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Greek Yogurt Starter
Product Review (submitted on March 2, 2013):
I bought this culture a few months back and really like the quality. I read the instructions and followed them for refreshing the culture. At first, it looked like the culture would fail, but after having it fully refreshed (the longest incubating time was 7 hours for 1 quart of milk for the refreshing period), I have incubated many times with great results. I normally use regular whole milk or 2% and heat it to 180 degrees and hold it there for 5 minutes and chill it in an ice bath to get it down to incubating temperature faster. I use an older yogourmet incubater and incubate for roughly 4.5 hours each time and the result is a firmer (NOT like store bought firm, but firm enough that on a spoon it holds shape and the impression in the yogurt remains). I save some in a mason jar for starter culture for the next batch and strain the rest further for wonderfully thick Greek yogurt. I use it for recipes like homemade frozen yogurt, smoothies, and dessert toppings. Very mild taste that my children prefer over store bought. To make a great mild tasting vanilla flavor, I use 1/4 c. agave, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix with whisk in 4 cups of yogurt. For a sweeter version of vanilla and for freezing I increase the agave to almost 1/2 cup, but that is more like store bought frozen yogurt sweetness. I prefer this culture over the sachets from the health food store for yogurt culturing. This by far is a better deal. It lasts months and I still have the back up culture in my fridge. (So about 5 months of using it and it still works wonderfully).
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