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Have tried two of my heirloom yogurt cultures and I am very pleased with them. I enjoy the opportunity to make another healthy food without needing a machine or continually purchasing starter cultures.

- Tucson, AZ

Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

SKU: 7306
$19.99

Availability: In stock

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Our collection of mesophilic heirloom yogurt starters can be cultured right on your counter at room temperature, so it’s easy to make these re-usable varieties.

  • Each box contains 2 packets of each culture: Viili, Filmjölk, Matsoni, and Piimä (see more below).
  • Activate 1 packet using 1-2 cups pasteurized milk (store 2nd packet in the freezer as a back-up).
  • These starters culture on the countertop at room temperature, 70º-77ºF, no yogurt maker is required!
  • Suitable for use with pasteurized whole milk and with raw dairy milk or non-dairy milk, with special care.
  • Avoid ultra-pasteurized or UHT milk.
  • Re-usable culture: a small amount of each batch can be used to make the next batch and recultures from batch to batch indefinitely.
  • You can find instructions for using this culture here.
  • Having trouble making yogurt? Browse our Yogurt Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Heirloom Starter Cultures Included in the Box

  • Viili Starter Culture (5200): A Finnish yogurt variety, Viili is very mild and creamy, with a fairly thick consistency. It’s a versatile favorite that’s perfect on its own or in any yogurt recipe.
  • Filmjölk Starter Culture (5201): Another Finnish variety, Filmjölk has a tangy flavor reminiscent of cheese and a custard-like texture. It’s great with fresh fruit or over pie. Kids love it!
  • Matsoni Starter Culture (5202):  Matsoni, from The Republic of Georgia, has a thin, custard-like texture with notes of honey. Its flavor is the most “yogurty” and is a popular choice for frozen yogurt.
  • Piimä Starter Culture (5203): Piimä, a Scandinavian variety, is very thin and drinkable with a mild flavor. Culture it with cream instead of milk to make a tasty sour cream-like topping.

 

Ingredients and Allergen Information

  • Organic milk, live active cultures.
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.
  • Manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Gluten-free

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

  • Our Heirloom starter cultures are shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture.
  • Refrigeration recommended.
  • Use by date on box.

 

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Additional

Additional Information

UPC 00814598020490

Reviews

31 Reviews For "Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures"

  1. Great culture!

    by Tilin on 01 Mon,2016

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    More than enough starter packets to start and maintain. Thumbs up!

  2. Truly delighted with this purchase!

    by Kelly on 03 Fri,2016

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    So far, have used every culture and they have all worked perfectly. Especially enjoy the Pima as I can make thick yogurt, sour cream or yogurt cheese that is smooth, tasty, thick and creamy by using half and half cream. So delicious and all are very easy to use. Directions included were also very easy to understand.

  3. Good value

    by CJ on 05 Fri,2016

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    I like the fact that you can keep making the yogurt over and over again, which saves money.

  4. Viili

    by Edith on 05 Tue,2016

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    I'm really surprised so many people are having difficulty with this. I have only tried the Viili culture, but have used it multiple times now. I used pasteurized homogenized whole milk, nothing special, let it set for at least 24 hours and then put it in the frig. I then add Maple Syrup and I have a wonderful yogurt drink. It does never get solid, but its thick and creamy and wonderful as a drink. Very pleasant tasting.

  5. A staple

    by Shasta on 05 Wed,2016

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    We've had some Viili in the house since last Fall, and it's been terrific. It did take awhile for the starter to get going, but it's been strong and steady since then. It's a runnier yogurt that breaks up easily, but works terrific in smoothies and with granola/meusli, etc. Nice, mild taste. Takes about 24 hrs to ferment in a 72 degree house.

  6. LOVE IT

    by Audrey on 05 Thu,2016

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    Made strawberry frozen yogurt w/Republic of George yogurt. It is absolutely delicious. Will try the other recipes. Only time I have made yogurt without heating milk...very easy.

  7. Yogurt I can actually like!

    by Gene on 07 Sat,2016

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    Although I've always used yogurt in my diet, I've never liked it much. Not a fan of "sour" stuff But all 4 of these cultures produce yogurt I actually like and can eat as is without adding sweetener or fruit juice or....The process is simple (especially in the summer heat!) and the results are very tasty.

  8. Good Product

    by Raven7 on 09 Thu,2016

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    Used raw milk when making yogurt, came out good- made healthy smoothies.

  9. Had trouble starting

    by Anita on 09 Thu,2016

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    Not sure what I was doing wrong, but couldn't get it to set up properly. I'm thinking because I was using 2% milk. Haven't tried again yet but will be trying over the weekend.

    Response from CFH: Feel free to contact us as we're happy to help you!

  10. Very pleased with product.

    by Tucson, AZ on 10 Sun,2016

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    Have tried two of my heirloom yogurt cultures and I am very pleased with them. I enjoy the opportunity to make another healthy food without needing a machine or continually purchasing starter cultures.

