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 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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  • 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 PJ at 5/30/2014 2:48 PM
  • 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 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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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)

Was scared to begin, but now love my yogurt! Review by Cindy
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I chose Bulgarian yogurt starter, because I wanted to make as close to store bought, as possible. I have made 2 batches with Kalona whole milk. It is the closest to RAW milk and low temperature pasteurized. When my chili is cooled, I top it off with the fresh yogurt, Yum. I mix Xylotol and some strawberries/or granola, and mom thinks she has pudding!

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

Good culture Review by toddcady
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Reading these reviews should be a first stop for everyone buying the culture. First time making it was much too sour. It took 5 hours to set using Organic Whole Pasturized milk, then the next time came out more like Kefir. When the culture didn't set the third time, I refrigerated it, then warmed it back up and it set. A little grainy. I tried switching to a local farmers whole milk, but it wasn't homogenized, and I did end up with hard, almost crystallized bits in and amongst the rest of the yogurt. Switching back to the first brand has resulted in creamy, not as sour yogurt that sets well. I've got one starter packet remaining, and I hope it is good when I need it. Love the yogurt! Making dips, smoothies, dressings and desserts with it.

(Posted on 11/1/2014)

yummy Review by tuna
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I like this yoghurt very much. It is rich and creamy on the palate and is more subtle, more complex, than commercial yoghurts.

(Posted on 10/25/2014)

EXCELLENT Yogurt Review by Phil
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I have made yogurt off and on since the mid-70's. I would purchase store bought plain yogurt and make a couple of batches. However, I was never satisfied with the results.

Then I made the move to purchase starter from Cultures for Health. Right from the first batch, the yogurt came out creamy and delicious. Now, my wife and I enjoy yogurt every day and I have to make sure that I make another batch every few days so we don't run out!

(Posted on 10/24/2014)

Didn't work Review by A.E.
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I have made yogurt using other starters but this is the first time using the Bulgarian yogurt starter. I was very disappointed. The yogurt never "set", as the package stated might happen, but additionally, there was no flavor at all. It didn't seem to have cultured. I started checking for it to set after about 5 hours, and continued checking every few hours until 12 hours, with no results.

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

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

Even yogurt-haters love this! Review by Jessica
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I used this yogurt starter to make yogurt in my Instant Pot pressure cooker (there is a yogurt setting). The yogurt was super easy to make and it tasted wonderful. The texture is creamy and not as firm as store bought yogurt; I just strained it through cheesecloth and it was perfect. The taste is slightly sour, but not too much. My husband who hates yogurt will actually eat this! I just add some homemade jam and both he and my baby will eat it by the gallons (literally, I use 1-2 gallons of milk per week just for yogurt).
I highly recommend this yogurt!

(Posted on 10/12/2014)

Great Yogurt! Review by Fireweed
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I am so glad I found an heirloom culture! This yogurt tastes good and is thicker than the other yogurts I have tried. I am using a Yogotherm and it is working great!
Comes with instructions, follow them and you will get great yogurt!

(Posted on 10/10/2014)

Make at least three and use the customer service! Review by Happy in CO
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I like others, found it took three or so cultures before the consistency started to look like smooth yogurt. The Customer service was Excellent answering my questions and offering additional information. Don't toss it! I put the first few batches in smoothies which was awesome!

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Great yogurt Review by Pamela
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I have tried making yogurt before and been quite discouraged with the results - not a great flavor and you have to keep buying new starter or yogurt to split. I really like the Bulgarian yogurt and it's been getting better with more splitting instead of worse. Very nice product. It might have been a little more money to purchase initially, but it's much cheaper in the long run.

(Posted on 10/2/2014)

Quality Product Review by Robin
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I've made about 6 batches of yogurt from the Bulgarian yogurt starter and each batch was delicious. Very nice tangy flavor and creamy consistency.

(Posted on 9/29/2014)

Good Review by SM
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I am glad I ordered and am using this starter. I chose the Bulgarian because of reports that it makes a thicker yogurt. It might be slightly thicker than what I had previously made, but not enough for me to give rave reviews. The flavor is still the same delicious, creamy, light, sweet flavor of homemade yogurt. (again, not much noticeable difference from others.)

(Posted on 9/25/2014)



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