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Tempeh Starter

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Tempeh Soy Starter Culture

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Now you can make delicious tempeh at home! Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food made by fermenting soybeans with a starter culture. Traditional tempeh is a soybean cake that has a rich smoky flavor and aroma, and a firm nutty texture. It is a great source of protein and vitamin B-12. 

  • Tempeh is fermented at 88°F (31ºC), the normal outdoor temperature in Indonesia. 
  • Each box contains 4 packets.
  • This traditional food often replaces meat in dishes and can be sliced, marinated, or seasoned as desired.
  • To make tempeh at home, try this easy recipe for making tempeh using our starter culture.
  • Looking for recipes using Tempeh? Click here to view The Tempeh Cookbook with over 100 recipes.
  • Manufactured in Belgium

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Ingredients:

  • Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
  • Does not contain MSG or preservatives. 
  • GMO free.
  • Gluten-free.


Shipping Information and Shelf-life

Our Tempeh Starter Culture is dehdyrated and shipped in a barrier-sealed packet. The starter keeps

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 weeks
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 6 months or more
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 6 months or more


Tempeh Starter Allergen Information:

Our Tempeh Starter Culture is a gluten-free product. Packaged in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.

 

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Why I Love This Product

I have made several batches of tempeh now using this starter. It cultures predictably and forms a very even white mold with no black spots. The tempeh has a mild, pleasantly nutty, mushroomy flavor. I love my homemade tempeh fried up with barbeque sauce on a sandwich with homemade sauerkraut!

 Sarah, Customer Support Assistant Manager

 

 



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  • From Jeanette at 11/22/2013 11:45 AM
    • Is it ok to use raw apple cider vinegar?
    • While you may theoretically use raw apple cider vinegar to make tempeh, raw vinegars have their own bacteria and yeast that may interfere with the culturing process. A distilled white vinegar would be a safer choice.
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  • From acraitus at 9/15/2013 7:36 PM
    • If I want to stop the fermentation after 48 hours, but I don't want to consume it right away, should I follow the freezing direction (as noted in http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-tempeh)? Thanks!
    • Yes, you can freeze it as indicated on that page. I also see from reading The Tempeh Cookbook that you can simply refrigerate it or freeze it after wrapping the finished cooled tempeh in plastic wrap. Just don't stack the tempeh packages until they are completely cooled or they will continue to culture! I would experiment with the different ways to store finished tempeh to see what you like once it is later thawed.
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  • From shaz at 3/21/2013 8:11 AM
    • what kind of vinegar? can i use apple cider vinegar?
    • Distilled apple cider vinegar works great, you can also use a regular white distilled vinegar.
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  • From Helen at 3/14/2013 6:32 PM
    • Is this tempeh starter Rhizopus oligosporus
    • No, this contains Rhizopus oryzae, Rice Flour. Does not contain MSG or preservatives. GMO free.
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  • From Heather at 2/11/2013 12:38 PM
    • How much tempeh is needed as a starter?
    • The tempeh starter comes with 4 packets in one box. Each packet contains about 3/4 teaspoon of starter, which is enough to culture 2 cups of soybeans. Our recipe for making tempeh can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-tempeh
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  • From Jake at 11/20/2012 3:24 PM
    • This is a little bit different than kerry's question: Will tempeh made with this starter sporulate (i.e. will it form black spores if incubated long enough)? Reason I ask, I see Belgium is the source and there is a well-known Belgian distributor who sells a mutant strain that doesn't sporulate. This is supposedly a benefit, but harvesting spores is my preferred method of propagating the tempeh culture (rather than backslopping which is what kerry is referring to).
    • According to our information, the tempeh strain we sell will sporulate, but not generally within the 36- to 48-hour normal incubation period. A 3 to 4 day incubation may produce the black sporulation you are looking for.​
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  • From Danielle at 10/4/2012 5:34 AM
    • Do you have a recommendation for a good place to buy very clean organic soy beans at a fair price or in bulk?
    • I'm sorry, we don't have a good source for you. You might want to check with a local buyers club, depending on where you live, they might be able to direct you to a great local source.
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  • From kerry at 7/16/2012 8:46 PM
    • Can the tempeh made with this starter be used as starter for future batches or must a new packet be used each time?
    • Tempeh can be made using part of the previous batch however, it is preferred to use fresh starter for each new batch. This practice eliminates possible contamination issues and ensures you have a pure starter for each batch.
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  • From J at 2/16/2012 2:31 PM
    • Is this product made with organic NON-GMO ingredients?
    • The tempeh starter is not certified organic, but is made with non-GMO ingredients.
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  • From atmaninall at 11/29/2011 4:13 PM
    • How many grams of starter per package please?
      Thanks
    • This starter has not been measured in grams, but it contains one US tablespoon of starter. This is enough to make 4 batches of Tempeh.
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Its good Review by Dyan
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Qualitly is good. I like using more and more.

(Posted on 3/24/2015)

easer than I thought Review by Peg
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My first time eating or for that matter, making Tempeh. I had no problems following the directions. The end product was great. I have been using all soy beans so far as we have easy access to them around here. The starter was shipped fast and arrived in good condition. I will purchase again.

(Posted on 3/22/2015)

Worked great Review by Heidi
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After reading about making tempeh I was inspired but nervous because it sounds so much more complicated than yogurt or sauerkraut. My first batch using this starter turned out just fine, even though I made a few mistakes. It was not nearly as fussy as I feared!

