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"Expensive, but worth it for sweet vegetables!"

I was so tired of getting mold and/or off-flavors when culturing sweet veggies like carrots and beets...and then I discovered this starter. I don't use it for cabbage- or radish-based ferments, but really love that I can now make fermented ginger beets with perfectly delightful flavor and texture....

- Sarabeth

Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

SKU: 2557
$21.99

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Caldwell's Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables makes it easy to culture raw vegetables at home.  Browse our extensive list of Cultured Vegetable Recipes and get started today!

  • Each box contains 6 pouches.
  • Each pouch prepares 4.5 lbs of raw vegetables.
  • Culture vegetables at room temperature: 60-70ºF.
  • This culture is suitable for vegetable culturing only; not suitable for culturing fruit.
  • Learn How to Ferment Vegetables using our helpful step-by-step guide.
  • Having trouble fermenting vegetables? Browse our Fermented Vegetable Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Fermented Vegetable Instructions and Troubleshooting

 

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients. 

 

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Organic maltodextrin is derived from organic brown rice. Manufactured in a facility that occasionally handles wheat, soy, milk, eggs, and fish (including shrimps).
  • Non-GMO

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried culture. The starter keeps:

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 6 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 2 years
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 2 years
          
         

Additional Details About Caldwell Bio Fermentations

Caldwell Bio Fermentations has spent the last 20 years producing and researching raw cultured vegetables.  Out of this research comes extensive knowledge concerning the bacterial strains required for an efficient starter culture for vegetables. 


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Reviews

38 Reviews For "Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables"

  1. The Best!!

    by Donna Schwenk on 01 Thu,2012

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    These are the best culture veggies starter packages you can buy. The levels of beneficial bacteria's stay higher in these than other veggies starter packages. Your ferments are bubbly and delicious. I met the people who made these and saw the science behind it, but it was when I went home and tried them that really convinced me. They are little powerhouse cultures that super charge your immune system and detox you in a hurry. I can't say enough about them, absolutely love them!

    www.culturedfoodlife.com

  2. Dependable and tasty

    by onegreengoddess on 09 Thu,2012

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    I typically use just whey and salt, but if I really need to depend on the culture working out, and tasting great, I use Caldwell's. Plus, there's definitely lots of bubbles!

  3. Great product

    by Sandy on 11 Sat,2013

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    I fermented some shredded carrots. It was so easy and in 3 days I was eating them. No mold and great taste. Very simple process. Love this product.

  4. Great product. Timely delivery.

    by Mikki's on 11 Wed,2013

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    I love this product. I received it in a short amount of time. I was pleased.

  5. Excellent quality and price

    by Ana on 12 Mon,2013

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    I have been buying these for quite a while and always get consistently great fermented vegetables. No mold and always just right. This is a quality product hard to beat. Thank you!

  6. Great product. I love it and will purchase it again.

    by Marl on 01 Wed,2014

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    Great product for the price

  7. Best culture for veggies I have come across

    by Marl on 01 Tue,2014

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    I love the veggie culture. I have never used them before now. They are just neat for making exact quantiy of veggies.I will now make this a part of my culturing for veggies. I just love how Donna Schwenk uses them.

  8. Happy customer

    by Trueman on 02 Wed,2014

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    I have always liked the store-bought sauerkraut, but I had no idea homemade could taste so wonderful until I made my own using Caldwell Starter Culture. Thanks so much for a very excellent product, and thank you also for the phone support, which helped me start fermenting with confidence.

  9. Perfect for Culturing Veggies

    by Dani on 02 Wed,2014

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    Thank you for having this product and all of your other ones available to the culturing consumer! This is my go-to site and resource for culturing products,recipes and education. This is a fantastic product...my veggies are bubbling with life every time!

  10. Does what you want it to.

    by James on 03 Fri,2014

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    Takes some of the trouble out of fermenting veggies, and is also packaged well enough to keep on hand when you done have any whey to use.

  11. Great for Sauerkraut!

    by Tianna on 04 Wed,2014

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    I've only used the first packet of this box but the results were awesome! I started off my first batch of sauerkraut using the starter culture and have been using excess liquid as a starter since.
    However, I plan to use the starter culture packets again when I begin a new batch of fermented vegetables - something I don't want to taste like sauerkraut!

  12. great product

    by karenh on 06 Thu,2014

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    I think this is the best culture starter for veggies! I think the veggies are cultured better with a starter instead of just using salt brine. Worth getting!

