Greek Yogurt Starter

Availability: In stock

$12.99


Product Alerts

Perishable
Perishable

Greek Yogurt Starter

More Views

Share: FB

Details

Authentic Greek yogurt! Deliciously rich and tangy, this heirloom thermophilic starter can be re-cultured indefinitely. Drain whey from the finished product to replicate super-thick commercial Greek yogurt or enjoy as-is.

  • 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.
  • For an even creamier consistency, make a batch with 1 part heavy cream to 3 parts whole milk.
  • Yogurt is delicious with added fruit or sweetener, and great in many recipes.

 

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

This product contains no GMO ingredients.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life:Our Greek 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.

Questions on Greek Yogurt Starter

Sort by Ascending

Items 1 to 10 of 34 total

per page
Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  • From yujun at 7/23/2014 1:45 AM
    • Hi,

      The instructions say to culture it for 5 to 8 hours. May I know if 12 hours is alright? Would it be too long, would the bacteria starve?

      Thanks!
    • It can take up to 12 hours to activate the Greek Yogurt Starter but subsequent batches will be finished in 5 to 8 hours. You may culture for a longer time and will still be delicious but longer cultures can weaken the bacteria and make it more difficult to culture future batches. You will find additional information about a long culturing time here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/benefits-perils-long-culturing-time-yogurt
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Blaine Lansberry at 11/23/2013 2:16 PM
    • Can I make Greek yogurt with your culture using a yogotherm yogurt maker?
    • Yes, you can use the Yogotherm for making yogurt with our Greek Starter.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Kate at 7/30/2013 9:28 AM
    • Do I really need a yoghurt maker for this, or can I use my oven with the light on (which is what I do to reculture storebought yoghurt)? Thanks!
    • You need some way of maintaining a temperature of 110ºF to culture this yogurt. Ideas for maintaining that temperature can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-culture-yogurt-without-yogurt-maker

    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Monica at 7/18/2013 8:35 PM
    • I just got the Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker and a Greek yogurt starter culture. The instructions say to use 1-2 cups of milk. What's the difference in the end result if I use 1 cup or 2 cups? Is it okay to separate the initial mixture for activation into the smaller jars if I use 2 cups or does the activation mixture all need to be in one jar?
    • You may use either 1 or 2 cups of milk (split between jars) but if you're using the Euro Cuisine with the small jars, you should fill the remaining jars with water that has been heated to 110° to ensure even heat distribution for the culturing process.

      *Note: There was a packaging change for all orders shipped beginning September 1, 2013. New packaging contains enough starter culture to activate 1 quart of milk.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Tracy at 7/12/2013 9:25 AM
    • Why does the Greek yogurt contain fewer bacterial strains than that of the traditional?
    • The Greek Yogurt Starter has a few strains of bacteria that work well together and can be re-cultured. The Traditional Yogurt Starter is a "direct-set" or limited use starter, having more strains of bacteria, but incapable of indefinite re-culturing.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Alicia at 5/3/2013 11:19 PM
    • I was readint about heirloom cultures, and it appears that they should have many different strains of bacteria in them. Your cultures were even suggested on several of these sites. However, all the heirloom varieties you sell only contain two strains of bacteria. Why is this? Are there different tpea of bacteria within each strain? I am new to making yogurt so I would like to learn as much as possible! Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
    • For more information and a listing of the species of bacteria contained in our yogurt starters, see the chart at the bottom of this page: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-a-yogurt-starter-culture

      Each heirloom culture only contains two strains of bacteria. The bacteria combinations give results which are characteristic of each type of yogurt.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Julie at 4/7/2013 4:01 PM
    • I just activated my greek yogurt starter yesterday, and have my first batch of yogurt in my yogurt maker right now. Yesterday, I didn't cover the starter and it formed a skin on top. Today, I put the lids on the jars hoping that it wouldn't get that skin on top. Which way do you recommend? Also, if I only want to make 4 jars at a time, should I wrap them in a towel to keep the temp right in the yogurt maker? Your site is great and very informative. Thanks for your help!
    • Milk, in general, can get a skin. It's really not problem and can be removed or stirred in. The skin can be caused by not stirring the milk enough during heating, heating the milk too long, or heating the milk to a higher temperature.

