Viili Yogurt Starter

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Our most popular yogurt culture! Originating in Finland, the Viili Yogurt Starter cultures at room temperature into a creamy, mild yogurt with a fairly thick consistency. Our Viili yogurt does not have a ropey texture but rather a more gelatinous texture and is perfect in any yogurt recipe

  • Each box contains 2 packets of yogurt starter
  • Activate 1 packet using 1-2 cups pasteurized milk; store 2nd packet in the freezer as a back-up
  • Reusable heirloom starter recultures from batch to batch indefinitely.
  • Cultures on the countertop at room temperature (70º-77ºF)
  • This culture is also suitable for use with raw dairy milk or non-dairy milk, with special care.


Viili Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting: 

 

Ingredients: Organic milk, live active bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, L. lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris).

This product contains no GMO ingredients.

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

  • At room temperature (68° to 77°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 Meghan at 3/11/2013 10:53 PM
    • Can cultures be mixed? The texture of the villi sounds appealing to me, but the stronger/sour taste of the matsoni is also appealing. What would happen if I mixed the two cultures to make a hybrid yogurt? I would be using pastuerized grassfed heavy cream (cow). Thanks!
    • Yogurt cultures are a carefully balanced combination of bacteria that will produce a particular kind of yogurt. If you mix different cultures or bacteria together, the bacteria may compete and weaken or die.
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  • From Candice at 2/28/2013 8:46 PM
    • Can you make coconut milk yogurt with this starter?
    • No, coconut milk cannot be used directly with the Viili starter. However, if you are making Viili yogurt using cow or goat milk, you can use some of the finished dairy yogurt as starter for making coconut milk yogurt.

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-coconut-milk-yogurt-recipe
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  • From Amanda at 2/18/2013 1:03 AM
  • From Victoria at 1/25/2013 7:37 AM
    • I want to begin making coconut milk yogurt, either on my countertop or with my crockpot (I already have a recipe for this) - I make my own coconut milk from dried unsweetened coconut flakes, so my milk is not as thick as canned, and I think it would be considered raw, as I do not heat the coconut. I add it to boiling hot water, that has been removed from the heat, then it is allowed to sit 4-12 hours. I then warn it up just enough to soften the oil before processing and straining it.

      Which starter would you recommend? I would like to use an heirloom starter so that I can continue making perpetual batches of about 1/2 gallon each batch. Thanks!
    • Although you can use the heirloom starters to make coconut milk, they still have to be maintained in dairy, as they can not be re-cultured in coconut milk. So, each week you'll have to make a pasteurized dairy mother culture from which to make the coconut milk yogurt. See here for detailed information, paying close attention to the mesophilic culture section: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-dairy-mother-culture-non-dairy-yogurt/

      Alternatively, you could use a direct set starter which has limited use and no culture to maintain. This method requires a yogurt maker, or other warm incubation method.

      Although not yogurt, another delicious cultured option is to use milk kefir grains to make coconut milk kefir. The grains would still have to be refreshed in dairy every other batch.
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  • From Abby at 11/4/2012 9:40 AM
    • If the culture dies at higher temperatures, do you get any benefit from the good bacteria? Wouldn't they die at body temperature?
    • The temperatures recommended for the yogurt enable bacteria to continue growing and reproducing. They are still alive at the higher temperatures, however. You will be consuming good bacteria, but it won't reproduce more bacteria in your body.
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  • From Lori at 10/23/2012 11:36 PM
    • I currently have a kefir culture going strong. I'd like to try the Viili Yogurt but am concerned with keeping the cultures "pure".
    • Keeping your culturing foods/beverages at least 4 to 5 feet apart will minimize cross contamination risks..
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  • From Mia at 9/20/2012 8:26 PM
  • From Psmokey at 9/7/2012 3:03 PM
    • Will this work for non dairy milks like coconut, soy or almond milk? If so, any special procedures needed? Thanks!
    • You can use viili starter with non-dairy milks, but it is unlikely to reculture as the non-dairy milks will not nourish the bacteria.

