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 eight 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 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:

      “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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Awesome! Review by Backtomyroots

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.

(Posted on 9/9/2014)

Excellent Find Review by VK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…..

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

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

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

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

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)

Great soy milk yogurt with this starter Review by cufflink

I've made vegan yogurt with this starter several times now, using Westsoy Organic Unsweetened soy milk for its protein content. (Haven't tried other plant milks yet.) Contrary to the enclosed directions, I've found it is NOT necessary to add any kind of thickening agent. The yogurt firms up nicely on its own--a bit delicate, almost custardy, but that's fine with me. Tastes great. Also, it's not necessary to bring the milk to a boil and then cool it, as some videos I've seen have suggested. All you need to do is heat the milk up in the microwave just until it's pleasantly warm, add the starter, mix well, pour into short glasses, cover with a towel, put in a warm place for 8 hours, and voilà! Yogurt!

(Posted on 6/9/2014)

Excellent product Review by in2reading

I have ordered multiple boxes of the vegan yogurt starter several times. It always arrives within a couple days and I've never had a failure. It is a high quality product.

(Posted on 5/20/2014)

soy yogurt best with no additives Review by charlotte

Tried various brands of soy milk and found that those containing additives carrageaen, for instance separated and produced an unappetizing whey. I have settled on WestSoy which makes a wonderful, light yogurt of the consistency of that found in the Middle-East. A delight poured over fresh fruits.

(Posted on 5/19/2014)

Fantastic with Goat's Milk too! Review by Wilka

I got this vegan yogurt starter to use with goat's milk because I cannot tolerate cow dairy and the regular cultures have small amounts of cow dairy in them. Before getting the vegan cultures, I was using high potency and very expensive probiotics to make yogurt with goat's milk. That worked ok but was not consistent, and was costing a lot. I have already made four 1L batches of yogurt with my vegan cultures and they have come out excellent (1 packet per liter of milk). The product is consistent and easy to use. I have cultured my goat's milk yogurt up to 26 hours (accidentally) and it still held up very well and didn't separate or curdle. The yogurt comes out rich and thick, with a nice cream top, and it's absolutely delicious.

(Posted on 5/1/2014)

Excellent Flavor - Greek Style Review by DougJ

This product performed as described. I made a Vegan Greek yogurt using soy milk and cashews the yogurt flavor was strong and tangy, just what we like in a flavorful yogurt. I used a Euocuisine yogurt maker (digital unit) incubated for 7.5 hours and the flavor was fully developed.
It is great to have a culture that is plant based (vegan) for those of use who are lactose/dairy intolerant/allergic.
The price is very competitive for a vegan based product. The packets are small and easy to handle.
Recommendation of Use: Pre-dissovle the culture in temped (105 to 108 F) before adding to the soy/cashew mixture, the culture is a bit difficult to dissolve.
Enjoy your Greek (or other style) yogurt.

(Posted on 4/26/2014)

Great product Review by Ms. Dantes

This was my first time using Vegan Yogurt Starter and I am very glad I found this company to guide me in it's use when I needed knowledge.

(Posted on 4/8/2014)

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