      And yes, wrapping a towel or placing it in the yogurt maker to fill up vacant space is perfect for helping it maintain its temperature!
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No
  • From Rachel at 3/9/2013 5:54 PM
  • From Diane Basinger at 1/15/2013 11:08 AM
  • From Kay at 11/14/2012 1:06 PM
    • The ingredients say it contains milk. Pasteurized or non-pasteurized, or would that matter in this state?
    • It is pasteurized milk. But, that really does not make a difference in the dried powder.
    • Do you find this question helpful?  Yes   No

Ask Your Own Question




Back to the product page

Write Your Own Review

You're reviewing: Greek Yogurt Starter

  •  
    1 star
    2 stars
    3 stars
    4 stars
    5 stars
    Value
    Quality
    Price
  • * Required Fields

Customer Reviews

Perpetual Greek Yogurt Review by MrBote
Value
Quality
Price

I kept a batch of this perpetuated for 9 months. All I have done is, let my starter from each batch get to room temperature as I am heating the milk. I double wrap the pan with two tri-folded bath towels and it is still warm when I wake up 5-6 hrs later on top of the stove. The hardest part is getting everyone else to not push the limit with what I need leftover, so I have to set the starter aside ahead of time now.

(Posted on 12/7/2014)

easiest way to make yogurt! Review by clare
Value
Quality
Price

great starter that lasts for ever - i have bought the bulgarian and the greek and find them both good and similar. (Also bought the Villi but that didn't work for me). I heat the milk to about 170 in a pot, then let it cool to 115, put in a cup of yogurt from the previous batch, whisk with a fork a bit, then put the pot in the oven with the oven light on all night. Next morning put it right in the fridge ,still in the pot. I keep a couple of small containers of the yogurt in the freezer in case the yogurt gets finished or i have time between batches.

(Posted on 11/23/2014)

Excellent Product Review by Evelyn
Value
Quality
Price

Easy to make and delicious.

(Posted on 11/17/2014)

My whole family loves this Review by catberle
Value
Quality
Price

I made my first batch a few weeks ago with a full gallon of organic 2% milk. Yes, I did not read the directions carefully. So I ended up using both packages of starter. The recipe filled 4 quart mason jars and almost filled an 8 ounce jar. Not sure how that's possible, but I used what was in the small jar as my starter for my next 1 gallon batch. I have two teenaged sons and my husband loves yoghurt, so we go through a gallon in a week or so easily.

It made a delightfully delicious, creamy yogurt. Not too sour, which is perfect for my children. I kept planning to strain it, but it was so tasty, I didn't bother.

I will never go back to store bought!

CFH note ~ We highly recommend reading the directions thoroughly before starting the process, we're very pleased with the happy ending on this yogurt story!

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Great yougurt you know exactly what ingredients you put in. Review by monica
Value
Quality
Price

First batch was thin, no problem, used it to make the next batch and to make smoothies. Next batch was amazing, I keep making it, the thickness is perfect and the tartness also. I make it with raw milk the old fashion way, boil to 180 cool to 110-115 and mix in the culture, wrap it in blanket and wait.

(Posted on 11/8/2014)

Good results Review by Banjorn
Value
Quality
Price

I followed instructions and got a good set on yogurt on the first try. It is a good full bodied taste with a bit of a tang to it. Very creamy. Raising the temp slowly allowed for a smoother product (grainy if heated too fast). Several friends have been over and tasted the yogurt and all speak well of the taste. I highly recommend it.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Delicious homemade greek yogurt! Review by Sabrina
Value
Quality
Price

I have been very happy with all of the products I have purchased through Cultures for Health, and the greek yogurt starter is no exception.

The included instructions are clear and the starter very easy to use to produce yummy greek yogurt. The starter comes with 2 packets too, which is great for an "oops" moment. Making our own greek yogurt has saved us a lot of money and I find it very satisfying.

The customer service here at Cultures for Health is incredible and is another reason why I continue to be a customer. They are incredibly knowledgeable and have always helped me.

(Posted on 10/27/2014)

WOW! Fantastic Review by Phil
Value
Quality
Price

My wife and I are both eating this yogurt almost as fast as I can make it. No need to strain, it has come out perfect each time. I am now considering purchasing other starters.

(Posted on 10/24/2014)

I AM LOVING IT! Review by Ross
Value
Quality
Price

My aunt taught me how to make Greek yogurt when I was a very young adult. Homemade yogurt is something I grew up with, either made by my grandmother, mother, and aunt. The culture is something I trust from you, much more than using store bought yogurt. Thank you for your business.

(Posted on 10/21/2014)

Never buying yogurt again! Review by Ang
Value
Quality
Price

This starter helped make amazing greek yogurt at home. The directions they give are really helpful and they even give you a second starter pack in case you do something to your mother batch.

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

Good quality product Review by Ashley Cable
Value
Quality
Price

Arrived on time and as described. Good quality product.

(Posted on 10/6/2014)

100% Pleased Review by Tawni
Value
Quality
Price

I purchased the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle and received the Greek yogurt starter as part of that package. While my first batch did not set, the second one worked wonderfully! I love being surprised at how little effort it can take to make your own food - and this fits right into that model. I'll be trying other foods from Cultures for Health as the holidays near and my travel slows down.

