Vegan Yogurt Starter

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Vegan Yogurt Starter

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A blend of lactic acid bacteria specifically selected for use in making dairy-free yogurt, this direct-set vegan culture has a mild yogurt flavor with a smooth texture and slightly weak viscosity.  

  • Each box contains four packets of starter culture.
  • Use 1 packet with 1-2 quarts milk.
  • For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons milk.
  • Instructions for using this culture may be found here.
  • Cultures at 110ºF using a yogurt maker or other appliance.
  • This culture works well with a variety of non-dairy milks and thickeners.  
  • Click here for information on How to Make Non-Dairy Yogurt.

 

Ingredients: Rice maltodextrin, live active bacteria (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus

This product contains no GMO ingredients.

Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture. The starter is good

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 weeks
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 6 to 12 months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12+ months

 

Allergen Information:

  • May contain trace amounts of gluten: Barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient. 
  • May contain trace amounts of soy: Soybeans are used as a fermentation nutrient.
  • Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish. 


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  • From cantabela at 12/9/2010 9:58 PM
    • My son has allergies to milk,soy,flax,coconut,wheat,oats,barley,sunflower...I am wondering if your yogurt starter has any of those in it?Tkx.
    • The Vegan Yogurt Starter is initially cultured on barley and soy, so although it isn't an official ingredient in the final product, it could technically exist in trace amounts. The quantities are outside the scope of US and EU allergen labeling requirements.
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  • From li at 1/4/2011 11:52 PM
    • Can this be used with coconut or almond milk ? Also can you confirm the soy is non GMO? Thanks.
    • Yes, the starter will work with coconut milk, but almond milk is not known to have consistent results. This starter is ideally suited for rice and soy milk which have a higher sugar content (the yogurt bacteria feeds off sugar). Yogurt made with alternative milks will likely be thinner and require a thickening agent.

      None of the ingredients in the culture or used to produce the culture are GMO.
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  • From MRT at 1/30/2011 9:44 PM
    • Could this starter be used with goat milk? Thanks in advance!
    • Yes, the Vegan Starter can be used with dairy milk, goat or cow. But wouldn't it make sense to use one of our dairy-based yogurt starters if you are using goat milk?
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  • From MRT at 1/31/2011 10:43 AM
    • We have issues with "cow" milk...allergies, and have found that goat milk is tolerable for my family, therefore we needed the dairy free culture to use and thought we'd see if it was possible to do so with the goat milk. Wanted to use it with coconut milk too if possible.

      Thanks! So... to answer your question in your reply...it WOULD NOT make more sense for those who have allergies to COW/Dairy-based starters in our scenario.
      :)
    • OK, that makes sense!

      With any dairy-based yogurt starter, you would be using an extremely small amount of cow milk (1/8 tsp. per 2 quarts of milk) to make it so unless your sensitivities are pretty severe, it might be acceptable.

      However, I understand wanting to be careful so here is another option:

      You could use one of the heirloom/reusable starters with goat milk, and re-culture it a few times. The yogurt will be pretty runny, but it could be strained to thicken it. Because you are using a small amount of each batch to make the next batch, very quickly the amount of cow would be trace. For example, the first batch would be about 1/16 cow but the next batch would be 1/256 cow and so on.

      This is a possible alternative for you to the Vegetal. (Vegetal will also work with the coconut milk.)
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  • From karen at 2/7/2011 5:48 PM
    • I am excited to find your website as I am looking to make my own yogurt. I do have Celiac disease as well as being highly allergic to yeast, casein and all dairy. Is this starter free of casein as well? Also does it contain the healthy probiotics found in regular yogurt? If not what is the nutritional value? I am able to drink rice, almond, soy, and coconut milk. Thanks for your help.
    • Our Vegan Yogurt Starter is completely vegan, so there is no casein in it. It contains the following probiotics: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermopiles

      Not all yogurt bacteria is the same, since it is the bacteria that determines its individual characteristics. If you'd like to compare the dairy based starters to the Vegan Starter, see here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/choosing-a-yogurt-starter-culture

      “Lacto” refers to the type of bacteria, and does not involve lactose or any dairy.
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  • From Shelby at 3/6/2011 8:49 AM
    • How does this product compare/contrast to Gi ProHealth's DF yogurt starter? I see that it contains more than 3 strains of bacteria.

