Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter

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Start making yogurt at home. This mild direct-set yogurt starter is easy to use and produces thick, creamy yogurt. Perfect for beginners and busy people alike. Make yogurt when you like and freeze the remaining packets for later. No starter to maintain. 
 

  • Each box contains four packets of starter culture.
  • Use 1 packet with 1-2 quarts milk
  • For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons milk
  • 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
  • Yogurt is amazingly versatile, and may be used in recipes from smoothies to baked goods.

 

Ingredients: Milk, live active cultures (Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus)

This product contains no GMO ingredients.

Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture in a dairy carrier. The starter is good

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 weeks
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 6 to 12 months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12+ months

 

Allergen Information:

Contains dairy. Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish. 



       
Bonni  

Why I Love This Product

I love yogurt, but not all the time. I know there are people who eat yogurt every day and some who go through a gallon a week or more. Me? I like yogurt on occasion, so a direct-set yogurt culture is perfect! Our Mild Yogurt Starter is delicious, creamy, and super easy to make. I store the packets in the freezer and when the craving hits, heat the milk, cool the milk and let it culture in my Excalibur for 8 hours until set. It's so delicious, I eat it plain! Bonni, Customer Support Manager

 

 



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  • From kathy at 7/9/2014 10:28 AM
    • Does this contain any yeasts, or just culturing bacteria and is there a difference when it comes to yogurt?
    • The starter includes no yeast but has the following bacteria: Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus.
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  • From Ashley at 11/11/2013 12:58 PM
    • I am considering this yogurt starter and the Euro Cuisine yogurt maker, but my question is can I use raw milk using these two products?
    • Yes, you can use raw milk with the mild flavor starter in a yogurt maker. However, if you are looking to maintain the beneficial bacteria in raw milk, then you must be sure to never let the milk or temperature of the yogurt maker get above 110º.

      See our Learn to Make Yogurt page under the Raw Milk Yogurt section: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/yogurt
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  • From Melissa at 11/6/2013 8:20 PM
    • Can these be used in the Cuisinart yogurt maker? The directions on it say to dump everything in and turn it on. I have only used the Euro Cuisine where you pre heat to 180ºF then cool and incubate. Thanks.
    • According to the instructions for this particular yogurt maker, yes, it can be used with our cultures. Since we recommend heating the milk and cooling it, Cuisinart instructs the user to do this and then subtract 1-2 hours from the total fermentation time.
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  • From Jeanine at 4/9/2013 1:19 PM
    • Could you make more yogurt from the starters if you used some of the yogurt you made? I've seen recipes that make yogurt from milk and a carton of yogurt from the store. I was wondering if I could do the same thing with this, but I understand if it can't be done with the powder starter. Thanks.
    • The distributor of the Vegan Yogurt Starter indicates this is not a reculturable starter. Vegan milks do not provide the lactose necessary for the bacteria to reproduce, so you likely would not be able to make more than one or two additional batches.
      Eventually, a new direct-set starter must be used.
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  • From Yvonne at 11/29/2012 10:43 PM
    • What is the shelf life of your yogurt starters?
    • The direct-set Mild Flavor and Traditional Flavor Yogurt starters will last 6-12 months in the refrigerator or over 12 months when stored in the freezer.
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  • From Bobbi at 9/20/2012 12:24 AM
  • From Phoebe at 5/4/2012 2:53 PM
    • Will it work to use pectin as a thickener? I have a fair amount of instant pectin (the type used for freezer jam) and wondered if I could use that in my yogurt.
    • Pectin is frequently used as a thickener in commercial products and should work very well with the Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter or any of the heirloom yogurt starters. Instant pectin has additional flavors and sweeteners that can create undesirable flavors in yogurt.

      We have tested several types and recommend Pomona's pectin for thickening yogurt: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/pomona-universal-pectin.html
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  • From Emily at 4/8/2012 2:39 PM
  • From john C. at 12/6/2011 6:02 PM
    • I believe this is the starter culture I want. I am unclear as to how many "packets" are contained in each box. please advise. Regards, JC
    • Contains 8 packets; each packet makes 1 to 2 quarts of yogurt. For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons milk.
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Makes the Best Lassi Ever Review by Zindebaad
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Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, and for me, ground, roasted cumin. The starter made a wonderfully firm and perfect tasting yogurt. Previously I had used store bought yogurt for a starter. Nevermore.