(Posted on 10/4/2014)

Love my Greek Yogurt Review by chercope
Value
Quality
Price

I eat yogurt every day and I am thrilled with the Greek Yogurt that I have been able to make at home using the Greek Yogurt Culture from Cultures for Health. I make two quarts a week using 2% milk from the grocery store - nothing fancy, but the results are excellent each time. Took me a couple of batches to get the timing precisely right with my Dash yogurt maker but now I think I could make a batch in my sleep. It's so easy and the taste and texture are superb.

(Posted on 10/4/2014)

Happy so far! Review by Anna
Value
Quality
Price

I love the idea of this product, so I don't have to keep buying store bought yogurt to make my yogurt! Customer service is definitely 5 stars! I knocked off a star because its kind of annoying that the first batch didn't set up, and so I wasted all that milk (only used a few tablespoons to start my next batch, which did set up, I don't drink smoothies so I couldn't use it for that), and my next batch was a bit thin as well, which wasn't a complete waste, but it took til my 3rd batch to be how I like it (customer service was WONDERFUL the whole time). So in that way, its definitely going to take me a while to save money using this product, but I have high hopes of using this starter for a very, very long time!

I love the taste and texture, and it's working great so far! Recommend it!

(Posted on 9/30/2014)

It works! Review by Homesteader
Value
Quality
Price

I have tried to make yogurt using commercial yogurt as my starter culture and it was always on the thin side, needing to be strained, a lot. I purchased this greek yogurt culture and it worked the first time. It was thick without having to strain it. The second batch the same. It does have whey that has separated from the yogurt, but the yogurt itself is thick.

(Posted on 9/29/2014)

Very good results Review by irat
Value
Quality
Price

I have made about 3 batches of yogurt so far and have had really good results. I will probably try another strain of yogurt in the future, but this has been very good. The last batch seemed to be the thickest but I am still straining it. I have had a few questions and used the chat system which has been very helpful.

(Posted on 9/11/2014)

Greek yogurt starter Review by orca
Value
Quality
Price

Great product!!!! And the people of Cultures for Health really care about their customers. They have a high level of expertise. They can answer any questions that one might have!

(Posted on 9/5/2014)

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Review by MetalTiger
Value
Quality
Price

After struggling with trying to make yogurt from store bought yogurt, this product is a godsend--definitely worth the cost to have shipped from the States to Canada. Now I get nice yogurt each and every time. I would not hesitate to purchase again.

(Posted on 9/5/2014)

Product too finikity - not appropriate for a busy person working full time Review by Tamar
Quality
Price
Value

Hi,

I have been making yoghurt for years using my trusty Dash yoghurt maker with commercial yoghurt as a starter. Things have always gone well.

Apparently, this culture is much more sensitive to the changes in temperature and it just died on me (in the same yoghurt maker I always use).

The requirement for watching it the EXACT number of hours is also not doable for someone like me. When I use the commerical yoghurt as a starter, I can just leave the yoghurt overnight and it's fine.

This product is just too finikity for me. I'm not running a lab here. Very disappointed.

Note from CFH: Maintaining an heirloom starter does take attention to activate, as well as weekly reculturing. For very busy individuals, we recommend our direct set starters such as the Traditional Flavor Yogurt (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/traditional-flavored-yogurt-starter.html). Before discarding any starter, please contact CFH. Most cultures can be saved with some minor adjustments.

(Posted on 8/18/2014)

Completely worth the money Review by Chris
Quality
Price
Value

Prior to buying this start I had been using Yogourmet one shot starts. You prep your milk, pour it in, wait, and get yogurt.

One of the HUGE advantages this has is that as long as you re-culture yogurt every 7 days you never have to buy another start!

This start works fantastically well, and when paired with a strainer it makes some delightfully thick yogurt. Almost sour cream consistency if I let it strain long enough.

On top of all that, this start produces yogurt that is MUCH less bitter than anything I have ever had before. It is so good I only have to add a half a teaspoon of a sweetener. To compare, with Yogourmet I was having to add 2 1/2 teaspoons to get it to an edible state.

Overall I give this a 10/10. You won't be disappointed.

(Posted on 7/31/2014)



Free eBook Library Access & Weekly Newsletter


Sign up today for free access to our entire library of easy to follow eBooks on creating cultured foods at home, including Lacto-Fermentation, Kombucha, Kefir, Yogurt, Sourdough, and Cheesemaking.
  • Library of eBooks for making your own cultured foods
  • Weekly newsletter filled with tips & tricks
  • Expert advice articles, recipes, and how-to videos
  • Join 150,000+ other health-conscious readers
  • We never share your information!
first name last name email address