      Each week, you will need to make a pasteurized dairy mother culture from which to make non-dairy milk yogurts. See here for detailed information, specifically the mesophilic culture section: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-dairy-mother-culture-non-dairy-yogurt/
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  • From Jennifer at 9/6/2012 10:00 AM
    • Can viili yogurt be used to make frozen yogurt? I saw you recommend the matsoni culture for this but I actually want more of a mild taste than a strong one and viili seems like it might be a good candidate. I don't like to have to deal with direct-set.
    • Absolutely! Viili would make a lovely mild frozen yogurt.
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  • From grant at 9/5/2012 6:06 AM
    • Could you tell me which bacteria create viili's gelatinous texture?
    • The bacteria in viili are:

      Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
      L. lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis
      Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris

      Unfortunately, we do not have information on which bacteria lends itself to which characteristics of the Viili.
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Super Easy Review by Gwen
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I really like this culture. The yogurt has a mild, pleasant taste and what could be more easy than adding milk, culture and a warm place.

(Posted on 1/26/2015)

Great product! Review by DrE
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I love this yogurt. I use whole milk and let it ferment in an insulated bag with mason jar filled with hot water. When it is done I add some vanilla and either honey or stevia and pour it over granola and fruit. Made it for my students, and converted some to loving yogurt.

(Posted on 1/25/2015)

Delightful flavor! Review by Sea Girl
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I love this viili. It has a light, creamy flavor when made with whole milk. It faithfully produces a nice batch of yogurt any time I want. I use a seed starting mat when I culture overnight as my house is cool, but in the daytime it works fine right on the counter. My starter batch took 23 hours to set but now it is usually 10 to 12 hours. It sets up nicely when done but is noticeably softer than the regular thermophilic yogurt types; but so much easier and the flavor is less tart!

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

Great mild flavor Review by Ann
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The starter batch cultured in 27 hours and the next batch in 18 hours. The yogurt is much thicker than I expected and has a nice mild flavor. I used Clover Stonetta organic whole milk, local to California. This is so much better than making yogurt by the heating method. It is a real money saver too, as high quality organic yogurt costs three times as much as making it from the culture.

(Posted on 1/18/2015)

Great Tasting and Low Maintenance Review by bonnie
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The viili yogurt is awesome. I am thankful that 2 starter packets are included in the kit. My first batch did not set because, unfortunately, I unknowingly used UHT pasteurized milk so I had to throw it out. My second batch with the second packet turned out excellent. (I was careful to ensure I bought just regularly pasteurized milk.) Now, I have tasty yogurt that I can culture at room temperature and not have to mess with a yogurt maker. I love that it the viili is also an heirloom variety so that is another added benefit. So, to summarize:
1) Low maintenance (can culture at room temperature with no special equipment needed).
2) Heirloom variety (can be re-used again and again to make fresh batches of yogurt).
3) Great tasting.

(Posted on 1/16/2015)

Great Yogurt Review by Nan
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This yogurt has given me the best success at culturing during the winter. It thickens up every time and tastes delicious. I use raw milk.

(Posted on 1/3/2015)

Thinner than expected Review by Iris
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This is tasty. I can't get it to be very thick - it's more like a thin custard.

(Posted on 12/30/2014)

easy easy Review by michelle
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I don't think it tastes like yogurt in my opinion. What it does taste like is delicious sour cream. I have yougurt with all it's benefits no fillers and I never have to buy sour cream again I love it. I do strain mine for about 2 hours. No one has even questioned it on potatos,tacos, or dips or spreads!

(Posted on 12/28/2014)

It is better than candy. Review by grapple girl
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If you want it to be store bought thicker you have to bring milk to 195 degrees for ten minuets cool to under 100 degrees and add whipping cream then culture. I wanted to make yogurt better than store bought and now I have.

(Posted on 12/24/2014)

great product Review by hope
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This was great, good directions, easy to make. Would recommend

(Posted on 12/16/2014)

Great taste easy to make. Review by EJS
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I use my yogurt for smoothies. Every morn the entire family has one. As a rule we are not yogurt eaters. IN fact we do not like store yogurt. So, I am rather surprized that the mild taste has been accepted. The process is easy. I put it in the oven withh a light on and in the morn it is done. I make a gallon and it lasts 4-5 days.

