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"The Most Consistent Vegan Yogurt Starter I've Tried. Great results Every time!"

I'm grateful I found Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt starter. I've tried others that produced runny, lumpy, and watery vegan yogurts. My winning combo that've I'm sticking with (because it produces creamy, delicious thick unsweetened yogurt everytime) is: 2 cartons Westbrae Organic Unsweetened...

- Maiya

Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

SKU: 6707
$9.99

Availability: In stock

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Our Vegan Yogurt Starter consists of 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 4 packets of starter culture.
  • Use 1 packet with 1-2 quarts alternative milk. (For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons of alternative milk.)
  • Cultures at 110º F using a yogurt maker or other appliance.
  • This culture often requires a thickener to achieve a store-bought yogurt consistency. (Learn more about thickener options.)
  • Direct-set (single-use) culture - each packet makes one batch of vegan yogurt.
  • Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here.
  • Having trouble making vegan yogurt? Browse our Yogurt Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

  

Vegan Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

  • Our Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture.
  • For best results, store in the refrigerator or freezer and use by the date on the box.

 

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Reviews

141 Reviews For "Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture"

  1. Excellent

    by Laura on 03 Sun,2011

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    I made yogurt using Silk soy milk light (plain) and the yogurt turned out excellent. I added 1 tsp of agar powder before adding starter. The yogurt turned out excellent and much better than the soy yogurt I had been buying from the health food store.

  2. Great

    by Alyssa on 01 Sun,2013

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    This is really easy to use and comes with very detailed instructions. I made coconut milk yogurt and it came out perfect!

  3. Excellent!

    by Chachi on 01 Mon,2013

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    Excellent product. I use it to make coconut yougurt and it gives me great results everyone loves the coconut yougurt I make! The price of the product is great and the shipping in timely.

  4. Got it right on the first try!

    by paige on 06 Sat,2013

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    This made creamy, tart, excellent almond milk yogurt, probably not as good as dairy, but I can't have milk products. I used a Euro Cuisine maker,made 'milk' in a blender: 2 1/2 cups Bob's almond meal/'flour' with some water blended on medium for 5 minutes, then added 4 tsp. sugar and one serving rice protein powder (for thickener) and mixed well.Added water to get total of 42 oz. Heated all that touches yogurt in hot water to 'sterilize'. Then heated 'milk', added around 1/4 cup to one jar and whisked in Cultures for Health vegan starter. Took out after 9 hr and 40 min. Then refrigerated overnight. 10 gm protein/serving! Commercial almond milk would be less protein because it is only one gram of protein per cup. Plus it has additives that change the taste. For those allergic to dairy, as I am: the casei in yogurts is not a dairy product-took me a long time to figure that out!

  5. Great Soy Yogurt!

    by Nancy on 09 Mon,2013

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    Thank you! I went vegan a little over a year ago. The hardest part was giving up dairy yogurt -- I had existed on at least a carton a day of Dannon Coffee Yogurt for 40 years! I tried commercial non-dairy yogurts and was just getting to think that one particular soy version was OK, when they stopped making it. It has been unavailable in our area for several months now. Totally frustrated, I ordered some of your vegan yogurt starter and dug out a yogurt maker I hadn't used for several years. I also bought a Euro Cuisine Greek yogurt strainer. Well, it is awesome! I use Edensoy Unsweetened Soy Milk with some extra soy milk powder (1/2 cup per quart of the milk) and the starter. I can use the unsweetened yogurt for cooking, or sweeten it a little for eating. I can even make my own coffee yogurt :-) No more megadoses of sugar, additives, etc., no more rubbery or chalky-tasting yogurt, and no more frustration at the empty soy yogurt shelves at the grocery store!

  6. A+

    by MADEL on 11 Sun,2013

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    It is difficult to find Soy Yogurt ,plain without fruit or sugar. Then I found you and your starter. My Soy Milk and your starter have made my Vegan menu complete. I add the culture and use oven method for 8 hours and out comes deliscious and tangy yogurt; better than any I could find,( when I could find it!!!!)

  7. Great for DIY vegan yogurt

    by No no on 11 Fri,2013

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    I spent two months trying to make vegan yogurt out of canned coconut milk, using a popular brand name coconut milk yogurt as a starter culture...and for two whole months, I experienced flop after flop.

    I finally ordered some actual vegan yogurt starter and, from the first use, got results I'd never seen before! I've used three packets already and have created some of the richest, thickest coconut milk yogurt I thought possible.

    Before, I was using thickeners like pectin, tapioca powder and the like when using other yogurt as my starter culture. With this, I haven't had to add anything and I consistently get a product which is yummy, tangy and now doubles as my vegan sour cream; it continues to thicken over time. I'll definitely be buying more.

  8. Easy to use

    by cocoyoggie on 11 Fri,2013

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    My coconut milk yogurt came out perfect the first time. The enclosed instructions were very helpful.

  9. Great product!

    by Cheryl on 11 Mon,2013

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    I have been making my own soy yogurt for several months now and have had great results each time. I add cornstarch and a little maple syrup and get a great consistency. I love the taste. It is so much better than store bought!

