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
  • Instructions for using this culture may be found here
  • 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. 

 

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

 

Due to recent changes in manufacturing processes, the weight of the item that appears in the photo may differ from the actual weight of the item received.

Allergen Information:

Contains dairy. Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.


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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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Very good starter Review by Rich
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This starter worked as promised and makes excellent yogurt.
The price seemed high,but it lasts so well that the value is there for sure!

(Posted on 9/17/2014)

It's good... flavor it up! Review by jazzy
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It's good, starts up and sets easily. Just a tart yogurt to me. But not nearly as tart as others I've tasted...so not too bad. I just have a sweet tooth! ;) lol. Goes great with homemade strawberry jam mixed in. YUMMMMM!

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

A great family yogurt! Review by Lisbeth
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We used to use the freeze dried yogurt starter from the coop and buy a new box every week to make more. As a family of 4 who use yogurt daily for breakfast, smoothies, desserts, dressings and sauces, we go through about 1 gallon/week and it was getting too expensive. With the Bulgarian Yogurt we are able to use some from the last batch to start new it is saving us a lot of money. The whey from it is great too and even our daughter who didn't use to like yogurt is enjoying it. I drain the whey and use it for other things or drink it and the yogurt gets more creamy and thick - We love it!!

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

not impressed Review by regus
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I followed the instruction and the first batch would not make yougurt,so i had to throw away.I am trying the second pouch right now,i hope its gonna work,because it was expensive starter

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 9/12/2014)

excellent quality Review by returntobasics
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It's the first time I buy a yogurt starter so I was a little skeptical I'd get it right. I received two packets in the mail. I used one and I froze the second. I got some excellent tips online from a lady who's been making yogurt for years and she used this website's cultures. She gave some options for low tech yogurt makers, in case you don't have a real yogurt maker, which I don't: use a heating pad or the cooler method. I was gonna go for the cooler method, because it was very easy, but I couldn't find my cooler. I have to thank my back that I had a heating pad lol. I used 1 quart of whole milk (I believe it was Horizon, but later I made it with Stonyfield - you have to be careful which brand you use too) for one packet of cultures. I heated the milk to 160 F and let it cool to 110 F, just like it said in the instructions, put it in a jar with the cultures, covered with some towels, added the heating pad, more towels. Now, I had a heating pad that turns itself off every hour. You can imagine how determined I was, because for about 10 hours I kept coming back to the kitchen to turn the $@*% thing on! At the end of the 10 hours I checked the yogurt and it didn't look like it was done. Darn! I decided to give up and go to sleep (we're talking 1 am by now). Next morning, intent on throwing it away, I gave it one more look. Surprise! An awesome yogurt! I think I ate the whole jar that day (almost, I left 2 tablespoons to make more!). Now I'm making it every week and I graduated to 2 jars. I love it! I just suggest to start early morning if you have a heating pad like mine:(

(Posted on 9/1/2014)

Awesome starter Review by Aziem
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I've been making yogurt for about a year now and have always thought that buying this starter is a waste of money. However, after trying them for the first time (out of curiosity), I discovered that it tasted so great and I love that I can reuse the culture over and over again. What I do is when I finish making yogurt, I let the whole pot chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Then I spoon a bit of the finished product and put it in a small Tupperware in the freezer for my next batch. Before making my next batch, I thaw the starter completely and use it as usual. Just made my new batch with the frozen starter that was made 2 weeks ago and it turns out perfect! For those of you who worth about not being able to make yogurt every 7 days, do what I did! Love the product! I'm trying for the first time with 2% milk to make greek yogurt! :)

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

Good product Review by curds
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I was looking for a yogurt starter that would approximate the texture and flavor of South Indian yogurt (curds). This Bulgarian starter worked well. My South Indian mother-in-law was really impressed with the results and I am happy to finally have a culture that will keep on culturing! I had no trouble setting the yogurt and we have made about 12 batches so far and each has been excellent. While the 12.99 price tag gave me pause, it will save us a lot of money over time, both by eliminating the need to continually purchase the starters that don't last and by the money we save making our own yogurt instead of purchasing yogurt at the store, which is not cheap. Seems worth the cost in the end.

