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I'm new to cheese making, so consider that when reading this. I have made three batches of cheese with this culture. They have all turned out with different consistencies from rather thin to thicker to just right. I'm wondering if the age of the milk I'm using is making the difference?? The...

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Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

SKU: 6732
$9.99

Availability: In stock

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Use this versatile mesophilic cheese culture to make flavorful semi-soft and fresh cheeses at home! From Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack to Feta, Chèvre, and more, you'll enjoy the flavor and variety of homemade cheeses using this starter culture.

  • Each box contains 8 packets of direct-set starter culture.
  • Store extra packets in the freezer.
  • Use as directed by your recipe or at the following rate: 1 packet per gallon of milk, 2 packets per 2-4 gallons, or 4 packets per 5-10 gallons.
  • Heat milk and culture according to temperatures outlined in your recipe.
  • Avoid using ultra-pasteurized or UHT milk.
  • Direct-set (single-use) culture, no maintenance required.
  • Having trouble making cheese? Browse our Expert Advice Articles on Cheesemaking or contact us for assistance!

 

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Sucrose, Maltodextrins, Lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactisLactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris)

 

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • This product is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

  • Our Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture is dehydrated and shipped in a barrier-sealed packet.
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Use by date on box.

 

 

What is a Direct-Set Culture? 

Direct-Set cultures are a one-time-use culture, they cannot be recultured (i.e. perpetuated beyond the single batch).  Direct-Set cultures are often preferred by cheese makers as they require no maintenance or care.  Simply keep the packet in the freezer and remove the portion for your recipe when it's time to make cheese. Most Direct-Set cultures contain multiple doses to inoculate multiple batches.

 

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UPC 00814598020438

Reviews

15 Reviews For "Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture"

  1. good review

    by Jeanie on 12 Tue,2013

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    I've used this before and I really like the ease of use and it makes tasty cheese.

  2. Mesophilic culture is the best!

    by Happy Chef on 12 Mon,2013

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    The Mesophilic culture works perfectly everytime for the goat chevre. It gives me the greatest yield and creamiest texture. It is truly excellent also for my feta!

    I love it!

  3. Perfect!

    by Kelly on 12 Mon,2013

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    My first try at cheese making! The culture arrived quickly even in the holiday rush. The culture worked great for goat cheese and I have had very positive feedback from my tasters.

  4. great

    by Lyn on 03 Sun,2014

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    this worked great

  5. Very happy

    by Deb on 05 Sat,2014

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    I haven't used the product yet but I am very happy easy to order and arrived fast love your recipes for cheeses wait for my feta to age them I will see! Look great!

  6. great

    by whisper38 on 10 Tue,2014

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    worked just great for me.

  7. Love the Mesophilic Culture

    by Merrie on 09 Thu,2015

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    Thanks so much for the great culture and I am enjoying my wonderful cheese! Keep up the good work. All your products are fantastic and your customer service is a joy. Well done.

  8. Awesome

    by mntgoatchick on 09 Mon,2015

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    Thank you for providing, love this easy to use culture.

  9. great product

    by MrsJR on 10 Mon,2015

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    I've been very pleased with the quality of the culture and it has worked fabulously! I'll definitely order again.

  10. Easy to use

    by gouche on 06 Thu,2016

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    Bought for my cheese making course. It is so easy to use and you have excellent resources and customer service to answer questions.

  11. Mesophilic culture

    by Auggie on 01 Thu,2013

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    This is a very versatile culture. I made a farmers cheese for a customer and she said it was the best she tasted in 30 years of perogi making.

  12. Happy with product

    by Marti on 11 Mon,2013

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    Product came quickly and has worked perfectly.

  13. Mesophilic Culture

    by Farmwife on 06 Tue,2014

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    Worked very well. Price is a little higher than other places, but worth it.

  14. Works great

    by ketika on 08 Wed,2015

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    I like that the culture is packaged in small foil packets instead of plastic or paper. My partially skimmed cows milk set in about half the time that I've experienced with other brands. That's great since I'm always in a rush to get to the next step. Cheese has turned out tasty too.