  10. It works great!

    by Vester on 11 Tue,2013

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    I didn't expect it to work when I ordered it, but it definitely set me straight. I whisk soy milk, corn starch and granulated sugar together, heat it to 185 degrees with more whisking, cool it to 110 degrees and whisk, add Cultures for Health Vegan and whisk, pour into clean containers with loosened lids, place it in the yogurt maker, and wait about 8 hours. My primary yogurt maker, BTW, is an old 12VDC MobileGear Travel Heater/Cooler that has room for two pint jars at a time and stays right on 108 degrees for the entire period. I use it with a 12VDC power supply in the house, but it also works perfectly powered directly from my vehicle battery. My Y1000 Miracle Yogurt Maker also works fine with Cultures for Health Vegan, using any container that will fit inside. I'm on my second Cultures for Health Vegan order right now, and plan to continue. Caution on the automotive heater/cooler: many others that I see on the market now advertise around 120 degrees, which is probably too much--so check it first before trying it.

  11. EASY TO USE AND DELICIOUS OUTCOME

    by RAD on 11 Wed,2013

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    GREAT PRODUCT

  12. Have not succeeded yet with culturing coconut milk

    by toniatk on 11 Sat,2013

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    I got great help from Customer Service in response to my chat question about how to use this culture to make yogurt from coconut milk. I tried their recipe using gelatin and homemade coconut milk with no additives. I cultured it for 22 hours but it did not really thicken up. When I chilled it, it separated into the thick coconut cream and the liquid stuff, only slightly thickened by the gelatin. I am not sure what to try next, or if I should give up trying to do this.

    Notes from CFH Support: Culturing for a shorter time is recommended, 6-8 hours. The coconut milk will not thicken during the culturing process, but will once it is refrigerated. We suggest shaking or stirring before refrigerating and if you have a moment while it is cooling you can repeat this. The thickness of yogurt is a personal preference. Some like thinner and some thicker finished yogurt. If it is still too thin, you can adjust the amount of gelatin (or pectin for a vegan yogurt) to achieve a thickness to your liking.

  13. excellant

    by jd on 12 Thu,2013

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    this was a great vegan yoghurt culture. my wife tried making it in a thermos using soy milk and the culture--not so good--as the culture may have gotten to hot, however, using a couple of glass canning jars--did the trick!! this is way better then store bought probiotic pills! we might try other non-dairy milks in the future, but it did wonderful with soy milk! this makes bread and pizza dough so soft and good and it makes other things good also and it seems to be a good replacement for vegan mayonnaise!

  14. good Stuff

    by bam on 12 Mon,2013

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    Easy to make. Taste good.

  15. Excellent product!

    by Vegan Grannie on 12 Sat,2013

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    My husband & I eat a plant-based diet and love yogurt. We had been purchasing soy yogurt, however the company that manufactured it has temporarily stopped production. I began researching how to make my own yogurt, and came across this product. I have never made it before, so was very apprehensive. My first batch came out almost perfect! It was a little thinner than what we like, so I just need to increase the amount of thickener. (I used agar powder w/ 8 hour fermentation) This culture worked wonderfully well! Used stevia, a little vanilla, and several tablespoons of sugar-free all fruit cherry jam. Afterwards I added sliced frozen (thawed) cherries. We wont ever be purchasing store-bought yogurt anymore, my husband wants me to start making gallons of it!

  16. Excellent from the first batch!

    by Faith on 12 Mon,2013

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    This was my first time to ever make yogurt. I have been eating commercial, non-dairy yogurts for years but just got tired of all the sugar and additives - and the expense and waste (we recycle the cups, but still). I was prepared for my first attempt to make yogurt to not turn out like real yogurt, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result! I used Westsoy's unsweetened soy milk (which is just water and organic soy beans) and added 2 tbsp organic raw sugar per quart of soy milk. I followed the heating and culturing instructions exactly - and what do you know, perfectly set up soy yogurt. Great texture and taste - and so easy!!

  17. Good, easy yogurt though not as tangy as I would like

    by Linda on 01 Tue,2014

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    I've made three batches so far, all using EdenSoy organic unsweetened milk and a Cuisinart yogurt maker. The first batch I thickened with cornstarch (no sweetener) and cultured for 8 hours. I was thrilled to get real, good tasting yogurt, but it was actually stiffer than I prefer. Not very tangy, either. So the next batch I skipped the thickener. I was delighted with the texture this time -- plenty thick enough for me, certainly not soupy. But still, not very tangy. So with the next batch I increased the culture time to 9 hours. Same result. I guess that I'll just keep increasing the culture time until I hit the limit and curdle it, just to see if I can increase the tanginess. But overall, I'm more than satisfied to get something so good tasting. I really missed my yogurt after going vegan a couple of years ago. I usually add it to a simple oatmeal muesli, let it sit and soften the oats for 30 minutes or so, and then add some walnuts and berries for a great breakfast.

  18. Wonderful product

    by Ed on 01 Wed,2014

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    I have been making soy yogurt for a very long time. Tonight I made my first batch with the Cultures for Health starter and it turned out perfectly. I used a 32 oz. container of Westsoy Plain Unsweetened Organic soy milk, although I am looking forward to trying it with homemade soy milk.

    The texture was smooth, the taste was slightly tangy. I really could not be more pleased and these cultures are my new can't-live-without-it product.

    I did not add any thickeners. The US dairy industry has really done a number on Americans. Anyone who has only shopped in a traditional grocery store doesn't even know what real yogurt is. All that is available is yogurt in little containers that are terrible for the planet. They are filled with sugar and other additives, and have an unnatural texture.

    I'm happy to be able to make this delicious, natural product at home so easily.