  13. Good Product!

    by Ryan on 07 Fri,2014

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    Starter culture is a little pricey at first, but when you add up the cost of energy and loss of nutrition from conventional canning, the product becomes pretty inexpensive. This product gets going fast and the veggies taste wonderful. I highly recommend this product.

  14. very good

    by Hotrod on 08 Tue,2014

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    I just sampled the batch of cultured veggies I made with you starter. Quite good!
    I used the Vitamix to grind cabbage, carrots, celery, and cucumbers with the salt water. After adding the culture, I covered the container and left it on the counter for a week. I stirred it every day as I didn't have anything to weight the mixture down. At the end of the week, I put the container in the refrigerator at where it stayed for several more days. XLNT!! It has that nice pickly flavor I remember from years ago.

  15. First time using Caldwell Starter

    by Peter on 07 Fri,2015

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    At first , it seemed pricey but I had used Body Ecology starter before, and this seemed a little easier and I did not really worry about everything being sterilized in boiling water. I did puree some of my cabbage and threw in some radishes with the cabbage in a smaller container. I thought that the finished product would be salty, but it was really tasty. I even got my wife to try some and she liked it! That says a lot right there.
    It is disappearing rather quickly, so I am getting ready to made another batch or two.

  16. Consistent results

    by Shelley on 08 Mon,2015

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    In the past I have made fermented veggies like pickles and beet kvass without a starter. Sometimes they turned out and sometimes they got moldy and I had to throw them out. I hate wasting veggies and I have found that using the starter makes consistently great fermented veggies. I do with that there were easy to follow instructions with the starter for more than just sauerkraut though. I had to figure out how to use it for making cucumber pickles, but once I found out what to do through a search on the internet it was easy.

  17. Excellent product!

    by Pickle Lover from NJ on 10 Wed,2015

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    I've been using this product for quite a while now to make pickles (my favorite fermented food). Caldwell Starter Culture works perfectly every time and the pickles taste great and are never moldy.

  18. Great Product

    by Vicki on 12 Mon,2015

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    I use Caldwell Starter Culture for my cabbage/beet/ginger kraut.

    I can always depend on it to give me the best results for my fermented vegetables.

  19. The best on the market.

    by jane on 02 Wed,2016

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    I have been using Caldwell's Culture for years and find it to be consistently the best. The veggies taste full of life!

  20. My favorite

    by elynmac on 06 Wed,2016

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    I have tried a number of vegetable cultures in the last year, and this is my favorite. Good flavor, dependable, and friendly.

  21. PERFECT RESULTS EVERYTIME !!

    by Green Diva on 11 Mon,2013

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    Can't say enough good things ... These are the best culture veggies starter packages you can buy. Some of the others I have used don't always work, yours work GREAT ... and my veggies/kraut are flavored perfect, and never any MOLD ! My little Yorkie LOVES a snack of the fermented kraut. I am always guaranteed PERFECT results with your veggie culture starter !

  22. I like the fact that it contains L. plantarum and other tested microbes for vegetable fermentation.

    by Fred on 02 Thu,2014

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    It is a good product and it seems that it makes more bubbles or fermentation than the wild ferments I had been doing. There is good research on L. plantarum fermentation of such things as turmeric and other vegetables and your product contains a strain of L. plantarum. I use it to make kvass with a beet base and other vegetables and it does make a "better" tasting and smelling kvass. I know one can make kvass without adding a culture but I think it adds quality and consistency. I have a PhD in nutritional biochemistry and plan on doing some studies on the fermentation characteristics of the ferments.

  23. works perfect

    by meltdown on 07 Wed,2014

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    i have just entered the lacto fermentation world. My first endeavor was tomato salsa. Turned out perfect, taste was phenomenal. My son was skeptical, tried some of the salsa and promptly exclaimed, " That is the best tasting salsa I have ever eaten."

  24. Great results with my first ferment

    by dplinn on 04 Tue,2015

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    I had some disappointing results from my fermentations last year without this starter culture so I thought I would try this in hopes of getting better results.

    So far I have only used this with beets but the results were excellent. I shredded the beets and put them in a fermentation crock with this starter culture and my normal brine solution. After two weeks at about 60 degrees, the beets were done to perfection.

    I plan to try this with my cabbage and cucumbers later this year and hope for similar results.

