Greek Yogurt Starter

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Authentic Greek yogurt! Deliciously rich and tangy, this heirloom thermophilic starter can be re-cultured indefinitely. Drain whey from the finished product to replicate super-thick commercial Greek yogurt or enjoy as-is.

  • 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.
  • For an even creamier consistency, make a batch with 1 part heavy cream to 3 parts whole milk.
  • Yogurt is delicious with added fruit or sweetener, and great in many recipes.

 

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

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life:Our Greek 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 Jim Q at 12/6/2011 11:27 PM
  • From The Cat Whispurrer at 12/9/2011 11:51 AM
    • First, I'd like to say thanks SO much for including enough culture to make two batches of yogurt in each package!

      I purchased your Greek Starter and lost half of my first package of culture due to a faulty yogurt maker. I quickly replaced my yogurt maker with another and now have a cup of activated starter that looks like the thickest most wonderful Greek yogurt that I've ever seen!!!

      My question is this. Am I able to freeze a batch of the activated starter culture (meaning I'd like to freeze the heated and cooled cow's milk to which the initial culture has been added and already incubated)???

      Thanks very much!
    • You can try freezing a small amount of yogurt in ice cube trays to thaw later and use as starter yogurt. Freezing is not a perfect solution but it will usually work as long as the yogurt is only frozen for a short period of time (no more than a few weeks).
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  • From Michael at 12/19/2011 12:22 PM
    • This is more of an answer to the question from Adrienne at 8/31/11 6:53 PM. There are four cups in a quart, not two, so the instructions in the video are correct.
    • Thank you Michael!
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  • From Harley at 2/4/2012 2:44 PM
    • How many batches of a 2 quart maker does it make
    • Once you have activated your starter, you can make any size batch, using the ratio of 1.5-2 teaspoons starter per cup of fresh milk, up to 1/2 gallon.
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  • From Karen at 2/7/2012 3:18 PM
    • 1) Is there a chart to help figure out the amount of protein, sugar and carbs in a 6oz jar of yogurt? I see commercial types like Chobani, say they have 2 times more protein than others. 18 grams for 6 oz. 2( Any suggestions how to boost the protein? 3) Also, any tips on how to decrease sugar? TU
    • The starter itself has no measurable nutrients; it's all bacteria. The nutrient content comes from the milk, and the carb (sugar) content will vary based on the milk, the fat content, the fermentation time, etc. Protein density can be increased by straining the yogurt to remove the whey. The longer you ferment the yogurt, which allows the bacteria to consume the lactose, the less sugar remains. If it ferments too long, the bacteria will run out of food, and may weaken and/or die.
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  • From Dawn at 2/9/2012 9:56 AM
    • Can I use this with goat's milk?
    • Yes, any of our dairy yogurt starters can be used successfully with goat milk.
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  • From Tina at 3/9/2012 3:39 PM
    • Raw milk question - I've read the instructions for the raw milk version, am I correctly reading that you cannot continue to reuse the starter from a batch of raw milk? I would have to continue to purchase starter if I continue to use raw milk?
    • You would not have to continue to purchase starter. Instead, you make and maintain a separate pasteurized dairy mother culture with milk that has been heated to 160°. See here for the full instructions: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-dairy-mother-culture-non-dairy-yogurt/

      Then use the pasteurized dairy mother culture to inoculate your raw milk (only heated to 110°) for your batches of raw milk yogurt. More information about using a thermophilic (heat activated) starter with raw milk is here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/raw-milk-yogurt-video/
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  • From WeeCareAcademyPreschool at 3/23/2012 2:26 PM
    • Can I use this starter even if I do not use a yogurt Maker?
    • Yes, any of our thermophilic starters can be used without a yogurt maker. All you need is a way to keep them at the right temperature for the amount of time it takes to culture them. Here's an article with some tips: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/maintaining-temperatures-culturing-yogurt
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  • From Jennifer at 3/30/2012 3:17 PM
    • Why do the instructions say to allow the yogurt to cool for two hours before placing it in the refrigerator?
      Because we are on the GAPS diet, I am already incubating the yogurt for 24 hours. Do you know if it is necessary to have that additional 2-hour cooling-down period? Or should I incubate the yogurt for 22 hours and then let it cool for 2 hours? Thank you.
    • Not necessary, a lot of people prefer to let things cool before putting them in the fridge. Try it both ways to see which you prefer.
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  • From Kathy at 5/1/2012 2:10 PM
    • I have a question about making greek yogurt using raw cow's milk. The greek yogurt starter instructions state to use 1-2 cups raw milk, heat it to 160, let it cool down and then add one packet of the culture. Then, put it in the yogurt maker for about 5-8 hours. This creates a "mother" culture. I would then use a part of this mother culture to make my yogurt. This mother culture has to be remade every 7 days, according to the directions. The directions also state to only use a part of this mother culture to make yogurt as using part of the yogurt I've made as a starter will weaken the bacteria.