  19. Excellent soy yogurt!

    by Lou on 01 Thu,2014

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    After becoming vegan, I really missed yogurt. I have come up with a recipe that turns out terrific. I use a quart of West Soy milk, 1/2 cup of soy milk powder and 2tablspoons of tapioca flour, which I blend up in the blender before heating. I have used both the Euro-Cusine yogurt maker and my crockpot set on warm and mason jars placed on kitchen towels. I'm really pleased with how the yogurt turns out. This is a great product.

  20. excellent vegan product

    by herenow on 01 Mon,2014

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    This vegan yogurt starter works quite well; I make oatmilk, add a can of coconut milk & a bit of sugar and go through the usual process + some tapioca starch. Tangy, fresh and flavorful.

  21. My soy yogurt couldn't be better thanks to your vegan culture!

    by Beth on 02 Sat,2014

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    After a few less than satisfactory experiments I now have my soy yogurt perfected. I use Eden Soy fortified soy milk, arrowroot powder, maple syrup and Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter. I bought the Cuisinart Yogurt Maker and the whole process is so easy. The yogurt is far superior to any dairy or non-dairy yogurt I've ever tried. Thank you Cultures for Health for such a great product. Now with your help I'll be introducing more cultured foods into my diet!

  22. Great product!

    by D on 02 Mon,2014

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    This is a very good product for people who are allergic to dairy, as my daughter is, or people who now the harms of consuming dairy products, mass produced variety like I do. Non dairy milks, as we call them, do not have sufficiant proteins to thicken up, except soy but again do your research, not that great. So when using this product a thinkener/emulsifier is required. Agar agar is what we use. A starch could be used. But again this product is great and easy to use. I have ruined batches because of temp issues. If it is warmer then you, test on wrist , then let it cool down a little longer. Also it needs some sugar! Tha bac will not multiply without it. Little bit of honey. Also no salt while culturing. We use coconut oil in our milk for body and the calcium absorption boost. So try it as directed and look up some recipies for how to get more dairy like consistency if you want. :)

  23. Works great for this beginner!

    by MishaMoo on 02 Wed,2014

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    Until last summer, I had never made yogurt before. When my favorite vegan brand went off the market last Spring, I found myself with no alternatives. I decided to make my own vegan, soy, plain yogurt and bought the vegan yogurt starter at the recommendation of a blogger.

    Having no experience with this, I was a little worried since there are many stories on the web of folks attempting soy yogurt but failing. I have made a batch of yogurt every week since July. Beyond getting the amount of hours down for incubation so it comes out the way I like it, I have not had a bad batch yet.

    I'm really pleased with these cultures. The recipe is easy to follow and the end product is great.

  24. Easy to use!

    by Julia on 02 Fri,2014

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    Really love this, so easy to use and makes healthful delicious yogurt every time. We use flax milk and it turns out great. It's not too thick but we drink it.

  25. Excellent product

    by Cindy on 03 Mon,2014

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    I was very nervous making vegan yogurt at home the first time. But this starter and all of the helpful info found on this website eased my fear and now I am a confident yogurt maker! I use a combination of almond and cashew milks, and thicken a little before culturing. I have made it 3 times now and it has come out perfect every time! Thick, rich and delicious

  26. Works beautifully with coconut milk!

    by infamousmare on 03 Thu,2014

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    I have used this starter several times to make yogurt with canned coconut milk and each batch has been fabulous! **If you do use this site's recipe along with the EuroCuisine yogurt maker, as I do, you will have a pretty good amount left over after filling all seven jars. I just put the overage into a thermos, wrap it in a towel and leave it on the counter next to the machine. It turns out as beautifully as the jars warmed in the machine. :-)

    While coconut yogurt is not as thick as some dairy-based yogurts, it tastes good and the recipe on this site really could not be any easier.

  27. Amazing Product

    by Chelsea on 03 Thu,2014

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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!

  28. Cashew almond yogurt

    by Moretarlan on 03 Mon,2014

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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!

  29. Works wonderfully!

    by Tish P. on 03 Sat,2014

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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.

  30. Finally, yogurt again!

    by Snackgirl on 04 Tue,2014

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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!

  31. Easy to use

    by BC on 04 Thu,2014

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    I used this starter with almond milk and added Pomona's Pectin. The instructions were very helpful.

  32. Great product

    by Ms. Dantes on 04 Wed,2014

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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.

  33. Fantastic with Goat's Milk too!

    by Wilka on 05 Thu,2014

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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.

  34. yummy coconut milk yogurt

    by Tanya on 06 Tue,2014

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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).

  35. Great!

    by Sue on 06 Fri,2014

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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!

  36. Best yogurt evert

    by Barbara on 07 Sat,2014

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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.

  37. results

    by b on 07 Mon,2014

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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.

  38. Love it!

    by Barbara on 07 Tue,2014

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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!

  39. starter excellent.

    by no name on 08 Fri,2014

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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.

  40. Well worth the money spent.

    by Lora on 08 Wed,2014

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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.

  41. Excellent Find

    by VK on 09 Fri,2014

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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.

  42. Greek Style Soy Yogurt!

    by Jules on 09 Sat,2014

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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!

  43. OMG

    by Lorna on 10 Wed,2014

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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.

  44. Great product!

    by drmanon on 10 Sun,2014

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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!