(Posted on 8/29/2014)

Awesome! Review by Kathy
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I have been making yogurt for a long time now, usually using store bought Balkan yogurt for my starter. The result has been acceptable but, for some reason, somewhat slimey! This starter produced an amazingly delicious and thick yogurt much like the ones bought at store. It also produced the next batch beautifully. Love it!

(Posted on 8/28/2014)

As Advertized, but Pricey Review by Claire
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My starter batch too, was runny, but like others I talked to Customer Service and my second batch was much better. My third batch is creamy and a great consistency. I put in powdered skim milk for extra thickness and the calcium boost. However, I travel and will not always be able to make a new batch within a week, so I am concerned that this may become a very expensive undertaking if I have to make a new starter every time I return.

(Posted on 8/15/2014)

Tangy, a Delicious Yogurt Review by Kate
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I received my shipment very promptly and made one batch using the instructions enclosed. As expected, the first batch was liquid. However, the batch made with part of the first one as starter turned out perfect. Tangy flavor, better than store bought and consistency of what is available from Stonyfield Farms. I want to share it with everyone I know!

(Posted on 8/2/2014)

Great product Review by Gene
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I'm into my fifth batch and so far it's been everything I was hoping for!!! The taste is fantastic. Batch time is about six hours. I used another brand a while ago and liked it until I tried this one, not knocking the other one but yours has at least to me a cleaner taste.
I also purchased the Viili and Piima, I haven't used them yet but when I do I will review them. Thanks for a great product.
Gene

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

Great starter Review by Suz
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When I made the first batch with the starter it was a bit runny and I was disappointed. By the time I had made my third batch I realized that this is the best yogurt ever! It is so smooth and creamy. A great buy, I am really pleased with my purchase and hope to try other starters as well. Was happy you also sent an extra packet.

CFH note ~ For maximum shelf life, store the backup packet in the freezer.

(Posted on 7/30/2014)

Wonderful! Review by Lulu
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My yogurt turned out perfect. It is delicious. I saved a 1/2 cup to make another delicious batch tomorrow.

(Posted on 7/30/2014)

Best ever for taste, texture, and consistent reculturing Review by Candlefoot
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The first time I made yogurt with this powdered culture (Bulgarian), I thought it wouldn't work because it wasn't setting. I went back to this site and read comments from others, and then waited the maximum time (in yogurt machine with small jars). Suddenly, it set. Now, when I use it to make a new batch, it sets faster than any yogurt I've ever made. The texture is like custard and the taste delicate. I love it. Thank you. (I'm eating some now with homemade cranberry-apple sauce.)

(Posted on 7/18/2014)

Love this product Review by Ann
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I've been making yogurt for quite a while but with a different starter brand. It could only be used for one or two batches. Your Bulgarian yogurt heirloom starter is just what the doctor ordered as I can use it continually. It didn't work out very well with the first few batches but watching your excellent instructional video cleared up the problem and now the yogurt quality is wonderful. Now it's unnecessary to keep spending money to buy starter.

(Posted on 7/13/2014)

One packet worked one did not Review by Nikki
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The first packet of starter did not take. The second packet 4 out of 6 jars took. I follwed the directions exactly. The yogurt that did take was very good and delicious. I am using the last jar of yogurt to start a new batch today. Hopefully it takes as well.

CFH Response: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 7/11/2014)

Great Review by Patricia
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I just started culturing yogurt at home. Loved the product although I followed the directions to the T, I cant seem to make it thicker like a Greek yogurt. It still tastes great, and my family loves it.

(Posted on 6/10/2014)

Great yogurt Review by GinM
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I think that the price is a little bit high for the starter. The quality was great though. We love the yogurt.

(Posted on 6/9/2014)

Great Yogurt! Review by maravill
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I am only on my third batch of yogurt but so far it has been perfect. The starter batch did not set but after talking to customer service. I went ahead and made another batch using the unset starter. It has turned out great since.

(Posted on 6/8/2014)

Excellent Yogurt! Review by SteveF
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I have always been a fan of the heirloom Bulgarian yogurt culture and this one is spot on. It is tart and refreshing, reliable and simply delicious.

I used this at first with store bought milk but have located raw milk and now use that. I get a very custard-like product by adding 3/4 to 1 C. of non-fat dry milk while heating the milk. This would work in store milk, too.

Kudos to Cultures for Health for providing a wonderful, authentic product. Cultured foods are truly a gift to the family that keeps on giving.

(Posted on 5/22/2014)



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