Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

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Caldwell Vegetable Starter

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**This product is out of stock until mid-April. In the meantime we recommend this product.**

Caldwell's Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables makes it easy to culture raw vegetables at home.  The active lactic bacteria contained in the starter culture are specific to vegetable fermentation.

Caldwell Bio Fermentations has spent the last 15 years producing and researching raw cultured vegetables.  Out of this research comes extensive knowledge concerning the bacterial strains required for an efficient starter culture for vegetables.

Ingredients: Sugar (as a carrier), skim milk powder, ascorbic acid, active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides and pediococcus acidilactici)

Please note: There is an element of dairy in this product as a carrier, but the proportion in the final cultured veggies is absolutely minute, around 17 parts per million, which is below trace level.

Each box contains 6 pouches; each pouch prepares 4.5 lbs. of raw vegetables.

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  • From nick hopkin at 3/30/14 7:37 AM
  • From mm at 3/29/14 10:07 PM
    • How long we can use the veg. after we use ur product ?

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    • The amount of time you can store your veggies will vary greatly based on what and how you culture. At a cool room temperature in a covered container, your ferments will last for several weeks. Refrigeration will extend this by several months. If your fermented food develops an unpleasant odor or taste, it is best to discard the remaining food.
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  • From Emmy at 12/5/13 9:49 AM
  • From Beth at 11/27/13 11:46 PM
    • Can I make Kimchee with this culture?
    • Yes! This vegetable starter is a great way to start kimchee. Use the enclosed instructions to determine how much starter to use based on the size of your recipe.
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  • From Michelle at 11/25/13 12:02 PM
    • Can you cook with these fermented raw verges without killing the beneficial bacteria?
    • You can cook with fermented vegetables and they can add a lovely flavor and texture. However, cooking fermented vegetables will kill the bacteria.
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  • From K Randall at 11/20/13 3:56 AM
    • What is the shelf life of the Caldwell's product in unopened pouches? If I buy it today, how long can I keep it around before I use it?
    • Purchased today, your unopened Caldwell Vegetable starter should be good at room temperature for 6 months but we recommend storing the starter in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the shelf life to 12 months.
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  • From Barbara at 10/22/13 11:46 AM
    • I see you may be using sugar beet, Is your culture non GMO?
    • Caldwell's Vegetable starter does not contain any GMO ingredients
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  • From Sandy at 10/20/13 10:32 PM
    • Should you use sea salt with the starter culture?
    • When culturing vegetables, either with a starter culture or without, any non-iodized salt should be fine to use.
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  • From R. Carlson at 9/9/13 1:28 PM
    • How long does the starter culture last if refrigerated? How long if a packet is opened?
    • At 40-45º in the fridge, the package would be good for 12 months. Opened, it should last about the same time if you have folded it over and secured it shut.