  45. Great Vegan Starter!

    by dremot on 11 Mon,2014

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    I'm 35 years dairy-free and, over the last 15 or so of these years, I "loosened up" my diet a bit and started eating commercially-packaged non-dairy yogurts. Shortly after falling on love with yogurt again, I was crushed to hear that none of the stores in my area would be carrying plain soy-, almond-, or coconut yogurt. Now, after making many, many gallons of non-dairy yogurt, I'm sold on Cultures for Health starter. Because the Vegan Starter is a direct-set culture, I've never even tried to get a second use culturing from a previous batch. I don't have a yogurt maker so my results vary from batch-to-batch but, even with variation, it is never not good. I recommend this culture to anyone interested in trying to make a non-dairy yogurt. Good luck!

  46. This stuff rocks!!

    by Alissa on 11 Wed,2014

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    I love this stuff and make 2 Quart jars at a time in my instant pot pressure cooker. I have found that I like to culture mine between 9 to 10 hours, on the yogurt setting. I usually put it on after dinner and put in the fridge when I get up in the morning.

    Add a bit of agave nectar, some frozen blueberries and yummy!!!!

  47. Works great

    by Leslie on 11 Sun,2014

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    I have been using this to make soy yogurt for several years. I use a cup or so of regular soymilk and about a quart of unsweetened soymilk, mixed with the starter culture. I don't heat it before putting it into jars in my yogurt maker. Generally I can make a second and third batch before it starts to change texture and I need a new culture packet. Strained like Greek yogurt and mixed with crushed garlic and sun dried tomatoes it is a fabulous "cheese" spread.

  48. thank you---my first attempt a complete success!

    by Kathleen on 11 Fri,2014

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    I would like to thank you for making my first attempt at soy milk yogurt making a complete success! The cultures have worked very well and I am having a wonderful time preparing this delicious yogurt and trying new added flavors. I especially enjoy your videos and literature, and knowing there are endless things to try and enjoy and sharing the experiences.

  49. Worked really well!

    by Mensha on 11 Sun,2014

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    I am new to vegan homemade yogurt. My first batch using the starter and almond milk was thick creamy and tasty. I am going to try coconut milk next time to see how that turns out. I used tapioca starch as a thickener. The instructions that came with the packets were helpful as well!

  50. vegan yogurt starter

    by Diane on 12 Mon,2014

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    I made the vegan yogurt using plain unsweetened soy milk and yogurt starter and it was soooo easy and delicious.Then I drained it overnight added a pinch of salt and it was just like dairy yogurt which I then took to a vegan potluck where we had Mexican style food like at Chipoltles and everyone was astounded at how good it was even the omnivores couldn't tell it was vegan.Thank you Cultures For Health for an amazing product.

  51. Makes Great Yogurt!

    by Blaze on 12 Sat,2014

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    Made excellent yogurt on my first try using canned coconut milk. Added a bit of gelatin with the starter to firm it up more, and in about 12 hours it was perfect! Came with great instructions to help you through the whole process. Highly recommended.

  52. Love it!!

    by Barbara on 12 Mon,2014

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    I love this product! I have been making soy yogurt using this and my dehydrator & am addicted! It is so good! I strain it thru cheesecloth to make a thicker option I use it as a spread, dip or sour cream alternative. It adds that creaminess I had missed since switching to a whole foods plant based diet. This stuff is like crack! Addicting!

  53. AMAZING!

    by Michelle on 01 Tue,2015

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    Let me start off by saying that I have never attempted to make yogurt before and have bought non-dairy yogurt for years, as I can't have any dairy due to a severe casein allergy. This starter was amazing! I downloaded the free e-book, read the instructions carefully, and got to work. It worked great...and it was my first try at vegan yogurt! It was also pretty easy to make yogurt, which I never realized until now. I used Westsoy brand organic vanilla enriched and a yogurt maker. Everyone who has tried this first batch of yogurt is shocked that it is vegan and that it isn't store-bought. I love this vegan yogurt starter, along with this whole website and will definitely be a repeat customer for years to come!

  54. Good

    by Happy on 01 Mon,2015

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    Good value, I can't find vegan yogurt where I live. So this is fantastic.

  55. Success!

    by Cheryl on 01 Wed,2015

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    I am on my third batch and am very happy with the results. I have a new Cuisinart yogurt maker and use Edens Original Soy Milk. I only add some corn starch and the
    Vegan yogurt starter. Perfect, creamy, thick. So much better than store bought.

  56. Great Product

    by KL on 02 Thu,2015

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    I used the product and made 24 hour dairy yogurt for my SIBO diet and it worked great. The yogurt is tart so I add honey or put it over fruit with nuts. It thickens well.

  57. Great Product!

    by MM on 02 Sun,2015

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    I've been vegan for several years and I was happy when the grocery store began selling almond milk yogurt. It was OK, but not great, and very expensive. Then it occurred to me that I should be able to make it myself. I found "Cultures For Health" from a Google search and I am now making my own coconut milk yogurt. I am so happy with this product. It makes wonderful, creamy yogurt. I actually like it better than the dairy yogurt I use to eat. Love It!!

  58. Great Product!

    by MM on 03 Sun,2015

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    I used coconut milk and this made a very tasty yogurt. Much better than store bought yogurt!

  59. Makes amazing yummy tasting yogurt!

    by Jennifer on 03 Sat,2015

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    We are no longer eating dairy due to a food allergy in my youngest, but nobody misses the old dairy based yogurt after using this amazing yogurt starter with coconut milk!

  60. Great vegan yogurt starter culture

    by VG on 04 Mon,2015

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    I have been using this culture for the past year or so and i just use organic unsweetened soy milk. I don't mix any kind of starch in it at all and it comes out great. I do use a yogurt maker.

