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 Sarah L. at 3/8/11 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 Shelby at 3/6/11 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 karen at 2/7/11 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 MRT at 1/31/11 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 MRT at 1/31/11 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 li at 1/5/11 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 cantabela at 12/10/10 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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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 July 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 July 17, 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 July 14, 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 July 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 June 21, 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 June 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 June 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 voilĂ ! Yogurt! (Posted on June 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 May 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 May 20, 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 May 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 April 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 April 9, 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 April 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 April 3, 2014)
Finally, yogurt again! Review by Snackgirl
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I make wonderful coconut milk yogurt with this product. It's easy, I can control what is and isn't in it, and I'm thrilled to be eating yogurt again! (Posted on April 1, 2014)
Works wonderfully! Review by Tish P.
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I've made two batches of soy yogurt so far, and I'm extremely pleased with the results. The cultures and instructions both worked a treat. (Posted on March 29, 2014)
Cashew almond yogurt Review by Moretarlan
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I have been making yogurt using whole almond or coconut yogurt as a starter but at several dollars per yogurt and with inconsistent results this is much better. I use 1 c each of sliced almonds and raw cashews, 1 tsp agar powder, 4 tbsps honey or so, and 4 tbsps tapioca powder adding enough water for 8-9 cups total, blending for 1-2 minutes till smooth, heat to 180, cool to 110, add culture and incubate 6 to 8 hrs in my dehydrator in sterilized glass jars with the lids on at 107-108, and it has worked perfectly every time. Also the convenience of being able to store in my freezer is great! (Posted on March 24, 2014)
Wonderful product! Review by Chefgloria
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Wonderful, I love the yogurt and the flavor. I do not add any thickener, but I am going to try with it! (Posted on March 22, 2014)
Amazing Product Review by Chelsea
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I love this vegan yogurt culture! I've made a few batches already and they've all turned out great! I am so happy to have yogurt back in my life!
I was also very impressed with the directions that came with the product - very clear and easy to follow. The resources on this website are so helpful, and the product shipped very quickly! I will be returning when I need more! (Posted on March 20, 2014)
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