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I was hesitant to purchase tempeh starter because of the potential salmonella issues. Upon doing some research, I found that a lot of people used and recommended starter from Cultures For Health. So I purchased a box. It is wonderful. The recipe was easy to follow and my first batch of tempeh was...

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Tempeh Starter Culture

SKU: 6701
$7.99

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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. 

  • Each box contains 4 packets of starter culture.
  • Tempeh is fermented at 88°F (31ºC), the normal outdoor temperature in Indonesia.
  • Manufactured in Belgium.
  • This traditional food often replaces meat in dishes and can be sliced, marinated, or seasoned as desired.
  • Instructions for making tempeh are included or 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.

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
  • Does not contain MSG or preservatives. 
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Packaged in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO

 

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 Recipes and Expert Advice Articles

 

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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

 

 



Reviews

23 Reviews For "Tempeh Starter Culture"

  1. excellent

    by Florence on 11 Sun,2012

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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.

  2. Fun and tasty

    by LydEllison on 01 Thu,2013

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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!

  3. Excellent

    by RootsEatery on 06 Wed,2013

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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!

  4. Very pleased

    by Nancy on 01 Sat,2014

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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.

  5. Easy, successful, great tasting

    by Nimbus4 on 04 Thu,2014

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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.

  6. It works.

    by Bob on 07 Tue,2014

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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.

  7. Easier than expected

    by Patrick on 07 Mon,2014

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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!

  8. Worked great

    by Heidi on 10 Wed,2014

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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!

  9. easer than I thought

    by Peg on 03 Sun,2015

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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.

  10. Very good product

    by Gordy on 12 Tue,2015

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    I basically agree with all the above reviews...first time making tempeh....it is a 24-36 hrs process and the product is far superior to store bought. Made soy, brown rice, toasted sesame seed for first product and just made garbanzo bean, rice, and sesame seed the second time...

  11. Success

    by Kathie on 10 Wed,2013

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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.

  12. Excellent results

    by Amy on 01 Wed,2014

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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.

  13. Great Product

    by Haiqing on 03 Sun,2014

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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.

  14. Does Just What It's Supposed To Do!

    by Peckerhead on 06 Sun,2014

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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.

  15. Works perfectly using old style Indonesian method

    by Cat Annie on 07 Fri,2014

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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.

  16. Good Stuff

    by Zach on 09 Tue,2015

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    After hearing repeatedly that homemade tempeh is superior to store-bought, I went ahead and got the starter culture from this website. I made my first batch under fairly adverse conditions - it was actually a bit too hot in my apartment, I think, and I was without a suitable incubator - but it came out quite well. The flavor is great (I made a standard soybean tempeh, and plan to try other legumes) and even the aroma is pleasant and enticing. It's a labor-intensive process to make it at home, but well worthwhile, and the product on sale here helps make it possible.

  17. Love it

    by Robert on 05 Thu,2014

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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.

  18. Its good

    by Dyan on 03 Tue,2015

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    Qualitly is good. I like using more and more.

  19. Excellent Product

    by Small Footprints on 09 Wed,2015

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    I was hesitant to purchase tempeh starter because of the potential salmonella issues. Upon doing some research, I found that a lot of people used and recommended starter from Cultures For Health. So I purchased a box. It is wonderful. The recipe was easy to follow and my first batch of tempeh was better than I expected. In fact, I have another batch "cooking" as we "speak". The only downside to this product is the packaging ... 4 pre-measured packets come in the box. While I love the convenience of not having to measure out the starter, I would love to buy this product in bulk ... it would save on packaging and be better for the environment. Other than that, I love this product and will continue its use.

  20. Good product but expensive

    by JCB on 03 Thu,2014

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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.

  21. Takes a bit longer but works out fine

    by grumps on 04 Thu,2013

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    Used two packets of starter and ended up with 3.125 lbs of good tempeh

  22. Very good quality starter....

    by Vira on 07 Thu,2013

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    The result of tempeh from using this starter was very good! But the price of the starter is quite expensive.

  23. Tempeh Starter

    by Toby on 02 Sat,2014

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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.

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Tempeh Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
  • Does not contain MSG or preservatives. 
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Packaged in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO

Questions

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  • From Shannon at 11/27/2015 9:17 PM
    • Can I use black beans or kidney beans to make tempeh with this culture???
    • Absolutely! You might need to experiment a bit, but follow the same procedure with minor adjustments to the culturing time and preparation of the beans.
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  • From Jade Li at 9/14/2015 3:04 PM
    • Once a batch of tempeh is made, can it become a starter for another batch, or do you have to buy fresh starter each time?
    • We recommend using a fresh starter each time.
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  • From Andy at 6/23/2015 5:29 AM
    • When will the tempeh starter be back in stock?
    • We do not have a current restock date however, if you enter your e-mail address in the subscribe box on the product page, we will send notification when the item is back in stock: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/tempeh-starter.html
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  • From Farideh at 1/28/2015 9:14 PM
    • what strain of the tempeh starter do you have? is it NRRL 2710?
    • Our tempeh starter uses the Rhizopus Oryzae​ culture.
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  • From Robert at 7/23/2014 7:57 AM
    • I've read of some people leaving hulls on their soy beans and instead mashing them up to allow inoculation. Would you suggest that works as well as De-hulling?
      Thank you!
    • The general consensus is that the hulls should be removed. For proper fermentation,it is important to remove most of the water after cooking which would be difficult to do without removing the hulls.
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  • From Susan at 7/23/2014 5:42 AM
    • Can I use the starter to ferment mung beans? Thank you for your time.
    • Yes, the Tempeh starter can be used to ferment mung beans.
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  • From Ben at 7/22/2014 8:00 PM
    • Is it possible to use beans other than Soy for this? I've seen some use garbanzo and I was curious to make Black bean. Others suggested the possibility of toxicity? Can I safely make Non-Soy Tempeh?
    • Yes! Garbanzos and black beans both make delicious tempeh. There are many options for tempeh. For safety, please use vinegar as stated in the recipe. You may also choose to add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar to the beans as they are boiled.
      We do not recommend using nuts, peanuts or coconut meat for tempeh making without extensive experience and a pH meter.
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  • From Jyotsna at 7/7/2014 5:01 PM
    • How long can the starter be out of the refrigerator?
    • 3-4 weeks at room temperature, but we strongly encourage you store it in the fridge as soon as possible, as it will last for 6 or more months.
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  • From Joseph at 3/3/2014 8:44 AM
    • What precisely should I do to make sure that the end product comes out white and not with black mold ?

    • Our tempeh starter is designed to make a beautiful white tempeh. As long as you do not over-culture significantly, it will be even and white.
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  • From Lisa at 2/11/2014 11:17 PM
    • Why the vinegar? I watched some Indonesian people making tempeh on Youtube and they do not use vinegar, can it be that they use different kind of starter? They call it "ragi" which generally means "yeast".
      Thanks!
    • It is possible that they were using a different starter, most likely one grown from a previous batch. We do not recommend using this method or skipping the vinegar. The vinegar raises the acidity of the beans to reduce the potential growth of salmonella or aflatoxins. Always use tempeh starter from a trusted source.
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