  61. Great product.

    by Mary on 04 Wed,2015

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    This is a wonderful product. My yogurt actually solidified well, not like another product I have tried. It is very hard to find vegan cultures so this worked out great. Thanks for a wonderful product.

  62. Excellent product

    by Mary on 04 Sun,2015

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    I am extremely happy with my vegan culture mix. It is wonderful to be able to make my own yogurt instead of not being able to have it.

  63. The Most Consistent Vegan Yogurt Starter I've Tried. Great results Every time!

    by Maiya on 04 Mon,2015

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    I'm grateful I found Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt starter. I've tried others that produced runny, lumpy, and watery vegan yogurts. My winning combo that've I'm sticking with (because it produces creamy, delicious thick unsweetened yogurt everytime) is: 2 cartons Westbrae Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk, 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked for at least 3 hours) and one packet yogurt starter. I blend the cashews with 1/2 the soy milk, heat that up with the remaining soymilk to 110 degrees (F) then add the yogurt starter, mix and pour into my yogurt maker and set for 10 hours. Perfect every time and much more affordable & delicious than any store bought Vegan yogurt and with none of the added sugar. (I mix with fresh fruit for natural sweetness.) Enjoy!
    Thank you for a great product!

  64. Great product

    by Jean on 05 Mon,2015

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    This yogurt starter worked! It was better than any vegan yogurt I have bought. Thanks!

  65. Very satisfied

    by Jcd on 05 Sat,2015

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    I make soy yogurt in a Euro Cuisine using Eden unsweetened soy milk - the starter works perfectly - I set my Euro Cuisine for 11 hrs. it comes out tart and firm.

  66. THE BEST!

    by Angela on 09 Mon,2015

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    I love this stuff - thank you for having the option of a non-dairy starter! Works great.

  67. Winning at the dairy allergy game!

    by Brittany on 01 Sat,2016

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    My 7 year old son has a severe dairy allergy, any one who has one or is familiar with the allergy knows it is expensive just to eat, but to eat well and enjoy food at 7, is really tough! He had such a limited diet until I started trying to scratch/home make his food. We found some soy yogurts, but they are so expensive, and I believe boys shouldn't consume so much soy. Rather than stop giving him yogurt, I decided to try my hand at making some. My first attempt (per youtube) was with OTC probiotics! It tasted good, but was NOT yogurt! Fast forward serious frustration and failed attempts, I came across Cultures For Health. What a blessing!! My very first attempt was such a wild success, that now it is a weekly chore! I do not mind making my own almond milk to make my own yogurt. My son is LOVING his homemade yogurt, and I am loving the added variety and health benefits! I cannot thank this company enough!! My son is ASKING for more, begging for it in his school lunches, and thinking of other ways to eat it!! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, and the pit of his very healthy tummy!!

  68. Easy to Use, Great Results

    by rhonda on 02 Fri,2016

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    I love this product because it's very easy to use and you always get great results. Yogurt making can be in intimidating, but the instructions are easy to follow. Thanks

  69. Just what I wanted

    by Teresa on 03 Mon,2016

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    I wanted to get a culture with L. rhamnosus in it since there is some good research that suggests this is good for calming the brain! I used this starter with whole milk following the milk instructions and it turned out beautifully. A really nice tart and fresh taste. I love the idea that I'm not using plastics containers, so making your own yogurt is good for the environment.

  70. consistently good

    by DrMarion on 04 Thu,2016

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    I use this culture all of the time to make the Gentle Chef's vegan yogurt. We buy lots of it at a time since we use it so often

  71. Great product

    by Modern American Monk on 05 Mon,2016

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    The simple truth is this is a great product. It ships fast and arrivesimple intact and safe. I use it to make almond milk yogurt in every batch turns out with the perfect egg. Highly recommended.

  72. Delicious and Easy to Use

    by Kathleen on 06 Fri,2016

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    I used Eden Soymilk with the Starter Culture, and the end result was outstanding and so delicious! The included instructions were easy to follow and very helpful, as was the complimentary e-book. I'm very pleased with the outcome and will definitely be ordering this again.

  73. Incredible yogurt!

    by LO on 06 Wed,2016

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    I am vegan and decided I was going to make my own yogurt being tired of the additives and sugar in store bought products.
    It was a tough go at first, the alternative milks make it a bit tricky to get that smooth silky texture.
    Finally I have a batch of pure silky coconut milk yogurt! I can't stop eating it. The vegan yogurt starter was great and the customer service to help me the thickening part was stellar. Great products, great company!

  74. Great product!

    by Helen G on 06 Mon,2016

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    I made a batch of vegan yogurt using canned coconut milk. It turned out great, but while making it, I realized how many calories are in coconut milk. I will next time dilute it with soy milk. Great flavor and consistency. I made it in my dehydrator.

  75. So easy to use!

    by Kelsey on 06 Wed,2016

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    I was really nervous about making my own yogurt, but this starter works great. I use homemade rice milk (just rice, water, and some flax) but don't add a traditional thickener so it comes out very similar to milk kefir. It consistently cultures to a nice, tangy flavor in the oven after 8 hours. I usually leave the oven light on and let the oven preheat for about 2 minutes a few times throughout the day to make sure it stays warm enough. While the directions indicate that the yogurt cannot be recultured, I've recultured twice now, each time just using 1/4 cup of left over yogurt and no additional starter.

