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 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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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)

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)

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)



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