  11. Loved it

    by Karyn on 10 Thu,2016

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    I have only tried the Matsoni culture so far and was very pleased with the results and the taste. Is as easy as make milk kefir. Have been using both to make some amazing smoothies. Not yet ready to try the others just yet since I am the only person who eats yogurt in my home. Soon enough and am sure I will be with the end product. Thank you.

  12. Great customer support

    by Thomas on 10 Tue,2016

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    My first try at yogurt, and I had a few questions. The Cultures for Health folks were very patient and knowledgeable. The product produced great yogurt, and it continues to work.

  13. Use a cooler

    by Baxter18 on 10 Thu,2016

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    I have been using the Viili culture for over a year now and at first I had problems with getting consistent results. After I started using a cooler with a couple jars of warm water those issues went away. This technique eliminates the issue of trying to find an area that stays at a consistent temperature, just warm the jars as needed.

  14. So easy to make such a nutritious food.

    by Anya on 10 Fri,2016

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    I used to make yogurt that required yogurt maker for quite some time, but then it became a bit too cumbersome. This yogurt doesn't require all the extra steps and that is what I love about it.

  15. Works well - just be patient!

    by Leslie on 10 Sat,2016

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    I've only tried one so far and it was one that I had seen negative reviews on. It does take a while the first time but if you maintain the right temperature and give it enough time, it does work and get easier on each subsequent one. Love that there are several to try out in this package and so easy.

  16. Fantastic and easy!!!

    by Wendy on 11 Mon,2016

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    I have been making thermophilic yogurt for years and was intrigued by the idea of a mesophilic type because I live in an environment closer to the cold weather of Scandinavian countries. I have only made the Filmjolk which took 36 hours to set. It is creamy, and fairly mild, and I love it even without adding sweetener. I love that it is an heirloom variety and easy to make.

  17. Piima is excellent

    by Kim on 11 Fri,2016

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    I have only tried the Piima so far. My husband is not a yogurt person but I used the yogurt instead of milk in a smoothie this morning and he had no clue.

    First batch didn't thicken but I used 2 T to start a second batch that came out perfectly.

    So happy I decided to try mesophilic yogurts. I love yogurt but the expense and added sweeteners were always a battle. Very pleased with my purchase.

  18. Excellent

    by Kay on 12 Thu,2016

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    I had no issues starting these yogurts. I thought they would taste all the same but they definitely have their own unique flavor.

  19. Delicious!

    by Mel on 06 Fri,2016

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    I've only tried the viili. It is so good. I use raw milk and the flavor is sweeter than the pasturized milk. My kids have a hard time choosing a glass of yogurt or milk as it's very drinkable. It takes about 18 hours to culture.

  20. Enjoyed these cultures!

    by Lyndsay on 06 Tue,2016

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    I found it very easy to activate and use these cultures. The first 3 that I used (within a week or 2 of purchase) were activated in less than 24 hrs. The 4th one was stored in the freezer for a few more weeks before I tried it, and it activated in under 48 hrs. I had no experience culturing foods before this purchase. I've made several delicious things, including labneh and frozen yogurt, and I've just plain had fun making homemade yogurt. So glad I purchased this!

  21. Started making my first yogurt. I haven't tried it yet.

    by Julia on 09 Fri,2016

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    I haven't tried it yet.

  22. Very good product

    by Anna on 09 Fri,2016

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    Your yogurt is excellet, thick and tasty.

  23. Would have preferred buying them ondividually

    by Orlena on 11 Tue,2016

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    I tried all four at once and didn't think they were that different from each other. I also speeded up the process a bit by slowly heating the milk in a microwave to about 65* before stirring in the yogurt cultures. I recommend yoy do the same.

  24. Some Good and Some Bad

    by Geoff on 09 Tue,2016

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    The yoghurt so far is delicious and mild.
    I don't like the inflated price for so many packets when two will suffice, I don't like that there is no way of knowing which culture out of the four differentt ones I supposedly bought and am using as there is no indication on the packets and I don't like that I cannot choose to buy just one variety at a lower price.
    But it makes great tasting yoghurt.

    Response from CFH: We apologize it is not more clear. The yogurt packets each have a 4-digit number on them that corresponds to its name on the product instruction sheet: 5200 Viili, 5201 Filmjolk, 5202 Matsoni, 5203 Piima. Please contact Customer Support if you have more concerns or questions, as we'd be happy to assist!

  25. Trouble culturing

    by Anissa on 01 Wed,2016

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    I had trouble getting this culture to start properly. A little finicky - I tried twice with little luck. I've had no problem with kombucha, water kefir or vegetable cultures, but this one was difficult to get right.

    CFH Note: Please contact our support staff , there are a few tricks for improving the performance of a sluggish starter and we would be happy to help.