  76. Best Tasting Vegan Yogurt Ever!

    by Carolyn on 06 Thu,2016

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    My son doesn't normally care for vegan yogurt, but he loves the yogurt made with the Vegan Starter. He even ate it plain! I love it as well even though it was a little runny. Bought some Pomona Pectin and will give that a try. I made the first batch with soy milk and am going to try cashew milk next. Thanks for a great product. I will be ordering again real soon...

  77. Excellent

    by Amanda on 06 Thu,2016

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    I used just plain unsweetened soy milk and the culture and the result was perfect.
    No thickeners or sweeteners needed, I hate commercially produced yogurt because of the high sugar content and the gelatinous texture.
    Less is more and this is perfect for me.

  78. Excellent soy yogurt!

    by Chau on 10 Wed,2012

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    I got this starter for my aunt who makes soy yogurt for her casein intolerant daughter, and she tells me she is impressed with this product! She makes her own soy milk, and the yogurt made from it using this starter sets up really thick, just like regular yogurt! No additional thickener was needed.

  79. Worked well in making coconut milk yogurt

    by Donna on 10 Wed,2013

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    Used the starter for coconut milk yogurt which turned out great. It is a satisfying yogurt with a coconut twist-- nice to have a dairy free option if needed. It really made a nice tasting yogurt. We made our own coconut milk from young Thai coconuts and it just ups the nutrition of the coconut milk by adding a probiotic element.

  80. Very good indeed but not yet perfect

    by Adin on 11 Mon,2013

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    I've found the Vegan Yogurt Starter to be very good and therefore highly recommend it to others.

    I do wish though that it could be re-used to culture new batches. There must be a way to do so.

    Response from CFH:
    We are so glad you like the culture! Unfortunately, there is not a way to reculture subsequent batches. These are cultures created in a controlled lab environment, and they are direct set only.

  81. Reminder: turn on the Yogurt-maker!

    by Donna on 02 Wed,2014

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    My first batch was awful,..but that is because I forgot to flip the switch the yogurt-maker's to "on"! After that, excellent taste and texture for the yogurt, better than store-bought! I usually detest soy yogurt (store-bought) but the yogurt was much (naturally) sweeter homemade!

  82. Finally

    by Veganagain on 02 Tue,2014

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    I have been a yogurt fan for years.
    A while back I had given up trying until I read this article that claimed that there was a way to do it just by using a vegan yogurt starter.

    I am very delighted to say that it does a great job and I am enjoying yogurts everyday thanks to it. I had a few mishaps while trying different non-diary milks, but FINALLY it happen.

    I am glad that there are so many options out there, but I definitely will recommend this product to anyone who wants to enjoy homemade yogurts.

    Thanks a bunch!

  83. Love This!

    by Jbent on 03 Tue,2014

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    I was tired of spending big bucks on those little vegan yogurts from the store. I saw this product online at Healthy Girl's Kitchen blog and had to give it a try. Not looking back. This is my "go to" for excellent yogurt for my family. Using 1/2 organic soy milk and nut or coconut - results declared YUM! by my family. IMO a bit pricey, but worth it.

  84. Wonderful product!

    by Chefgloria on 03 Sat,2014

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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!

  85. vegan starter works excellent for making soy yogurt

    by veganmom on 04 Fri,2014

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    I use the vegan starter and it works very nice for my soy yogurt.

  86. soy yogurt best with no additives

    by charlotte on 05 Tue,2014

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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.

  87. Great soy milk yogurt with this starter

    by cufflink on 06 Mon,2014

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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!

  88. Excellent Results for Vegan Thick Greek Yogurt Tangy

    by DougJ on 06 Sat,2014

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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.

  89. Product is great

    by Vegan4life on 08 Tue,2014

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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

  90. Works Really Great!

    by Lily on 09 Sat,2014

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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!

  91. Making Coconut Yogurt

    by Pearl on 10 Mon,2014

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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.

  92. Almond milk yogurt

    by Evey Health Coach on 10 Tue,2014

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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.

  93. Great stuff!

    by Em on 01 Thu,2015

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    This worked very well for me! I've never made yogurt before, but when I started a vegan diet, vegan yogurt in the store was so expensive that I thought maybe I should give it a try.
    I am on my third batch, all from one tiny packet of vegan yogurt starter, because I've made subsequent batches from 1/4-1/2 cup of what was left of the last batch.
    I gave the price 4 stars not 5 because I would have liked to buy just 1 or 2 packets instead of 4, because that's all I'll need for a long time, I think.
    Making vegan yogurt was easier and cheaper than I expected and it's delicious in my morning smoothie.

  94. Works well

    by KarenJoslin on 04 Mon,2015

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    For my first batch, I made coconut milk yogurt. It was the most delicious yogurt I've ever tasted. For my second batch, I tried a boxed almond milk with the fewest additives I could find. It turned out okay, but not as tasty as the coconut yogurt. Although it did thicken in the fridge, it "melts" as it's in the bowl while I'm eating it. So you may need to experiment to find the exact type of milk and brand that works for you. I haven't tried using a homemade nut milk yet. By the way, the thermos method is so easy. I heat my thermos up first by pouring hot water in it. A few minutes before my yogurt will be ready to pour in, I pour the water out so the thermos can cool a bit first. (I want it warm, but not so hot that it kills the cultures.) Pour in the yogurt, screw the tops on, and set it aside until it's done. I transfer mine to a large mason jar to store in the fridge.

