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
  • 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. 


Greek Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting: 

 

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

 

Allergen Information:

Manufactured in a facility that also produces products made with gluten and dairy.


Actual product may differ from image shown above.

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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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  • From Fiona at 6/19/2011 7:12 AM
    • It's hard to tell from the packet photo, how many sachets do you get? Is this a one-use amount? Also, how many times can I use yogurt made with this culture to make another batch? Thanks.
    • This product includes 2 packages of starter. The activation batch, or "pasteurized dairy mother culture" is used to prepare one full batch of yogurt. It is re-usable, so with care, you should be able to continue propagating indefinitely, using a small portion of each batch to culture the next batch. The pasteurized dairy mother culture should never be older than 7 days when using it to make a new mother culture or batch of yogurt.
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  • From Sarah at 4/16/2011 11:23 AM
    • I was wondering if I can freeze the extra packet of starter culture in case I mess up the culture for any reason?
    • You can freeze the starter culture. In the freezer (0° to 25°F) it will last 12 months unopened.
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  • From Harvey at 4/9/2011 4:49 PM
    • What did "Kathy" mean about straining her yogurt to thicken it?
    • Yogurt can be strained through a towel or multi-layered cheese cloth. The process allows the clear liquid whey to drip through leaving less moisture and therefore thicker yogurt. Depending on how long the yogurt drains, it can simply be thicker yogurt or if given long enough (6-12 hours) it can make a type of soft cheese (similar in consistency to Chevre or cream cheese).

      The easiest way to strain yogurt is to place a colander in a bowl. Lay a towel in the colander and pour the yogurt into the towel. Gather up the corners of the towel to tie them together and then hang the towel from the handle of an upper-kitchen cabinet. Let the yogurt in the towel hang over the bowl for 2-12 hours depending on the consistency desired.
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  • From Charissa at 3/14/2011 4:44 PM
    • Can this starter also be used with almond or rice milk?
    • Yes, the Greek Yogurt Starter can be used to culture non-dairy milks, but it won't be possible to make more yogurt from this non-dairy batch. To keep the culture reusable, a pasteurized dairy mother culture must be maintained each week. This article will teach you how: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-dairy-mother-culture-non-dairy-yogurt/
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Excellent product. Review by thomasb
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This is excellent. Produces a very good tasting yogurt. Easy to use and consistent in production.

(Posted on 2/27/2015)

Wow! Review by Denise
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The first batch I made with this heirloom culture did not set. After chatting with Mason, I tried again with the "unset" yogurt. The second batch set better, but was still pretty thin. I am now on my fourth batch and all I can say is "wow"! The yogurt is fully set in five hours. It is thick, creamy and delicious! Kudos to Cultures for Health for providing the live chat. It is extremely helpful.

(Posted on 2/26/2015)

The Taste of Homemade Greek Yogurt Review by Niteprowl2
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I love Greek yogurt but at $5.99 for a quart, it got a bit expensive. I decided to try making my own. I have learned much since I have perfected my technique. First of all I tried with skim milk. I used a gallon and got about a quart of yogurt after separating the whey from the curd. The yogurt tasted OK but not what I was looking for. I then tried 1% milk. Better but still not quite there. Finally I used 2% milk. I got 2 quarts of yogurt after separating the whey out. Taste was much better and the yogurt itself was much creamier than I had previously obtained. I have now decided that 2% is about the best compromise between low fat and great taste. Do not be put off by your initial batch being watery. If you use the Greek Yogurt Maker that they sell, you will get a very good tasting and creamy yogurt product. The outlay I have had is for the yogurt maker I bought (Eurocuisine YM-260), the Eurocuisine Yogurt maker and the Greek Yogurt culture. You can buy all these items right here on this web site. That was my capital outlay. Now all I buy is a gallon of milk once a week to make 2 quarts of rich, thick great tasting Greek Yogurt. Best purchase I ever made for my health.

(Posted on 2/25/2015)

great product Review by ginny
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Worked really well

(Posted on 2/14/2015)

Tasty yogurt Review by slk
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I made yogurt from commercial yogurt quite a few times. It was always hit or miss. Sometimes it worked great, sometimes it didn't turn out well. I've not had any problems since buying this culture. Every time it's been perfect. I also don't need to let it sit as long, so it saves time too.