      Will this starter work with Whole Foods brand 365 unsweetened rice milk? Will it also work with homemade nut milk?
    • The strains in the Gi ProHealth starter are: Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Lactobacillus casei.

      The Vegan Yogurt Starter contains Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Streptococcus thermophilus. It also contains rice maltodextrin.

      The Vegan Yogurt Starter is especially formulated to work well with rice milk, and should also work well with homemade nut milk.
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  • From Sarah L. at 3/7/2011 8:13 PM
    • Will you be getting the larger size back in stock?
    • No, there is no demand for the larger size.
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  • From Rebecca W at 3/24/2011 8:07 AM
    • When you write the Vegan Yogurt Starter is completely vegan do you mean that the culture it grew on is non dairy? So there aren't even any traces of dairy?

      I'm asking because some starters claim to be vegan but when I asked I was told that the traces of dairy are almost negligible and therfore considered non dairy.

      My daughter is very sensitive so the answer is very important.

      Thanks, Rebecca
    • The Vegan Yogurt Starter is initially cultured on soy and barley, both non-GMO. No trace of dairy.
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  • From Rebecca w at 3/28/2011 3:15 PM
    • Hi again,
      Thanks for your prompt answer. Just to make sure, you wrote - The Vegan Yogurt Starter is INITIALLY cultured in non-GMO soy milk, and then it is cultured in something else? (initially- means in the beginning)

      Just have to make sure that there is absolutely no trace of dairy (or anything else not specified).

      Thanks Rebecca
    • The Vegan Yogurt Starter is entirely vegan, suitable for use in vegan diets, so there is no milk in it at all.
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  • From Misha at 4/5/2011 2:46 PM
    • Hi, I was wondering if I could use the SO Delicious coconut milk that is sold in the dairy section at Whole Foods. It's made to be drunk like soy milk is. It's thickened with guar gum. Also, since coconut milk has less sugar in it, could I add a type of sugar to make it thicker? Thanks!
    • We generally recommend to just choose a coconut milk with the least amount of additives. Guar gum doesn't generally present an issue though. No extra sugar is needed but often coconut milk does better with a longer culturing period, so it's worth keeping an eye on the yogurt as you may need to let it culture longer than normal.
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Almond milk yogurt Review by Evey Health Coach
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I use this culture for my almond yogurt using homemade almond milk. Comes out great every time. I find I can reuse the culture several times, saving some from the previous batch each time. Flavor gets a bit tangier with each batch.

(Posted on 10/28/2014)

Great product! Review by drmanon
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I tried a variety of yogurt starters for my homemade almond milk, but came to this one for the taste. It is easy to use and I use one packet in 2 liters of Almond milk that I have heated to close to boiling and added 1/2 cup of tapioca starch for thickening. After heating and cooling down to 110 degrees i whip in the packet and add a couple of squirts of Agave Nectar - 8 hours later, yummy thickened yogurt! It works better than a more expensive brand!

(Posted on 10/26/2014)

Making Coconut Yogurt Review by Pearl
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With a dairy intolerance, I missed having yogurt. I had made my own in the past but was unhappy with the thickened consistency. I just couldn't find anything that made it come out thick enough when I used my yogurt maker. Using Sarah's recipe and the Vegan Starter, I got a great product. I was very satisfied. Using just a bit of "fruit only" jam, I am able to make fruit flavors that are delicious and consistent with my "diet guidlines'. I also like to use my yogurt to make my own Ranch dressing and other sour cream type sauces.

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

OMG Review by Lorna
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It took a little time to find canned coconut milk that didn't Have additional ingredients other than coconut milk but did fine the right one. I made coconut yogurt with the vegan yogurt starter. So easy. When the yogurt was done I drained it to make Greek style. Very think and it was eating delicious frosting.

