Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

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**Please note, this product is out of stock until early to mid-August. In the meantime we recommend Body Ecology Starter Culture as an excellent substitute culture when making cultured vegetables, fruits, and condiments.**

 

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.

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


Ingredients: Sugar (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides and pediococcus acidilactici)

This product is certified organic and contains no GMO ingredients.

 

Allergen Information: Carrier sugar is derived from corn. Manufactured in a facility that occasionally handles wheat, soy, milk, eggs, and seafood.



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

      cheer
    • 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 nick hopkin at 3/30/14 7:37 AM
    • The starter says it contains dairy. Is their anyway to get a completely vegan culture set?
    • We do not carry a vegan vegetable starter culture. However, it is possible to culture vegetables without a starter culture, or to use water kefir or extra water kefir grains as starter in fermented vegetables:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/compare-salt-whey-starter-culture-ferment-vegetables-fruits-condiments

      * Note: As of May 13, 2014, Caldwell's has reformulated their vegetable starter and it is now dairy free. Ingredients: Sugar (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides and pediococcus acidilactici)
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  • From Lisa at 4/22/14 8:20 AM
    • Can you use this type of culture as a starter for fermenting fruits?
    • No, Caldwell Vegetable Starter is not appropriate for culturing fruits.
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  • From Sonia at 5/21/14 5:11 PM
    • Are the sugars used in either Caldwell's or BE veggie starters certified non-GMO?

    • The starters are certified organic by multiple agencies. Products must be GMO-free to obtain organic certification.
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  • From Kathy at 5/22/14 7:50 AM
    • How long does an unopened package of Caldwell's Vegetable starter last in the fridge?
    • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 12 months
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  • From Sunny at 6/10/14 10:40 AM
    • Noticing your ingredients for the fermentation has milk powder. Is this milk powder from grass fed/ finished cows?
      Also your sugar as stated may be from beet sugar which is GMO/GE in most if not all cases. Can you pleases tell me if these are healthier than what I suspect it to harmful. After all fermented foods are beneficial to over all health.
      Thank you for answer.
      Sunny
    • The list of ingredients for the current product does not include milk powder but it is certified organic and is non-GMO.
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  • From Bill R at 6/29/14 7:31 PM
    • What is the refrigerated shelf life?
    • This starter lasts 12 months, when stored in the refrigerator.
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Good Product! Review by Ryan
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Starter culture is a little pricey at first, but when you add up the cost of energy and loss of nutrition from conventional canning, the product becomes pretty inexpensive. This product gets going fast and the veggies taste wonderful. I highly recommend this product. (Posted on July 18, 2014)
great product Review by karenh
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I think this is the best culture starter for veggies! I think the veggies are cultured better with a starter instead of just using salt brine. Worth getting! (Posted on June 12, 2014)
Good results so far Review by Dolores
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I have only used 2 packets of the product. I made a big batch of kimchi that was nice and tangy and not too salty but still crisp.

I currently have a crock of cauliflower and carrots fermenting...don't know yet whether they were successful.

According to Caldwell's website, they have no longer use dairy as a medium for their culture which is good because I prefer not to eat dairy. (Posted on June 6, 2014)
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)
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