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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Best yoghurt starter I've found! Review by Purplesprite
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This Bulgarian starter makes the best yoghurt! Ever since I moved to the US a decade ago I have missed 'proper' yoghurt. The yoghurt I can make with this starter is better then any of the very expensive gourmet yoghurts in stores. I have friends who ask to taste my yoghurt every time they come over!

I had similar experiences with activating the starter and was concerned about how it would turn out. But turn out it did! And every batch seems to get better and better. It is mild, with a definite cultured/yoghurt taste, rich, and thick. I use small jars in the Euro cuisine yoghurt maker. And I usually (though not always) pour off some of the whey that rises to the top.

This yoghurt is absolutely delicious!

(Posted on 11/16/2014)

*Adore* this starter. Review by Heather
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The Bulgarian yogurt starter is, in a word: phenomenal. This was my first attempt at making yogurt, and I'm obsessed.

My starter batch, as is noted as a possibility in the FAQs, didn't fully set up, but my subsequent batches using that starter batch have been absolutely gorgeous. The flavor of the Bulgarian is like a tangy ice cream. It's so good. I just want to make buckets and buckets of it each week.

The process is simple as long as you have a food thermometer and a way to incubate your yogurt. Once you've set your appropriately heated and cooled milk of choice with the starter mixed in it to incubate it's hands-off. I usually set mine to incubate just before I go to bed and then it's all done in the morning.

This product is fantastic. I'm so glad I took a leap and tried it.

(Posted on 11/12/2014)

Great Product! Review by Arlene
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I have tried making yogurt in the past without much success. I have a simple yogurt maker and thought I would give it another try. I saw your product on Pinterest while searching recipes. I was skeptical, but your instructions and the process was quite simple. My biggest concern was getting a suitable milk to use. I live in MD., where it is illegal to sell raw milk. I was able to find milk at my local grocery store that was cheap and worked just fine. I am on my forth batch on the first packet and each time is better than the last. I can now use yogurt all the time without breaking my budget. Plus, it tastes so much better in texture and taste. Your info on your website is very helpful. Thanks!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)

Great product! Review by Arlene
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I have tried to make yogurt in the past without much success. I have a simple yogurt making machine and just wanted to try it again. I saw your products on Pinterest while looking for some recipes and it sounded like I should try again. The biggest obstacle seemed to be getting the right type of milk. I can't get raw milk, live in MD., illegal to sell it, so I found alternatives right at my grocery store. I was skeptical, but tried it. It came out great. I am on my fourth batch from the 1st packet and each time is better than the time before. The taste and texture is far superior to anything store bought, even organic ones. I use it in everything and it saves me a bundle. I still have the other packet in the freezer. Would definitely buy again. Easy to make, saves me money, use it more often and your info on your site is VERY helpful. Thanks!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)

Was scared to begin, but now love my yogurt! Review by Cindy
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I chose Bulgarian yogurt starter, because I wanted to make as close to store bought, as possible. I have made 2 batches with Kalona whole milk. It is the closest to RAW milk and low temperature pasteurized. When my chili is cooled, I top it off with the fresh yogurt, Yum. I mix Xylotol and some strawberries/or granola, and mom thinks she has pudding!

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

Good culture Review by toddcady
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Reading these reviews should be a first stop for everyone buying the culture. First time making it was much too sour. It took 5 hours to set using Organic Whole Pasturized milk, then the next time came out more like Kefir. When the culture didn't set the third time, I refrigerated it, then warmed it back up and it set. A little grainy. I tried switching to a local farmers whole milk, but it wasn't homogenized, and I did end up with hard, almost crystallized bits in and amongst the rest of the yogurt. Switching back to the first brand has resulted in creamy, not as sour yogurt that sets well. I've got one starter packet remaining, and I hope it is good when I need it. Love the yogurt! Making dips, smoothies, dressings and desserts with it.

(Posted on 11/1/2014)

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)

Didn't work Review by A.E.
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I have made yogurt using other starters but this is the first time using the Bulgarian yogurt starter. I was very disappointed. The yogurt never "set", as the package stated might happen, but additionally, there was no flavor at all. It didn't seem to have cultured. I started checking for it to set after about 5 hours, and continued checking every few hours until 12 hours, with no results.

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

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

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)



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