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 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 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 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 Jim Q at 12/6/2011 11:27 PM
  • From Anne at 11/3/2011 3:04 PM
    • What are the bacterial strains in your culture? I am looking for a starter that does NOT contain S. Thermophilis?
    • The Greek Starter Culture contains L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilis. There is a chart here

      https://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-a-yogurt-starter-culture

      which lists each of our starters and the bacteria strains it contains. Our Viili, Filmjölk, Matsoni, and Piimä do not contain S. Thermophilis.
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  • From Don at 10/14/2011 1:55 PM
    • So if I wanted to make almond or rice milk yogurt with this or another heirloom culture I would have to maintain a mother culture and use it to make the non milk cultures for consumption? Is there anything specific I would have to add or use to make almond or rice yogurt ?
    • Yes, you would have to maintain a pasteurized dairy mother culture to perpetuate the heirloom starter. Read here on how to do this: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-dairy-mother-culture-non-dairy-yogurt/

      Alternative milks tend to make thinner yogurts than dairy milk, so you likely will benefit by adding thickeners. Here is a great article on using different types of thickeners: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/thickening-homemade-yogurt/
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  • From Adrienne at 8/30/2011 8:53 PM
    • I watched the video on making yogurt with reusable starter and I read the instructions. The video said to use 2 Tbl. starter per quart but the written instructions say to use 1.5 tsp per cup (which is 3 tsp or 1 Tbl. per quart). Which ratio is correct?
    • Use the printed instructions whenever there is a discrepancy. Some of the videos were made before our instructions were printed, and use older quantities. The printed instructions are usually up-to-date and correct for the product they are with.

      *Note: With 4 cups to a quart, you would need 6 teaspoons or 2 tablespoons of the previous batch to culture 1 quart. Both the video and instructions are consistent. (Thanks to customer Michael for catching our slip.)
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  • From Niki at 8/23/2011 5:04 PM
  • From Marcia at 7/28/2011 11:19 AM
    • I have the Euro Cuisine Y100 and just purchased the Greek starter. Can I use 1/8 tsp to make a batch of 7 according to the yogurt maker's instructions? or Do I have to make 1 jar first as it says on the package? Thanks for your help. (I used the mild flavor starter to make the 7 jars with 1/8 tsp and it worked fine.)
    • The Greek starter requires activation in a small quantity of milk before it can culture a large batch. The direct-set starters are pre-measured to go right to the larger quantities.

      *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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  • From Diane at 7/11/2011 4:20 PM
    • Does the activation batch loose some of its strains of bacteria after it's been reused time after time?
    • The bacteria should stay strong if you are heating the milk up to 160ºF and cooling it back down to culturing temperature. If you are using raw milk, and only heating it up to 110ºF, you should be making a mother culture with pasteurized milk to use as starter for each batch. This way the culture can stay strong - technically forever if you take good care of it!
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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)

Great product! Review by daisy
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I had success on my first try. The yogurt is much better than store yogurt. It is easy to make and there is no mess. I would recommend this product to anyone interested in healthy eating.

(Posted on 7/1/2014)

Wonderful starter that has literally changed my life Review by pepamahina
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This is a great product, and the seller was very helpful when I had some hiccups in the beginning. My husband and I now eat this yogurt mixed with grains, nuts, and fruit every morning for breakfast. It is tangy and delicious and I'll never go back to store bought yogurt. I use a yogurt maker and then strain it. Wonderful results!

(Posted on 6/28/2014)



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