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 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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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 Kathleen at 1/1/2014 9:49 PM
    • I would like to order more than 1 box of yogurt starter, but would like to know what the average expiration dates might be - how long do they keep? Thanks.
    • Expiration dates vary based on our supply and current demand. In general, our Direct-Set Starters will keep:
      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
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  • From Dina at 11/11/2013 9:12 AM
    • The Vegan Yogurt Starter is just what I have been searching for, but in addition to my other dietary needs, I also only ingest food products that have reliable rabbinical supervision (Kosher). Do you have this certification for the vegan yogurt?
    • I'm sorry, but the Vegan Yogurt Starter is not kosher.
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  • From Pamela at 10/25/2013 11:38 AM

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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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