  26. Viili didn't work

    by Aloha on 10 Sat,2016

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    Right from the start, I'll be honest and say that I did not try the other cultures that were in the package, and only tried the Viili, as we already have kefir out on the counter. I followed the instructions, and while it did make a pleasant yogurt, it was not viili, and every subsequent batch never turned into viili. I ordered some viili elsewhere and it worked as I expected. This leads me to believe that both packets may have been mislabeled.

    Response from CFH: Our Viili is different than other varieties, being that is it not the "ropey" kind. We're sorry it didn't meet your expectations! Please let us know if you need any assistance when you try the other yogurts in your starter box!

  27. good and bad results. 5200/120 great. 5201/120 so bad it never sets even in 24 hours.

    by EJ on 06 Wed,2016

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    I have not tested all the brands. 5200 is a great product. it cultures in 24 hours perfectly. 5201/120 is a real disaster. I have tried both the packages result is the same it never sets.

    Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry for your experience! Please contact Customer Support and we'd be happy to assist. We can often turn things around, and save your culture!

  28. A sad waste of good milk

    by Mel on 01 Sat,2016

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    I have made my own thermophilic yogurt before using plain yogurt as a starter culture, so I was excited to try the filmjolk mesophilic starter, which used to be sold separately. I followed the directions exactly, and after 12 hours nothing had happened except a thin ring of yogurt-like milk around the top, so I followed the suggestion and let it go another 12 hours. Opened the lid to find stinky spoiled milk. I used the second packet of cultures to start a second batch. This time, I put it in the fridge after the first 12 hours, even though there was still only that thin ring. I followed the suggestion to use a tablespoon of that batch to start a new batch, and still got the same result. Definitely not yogurt; not even thin yogurt. Fortunately my community has a compost drop-off site that accepts dairy products so I didn't have to just dump all of that milk down the drain, but I'm still sad to waste it.

    Response from CFH: We're sorry for the disappointment! We are here to troubleshoot, so please don't hesitate to contact us! We are confident we can save your cultures and make it right.

  29. disappointing

    by karla on 04 Thu,2016

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    So far I have tried only the Viili. Took about 36 hours to slightly thicken. Not very pleasant taste. Not stringy at all. Left in refrigerator overnight, got some separation, recultured twice again, taste got more bitter. I assume the culture was not alive and the milk just turned bad left on the counter.

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support so we can ensure your success! We are fantastic at troubleshooting, and often can save your culture.

  30. Waste of money

    by Cameo on 04 Sun,2016

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    Both tries at starting this culture failed miserably. Used goat milk first then bought cows milk. Either way neither worked. I used store bought yogurt and that worked so much better and less than a fraction of the cost.

    Response from CFH: As with any of our cultures, please contact us when there are issues. Working with an heirloom culture is different than storebought ready-made yogurt, and we're happy to troubleshoot to help you master its use. We stand behind our products and will do our best to ensure your success.

  31. All cultures failed

    by Valerie on 08 Tue,2016

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    My husband is from Georgia. I bought these cultures to make a present for him since it has Matsoni among them. However, all cultures failed. I am biologist, and have extensive experience with cultivating bacteria. I could not be wrong in cultivation - the cultures you sell are not stable. Even the packaging for such cultures is not right.

    Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry to hear this. Our multiple attempts to contact you for troubleshooting have been unsuccessful. Please reach out to us and we'd be happy to assist, and get you on the road to making our heirloom yogurt!

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Ingredients

  • Organic milk, live active cultures.
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.
  • Manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Gluten-free

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  • From Laura K at 9/27/2016 4:30 PM
  • From Linda at 9/17/2016 5:53 PM
    • I am reading "Nourishing Traditions" and am looking for the piima powder used for making piima milk. Is this the piima powder they are talking about?
      Thank you!
    • This is the yogurt culture to make Piima yogurt. You may need to check with authorities from Nourishing Traditions to see if this can be used to make milk in accordance with their book, but this culture is a yogurt culture.
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  • From Rozenkruetz at 8/13/2016 3:50 PM
    • Can you tell me what kind of Viili it is? Is it short strand, long stand (stringy), and/or fuzzy?
    • This is a Finnish yogurt variety, Viili is very mild and creamy, with a fairly thick consistency. It is not the "ropey" variety.
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  • From Momofgirlsw/curls at 7/9/2016 10:53 AM
    • Can you please tell me which type of cultures/probiotics are in each type of the heirloom starters. Thank you.
    • Unfortunately, we do not have a list of specific bacteria in the heirloom yogurt cultures.

      They generally have a few strains, but we do not test individual batches of our heirloom yogurt for bacteria content; therefore we cannot make any guarantees as to the exact probiotic makeup of the cultures. Heirlooms can change slightly from batch to batch, and since it is not a lab created strain, it will not work for consistent testing.

      We do have a great list of our cultures here at this link, which can show you the resulting flavor and texture of the yogurts:

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