(Posted on 10/16/2014)

FANTASTIC YOGURT Review by mosone
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This is the best yogurt I have ever made. Flavor is so mild, I can eat it without adding anything to it. Very easy to make. I used organic skim milk and it ended up just the right consistancy. Just made my second batch yesterday, using some of the yogurt from the first batch and I think it was even better than the first. It also dissolves very easily. I have had trouble with that using other cultures in the past. You can't go wrong with this one.

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Highly Recommend! Amazing yogurt! Review by Christina
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Best tasting (mild, 'sweet,/nonacidic') yogurt that I have ever made (in 8 years)! Starter is easy mixing, easily dissolved resulting in even consistency, amazingly creamy & thick yogurt!
Used 1/2 gal 2% pasteurized cows milk, 1 cup Carnation nonfat milk powder, mixed and heated to 180F in 8qt stainless steel pot.. Kept at 180F for 30 min, stirring every 5 mins or so & checking temp ( used an instant stick therm & made sure to stir before inserting therm). Cooled milk to112F, meanwhile put starter in glass measuring cup & added about 3 tablespoons of the cooled milk), stirred with small silicon spatula spoon (dissolved quickly & completely), then whisked starter mixture into cooled milk. Poured yogurt into the plastic 2 liter Yogourmet container and set in the yogourmet incubater (first filled incubater with water to highest internal indicator line), plugged in & waited 10 hours. Yogurt was extremely firm with tiny, slight bubbles around edge, and pulled away from container wall, showing a small amount of whey. Smell was fresh, clean and lightly tangy. Refridgerated 6 hours. Finished yogurt was very thick, creamy, & had reabsorbed(!) the whey. Smelled & tasted amazing! Sweet enough to eat plain. Also delightful with flavoring & topping!
A well earned 5 stars! Will try the traditional starter next! Thank you Cutures for Health!!! Oh and shipping to Long Island NY was super quick!

(Posted on 9/11/2014)

Mild yogurt culture Review by Janie
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I love this product. I made it for my granddaughter,who was being fed regular store bought "yogurt" packs for babies. There's nothing "yogurt" in them! I gave it to her with fruit puree (now she can eat regular soft fruit and veg) and she loves it. For myself I prefer Greek yogurt but this is a good starter for her.

(Posted on 7/27/2014)

LOVE THIS ONE Review by mharper
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I first ordered the Greek culture and it was a little too tart for my taste. I ordered the mild culture and it tastes so good, barely tart. With a 1/4 cup of nonfat noninstant dry milk per quart of whole organic not ultrapaturized milk it sets up really well, creamy and smooth. We are eating so much that I am making 3 quarts at a time and we are inhaling it! I have an old insulated yogurt maker than holds only 1 quart. Follow the heating directions in the box. I bought a 9qt thermos ice chest on sale and it holds 2 more quarts. I heat a 11"x12" heating pad in the microwave, put it in the bottom of the ice chest, the two quarts on top and close it up. Wait 8 hours and refrigerate. Remember to save a few tablespoons for your next batch.

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Great product Review by merr
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I made yogurt cream with this culture: a raw milk sour cream with live yogurt cultures. It was very thick, rich and soothing. It was much better tasting than what I have made using a spoonful of store bought sour cream as a starter, and took 1/2 the time. I like knowing I am getting healthy cultures in my finished product. Especially when using raw dairy.

(Posted on 6/28/2014)

love this yogurt Review by ann
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did not like the yogurt in stores, flavored or plain. Finding the yogurt starter has been wonderful. great tasting and delicious.I also bought the yogurt maker, would not do without the yogurt maker

(Posted on 6/12/2014)

Makes the best yogurt ever. Review by GF
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We live in a rural area and the grocery stores only carry big name mass produced yogurt made with full fat milk. I'm on a low fat diet so I can't eat any of the yogurt in the store. Had make my own yogurt many years ago and found the inconsistent results problematic. With this culture and locally produced non-fat milk, we now have the best yogurt we have ever tasted. Always get a good results, no surprises. I find that adding a half cup of non-fat powdered milk give the yogurt a thick and rich consistency. Thanks for the outstanding product.

(Posted on 6/12/2014)

Great taste, great results Review by Gerry
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I experimented with several different cultures and so far, this is my favorite. If you're just starting out, I found the type of milk you use is very important. Higher protein content and higher milk fat give you a yogurt with a firmer texture. I've finally settled on using 1% JERSEY milk and get fantastic results with this culture. It's so rich and creamy I feel guilty eating it! I pretty much follow the instructions on the box.
Heat to 180 F. HOld at 180 for 20 min then cool down to around 108 and add the culture. I incubate at 108. It's done in about 6 hours.