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  • From Dee at 7/29/13 12:23 AM
    • Can people with a dairy allergy use this product?
    • There is a small amount of skim milk powder in the starter. Your Nutritionist or Health Care Provider would be able to guide you based on the severity of your allergy to milk products.
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Great for Sauerkraut! Review by Tianna
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I've only used the first packet of this box but the results were awesome! I started off my first batch of sauerkraut using the starter culture and have been using excess liquid as a starter since.
However, I plan to use the starter culture packets again when I begin a new batch of fermented vegetables - something I don't want to taste like sauerkraut! (Posted on April 9, 2014)
Does what you want it to. Review by James
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Takes some of the trouble out of fermenting veggies, and is also packaged well enough to keep on hand when you done have any whey to use. (Posted on March 7, 2014)
I like the fact that it contains L. plantarum and other tested microbes for vegetable fermentation. Review by Fred
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It is a good product and it seems that it makes more bubbles or fermentation than the wild ferments I had been doing. There is good research on L. plantarum fermentation of such things as turmeric and other vegetables and your product contains a strain of L. plantarum. I use it to make kvass with a beet base and other vegetables and it does make a "better" tasting and smelling kvass. I know one can make kvass without adding a culture but I think it adds quality and consistency. I have a PhD in nutritional biochemistry and plan on doing some studies on the fermentation characteristics of the ferments. (Posted on February 27, 2014)
Perfect for Culturing Veggies Review by Dani
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Thank you for having this product and all of your other ones available to the culturing consumer! This is my go-to site and resource for culturing products,recipes and education. This is a fantastic product...my veggies are bubbling with life every time! (Posted on February 26, 2014)
Happy customer Review by Trueman
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I have always liked the store-bought sauerkraut, but I had no idea homemade could taste so wonderful until I made my own using Caldwell Starter Culture. Thanks so much for a very excellent product, and thank you also for the phone support, which helped me start fermenting with confidence.
(Posted on February 26, 2014)
Excellent Review by Lisa
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I make sauerkraut about every two weeks. The culture works, tastes excellent. My vote would be 5 stars. (Posted on January 25, 2014)
Best culture for veggies I have come across Review by Marl
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I love the veggie culture. I have never used them before now. They are just neat for making exact quantiy of veggies.I will now make this a part of my culturing for veggies. I just love how Donna Schwenk uses them. (Posted on January 14, 2014)
Vegetable Culture Review by Dave
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As a first-time culturer, Caldwell Starter Culture for Vegetables was totally fool-proof and easy to use. Made my first batch and am completely satisfied with the results. Our local Coop carries a blend which I tried to emulate and truly believe it turned out better than the product previously purchased. It is really so easy to do. Looking forward to other variations of vegetable blends and herbs and spices and perhaps may try making kefir, as that is only found in Wisconsin with a high sugar content. Super kudos to Eve for answering all my questions very timely and quelling my first-time fears, not knowing what to expect. Keep up the great work, Caldwell! My family and friends will definitely be ordering from you. Dave (Posted on January 10, 2014)
Great product. I love it and will purchase it again. Review by Marl
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Great product for the price (Posted on January 1, 2014)
Easy to mix and start Review by Mary
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I wanted to get started on cultured vegetable. This product helped me over the hurdle of what starter to use. I put it together with cabbage and additives in an hour and this morning it is working away. I can't wait to taste my product. (Posted on December 23, 2013)
Excellent quality and price Review by Ana
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I have been buying these for quite a while and always get consistently great fermented vegetables. No mold and always just right. This is a quality product hard to beat. Thank you! (Posted on December 23, 2013)
Very unclear directions Review by Kim
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I don't know if this was good quality because there were no instructions or information included. I originally purchased this to make fruit leather, which I saw on the site for this product. But, had to adhoc it. (Posted on November 28, 2013)
Great product. Timely delivery. Review by Mikki's
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I love this product. I received it in a short amount of time. I was pleased. (Posted on November 13, 2013)
Great product Review by Sandy
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I fermented some shredded carrots. It was so easy and in 3 days I was eating them. No mold and great taste. Very simple process. Love this product. (Posted on November 9, 2013)
PERFECT RESULTS EVERYTIME !! Review by Green Diva
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Can't say enough good things ... These are the best culture veggies starter packages you can buy. Some of the others I have used don't always work, yours work GREAT ... and my veggies/kraut are flavored perfect, and never any MOLD ! My little Yorkie LOVES a snack of the fermented kraut. I am always guaranteed PERFECT results with your veggie culture starter ! (Posted on November 4, 2013)
Works for me! Review by Marge
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Used with fermented slaw, cauliflower, kraut, etc, etc
NO Failures. Good deal. (Posted on November 1, 2013)
The BEST, AMAZING RESULTS Review by Marlene
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After several tries at different methods of fermenting, just salt to salt & whey, to type of jar & lid configuration, I have found this amazing product, veggie starter. I have made pickles, wax beans, kraut, carrot ferments & they all are PERFECT, NO MOLD!! Taste is fantastic, I now use fido jars & salt brine along with this starter & the flavor is much better than just w/ salt brine or whey. I AM GUARANTEED a good result each time & for my hard earned dollar purchasing organic produce I want results that I can count on each time. No worries here. Now I wonder what the price would be if we bought in bulk? Wonderful product!!
(Posted on October 28, 2012)
Dependable and tasty Review by onegreengoddess
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I typically use just whey and salt, but if I really need to depend on the culture working out, and tasting great, I use Caldwell's. Plus, there's definitely lots of bubbles! (Posted on September 13, 2012)
The Best!! Review by Donna Schwenk
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These are the best culture veggies starter packages you can buy. The levels of beneficial bacteria's stay higher in these than other veggies starter packages. Your ferments are bubbly and delicious. I met the people who made these and saw the science behind it, but it was when I went home and tried them that really convinced me. They are little powerhouse cultures that super charge your immune system and detox you in a hurry. I can't say enough about them, absolutely love them!

www.culturedfoodlife.com (Posted on January 19, 2012)
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