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Product Review (submitted on January 17, 2013):
I have tried the Viili and the Greek yogurt starter and had problems with both. The Greek yogurt was working for awhile but after I came back from vacation, I was unable to get my second packet working. Cultures for Health was very kind to send me a new one and that one did not work either. I was worried I was going to have to give up altogether when I decided to try this product.
The Bulgarian yogurt is MUCH better than the greek yogurt in thickness and taste. I have had it for 2 1/2 mths and never have problems with it setting within 8hrs. You also don't need to strain this yogurt as it is thick on its own. My husband has even held the jar upside down and nothing comes out unless provoked. It makes the yogurt very economical and the flavor is more mild than the greek yogurt but still as tartness. I'm a big fan of french yogurt so I love this.
Tips: When my yogurt is set the whey does run up the side of the jar but the yogurt stays put. If you aren't looking carefully it looks like the yogurt isn't set because there is liquid running up the side. I have a heating pad with 6 heat settings, on 4 my yogurt sets in 6-7.5 hrs depending on how cold it is.