(Posted on 10/1/2014)

Easier than expected Review by Patrick
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The tempeh starter worked great in my first two batches. I used red and white beans for my second batch - nice. Look forward to making more!

Product was priced well and shipped quickly. I'll be back for more soon!

(Posted on 7/21/2014)

It works. Review by Bob
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We have purchased this product 3 or 4 times over the past year. It makes great tempeh. It arrives in a timely manner and it is never back ordered.

(Posted on 7/15/2014)

Works perfectly using old style Indonesian method Review by Cat Annie
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This worked perfectly in my first ever attempt making tempeh. My second time, too! I feel the price is good because for a slightly lower total cost I can create tempeh superior to the product in the store which is pasteurized and thus nutritionally deficient. Plus it doesn't taste good, has been frozen, and is packed in plastic. I started with dried intact hull-on organic soybeans, and followed the old Indonesian style summarized by Katz in The Art of Fermentation, and also in The Book of Tempeh by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi.

(Posted on 7/3/2014)

Does Just What It's Supposed To Do! Review by Peckerhead
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I have used this strarter several times and it's worked perfectly. I couple of times I screwed up by my own mistakes, but if you hull, cook and inoculate your soybeans properly, it will produce fine tempeh. I tried it a couple of times with garbanzo beans though, and didn't have much luck for whatever reason. For this, I understand that Rhizopus oligosporus is a better choice than this starter which is Rhizopus oryzae.

(Posted on 6/29/2014)

Love it Review by Robert
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The product is great, the result is great to perfect....All & all it's very good as it did what it was supposed to. Although, I'm not experienced with other brand, I'd say there up to there claim...and maybe more !!
Priced a "little" more then others, but expensive....come on, get real at 4.99 $
Really....you get what you pay for.

(Posted on 5/29/2014)

Easy, successful, great tasting Review by Nimbus4
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Used a cooler filled with warm water and aquarium heater to keep batch warm and moist while fermenting. Worked like a charm the first time. Starter was very effective. Created a tasty marinade and stored tempeh in it. I doubled the batch and had enough for friends. Recommend highly.

(Posted on 4/23/2014)

Good product but expensive Review by JCB
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It's the first time I ever made Tempeh and it came out perfect! Too bad that it is quite expensive for me.

(Posted on 3/13/2014)

Great Product Review by Haiqing
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The product is great! You can never ruin your soybeans if you follow the instructions. My friend said my homemade tempeh is way more delicious than a market tempeh.

(Posted on 3/2/2014)

Tempeh Starter Review by Toby
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Made some of the best chickpea Tempeh I have ever eaten. But the cost of the starter makes it more costly to make that to just buy tempeh at the store. Too bad because I really like making my own. Would rather buy in bulk form that the small packets it comes in.

(Posted on 2/14/2014)

Very pleased Review by Nancy
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This was my first time making tempeh and it turned out great. It is a real value over store-bought and the fresh tempeh is much more delicious. Since then I've made several batches and they all turned out beautifully. Removing the skins from the soybeans was time consuming at first, but I soon perfected my technique. I have now made batches with brown rice and quinoa added to soy. Also tried black-eyed peas and black beans, roughly chopping instead of skinning. I learned that the beans need to be cooked but firm. I prepared the finished black bean version with chipotle and used it in tacos.

(Posted on 1/24/2014)

Excellent results Review by Amy
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The tempeh starter got here much quicker than I expected and worked extremely well. I didn't think that little amount would actually go as far as it did, but I used two full cups of northern white beans and it worked fine for one packet. I gave some of it away and my friend who is vegan said it's the best tempeh she ever had. The only suggestion I would make is sell some in a larger bulk size for people who are making bigger quantities. The directions were also excellent.

(Posted on 1/15/2014)

Success Review by Kathie
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I made tempeh for the first time using this product and it turned out great. The culture was even and white. Thank you for a having a high quality product.

(Posted on 10/30/2013)

Very good quality starter.... Review by Vira
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The result of tempeh from using this starter was very good! But the price of the starter is quite expensive.

(Posted on 7/3/2013)

Excellent Review by RootsEatery
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This was my first time making Tempeh and it came out perfect every time. I made four batches: Chickpea, Chickpea + Red Rice, ALL BLACK-Bean/quinoa/lentil/wild rice, then Chickpea again which is most excellent!
After net research, I was expecting failure but have had none yet. I recommend this as an inexpensive and relatively easy way to make tempeh that is so superior to anything I have ever purchased in a store. Thank You Cultures for Health!

(Posted on 6/5/2013)

Takes a bit longer but works out fine Review by grumps
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Used two packets of starter and ended up with 3.125 lbs of good tempeh

(Posted on 4/4/2013)

Fun and tasty Review by LydEllison
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Very pleased with this culture. I've made two batches, first chickpea and the second split pea. Soy beans are definitely not required for good results as some guidelines say. I have also only used one of the four starter packets supplied as I had great success collecting spores from the fist batch with water in order to make it the second time. The chickpea tempeh was especially yummy!

(Posted on 1/17/2013)

excellent Review by Florence
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I have used it yesterday for the 2nd time and the tempeh came out beautiful. I will definitely buy from them again. I also bought the yogurt starter which is also excellent. Cultures for Health is very consistent and trustworthy.

(Posted on 11/11/2012)



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