Bulgarian Yogurt Starter

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Our Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture is the creamiest of the thermophilic heirloom yogurts. It can be re-cultured indefinitely. Thick, rich, and mild, this is the closest to commercial “European Style” yogurt. 

  • Each box contains 2 packets of yogurt starter
  • Activate 1 packet using 1 quart pasteurized milk; store 2nd packet in the freezer as a back-up
  • 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.
  • The mild flavor of Bulgarian Yogurt makes it a great base for dips, dressings, or other recipes using yogurt. 

 

Ingredients: Organic milk, live active bacteria (L. BulgaricusS. Thermophilus).

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life: Our Bulgarian starter culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture. The starter keeps 

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 9 months unopened
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12 months unopened

 

Due to recent changes in manufacturing processes, the weight of the item that appears in the photo may differ from the actual weight of the item received.

Allergen Information:

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


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  • From Alisha at 5/15/2013 11:27 AM
    • Do you only use the starter mix to make more yogurt or can you eat it too? Also can you freeze the starter to use later?
    • You use the starter culture to make your pasteurized dairy "mother" culture batch...you will reserve part of her to make a new mother within 7 days (so you can have ongoing yogurt making capabilities without having to continually buy a new culture) and the rest to make your yogurt you'll consume in the upcoming week. As long as you have saved a portion of the mother to make a new mother, the rest can certainly be consumed.

      Freezing the starter can be done for 2-3 weeks, but the viability will be about 70%. The sooner you use the starter, the better. The longer it sits in the freezer the less likely you will be able to self-perpetuate it.
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  • From ASH at 4/27/2013 11:55 PM
    • I'd like to know how long I can keep the mother batch in the fridge.
    • The mother culture, also known as the pasteurized dairy mother culture, will remain viable for reculturing in the refrigerator for up to one week. It should be edible for approximately a month.
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  • From Penelope at 4/23/2013 8:16 PM
    • Contemplating whether to make my own yogurt, but I am a little confused about one detail: how long can I keep part of the "mother batch" to continue making more yogurt? Will it spoil after 3 weeks, therefore requiring me start from scratch (a new starter kit)?

      Thank you kindly!
    • The mother batch, also known as the pasteurized dairy mother culture, is viable for culturing for about 7 days. So you need to make a pasteurized dairy new mother culture once a week. You don't need to buy more culture, you can keep reculturing what you have.
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  • From Kathy at 1/21/2013 12:22 AM
    • Two questions:
      1. Following up on Sean's question regarding Bulgarian vs Greek cultures that contain the same bacteria in different ratios....If, for example, I order Bulgarian starter and perpetuate the culture, couldn't the ratio of bacterial strains in my mother culture drift over time? (The answer posted seemed to pertain to operations in your facility, not what might happen at home.)
      2. Why can't direct-set starters be perpetuated? As far as I know, bacteria will replicate indefinitely as long as the health of the culture is maintained, and proper growth media is supplied (which one is doing, presumably). So what goes wrong? Do some bacterial strains in the mixture outcompete others?
    • It is possible that the bacteria in your yogurt will change, depending on what is in the air in your home or what you have culturing nearby. However, as long as you take care when culturing, re-culture within 7 days, and keep different yogurt varieties and other fermenting foods separate, your yogurt bacteria should remain true.

      Direct-set starters contain different bacteria strains from reusable heirloom starters. The bacteria in each determine the yogurt's characteristics and whether it will re-culture indefinitely or not.
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  • From Christine at 12/14/2012 1:04 PM
    • Can I freeze some of the yogurt to use as a future starter? My family is not going through it fast enough right now and I am afraid the yogurt will go bad before I make a new batch.
    • You can freeze the pasteurized dairy mother starter, but it will only stay viable for about 2-3 weeks.
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  • From Spencer at 9/2/2012 4:10 PM
    • My Bulgarian Yogurt Starter hasn't been refrigerated for several weeks. Think the cultures have a chance? They've been sitting at room temperature for over a month (oops).
    • The Bulgarian Yogurt Starter will normally only last 3 to 4 weeks at room temperature. If it has been in a fairly cool place, go ahead and give it a try.
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  • From Cathy at 8/13/2012 4:27 PM
    • How many "packets" of yogurt starter are in one box?
    • Each box contains 2 packets of yogurt starter. Reserve the second packet in your fridge until you are certain your first batch of yogurt has cultured properly. Keep the second packet in the freezer as a back-up in case your original culture needs to be replaced or if you wish to take an extended break from yogurt making.

