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 Luz Eneida Sanabria at 1/22/2012 7:07 PM
    • How many times can I make yogurt with one container of Vegan Yogurt Starter?...Will last enough?

      Thanks, Luz Eneida
    • One package of Vegan Yogurt Starter will make eight batches of 1-2 quarts each. For larger batches, use 2 packets to culture 1-4 gallons alternative milk.
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  • From Gabriela Steinmetz at 1/22/2012 10:49 PM
  • From Linda at 2/14/2012 12:52 PM
    • My husband is very sensitive to corn. Is your Vegan Yogurt Starter completely corn free?
    • There is no corn in this product.
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  • From Janet Z. at 2/17/2012 12:44 AM
    • First of all I am very excited about your product, but I have some questions. My son is severely allergic to wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, celery (including celery seed and salt), peppers (the vegetable and anything derived from them, i.e. cayenne pepper, chili powder, chili pepper. Does the starter ever come in contact with any of these items? Thank you.
    • This product is laboratory-grown on a base of barley and soy. The amounts of these products in the starter fall below the requirements for allergen labeling. The starter is manufactured in a facility that also processes dairy products, but does not include dairy, and is produced on separate equipment.
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  • From Sadie @allnaturalme at 2/18/2012 2:20 PM
    • This kinda goes along with the goat milk question above - I was comparing the starters to use with cow milk and this starter seems like the only one with Lactobacillus rhamnosus. If someone really wanted that strain in their cow milk based gurt - seems like they could use this culture?

      Just confirming :)
    • You are correct. The Vegan Yogurt Starter is the only one we carry that contains the bacteria strain L. Rhamnosus. If someone were looking to consume that specific strain, this is the yogurt starter we have to offer.
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  • From Helen Hsu at 3/8/2012 11:24 PM
    • How many packs in the box?

    • There are eight packets in the box.
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  • From Paula brown at 3/11/2012 8:20 PM
    • Which yogurt maker works best with the Vegan Yogurt Starter? I plan to use almond milk. Can't have soy or dairy.
    • Any of our yogurt makers will work well for making almond milk yogurt. The important thing is to keep the yogurt between 105ºF and 112ºF while incubating, which each of the units will do.

      Remember, you will likely need a thickener: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/thickening-homemade-yogurt Thickening will not be apparent until after it has been stored in the fridge 6-24 hours.

      If using a commercial brand of almond milk, be sure to use one with the least additives. Nut milks are difficult to culture, and often homemade nut milks have the best results.
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  • From Paula at 3/11/2012 9:42 PM
    • What works best to add to improve texture of yogurt when using almond milk? Agar or tapioca starch and how much of each... Any other suggestions?
    • The type of thickener you use is a matter of personal preference. Here's an article that explains how to use the different thickeners: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/thickening-homemade-yogurt

      Remember, thickening will not be apparent until after it has been stored in the fridge 6-24 hours. If using a commercial brand of almond milk, use one with the least additives. Nut milks are difficult to culture, and often homemade nut milks have the best results.
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  • From Sandra at 4/10/2012 10:46 PM
    • I really like the variety of cultures in the Vegan Yogurt Starter, but I want to make my yogurt with milk. Is this possible?
    • Yes, you can use this culture with dairy milk.
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  • From Pam at 4/18/2012 12:57 PM
    • Greetings!

      Are the cultures for your Vegan Yogurt Starter grown on any type of corn medium (dextrose or any of the other corn sugars)? Even if the final product is deemed corn free my son will react to cultures grown on corn. Thanks for your time!

      Pam Silcox
    • Vegan Yogurt Starter is grown using barley (gluten) and soy, but the quantities are "outside the scope of US and EU allergen labeling requirements." No corn. GMO free.
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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)

Great soy milk yogurt with this starter Review by cufflink
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

vegan starter works excellent for making soy yogurt Review by veganmom
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I use the vegan starter and it works very nice for my soy yogurt.

(Posted on 4/4/2014)

Easy to use Review by BC
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I used this starter with almond milk and added Pomona's Pectin. The instructions were very helpful.

(Posted on 4/3/2014)



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