  25. The only way to go on fermenting veggies

    by Colorado microbiologist mom on 05 Sat,2015

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    I feel good about getting "good" bacteria only when I use this culture. Years ago in college, we made sauerkraut in Food and Dairy Microbiology lab. Of four crocks, three rotted, and only one turned into sauerkraut. We could have done some things wrong (too long ago to remember) but I will not make cultured veggies without a culture. This used to be the best because it did not have any unnatural ingredients. Recently they replaced the sugar with maltodextrin. PLEASE GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL FORMULA!! Now there's no difference to set this culture apart from others on the market that also contain maltodextrin.

  26. Crisper than whey

    by Cathy on 05 Sat,2015

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    I tried this after getting tired of mushy pickles (even with grape leaves added) when using whey as a starter. It worked so well with the pickles that I now use it for sauerkraut as well. My family noticed the difference and is more excited about eating the version with Caldwell's starter.

  27. Always consistant and tasty

    by Old one on 08 Tue,2016

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    It might seem expensive to some but the consistency and excellent flavors are worth it to this family. So Caldwell's is what we will use on all our veggies.

  28. The BEST, AMAZING RESULTS

    by Marlene on 10 Sun,2012

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    After several tries at different methods of fermenting, just salt to salt & whey, to type of jar & lid configuration, I have found this amazing product, veggie starter. I have made pickles, wax beans, kraut, carrot ferments & they all are PERFECT, NO MOLD!! Taste is fantastic, I now use fido jars & salt brine along with this starter & the flavor is much better than just w/ salt brine or whey. I AM GUARANTEED a good result each time & for my hard earned dollar purchasing organic produce I want results that I can count on each time. No worries here. Now I wonder what the price would be if we bought in bulk? Wonderful product!!

  29. Works for me!

    by Marge on 11 Fri,2013

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    Used with fermented slaw, cauliflower, kraut, etc, etc
    NO Failures. Good deal.

  30. Easy to mix and start

    by Mary on 12 Mon,2013

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    I wanted to get started on cultured vegetable. This product helped me over the hurdle of what starter to use. I put it together with cabbage and additives in an hour and this morning it is working away. I can't wait to taste my product.

  31. Vegetable Culture

    by Dave on 01 Fri,2014

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    As a first-time culturer, Caldwell Starter Culture for Vegetables was totally fool-proof and easy to use. Made my first batch and am completely satisfied with the results. Our local Coop carries a blend which I tried to emulate and truly believe it turned out better than the product previously purchased. It is really so easy to do. Looking forward to other variations of vegetable blends and herbs and spices and perhaps may try making kefir, as that is only found in Wisconsin with a high sugar content. Super kudos to Eve for answering all my questions very timely and quelling my first-time fears, not knowing what to expect. Keep up the great work, Caldwell! My family and friends will definitely be ordering from you. Dave

  32. Excellent

    by Lisa on 01 Sat,2014

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    I make sauerkraut about every two weeks. The culture works, tastes excellent. My vote would be 5 stars.

  33. Good results so far

    by Dolores on 06 Fri,2014

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    I have only used 2 packets of the product. I made a big batch of kimchi that was nice and tangy and not too salty but still crisp.

    I currently have a crock of cauliflower and carrots fermenting...don't know yet whether they were successful.

    According to Caldwell's website, they have no longer use dairy as a medium for their culture which is good because I prefer not to eat dairy.

  34. Great product to ensure quality & variety of culturing strains!

    by Dahlke8 on 05 Tue,2015

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    My husbands Crohn's disease has caused our family to take gut health seriously. With Caldwell Starter Culture, I can ensure that our family has a wide variety of strains of beneficial bacteria in our fermented veggies! It turns out a superior product every time no matter what veggies or recipe I use. I believe it is far superior in quality and taste compared to salt/whey only fermented veggies. The four stars are because it does increase the cost of fermenting quite a bit.

  35. veggie culture

    by Carol O on 04 Mon,2015

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    I am pleased with the results and would like to see measurements if using only half the package, but I found it worked great. I'm very pleased with the results. The only thing I would change is the price.

  36. Expensive, but worth it for sweet vegetables!

    by Sarabeth on 10 Mon,2015

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    I was so tired of getting mold and/or off-flavors when culturing sweet veggies like carrots and beets...and then I discovered this starter. I don't use it for cabbage- or radish-based ferments, but really love that I can now make fermented ginger beets with perfectly delightful flavor and texture. :)

  37. Very unclear directions

    by Kim on 11 Thu,2013

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    I don't know if this was good quality because there were no instructions or information included. I originally purchased this to make fruit leather, which I saw on the site for this product. But, had to adhoc it.