      One packet of yogurt culture can be used to make unlimited amounts of homemade yogurt as it can be re-cultured by reserving a small amount of yogurt from the current batch to inoculate the next batch of homemade yogurt. With care, this yogurt culture can be used to make homemade yogurt indefinitely.
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  • From Sean at 7/21/2012 4:24 AM
    • Adding to the question about the difference between the Bulgarian and greek yogurts, I was wondering how the different ratios are maintained through the ongoing batches. It would seem that the ratios of the two would drift during the indefinite reculturings.
    • We culture different products at different times to avoid any cross contamination, as well as maintaining sterile conditions.
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  • From Betsy at 6/26/2012 3:24 PM
    • Just curious as to why you should not use ultra pastuerized milk?
    • Ultra-pasteurized milk is processed at higher temperatures and pressures than pasteurized milk, and is often too sterile for the yogurt culture to take hold. Additionally, the milk proteins may not coagulate as well due to the extra processing.
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  • From Milena at 5/28/2012 12:55 PM
    • Another comment/suggestion.

      It has been mentioned in some of the comments that people add a bit of non-fat dry powdered milk to thicken their yogurt. This works really well for thickening yogurt made out of fat free milk. I usually add 1-1.5 cups dry powdered milk per 2L of fat free milk (that's roughly 0.5 gallon of milk). It comes out perfect: no need to strain, wash more utensils, etc. In fact, my yogurt ends up so think you can literally empty the container onto a plate, turning it upside down, and it will keep its shape like a custard desert. By the way, you can do great looking deserts that way, adding berries, nuts, drizzling honey on top, etc.)
    • Thank you for sharing your successful tip!
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yummy Review by tuna
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I like this yoghurt very much. It is rich and creamy on the palate and is more subtle, more complex, than commercial yoghurts.

(Posted on 10/25/2014)

EXCELLENT Yogurt Review by Phil
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I have made yogurt off and on since the mid-70's. I would purchase store bought plain yogurt and make a couple of batches. However, I was never satisfied with the results.

Then I made the move to purchase starter from Cultures for Health. Right from the first batch, the yogurt came out creamy and delicious. Now, my wife and I enjoy yogurt every day and I have to make sure that I make another batch every few days so we don't run out!

(Posted on 10/24/2014)

Even yogurt-haters love this! Review by Jessica
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I used this yogurt starter to make yogurt in my Instant Pot pressure cooker (there is a yogurt setting). The yogurt was super easy to make and it tasted wonderful. The texture is creamy and not as firm as store bought yogurt; I just strained it through cheesecloth and it was perfect. The taste is slightly sour, but not too much. My husband who hates yogurt will actually eat this! I just add some homemade jam and both he and my baby will eat it by the gallons (literally, I use 1-2 gallons of milk per week just for yogurt).
I highly recommend this yogurt!

(Posted on 10/12/2014)

Great Yogurt! Review by Fireweed
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I am so glad I found an heirloom culture! This yogurt tastes good and is thicker than the other yogurts I have tried. I am using a Yogotherm and it is working great!
Comes with instructions, follow them and you will get great yogurt!

(Posted on 10/10/2014)

Make at least three and use the customer service! Review by Happy in CO
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I like others, found it took three or so cultures before the consistency started to look like smooth yogurt. The Customer service was Excellent answering my questions and offering additional information. Don't toss it! I put the first few batches in smoothies which was awesome!

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Great yogurt Review by Pamela
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I have tried making yogurt before and been quite discouraged with the results - not a great flavor and you have to keep buying new starter or yogurt to split. I really like the Bulgarian yogurt and it's been getting better with more splitting instead of worse. Very nice product. It might have been a little more money to purchase initially, but it's much cheaper in the long run.

(Posted on 10/2/2014)

Quality Product Review by Robin
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I've made about 6 batches of yogurt from the Bulgarian yogurt starter and each batch was delicious. Very nice tangy flavor and creamy consistency.

(Posted on 9/29/2014)

Good Review by SM
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I am glad I ordered and am using this starter. I chose the Bulgarian because of reports that it makes a thicker yogurt. It might be slightly thicker than what I had previously made, but not enough for me to give rave reviews. The flavor is still the same delicious, creamy, light, sweet flavor of homemade yogurt. (again, not much noticeable difference from others.)

(Posted on 9/25/2014)

Just finally used the cultures and so far, so good Review by Deb
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I'm still unsure hopw to rate this product as i have to see how the yogurt cultures perform over time. I have been frustrated that store bought cultures lose their potency over time and got these to enjoy the longevity of the starter. So far, so good.

(Posted on 9/25/2014)

So far, delicious! Review by jandersen
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So far I've made two delicious batches using this Bulgarian starter. It's my first two yogurt batches ever. The other day I bought cheese cloth so I can strain the yogurt and serve it thicker to my two girls, who prefer Greek-style yogurt. I'm curious to see if I can indeed reuse the starter for up to 6 months. The second packet is waiting in the freezer just in case.

(Posted on 9/23/2014)

Very good starter Review by Rich
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This starter worked as promised and makes excellent yogurt.
The price seemed high,but it lasts so well that the value is there for sure!