  95. Successful product

    by Vegan Virginia on 06 Thu,2015

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    I have had good success using the vegan yogurt starter with store-bought soy milk. I use the Euro Cuisine yogurt maker; it is very easy. Since I like Greek-style yogurt, I also use the yogurt strainer and am really happy with the results.
    I have used both unsweetened and sweetened soy milk with good results; I prefer the outcome with "vanilla" soymilk - not too sweet, and still a bit tart.
    However, I have not tried the product with other non-dairy milks.

  96. Great Vegan Culture

    by Charis on 06 Thu,2015

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    I am very excited to find a vegan yogurt culture. This culture has worked great every time I use it. I have found that I can use 1/2 cup of the previous batch of yogurt to start another batch at least once so am able to get at least 2 quarts (my yogurt maker holds a quart at a time) from each packet of culture. I use soy milk for my base and after several tries have settled on culturing the soy milk and then adding in the sweetener, thickener, and flavoring. I have tried several different thickeners and my favorite is instant clear gel which I mix with a dry sweetener and blend with the cultured milk, the flavoring, and any additional sweetener I want. The yogurt I come out with is most similar to Silk brand soy yogurt.

  97. Excellent product

    by Sydney on 07 Thu,2015

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    After one of the major soy yogurt makers suspended operation (and eventually shut down) I decided to make my own soy yogurt. After trying other methods, that didn't work, I came upon Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter. It was a life saver! It works beautifully and makes a lovely yogurt. I highly recommend it!

  98. Outstanding Yogurt

    by pat on 08 Mon,2015

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    I have to admit I was afraid to try making yogurt. I've been staring at the yogurt maker that I bought after my favorite soy yogurt company went out of business for good. Then two days ago I snagged the last package of this starter at our local health food store along with a quart of soy milk. I just ate my first container of the best yogurt I've had since I went vegan. This stuff is seriously good. It was easy to make, even with adding a thickener (I used arrowroot). The flavor and consistency are outstanding, just tangy enough and smooth and creamy. I'm so glad I finally got over my fear of making yogurt!

  99. Love the product, hate the unsolicited follow-up emails

    by steve on 08 Sun,2015

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    As the summary says...

  100. I am really grateful I found this

    by golda on 01 Sat,2016

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    This is a dependable culture which makes wonderful easy soy yogurt in my instant pot. My family loves it and so do I.

  101. Great!

    by OnlyAnagram on 08 Tue,2011

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    I've made several successful batches of soy yogurt with this starter. I do add tapioca starch and agar powder in the process for the right consistency. The yogurt comes out tangy and delicious.

  102. The stuff works with a little patience and a lot of trial and error.

    by AVMom on 04 Mon,2013

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    This is my very first time making yogurt at home. I became a Vegan about 4 years ago and found the milk alternative yogurts on the market were expensive and mostly too sweet for my preference. Some containing as much as 19 grams of sugar per cup. I have recently purchased a yogurt maker and found this vegan yogurt starter and decided to give it a shot. My first 2 batches were a total loss. Too watery, soupy and tasteless. I contacted Customer Service and was guided to a few web articles that really helped me along the way. I have now made 2 successful batches of coconut yogurt!

    Thanks Cultures for Health, cheers to yours!

  103. It's great with almond milk.

    by Sol on 06 Thu,2013

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    My almond milk yogurt comes out like dairy yogurt.
    As a vegan I did miss the taste of dairy yogurt.
    But my yogurt came out tasting delicious everytime.
    I did need a yogurt maker though. I tried without
    And no luck. By the way you should make
    Your own almond milk it did by work for me
    When I tried store bought. Homemade Cashew worked
    too but I did not care for the taste and texture.
    Oatmilk does not work at least when I tried it
    It was a goo mess. I haven't tried soy yet.
    My only complaint is I can only ferment one time.
    But I haven't really tried because fresh almond milk is expensive to
    experiment with then it doesn't work. But I will trust the directions for now since
    I have little experience with fermenting. Another point very friendly for inexperienced yogurt makers. . So far I like this product and I will order again.

  104. great starter

    by PhilC on 10 Fri,2013

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    We have just started using a culture we kept in the freezer for at least 6 months. We use fresh soy milk + 1/2 c powdered oat milk in an EasiYo incubator (non electric). We adjust the temp. of the incubating water and it has been working wonderful. Can't wait to order more.

  105. fabulous taste, easy, works!

    by diane on 11 Fri,2013

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    This was my first time using and i am very happy with this product. The culture was definitely live, giving a nice degree of tartness by around 8 hours--didn't get any tarter after that, though I left it longer to experiment. I had made several batches using Stoneyfield soy yogurt but that's not vegan. The flavor with your product is so much better. I use agar to thicken and will increase to 3 tsp per 2 qts soy milk as your culture made much thinner yogurt. I made a small second batch using a 1/4 cup of the yogurt and it was'nt as flavorful, but still good. I use a heating pad and am still working on perfecting the temperature as I definitely want to keep all the cultures alive. Still experimenting with brands of soy milk and how much sugar to add to feed the culture as I want it to taste "plain, unsweetened". Making yogurt at home isn't an exact science but I have enjoyed the process and even my worst failure (using Stoneyfield) was edible and tasty--apparently the temperature of the heating pad was way too high as I got curds and lots of whey but it was great "cottage cheese", which I haven't had for 6 years as a vegan. Whey makes a great liquid to mix up ener-G egg replacer, by the way.
    I am quite pleased with this starter. Would love it more if it were a few dollars cheaper or a discount for buying more than one box. The flat shipping rate is
    great, though.
    I definitely recommend this product!

