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 Christopher at 1/5/2014 9:13 PM
    • Can you use unsweetened soymilk (we use Westsoy unsweetened)? With no sugar in the ingredients, is there any/enough in the soy itself?
    • The soy milk with the least additives is best. You are correct, sugar is an issue with alternative milks. However, this starter has been specially formulated to work best with soy, rice, and coconut milk. It must be as additive free as possible. Nut and seed milks tend to be more problematic, but we have found success in culturing by making homemade milks: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/alternative-milks-for-making-yogurt/ If you find that commercial soy, rice, or coconut milk is also not working well, consider making your own. You are always welcome to contact us for support first!
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  • From Robin at 2/13/2014 11:41 AM
    • I am wanting to buy this for homemade nut milks and also the Bulgarian and Greek starters for goat's milk. Does it make sense to have 3 different kinds of starters in the fridge? There are only two of us and I am hoping to be use the starters at different times over the next few years, depending upon what we want. Does this make sense?
    • Yes, it makes sense. All of us at Cultures For Health understand the desire for multiple cultures! The Greek and Bulgarian cultures will work very well with the goat milk, but be sure to keep an airtight lid on all of your cultures while they are in the fridge. That will minimize the risk of cross contamination. The Vegan Yogurt Starter is a direct set starter, perfect for alternative milks.

      Here are some great articles you'll find helpful:
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-yogurt
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/alternative-milks-for-making-yogurt
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/thickening-homemade-yogurt
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  • From Nancy at 2/13/2014 12:44 PM
    • Are the ingredients in this product all USA? Thanks very much.
    • The bacteria strains are made up of culture from both the U.S. and France. The rice maltodextrin is also from the U.S.
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  • From Penny at 3/5/2014 8:27 PM
    • Can I use 1/4 cup of the yogurt that I have made from the starter to start another batch? Also I've tried to make coconut yogurt using a probiotic..... It was awful!!!! Nobody would have eaten that...... My question is are there instructions that come with the starter?
    • Detailed instructions for use are included for use with all of our cultures.

      The distributor of the Vegan Yogurt Starter indicates this is not a reculturable starter. Vegan milks do not provide the lactose necessary for the bacteria to reproduce, so you likely would not be able to make more than one or two additional batches. Eventually, a new direct-set starter must be used.
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  • From Roberta at 4/10/2014 11:07 AM
    • How many batches of yogurt can I make with this starter? Are there instructions with the starter telling how much to use for each batch?
    • Each box contains 8 packets and each packet will culture 1 to 2 quarts of delicious non-dairy yogurt. Instructions are included in the box! Please see our yogurt page for suggestions about thickeners along with a few helpful recipes: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/yogurt
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  • From Val at 6/29/2014 5:50 PM
    • How many starters come with each purchase? Is it one starter for $9.99?
    • There are 8 packets in each box, and each packet can culture 1-2 qt. of milk. For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons milk.
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  • From Sara at 7/11/2014 12:06 PM
    • Is it possible to use half of a packet if I want to make less than 1-2 quarts of yogurt at a time? And how would I store the remaining contents in the packet?
    • It is not recommended to use a portion of the packet to culture less milk. The amount in the packet has been specifically measured for 1-2 qts of milk. If you were to try it, likely you'd get inconsistent results.
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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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