  15. Tasty Cheese!

    by Tamarah on 06 Thu,2014

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    I'm new to cheese making, so consider that when reading this. I have made three batches of cheese with this culture. They have all turned out with different consistencies from rather thin to thicker to just right. I'm wondering if the age of the milk I'm using is making the difference?? The thinner cheese was fresher. The taste of the 'just right' cheese was a little tangier too! Great Product!!

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Ingredients

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Sucrose, Maltodextrins, Lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactisLactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris)

 

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • This product is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

Questions

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  • From aakash at 9/30/2013 12:10 AM
    • is this product vegetarian or vegan , as in contains no animal product. and can be used for making cheese
    • This product is cultured on lactose/milk. It is vegetarian, not vegan.
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  • From Shane at 7/9/2013 6:24 PM
    • is the mesophillic direct set culture gluten free? Does it come from a dedicated gluten free facility?
    • While this culture does not contain any gluten, it does not come from a dedicated gluten-free facility.
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  • From Dariela at 6/9/2013 1:15 AM
    • Can this be used with non dairy milks? Any recommendations for which milk will yield a decent tasting result? My infant son is allergic to milk and I make most of his food from scratch. I'm looking to make some cheese to give him a little more variety to eat. Thank you!
    • This cheese culture is not well-suited for making non-dairy cheeses.
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  • From Miranda at 2/6/2013 4:00 AM
    • I'm unable to get raw milk on Oahu. Is it possible to make a soft cheese with this culture from pasteurized, homogenized milk ("store-bought" milk from the cold dairy case)?
    • This culture will work well with store-bought homogenized, pasteurized milk however, ultra pasteurized (UP) or ultra high temp (UHT) milk would be problematic.
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  • From Pete at 11/28/2012 5:33 PM
    • If I am storing these cultures in the freezer, when I go to use them do I need them to "thaw" or can I just use immediately as the recipe says.

      Thanks.
    • They can be used almost right away as they will thaw quickly at room temperature.
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  • From Melissa at 11/11/2012 5:02 PM
    • If I use the direct set culture, do I still need to use rennet to coagulate the milk to make hard cheese? What does "direct set" mean, does it mean it already has rennet in it?
    • This direct-set culture does not contain rennet. Whether or not you need to add rennet will depend on the recipe you are using. "Direct-set" simply means it is a one-time-use culture, and cannot be recultured from one batch to the next.
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  • From Caitlin at 9/11/2012 2:52 PM
    • Is the Lactococcus lactis in this starter derived from dairy or plant material (aka is it vegan)?
    • The culture does contain some dairy; it is not vegan.
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  • From Brite at 9/5/2012 6:22 PM
    • I am allergic to maltodextrin- what do you recommend in place of this product? I'm new to cheese making but I'm having a hard time finding starters that don't have added chemicals that cause problems for me.
    • Mesophilic Aromatic Type B Starter Culture does not contain maltodextrins. It is a little more strongly flavored than the mesophilic Direct Set Culture, so it may or may not be appropriate for your recipe.
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/mesophilic-aromatic-type-b-starter-culture.html
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  • From Kathy at 5/1/2012 10:25 AM
    • To make cheddar cheese, do I skim the cream (fat) off the raw milk first or do I leave it in the milk? Or does it matter?
    • Definitely leave it in! Also give the cultured milk a good stir before adding rennet. If you skim the cream off, your cheddar will be very dry and crumbly and won't press properly.​
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  • From Robin at 2/17/2012 11:00 AM
    • How is this different from the Chevre or Feta cultures?
    • The direct set mesophilic culture contains more strains of bacteria than the chevre or feta cultures. You can certainly use the chevre or feta cultures in the same way as you would use a mesophilic culture, since chevre and feta ARE mesophilic (cool temperature loving) cultures. However, you won't get the same depth of flavor in your hard cheeses, and your chevre and feta won't have quite the same "tang".
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