      Here's the question. Your website states that this product will product virtually unlimited amounts of Greek yogurt but I don't see how since: 1. a new mother culture has to be made every 7 days and 2. I can only use the original mother culture as the culture starter in each yogurt batch, and 3. There's only 2 packets in this box. Could someone please explain this to me? I must be missing something.

      Thanks.
    • You will be using the previous mother culture to make your next mother culture. Once you make your first mother culture, you no longer need the powder starter. You simply use the previous mother starter to make a new mother starter.

      *Note: There was a packaging change for all orders shipped beginning September 1, 2013. New packaging contains enough starter culture to activate 1 quart of milk.
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Good results Review by Banjorn
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I followed instructions and got a good set on yogurt on the first try. It is a good full bodied taste with a bit of a tang to it. Very creamy. Raising the temp slowly allowed for a smoother product (grainy if heated too fast). Several friends have been over and tasted the yogurt and all speak well of the taste. I highly recommend it.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Delicious homemade greek yogurt! Review by Sabrina
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I have been very happy with all of the products I have purchased through Cultures for Health, and the greek yogurt starter is no exception.

The included instructions are clear and the starter very easy to use to produce yummy greek yogurt. The starter comes with 2 packets too, which is great for an "oops" moment. Making our own greek yogurt has saved us a lot of money and I find it very satisfying.

The customer service here at Cultures for Health is incredible and is another reason why I continue to be a customer. They are incredibly knowledgeable and have always helped me.

(Posted on 10/27/2014)

WOW! Fantastic Review by Phil
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My wife and I are both eating this yogurt almost as fast as I can make it. No need to strain, it has come out perfect each time. I am now considering purchasing other starters.

(Posted on 10/24/2014)

I AM LOVING IT! Review by Ross
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My aunt taught me how to make Greek yogurt when I was a very young adult. Homemade yogurt is something I grew up with, either made by my grandmother, mother, and aunt. The culture is something I trust from you, much more than using store bought yogurt. Thank you for your business.

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

Never buying yogurt again! Review by Ang
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This starter helped make amazing greek yogurt at home. The directions they give are really helpful and they even give you a second starter pack in case you do something to your mother batch.

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

Good quality product Review by Ashley Cable
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Arrived on time and as described. Good quality product.

(Posted on 10/6/2014)

100% Pleased Review by Tawni
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I purchased the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle and received the Greek yogurt starter as part of that package. While my first batch did not set, the second one worked wonderfully! I love being surprised at how little effort it can take to make your own food - and this fits right into that model. I'll be trying other foods from Cultures for Health as the holidays near and my travel slows down.

(Posted on 10/4/2014)

Love my Greek Yogurt Review by chercope
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I eat yogurt every day and I am thrilled with the Greek Yogurt that I have been able to make at home using the Greek Yogurt Culture from Cultures for Health. I make two quarts a week using 2% milk from the grocery store - nothing fancy, but the results are excellent each time. Took me a couple of batches to get the timing precisely right with my Dash yogurt maker but now I think I could make a batch in my sleep. It's so easy and the taste and texture are superb.

(Posted on 10/4/2014)

Happy so far! Review by Anna
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I love the idea of this product, so I don't have to keep buying store bought yogurt to make my yogurt! Customer service is definitely 5 stars! I knocked off a star because its kind of annoying that the first batch didn't set up, and so I wasted all that milk (only used a few tablespoons to start my next batch, which did set up, I don't drink smoothies so I couldn't use it for that), and my next batch was a bit thin as well, which wasn't a complete waste, but it took til my 3rd batch to be how I like it (customer service was WONDERFUL the whole time). So in that way, its definitely going to take me a while to save money using this product, but I have high hopes of using this starter for a very, very long time!

I love the taste and texture, and it's working great so far! Recommend it!

(Posted on 9/30/2014)

It works! Review by Homesteader
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I have tried to make yogurt using commercial yogurt as my starter culture and it was always on the thin side, needing to be strained, a lot. I purchased this greek yogurt culture and it worked the first time. It was thick without having to strain it. The second batch the same. It does have whey that has separated from the yogurt, but the yogurt itself is thick.

(Posted on 9/29/2014)

Very good results Review by irat
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I have made about 3 batches of yogurt so far and have had really good results. I will probably try another strain of yogurt in the future, but this has been very good. The last batch seemed to be the thickest but I am still straining it. I have had a few questions and used the chat system which has been very helpful.