(Posted on 10/15/2014)

Greek Style Soy Yogurt! Review by Jules
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My husband and I LOVED yogurt and hated giving it up when we went vegan (bee-gan) just over a year ago. After many trials and errors we use this starter to make about 1-2 batches of greek style vegan yogurt every week! We use put 1 packet of the Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter into a room-temp freshly opened 1-32oz container of Kirkland brand Organic Soymilk Vanilla (pasteurized, non-refrigerated), shake very well and pour it into our Yogourmet along with a second container of the soymilk for a total volume of 64oz (leaving the second top off the yogurt maker because it will get too hot as we live in Tampa, FL). We let that baby go for 24 hours then put it though a greek yogurt strainer (Euro Cuisine) for another 24 hours then enjoy the thick creamy yogurt with a bit of honey (again, bee-gan), but obviously you could do whatever sweetener you like. This starter is much creamier and tastier we think than the Yogurmet starter found at Whole Foods but in the hot months when shipping is not a good idea we do use it instead. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

(Posted on 9/27/2014)

Works Really Great! Review by Lily
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I made some really good yogurt using store bought organic soy milk. It was quick and easy to use, and my yogurt cultured perfectly. After I cultured it, I strained it using a cheesecloth and the yogurt was so thick and creamy, so yummy! I tried it using the almond coconut milk and it didn't culture at all (was good to drink, though). I figured it must be all the additives in it. Maybe I will try using homemade almond milk instead. Soy milk works the best for the moment. I highly recommend this culture!

(Posted on 9/20/2014)

Awesome! Review by Backtomyroots
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I've been making yogurt for 30 years until I became lactose intolerant. A few years ago I started making my own goat milk yogurt using Pamona's Pectin and just goat milk yogurt starter and store bought goat milk. It just never had the taste or consistency that I liked so I figured it was the starter I was using.
I also used the Vegan starter with non-homogenized cows milk and it was excellent. What's really great is that I can eat the regular cow's milk yogurt now without the typical symptoms of lactose intolerance. It could be that store bought yogurt as a starter may be a bit diluted thereby not eating as much of the lactose. (just a theory). I love the Vegan yogurt starter because it can be used with all dairy milk including goat and also non milk products. Very very happy with the results! Only negative is that the cost almost negates the savings. Good whole milk or goat milk is about 5.00 - 8.00/half gallon - I strain my yogurt for Greek style and only get about 5, 8 or 7 oz cups. Add to that the cost of the starter plus shipping and any fruit or additives such as honey and the cost per cup does not save that much. (remember this is a direct set starter so it is NOT re-useable like an Heirloom). Even so, I like the control of making my own and knowing that there are no preservatives and additives. I can never go back to commercial yogurt again!!
Now that I know I can eat regular cows milk yogurt I ordered some heirloom to save a little on cost.
One great thing about CFH is that they answer your questions either by the Chat now function, email or phone. They're great. Very responsive. Not many businesses are like that any more.
Thanks!

(Posted on 9/9/2014)

Excellent Find Review by VK
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Since we moved to the Boston, MA, from London we have been unable to find good dairy free yogurt ( made with soya milk with no fruits) for my son who has a severe dairy allergy. With the vegan yogurt starter mixed with soya milk and gelatine - we have perfect dairy free yogurt. Life saver so thank you.

(Posted on 9/5/2014)

Well worth the money spent. Review by Lora
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Well worth the money spent. I used powdered whole goat milk. My child has an allergy to cow milk this includes whey, casien, lactose and even the cow meat from the store. Goat and sheep milk do fine. My only problem was when I added anything to the yogurt it became so runny that it was easier to drink than eat with a spoon. Gonna give it another shot with a suggestion that I found. The product did its job very well. Was pleased with the cultures. My child had no reactions to the yogurt. My other children even liked this yogurt. Awesome product. Reiterating: well worth the money.

(Posted on 8/27/2014)

Product is great Review by Vegan4life
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Used this vegan starter with my own fresh homemade coconut milk and soymilk. Yogurt it was after 8 hours! Enjoyed it thoroughly. Just need larger quantities per package since this culture cant be reused maybe 24 packs instead of just 8 packs. Great product. Thanks

(Posted on 8/26/2014)

starter excellent. Review by no name
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your Vegan Yogurt Starter is tops in my book....but my choice of almond milk will need to be researched a little more...didn't like the flavor...will try soy & coconut milks next.