(Posted on 12/13/2014)

didn't set Review by nick
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Unfortunately did not have a good experience with this product, could not get the yogurt to set, only got the milk to spoil : (

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

(Posted on 12/12/2014)

Easy and Faster Review by Alexis
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Easy and Faster:
Sanitize everything, add the milk (bought store, pasteurized) at room temperature, leave to rest and you will get the yogurt. Keep in mind that sanitization and sterilization give you the power to have a healthy culture for the next batch. I appreciated “Cultures for Health” products, recipes and instructive materials.
Do it, I have been doing Greek style yogurt for a year, sourdough/breed and cheese, (I use whey protein for milkshake with frozen fruits)….and I have learned to keep my cultures healthy,…first I was consuming thermophile bacteria and really take me more time in temperature control, manipulation, cleaning, sterilizing and sanitizing,… In other word more risk to destroy my products, now with Viili Yogurt Starter everything is easier. At the end, I took the Food Safety Certification and improve my knowledge, never give up. Enjoy.

(Posted on 12/6/2014)

My kids love it! Review by Kelly
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I have made many batches with this yogurt starter since receiving it a couple of months ago. I sterilize my raw milk before adding the culture and it has turned out perfect. My 5 kids ALL love this with a little bit of honey and a little bit of whatever fruit we have on hand. It is really delicious and we all like it better than anything we could buy in the store. I am anxious to try another variety of starter soon!

(Posted on 11/30/2014)

Not sure Review by coastalsusan
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I made my first batch of the yogurt with raw milk and set it in my gas oven with the light on (and oven off). I let the yogurt sit for 48 hours and it was still runny. Customer help told me to use it as a starter for my next batch of yogurt. I let the next batch sit in the oven for 48 hours and it came out thicker like yogurt but lumpy. So I am not sure if I am doing something wrong or not. I haven't opened up the other jar I made. Hoping the last jar came out right!

CFH Note: It can take up to 48 hours to activate the yogurt starter but subsequent batches should only take 12 to 18 hours to set. The most important thing is to test the temperature of your culturing area before you start. If the temperature is too low, the starter will not activate, too high and the starter will be damaged by excessive heat. Some oven lights are way too hot for a mesophilic yogurt starter, it is important to test the temperature before you begin. The Viili yogurt starter needs a consistent temperature between 70° and 77°. It is also important to follow the special raw milk instructions: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-mesophilic-raw-milk-yogurt/

(Posted on 11/24/2014)

Awesome, easy product! Review by ANC
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I tried making yogurt in the crock pot once, then I heard about these cultures! So easy, works great! The culturing time is a little longer than expected in my house with the slightly cooler temps, but I enjoy the yogurt very much. I always like to see a bargain, but this culture pays for itself pretty quickly!

(Posted on 11/19/2014)

works well Review by ely
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I'm using raw milk which I first sterilize. This culture is easier to use than warmer cultures. I only have to sterilize and then cool back down to 70 degrees not "catch" the milk on its way back down from 160. I was worried about the taste when it was just activated starter but having made a full batch it's tasty, different flavor but good. My house is cooler than 70 so I have been putting the culture in a wonderbag with a heated flax seed pillow in the warmest spot in my home, worked well. Probably wouldn't be an issue if my house wasn't always so cold.

(Posted on 11/15/2014)

Good Taste, Could Be Thicker Review by daisy
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Being new to making yogurt, I chose the easiest of the cultures and it worked well. The taste is wonderful and it took hardly any time and very little effort. It's more the consistency of a drinkable yogurt though, so I may have to try another type to get that thickness that I am desiring. Customer service in this company has thus far been outstanding. I will definitely order from them again. Bon apetit!

CFH Response: Viili should have a fairly thick consistency. Please contact Customer Support for assistance with very thin yogurt.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Terrific taste! Review by rhodesaz
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I've been making yogurt for years from a start a girlfriend gave me. But, I decided I'd like to try a starter of a different taste, so ordered the Villi.
It was a bit tough to get the starter to mix in with the cold milk, but I persevered. The first culturing took over 24 hours, but it turned out terrific. Love the taste!

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Excellent Review by Amy
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Worked very well. I love it, very nice flavor and texture. I'm making raw milk Viili

(Posted on 10/30/2014)



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