate just before I go to bed and then it's all done in the morning.

This product is fantastic. I'm so glad I took a leap and tried it.

(Posted on 11/12/2014)

Great Product! Review by Arlene
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I have tried making yogurt in the past without much success. I have a simple yogurt maker and thought I would give it another try. I saw your product on Pinterest while searching recipes. I was skeptical, but your instructions and the process was quite simple. My biggest concern was getting a suitable milk to use. I live in MD., where it is illegal to sell raw milk. I was able to find milk at my local grocery store that was cheap and worked just fine. I am on my forth batch on the first packet and each time is better than the last. I can now use yogurt all the time without breaking my budget. Plus, it tastes so much better in texture and taste. Your info on your website is very helpful. Thanks!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)

Great product! Review by Arlene
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I have tried to make yogurt in the past without much success. I have a simple yogurt making machine and just wanted to try it again. I saw your products on Pinterest while looking for some recipes and it sounded like I should try again. The biggest obstacle seemed to be getting the right type of milk. I can't get raw milk, live in MD., illegal to sell it, so I found alternatives right at my grocery store. I was skeptical, but tried it. It came out great. I am on my fourth batch from the 1st packet and each time is better than the time before. The taste and texture is far superior to anything store bought, even organic ones. I use it in everything and it saves me a bundle. I still have the other packet in the freezer. Would definitely buy again. Easy to make, saves me money, use it more often and your info on your site is VERY helpful. Thanks!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)



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