(Posted on 9/11/2014)

Greek yogurt starter Review by orca
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Great product!!!! And the people of Cultures for Health really care about their customers. They have a high level of expertise. They can answer any questions that one might have!

(Posted on 9/5/2014)

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Review by MetalTiger
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After struggling with trying to make yogurt from store bought yogurt, this product is a godsend--definitely worth the cost to have shipped from the States to Canada. Now I get nice yogurt each and every time. I would not hesitate to purchase again.

(Posted on 9/5/2014)

Product too finikity - not appropriate for a busy person working full time Review by Tamar
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Hi,

I have been making yoghurt for years using my trusty Dash yoghurt maker with commercial yoghurt as a starter. Things have always gone well.

Apparently, this culture is much more sensitive to the changes in temperature and it just died on me (in the same yoghurt maker I always use).

The requirement for watching it the EXACT number of hours is also not doable for someone like me. When I use the commerical yoghurt as a starter, I can just leave the yoghurt overnight and it's fine.

This product is just too finikity for me. I'm not running a lab here. Very disappointed.

Note from CFH: Maintaining an heirloom starter does take attention to activate, as well as weekly reculturing. For very busy individuals, we recommend our direct set starters such as the Traditional Flavor Yogurt (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/traditional-flavored-yogurt-starter.html). Before discarding any starter, please contact CFH. Most cultures can be saved with some minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/18/2014)

Completely worth the money Review by Chris
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Prior to buying this start I had been using Yogourmet one shot starts. You prep your milk, pour it in, wait, and get yogurt.

One of the HUGE advantages this has is that as long as you re-culture yogurt every 7 days you never have to buy another start!

This start works fantastically well, and when paired with a strainer it makes some delightfully thick yogurt. Almost sour cream consistency if I let it strain long enough.

On top of all that, this start produces yogurt that is MUCH less bitter than anything I have ever had before. It is so good I only have to add a half a teaspoon of a sweetener. To compare, with Yogourmet I was having to add 2 1/2 teaspoons to get it to an edible state.

Overall I give this a 10/10. You won't be disappointed.

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

Works as advertised Review by generalp
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It's been years since I've made yogurt. This product works well, quickly and makes a yogurt with a nice tart flavor. In this day of lower food quality. It's nice to have a starter that really delivers! Looking forward to being healthier!

(Posted on 7/28/2014)

GREAT Review by sunshine
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I was excited to get started. My first attempt yielded, very thin almost thin kefir like Greek yogurt. I cultured another batch with some of that yogurt with the same results. I am glad that 2x envelopes come in the package. I used some of the already made yogurt and added the additional envelope to culture further w/fabulous results. SOOOOOOO creamy and just the right amount of zinginess (is that even a word?). So I have had great results in the 3rd and 4th batches, so needless to say I am very happy with this product. Thank You Cultures for Health, thank you.

(Posted on 7/14/2014)

just what I was looking for Review by Julia H
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I make yogurt a lot (on the GAPS diet) and I hated spending $6-7 every third batch for starter. Since GAPS requires 24 hour fermentation, I had to be a little creative. When I make yogurt, I heat about 4-1/4 cups of milk, cool and add my yogurt. Then I pour most of it into a quart jar and the last 1/4 cup into a tiny jar. I fit both jars in my yogurt maker (a Yogourmet half gallon sized one) and fill up with warm water. After about 6 hours, I take out the little jar to use as next week's starter, and let the large jar "cook" for the remaining 18 hours. This has worked great!

The flavor is very nice, although not as tangy as the one-time starter even after 24 hours. My husband definitely prefers it to the Yogourmet.

(Posted on 7/11/2014)

Good for beginners Review by Daisy
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My first batch set up great, and I ate it up. Yum! Then had to use my backup to start again. It did NOT set up. Tossed it out. Ordered more, and IT did not set up either. I failed to read the instructions in full, even if your starter batch does not set up, don't toss it out! It can still be used to culture the next batch (which set up beautifully!). Live and learn :)

Response from CFH: Feel free to contact us anytime for troubleshooting advice if you have issues!

(Posted on 7/7/2014)

Easy & Wonderful Flavor Review by Nate
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The company and product are fantastic. I’ve been making yogurt for a while using powders or other yogurts with good success. Using the Greek Starter Culture produced a yogurt that had a wonderful texture and flavor. I you can’t decide where to start, you can’t go wrong by choosing the Greeks Culture from “Cultures for Health”.

(Posted on 7/6/2014)



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