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Mesophilic Direct Set Starter Culture MM Series

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SKU: 6837


Danisco Direct Set Mesophilic Culture MM Series: For soft-ripened and fresh (unripened) cheeses including Brie, Camembert, Havarti, Gouda, Edam, feta, blue, chèvre, and more!

  • 50 DCU bulk packet (see more below)
  • Usage Rate: Follow the instructions included in your recipe or use 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of milk or 1/4 tsp. per 2 to 5 gallons or 1/2 teaspoon per 5 to 10 gallons.
  • This is a direct-set (single-use) culture, no maintenance required.
  • Country of Origin: France


  • Lactic bacteria: (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis
  • Contains sucrose and maltodextrins as a carrier.
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Storage Information: Store in the refrigerator.


What exactly does DCU mean?

DCU is a formal cheesemaking unit of measurement provided by the manufacturer. Rather than measuring the culture packets by volume, this measurement reflects the activity level of the cultures within the packet. Due to variations across cheese recipes, this measurement scale does not indicate the number of doses or batches contained within a packet. Be sure to always use the amount of culture recommened in your specific recipe.


What is a Direct-Set Culture?

A direct-set culture is a one-time-use culture and cannot be recultured (i.e., perpetuated beyond the single batch). Direct-set cultures are often preferred by cheesemakers 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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  • From Scott at 8/7/2014 4:16 PM
    • Once this packet is open, can the remaining culture (if any) be stored for later use? If so, what is the best way to store unused starter?
    • Remaining culture can be kept in a sealed container such as an air-tight jar or zip-seal bag. Store in the freezer for the longest shelf-life.
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  • From Janet at 7/7/2014 5:54 PM
    • How much is I the bulk packet? I know it says 50 DCU but how much is that? Approximately a half cup?
    • This packet contains a few teaspoons of culture.

      DCU can be confusing, but for the home cheese maker, this is the best explanation:

      "A DCU is a proprietary measurement which is neither a weight nor a volume. Instead, it is a measure of the bacterial activity contained within the entire packet, since creameries and commercial cheesemakers use these packets in their entirety. A 25-DCU packet of a given lot today could weigh, for example, 6 grams, but tomorrow's lot with the same DCU value could weigh 5.5 grams. The entire packet as a whole will have a consistent total amount of activity. It is difficult to say exactly how far a given packet will go, since different types of cheeses and different batch sizes have different inoculation rates. Although it really depends on the culture, in general you can usually expect to get at least (20) 2-gallon batches out of a 50-DCU packet."
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  • From Melissa at 11/18/2013 2:25 AM
    • Hi, can i use this with plant base "milks" , does this works? Thanks
    • The Mesophilic Direct Set Starter Culture works beautifully with dairy milk but it is not suitable for non-dairy, plant based milks.
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  • From Holly Dech at 3/13/2013 4:22 PM
  • From Donna at 2/1/2013 11:15 AM
    • How much cheese does this actually make?
    • It will depend on the recipe. Usually this starter works at the rate of about 1/4 tsp to 3-5 gallons of milk. The yield of cheese will vary, depending on the hardness of the cheese (how much whey is pressed out).

      This packet has a few teaspoons in it. ​
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Customer Reviews

Wonderful Product Review by Roxanna

Works great. All you need is milk and rennet. I use this to make cheese with my goat's milk. It's delicious.

(Posted on 10/25/2015)

Wonderful Product Review by Roxanna

Works great. All you need is milk and rennet. I use this to make cheese with my goat's milk. It's delicious.

(Posted on 10/25/2015)

Makes great Havarti! Review by Shannon

So I have used this culture to make fresh Havarti recently with the recipe from Cultures for Health and I have to say it's so so so good! This cheese makes the most amazing grilled cheese ever! I am really impressed with this culture and can't wait to see what else it can do. I have plans for more Havarti and some gouda or chevre.

(Posted on 10/13/2015)

Reasonable price + shipping Review by amiriliano

What makes me get this culture, that I can get anywhere else from Cultures for Health is their reasonable shipping costs. Great basic meso culture.

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

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