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When you receive your freeze-dried buttermilk starter, you have some time before it is necessary to activate it. Buttermilk cultures last longest when stored in the freezer. Click here to find out How Long Cultures Last.
Once the starter has been activated, buttermilk is generally good for eating up to 2 weeks, when stored in the refrigerator.
For re-culturing using the Cultured Buttermilk Starter, we recommend making a new batch of buttermilk within 7 days. If a longer break is necessary between batches, preserve some active cultures by freezing or drying. Neither method is completely reliable, but our customers report a fair amount of success with both.
Short Breaks, Up to 4 Weeks
Long Breaks, Up to 3 Months
Need to Take A Break from Making Other Cultures?
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