(Posted on 9/17/2014)

It's good... flavor it up! Review by jazzy
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It's good, starts up and sets easily. Just a tart yogurt to me. But not nearly as tart as others I've tasted...so not too bad. I just have a sweet tooth! ;) lol. Goes great with homemade strawberry jam mixed in. YUMMMMM!

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

A great family yogurt! Review by Lisbeth
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We used to use the freeze dried yogurt starter from the coop and buy a new box every week to make more. As a family of 4 who use yogurt daily for breakfast, smoothies, desserts, dressings and sauces, we go through about 1 gallon/week and it was getting too expensive. With the Bulgarian Yogurt we are able to use some from the last batch to start new it is saving us a lot of money. The whey from it is great too and even our daughter who didn't use to like yogurt is enjoying it. I drain the whey and use it for other things or drink it and the yogurt gets more creamy and thick - We love it!!

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

not impressed Review by regus
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I followed the instruction and the first batch would not make yougurt,so i had to throw away.I am trying the second pouch right now,i hope its gonna work,because it was expensive starter

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 9/12/2014)

excellent quality Review by returntobasics
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It's the first time I buy a yogurt starter so I was a little skeptical I'd get it right. I received two packets in the mail. I used one and I froze the second. I got some excellent tips online from a lady who's been making yogurt for years and she used this website's cultures. She gave some options for low tech yogurt makers, in case you don't have a real yogurt maker, which I don't: use a heating pad or the cooler method. I was gonna go for the cooler method, because it was very easy, but I couldn't find my cooler. I have to thank my back that I had a heating pad lol. I used 1 quart of whole milk (I believe it was Horizon, but later I made it with Stonyfield - you have to be careful which brand you use too) for one packet of cultures. I heated the milk to 160 F and let it cool to 110 F, just like it said in the instructions, put it in a jar with the cultures, covered with some towels, added the heating pad, more towels. Now, I had a heating pad that turns itself off every hour. You can imagine how determined I was, because for about 10 hours I kept coming back to the kitchen to turn the $@*% thing on! At the end of the 10 hours I checked the yogurt and it didn't look like it was done. Darn! I decided to give up and go to sleep (we're talking 1 am by now). Next morning, intent on throwing it away, I gave it one more look. Surprise! An awesome yogurt! I think I ate the whole jar that day (almost, I left 2 tablespoons to make more!). Now I'm making it every week and I graduated to 2 jars. I love it! I just suggest to start early morning if you have a heating pad like mine:(

(Posted on 9/1/2014)

Awesome starter Review by Aziem
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I've been making yogurt for about a year now and have always thought that buying this starter is a waste of money. However, after trying them for the first time (out of curiosity), I discovered that it tasted so great and I love that I can reuse the culture over and over again. What I do is when I finish making yogurt, I let the whole pot chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Then I spoon a bit of the finished product and put it in a small Tupperware in the freezer for my next batch. Before making my next batch, I thaw the starter completely and use it as usual. Just made my new batch with the frozen starter that was made 2 weeks ago and it turns out perfect! For those of you who worth about not being able to make yogurt every 7 days, do what I did! Love the product! I'm trying for the first time with 2% milk to make greek yogurt! :)

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

Good product Review by curds
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I was looking for a yogurt starter that would approximate the texture and flavor of South Indian yogurt (curds). This Bulgarian starter worked well. My South Indian mother-in-law was really impressed with the results and I am happy to finally have a culture that will keep on culturing! I had no trouble setting the yogurt and we have made about 12 batches so far and each has been excellent. While the 12.99 price tag gave me pause, it will save us a lot of money over time, both by eliminating the need to continually purchase the starters that don't last and by the money we save making our own yogurt instead of purchasing yogurt at the store, which is not cheap. Seems worth the cost in the end.

(Posted on 8/29/2014)

Awesome! Review by Kathy
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I have been making yogurt for a long time now, usually using store bought Balkan yogurt for my starter. The result has been acceptable but, for some reason, somewhat slimey! This starter produced an amazingly delicious and thick yogurt much like the ones bought at store. It also produced the next batch beautifully. Love it!

(Posted on 8/28/2014)

As Advertized, but Pricey Review by Claire
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My starter batch too, was runny, but like others I talked to Customer Service and my second batch was much better. My third batch is creamy and a great consistency. I put in powdered skim milk for extra thickness and the calcium boost. However, I travel and will not always be able to make a new batch within a week, so I am concerned that this may become a very expensive undertaking if I have to make a new starter every time I return.

(Posted on 8/15/2014)

Tangy, a Delicious Yogurt Review by Kate
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I received my shipment very promptly and made one batch using the instructions enclosed. As expected, the first batch was liquid. However, the batch made with part of the first one as starter turned out perfect. Tangy flavor, better than store bought and consistency of what is available from Stonyfield Farms. I want to share it with everyone I know!

(Posted on 8/2/2014)



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