(Posted on 2/5/2015)

Love it Review by Patsouth
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I made nice thick yummy yogurt

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Excellent Yogurt Starter! Review by Betty
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This starter makes very flavorful yogurt. I have had no problems re-culturing the yogurt. Highly recommend. Fantastic flavor.

(Posted on 1/7/2015)

Excellent starter Review by Maria
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I ordered the Greek and the Bulgarian yogurt starters at the same time to acquire some heirloom cultures and to compare flavors. I have been using direct set cultures from commercial organic yogurts as starters for many years, but noticed that the cultures lost their robustness over time, and I would have to start over with a fresher culture. I use raw milk and heat it to 180 degrees, then cool it to 115 degrees. I cultured the Greek and the Bulgarian at the same time, and they both turned out beautifully. Their taste and texture is very similar, and both are delicious, silky, and smooth. I culture yogurt in my gas oven with a pilot light, and the Bulgarian was ready in 5 hours, but the Greek took 6 to get to the same thickness. I highly recommend these cultures, and am looking forward to a long future of consistent, hardy cultures!

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

terrific Review by abbie
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Just got a greek yogurt maker. Made a small batch first. Tasted great. Polished that off pronto. Next batch was 2 qts. It worked just fine and dandy. Flavor vigorous, yet smooth as silk. Love it. A big keeper!!!

(Posted on 12/20/2014)

Perpetual Greek Yogurt Review by MrBote
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I kept a batch of this perpetuated for 9 months. All I have done is, let my starter from each batch get to room temperature as I am heating the milk. I double wrap the pan with two tri-folded bath towels and it is still warm when I wake up 5-6 hrs later on top of the stove. The hardest part is getting everyone else to not push the limit with what I need leftover, so I have to set the starter aside ahead of time now.

(Posted on 12/7/2014)

very disappointing Review by Carol
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i've made yogurt many times before, using store bought yogurt as a starter, with complete success. The starter I received from you did not work - at all. I followed the directions exactly, temp was consistent at 110-112, and at 6, then 12 and 18 hours it was still totally liquid. With high hopes I refrigerated it, thinking surely it would thicken. That never happened. I was very disappointed with it?

CFH Note: It is important to activate one packet at a time. Making larger batches can make it more difficult to regulate the temperature to ensure that all of the starter is warm enough to completely activate. It is also important to follow the special instructions for raw milk activation: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-thermophilic-raw-milk-yogurt/ and be sure to contact Customer Support if you have any issues.

(Posted on 11/25/2014)

easiest way to make yogurt! Review by clare
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great starter that lasts for ever - i have bought the bulgarian and the greek and find them both good and similar. (Also bought the Villi but that didn't work for me). I heat the milk to about 170 in a pot, then let it cool to 115, put in a cup of yogurt from the previous batch, whisk with a fork a bit, then put the pot in the oven with the oven light on all night. Next morning put it right in the fridge ,still in the pot. I keep a couple of small containers of the yogurt in the freezer in case the yogurt gets finished or i have time between batches.

(Posted on 11/23/2014)

Excellent Product Review by Evelyn
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Easy to make and delicious.

(Posted on 11/17/2014)

My whole family loves this Review by catberle
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I made my first batch a few weeks ago with a full gallon of organic 2% milk. Yes, I did not read the directions carefully. So I ended up using both packages of starter. The recipe filled 4 quart mason jars and almost filled an 8 ounce jar. Not sure how that's possible, but I used what was in the small jar as my starter for my next 1 gallon batch. I have two teenaged sons and my husband loves yoghurt, so we go through a gallon in a week or so easily.

It made a delightfully delicious, creamy yogurt. Not too sour, which is perfect for my children. I kept planning to strain it, but it was so tasty, I didn't bother.

I will never go back to store bought!

CFH note ~ We highly recommend reading the directions thoroughly before starting the process, we're very pleased with the happy ending on this yogurt story!

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Great yougurt you know exactly what ingredients you put in. Review by monica
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First batch was thin, no problem, used it to make the next batch and to make smoothies. Next batch was amazing, I keep making it, the thickness is perfect and the tartness also. I make it with raw milk the old fashion way, boil to 180 cool to 110-115 and mix in the culture, wrap it in blanket and wait.

(Posted on 11/8/2014)

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)



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