  38. Caldwell Starter Veggie Culture

    by Dave on 07 Tue,2016

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    All of these so called reviews. .are they really by persons because this culture was mostly JUNK WITH GMO WHOM THIS COMPANY RATIONALIZE STATING THAT THIS CHEMICAL MALTODEXTRIN IS ORGANIC! !! REALLY! !!!
    Note from CFH: We're sorry you were disappointed with your purchase. Yes, all of our reviews are from real customers and Caldwell's Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables has proven to be a well-loved product. The starter is not claimed to be certified organic, but it is certified non-GMO.

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Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients. 

 

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Organic maltodextrin is derived from organic brown rice. Manufactured in a facility that occasionally handles wheat, soy, milk, eggs, and fish (including shrimps).
  • Non-GMO

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  • From Cathy at 5/6/2015 8:05 PM
    • The box says that each pack can ferment 4.5 pounds vegetables. I cant find a recipe, specifically the fermented radishes or salsa that state how much to use in those recipes. Also, once I open the pack, if only making say, one quart, can I save the left over for another recipe, or must I throw out what I dont use?
    • The instructions should probably say "up to" 4.5 lbs. If you are making large batches you may need to use two packets but for smaller batches (1 quart) one full packet will work well. If you decide to experiment with a smaller portion, store the remaining starter in the packet in a zippered plastic bag (remove as much air as possible) and keep it in the freezer.
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  • From Sasha at 4/14/2015 9:01 PM
    • Can I use this Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables to ferment cooked red kidney beans?
      If yes, in what quantities? (how many packets for a large batch of beans?)
      If I cannot this one to ferment beans, what is the culture that you recommend for beans?
      Thanks
    • This product can be used for fermenting beans. For detailed information, see our article here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/fermenting-beans-legumes
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  • From Pax at 3/29/2015 7:42 PM
    • I am in a total low to no sugar regiment, as I am a cancer remission patient. What type of sugar do you use in your starter and how much?
      Thanks
    • The information we have from Caldwell's is this, as stated on the product page:

      Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Ingredients:

      Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)
      This product contains no GMO ingredients.

      You can contact Caldwell's for accurate nutritional information on the maltodextrin to help with deciding to use the starter. It may be that what is remaining in a finished ferment will be negligible, but it's best to ask Caldwell's.
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  • From Diane Lutzke at 9/5/2014 7:30 AM
    • When I store my fermented vegetables in the refrigerator, do they still need to be submerged beneath liquid?
    • Unless they are to be consumed quickly, vegetables should remain below the liquid even when refrigerated to avoid exposure to oxygen which can cause the vegetables to lose color and nutrients.
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  • From Bill R at 6/28/2014 7:31 PM
    • What is the refrigerated shelf life?
    • This starter lasts 12 months, when stored in the refrigerator.
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  • From Sunny at 6/10/2014 10:40 AM
    • Noticing your ingredients for the fermentation has milk powder. Is this milk powder from grass fed/ finished cows?
      Also your sugar as stated may be from beet sugar which is GMO/GE in most if not all cases. Can you pleases tell me if these are healthier than what I suspect it to harmful. After all fermented foods are beneficial to over all health.
      Thank you for answer.
      Sunny
    • The list of ingredients for the current product does not include milk powder but it is certified organic and is non-GMO.
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  • From Kathy at 5/22/2014 7:50 AM
    • How long does an unopened package of Caldwell's Vegetable starter last in the fridge?
    • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 12 months
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  • From Sonia at 5/21/2014 5:11 PM
    • Are the sugars used in either Caldwell's or BE veggie starters certified non-GMO?

    • The starters are certified organic by multiple agencies. Products must be GMO-free to obtain organic certification.
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  • From Lisa at 4/22/2014 8:20 AM
    • Can you use this type of culture as a starter for fermenting fruits?
    • No, Caldwell Vegetable Starter is not appropriate for culturing fruits.
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  • From nick hopkin at 3/30/2014 7:37 AM
    • The starter says it contains dairy. Is their anyway to get a completely vegan culture set?
    • We do not carry a vegan vegetable starter culture. However, it is possible to culture vegetables without a starter culture, or to use water kefir or extra water kefir grains as starter in fermented vegetables:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/compare-salt-whey-starter-culture-ferment-vegetables-fruits-condiments

      * Note: As of May 13, 2014, Caldwell's has reformulated their vegetable starter and it is now dairy free. Ingredients: Organic Maltodextrin derived from brown rice (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides and pediococcus acidilactici)
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