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 12/7/11 11:27 PM
  • From The Cat Whispurrer at 12/9/11 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 12/19/11 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 2/4/12 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 2/7/12 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 2/9/12 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 3/9/12 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 3/23/12 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 3/30/12 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 5/1/12 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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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 July 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 July 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 July 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 July 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 July 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 June 29, 2014)
Quality Value Review by Shirley
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The starter is truly quality. The yogurt is great tasting and reproduces a good strong culture not weakened by time. Just add sufficient yogurt to the next batch. Thank you for such a quality culture! (Posted on June 25, 2014)
Tasty! Review by Maya
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I can't have cow's milk yogurt and goat's milk yogurt is hard to find, let alone Greek-style. This makes great yogurt, I do strain it to get the consistency I like. (Posted on June 25, 2014)
Good! Review by Diana
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I bought this because I live in a country where it's incredibly difficult to find yogurt with live active cultures. It works well and has a good flavor. I put some of the culture in the freezer and used it seven months later, and it still works. The customer service department was also very helpful. Thank you! (Posted on June 14, 2014)
Delicious Review by Terri
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Was worried about first batch that took 12 hours and needed straining. Have made several batches since with the same starter. The other awaits me in the freezer. Initial price is kinda high but the product is delicious. I use a yogurt maker. I might keep it thinner, or I might strain with coffee filters for about an hour to make it pretty thick. It is wonderful on my oatmeal. (Posted on June 13, 2014)
Great Yogurt! Review by Connie
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Wonderful to have an heirloom culture that will last indefinitely!

This company is so supportive and helpful. I had trouble getting my culture to set and the customer service folks worked with me until I achieved success!

I made some adjustments with the temp as my yogurt maker suggested different temps than the culture recommended. But now I have a dependable batch of yogurt and no need to buy from the store. Thank you, Cultures for Health! (Posted on June 4, 2014)
total waste of money Review by Beth
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I have made yogurt many times using actual yogurt (or yogurt saved from a previous batch) as starter. A friend highly recommended these cultures so I followed directions and decided to start fresh with new cultures. It was a total flop and the yogurt did not ferment at all--I tried twice, using both packets. I also wrote back to Cultures for Life to complain and did not get a response. Very disappointed.

Response from CFH- We have made several attempts to contact the reviewer but have not receive a response. Please contact Cultures For Health Customer Support before discarding products. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments. (Posted on May 29, 2014)
No more store bought yogurt for me! Review by Ginny
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I first started making my yogurt in a 5 cup yogurt maker but it has become such a staple of my diet I had to move to half gallon batches in a slow cooker crock that I incubate in the oven. At first I only gave the review a 3 on price but changed it to a five since your initial culture seems expensive but since it lasts indefinitely due to the heirloom culture it ends up being very economical in the long run.

Delicious tasting every time. I like to incubate for about 5 hours or until set and then stop incubating. I let cool for two hours and then refrigerate overnight and strain so the finished strained product is mild with the perfect consistency. I prefer to strain for about 2 hours as my most frequent use is for breakfast with a little maple syrup and fresh berries and a topping of homemade granola. To round out that meal I add one egg and one egg white scrambled and I am good to go for the morning.

I whole heartedly recommend this starter. I am retired so it is totally worth it to me to make my own yogurt every week. In fact it has become part of my routine. Now that I have been incubating in half gallon batches it has been easier since I only need to do it once a week usually. If you are interested read on for my method.

I heat the milk on the stove in a large sauce pan to 175 degrees and let cool. I use a digital thermometer with an alarm. Meanwhile I have preheated the slower cooker ceramic crock by adding water to it and just turn it on. When the milk has cooled to 110 degrees I remove the crock from the slow cooker and pour out the water in the crock and add the milk. I then stir in 3 tablespoons of reserved yogurt from my previous batch. I set the covered crock on a bath towel and wrap it up to insulate it. I put the whole thing on an insulated cookie sheet in the oven which I had preheated for about 3 minutes and then turned off but leave the oven light on. I insert the thermometer probe into the fold of the towel to track the temperature. During the culturing I keep an eye on the temperature and if it looks like the temperature is getting a little low I turn on the oven for 30 seconds to maintain the 110 temp. The crock is removed from the oven after about 5 hours or until the milk is set and cooled for about 2 hours and then refrigerated overnight and strained for two hours in the morning after I remove the small amount i will need for the next batch. I have not had a failure yet and sometimes the temperature while culturing is a little high like 117 or so but I am monitoring the temp between the towel and the crock and not the milk itself so that has not been a problem. Happy culturing! (Posted on May 23, 2014)
Makes great yogurt. Support for Sarah extremely helpful. Review by CAM
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If your first few batches aren't exactly what you want keep adjusting the time you heat the milk, the amount of starter and the time for culturing. Support from Cultures for Health is very good if you need it.

For my personal preferences, using a scant teaspoon of starter for one quart of milk made a creamy yet tart yogurt. On Sarah's advice I now heat the milk slowly. I hold the milk at 185F for 5 minutes and culture for at least 8 hours. (Posted on May 21, 2014)
excellent! Review by laura
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I have used this for a couple of months now and I feel (making 1-2 batches/wk) that it finally matured into an excellent, tangy yogurt. I prefer mine strained for about an hour to an hour an half. Very good! (Posted on May 14, 2014)
Incredibly delicious Review by Jolynn
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I've been making fil mjolk for years and that is really my preferred yogurt for a drink alone or in a smoothie. I bought this with the idea of straining it to make labneh--- why did I wait this long? Insanely delicious with some salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil, it is AMAZING as an eat-alone or as a veggie dip or scooped in a bit of pita bread. I keep trying to make some labneh balls but I end up just gobbling it all as soon as it's out of the strainer.
(Posted on May 8, 2014)
Great product Review by nate
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The first time I made the yogurt it did not set but now it works just fine. It only takes me five hours for the yogurt to set in a towel wrapped slow cooker. (Posted on May 7, 2014)
My favorite yogurt! Review by Jana
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This is by far my favorite yogurt! Even my picky kids love it and eat it every day. It is a much better value than the previous powdered yogurt starter I'd been using, and provides consistent results batch to batch. It is creamy and smooth and delicious! (Posted on April 28, 2014)
GREAT STUFF! Review by Cathy
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Love how easy it is to follow directions and have wonderful fresh yogurt!!! (Posted on April 25, 2014)
Mild yogurt that fits my budget Review by MarionA
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I have never been a fan of yogurt that is available here in the US- most of it is 0% fat and has lots of additives. I am European and used to pure, unsweetened yogurt made with milk from happy cows. With the cultures I can recreate a little bit of that for my family- using organic, full fat milk makes a delicious yogurt. We enjoy it almost every morning with fresh berries! 500g of good European style yogurt sets you back $4 to $5 - the little time you spend making this is way worth it! (Posted on April 25, 2014)
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