(Posted on 8/21/2014)

Perfect, Delicious Soy Yogurt Review by Sooner
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I'm so happy I found this product and website. I used Eden Unsweetened
Soy Milk, thickened with cornstarch in a Cuisinart Electronic Yogurt Maker. Worked perfectly and tasted delicious. Commercial soy yogurt brands available to me have a metallic taste and plain soy yogurt is rarely in stock. I highly recommend using this vegan culture. I'm going to try Pomona's Pectin as a thickener, but wanted to use up some leftover cornstarch.

(Posted on 8/19/2014)

Love it! Review by Barbara
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Great product! I started making soy milk yogurt using your product and it turns out perfect every time! I'm using packaged organic soymilk (shelf stable - only soybeans and water)and my food dehydrator (set at 110 degrees). It could not be easier! Consistent results! Thanks for having such a great product! I'm now addicted to the "greek yogurt" (after straining thru cheesecloth)!! Yum!

(Posted on 7/22/2014)

Great food Review by Thanh Thuy Nguyen
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I'm vegan and I love yogurt, but I don't know how to homemade vegan yogurt for me. I search on Google:"How to homemade vegan yogurt" and I read a link in website she introduce VEGAN YOGURT STARTER in her recipes.
I'm very glad and I order online 1 box and I try to made vegan yogurt with soy milk and coconut milk. Thanks God, their taste was very delicious like dairy milk yogurt. You can't find this yogurt any store, they just sale vegetarian yogurt as coconut yogurt and I don't like this smell and taste.
Now, I'm pleasant for this yogurt I homemade for me to enjoy everyday.

(Posted on 7/16/2014)

results Review by b
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I have enjoyed using this product to make yogurt. As I have allergies to milk products, but love yogurt, preparing my own with this product has been a great. There was a learning curve to get it right using almond milk and pectin but I've been very happy with the results.

(Posted on 7/14/2014)

Questions?? Review by Van
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Hi All-
1st off I'd like to say cultures for health ships and delivers quite efficiently.
2) has anyone used this to make pure almond milk yogurt?
I have purchased 8 boxes of this vegan yogurt starter now and each time I make my almond milk yogurt, I never get that tang you generally get from yogurt. I began with culturing it for 8 hours now I am up to 10 and that tang is still not there.
I use fresh almond that I grind at home, my thickener is tapioca starch and Guar Gum (don't like the texture of the agar, tried it once even there it had no tang). I add no sugar, cause I eat it with homemade granola.
Someone please help….suggestions…..
Thanks!!

My ratings at this time are neutral, until I get some help and make again….

Response from CFH: We are always happy to help with troubleshooting. Thank you for contacting us!

(Posted on 7/12/2014)

Best yogurt evert Review by Barbara
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I'm thrilled with the Vegan Yogurt Starter! It was perfect and very easy to do. Thank you. I'll be ordering often.

(Posted on 7/12/2014)

Excellent Results for Vegan Thick Greek Yogurt Tangy Review by DougJ
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If you are looking for a Vegan thick greek yogurt the is tangy and full of flavor this is the starter. I use the recipe in the book "The Non-Dairy Formulary: Vegan Cuisine for the Ethical Gourmet" by Skye Michael Conroy and the Automatic Digital Yogurt Maker by Euro-Cuisine, Inc to produce the most FANTASTIC thick Vegan (non-dairy) yogurt. Be sure to use the most pure soy milk you can find (Westsoy is great for this yogurt). You will never buy yogurt again!!! If you do not like the thick yogurt, just omit the cashews and you will produce a traditional soft yogurt, but I suggest doubling the soy milk (2 quarts to 1 packet of start) otherwise it is a bit too sour/tangy.
Good skill, have fun, and enjoy the most fantastic yogurt using this wonderful starter.

(Posted on 6/20/2014)

Great! Review by Sue
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First time I made yogurt and it turned out great! I used oat milk and some agar agar powder to thicken, and it was delicious! Can't wait to make my next batch. I can't have dairy and the little coconut and almond yogurt cartons you can purchase are so expensive. Now I can make my own and enjoy it even more!

(Posted on 6/13/2014)

yummy coconut milk yogurt Review by Tanya
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I made great coconut milk yogurt with this, using Great Lakes gelatin as a thickener (obviously, this makes it non-vegan, but works great for milk-intolerant people).

(Posted on 6/10/2014)



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