I like using single use cultures as the results are more consistent. OH, and also, I'm able to use 1 packet of the culture to make a crock pot full of yogurt (7/8 of a gallon) with NO problems. My temperature IS pretty steady at 108 F.

Gerry

(Posted on 5/15/2014)

Wonderful yogurt Review by Q
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This is the perfect-tasting culture for my taste buds. I eat yogurt with no sweeteners and I like a mild taste. This is it. Much like European yogurt. I also let it mellow in the machine a bit longer than required, then strain it through a coffee filter for Greek yogurt.

Want a different flavor? You can add a different flavor to each cup--vanilla, almond extract, a grating of nutmeg. Yummy!

(Posted on 5/10/2014)

Great product! Review by Jo Ann
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I never knew it was so easy to make fresh yogurt. This is a nice mild creamy yogurt. I have used the culture with 1%, 2%, and whole organic milk. It comes out great every time. When my kids are home from college I have to make a double batch every week. My son loves adding fresh berries and a little agave syrup. I would definitely recommend this culture to anyone Interested in making their own fresh yogurt.

(Posted on 5/10/2014)

Excellent Review by Joanie
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My husband and I are thrilled with this product. We love the taste of the yougur and I am able to achieve the thickness we enjoy. I will continue to purchase this product. Thank You,

(Posted on 4/29/2014)

Good Stuff! Review by MickMcD
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Taste is very good. It is slightly more expensive than the Yogourmet we can buy locally, but we like the taste better. We have ordered by mail and it has always arrived within a few days.

(Posted on 4/28/2014)

Tasty & Reliable Review by JL
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Excellent mild flavor. Sets every time. Wish this was available to reculture!

(Posted on 4/27/2014)

Awesome Review by mel
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I have tried several of the yogurts. I find this one easy to use and of consistent quality. I do find that it has a creamier texture if I add in the dry powdered milk to the whole milk that I use. I tried the direct set but had trouble keeping up with the repeat incubations in a timely manner.

(Posted on 4/17/2014)

Best Homemade Yogurt Ever! Review by Andi
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I love this starter. I made the best yogurt I have ever made with this starter. It has a wonderful flavor and works with all kinds of milk, even non-dairy types. I won't use any other type of starter again. This is the best!
Andi

(Posted on 3/28/2014)

Wonderful taste, but inconsistent texture Review by whitetiger
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I'm not sure why I'm getting a different consistency each time I make yogurt. One time it turned out somewhat thick, at least compared to how it's been lately. It's been so runny that I've been using 2 packets instead of 1 per batch. A couple of times it has even separated into liquid and then a small amount of what could be called yogurt. I'd appreciate any feedback.

Response from CFH: Raw milk and goats milk will produce runnier yogurts. When using raw milk, we recommend following these instructions: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/raw-milk-yogurt-video

Mild Yogurt Starter cultures for 6 to 7 hours at 105°-110°F. Culturing yogurt for longer periods of time may cause the yogurt to separate into curds and whey.

One packet is enough to make 1 to 2 quarts of yogurt. It is not necessary to use more than one packet per one to two quarts of milk.

(Posted on 3/23/2014)

Excellent Product Review by JL
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I am a beginner making homemade yogurt with a Cuisinart Yogurt Machine. I tried using store bought yogurt for my culture, but my yogurt always turned out runny. When I used Cultures for Health starter, my yogurt was firmer and very mild...perfect for my family that is skeptical about my new hobby!

(Posted on 3/20/2014)

Saved us from grocery store sugar-bomb yogurt Review by retroid
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The trouble is that I find plain yogurt a little too tart and bitter, and the flavored yogurts in the supermarket are cloyingly sweet. To try to get the family away from the liquid candy yogurt at the supermarket, I got the Eurocuisine (with timer) and this culture. Dazzlingly successful right out of the gates. My current formula: 1 quart whole milk, 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk 180F for 10 min. Cool to 105F by adding half quart cold milk. Add 1tsp vanilla extract, two teaspoons Truvia (stevia), and the culture packet and stir. Ferment 9h, then each jar gets 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp turmeric, 1tsp sugar. Or some crushed blueberries or some hot cocoa mix. Dynamite. Can't wait to develop more flavors.

(Posted on 3/7/2014)

Excellent! Review by Suzanne
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I made 2 quarts of yogurt with this starter and just love it! My husband is not a yogurt eater and likes it very much as long as I add some fruit to it or some jam. I find it is not tart at all and keeps well. Having a yogurt maker, it is so easy to make and nice to say "I made this". Try it out, you will really enjoy it.

(Posted on 3/6/2014)



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