  106. Great product, pricey though.

    by Natalie S. on 11 Wed,2013

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    I am delighted with the vegan yogurt starter, but I wish there was a better price or cheaper shipping--it's hard to pay full shipping fees for a tiny box.

  107. I love it!

    by Mare on 11 Sat,2013

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    I made the yogurt for the first time since becoming vegan Yogurt is one of the things I have really missed over the past year. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I can still eat it! I am very pleased with the results!

  108. Excellent Flavor - Greek Style

    by DougJ on 04 Sat,2014

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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.

  109. Excellent product

    by in2reading on 05 Tue,2014

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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.

  110. Perfect, Delicious Soy Yogurt

    by Sooner on 08 Tue,2014

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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.

  111. Awesome!

    by Backtomyroots on 09 Tue,2014

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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!

  112. Vegan Starter is great

    by Claudia on 12 Mon,2014

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    This is a very good product. I did find after making 4 batches of coconut milk yogurt, that if I added a bit of yogurt from the previous batch, it was more consistent in texture, not gloppy. Will order again.

  113. Vegan yogurt starter made excellent soy yogurt

    by Babette on 02 Mon,2015

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    I have IBS. Non dairy yogurts are very expenses. I was very surprised the first time I used the vegan yogurt starter. I have used other yogurt starter that made thin watery yogurt. This made excellent soy yogurt. Looking forward to making almond and coconut yogurt.

  114. vegan starter for soy and cashew yogurt

    by luvsplants on 04 Thu,2015

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    I used this starter to make yogurt from homemade soy-cashew milk (made in a Soyajoy machine). After making the soy-cashew milk, I allow it to cool down so it is warm (not hot) and I add the starter. I put the yogurt in small individual jars placed in my Instant Pot on the yogurt setting (8 hours). Then move it to the refrigerator to cool. The yogurt is rich, tangy and fabulous. I save about 2 TBSP from each batch to start the next batch, and I've gotten 5 equally delicious batches of yogurt from one original starter. If someone in the family eats the last yogurt before I can save any, or if I don't make yogurt for a couple of weeks, then I use a new starter packet. If I had to pay $2 for starter for each batch, I probably wouldn't make my own yogurt, but when I can get 5 batches from one starter, it's a good deal!

  115. Good vegan yogurt

    by Mari on 05 Thu,2015

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    I used the starter with a carton of vanilla soy milk (Kirkland) and I did not use any thickeners, 8 hours in the Eurocuisine yogurt maker. The results were quite good. Excellent taste and creamy, albeit loose, consistency. I added a little blueberry syrup after the yogurt was done, and my husband couldn't get enough of it. Much better than any soy yogurt in the store. However, if you like thick yogurt, I guess you would have to add thickeners, as the CFH instructions suggest.

  116. Immediate, simple success!

    by Margaret on 05 Wed,2015

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    I just made my first batch of plain, unsweetened soy yogurt! I bought a Cuisinart yogurt maker. Just mix 4 cups unsweetened soy milk, 2 1/2 Tablespoons of tapioca flour/starch, and the vegan cultures in the blender, pour it all in the yogurt maker, and set to ferment. It automatically cooled the yogurt overnight once fermenting was done. Since unsweetened plain soy yogurt is almost impossible to find these days in stores, I had no choice. But I have to say, this was SO incredibly easy! I only wish there were a way to ship your cultures cool. I live in Florida, and it's going to be a long, hot summer. Even though I use the tracker and got the cultures out of the mailbox immediately, the package was still warm when I picked it up. I'm crossing my fingers that the little buggers were still alive. But the yogurt was thick! :-)

    Note from CfH: Our cultures are shelf stable for quite some time without refrigeration. As long as the cultures are not allowed to sit in a hot mailbox for an extended period of time, they should still be okay. It sounds like these cultures did very well! If you should have any questions or concerns regarding your cultures, please contact Customer Support for assistance.

  117. It works!

    by Molly on 06 Tue,2015

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    I tried Vegan Yogurt Starter because it was recommended by Colleen Towner on her soy yogurt Youtube. I also use a Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker. Your starter has worked best for my soy yogurt when I use a new starter pack.

  118. Amazing soy yogurt

    by Carrie on 07 Mon,2015

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    This starter makes the BEST soy yogurt I have ever eaten! Actual involved time making the yogurt is about 10", delicious and fresh. Very mild flavor, needs nothing to sweeten it. I can only highly recommend it!

  119. Works great

    by Shan on 04 Mon,2016

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    I heat 6 cups of Edensoy unsweetened soy milk to a tiny simmer, hold it for about 3 minutes, and cool to roomish temperature. Add generous Tablespoon of pure maple syrup, the starter and whisk. I use a Cuisinart yogurt maker on heat cycle for 11 hours, cool for 7-8. Delicious! I'm new to this and already hooked. Starter works great!

  120. Good product but pricey

    by Gun on 05 Mon,2016

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    Good product but pricey.

  121. Awesome!

    by Sarah on 06 Tue,2011

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    This is awesome- works great with organic soy milk. I could not, however get it to work with rice milk. Mine turned out a little soupy as well(I think that's to be expected honestly), BUT I was able to get a nice thick, creamy consistency by straining it overnight in a colander lined with coffee filters placed over a bowl.

  122. Glad there is a vegan yogurt starter

    by newbie on 12 Sat,2013

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    I am allergic to casein so I did noy have to worry about this culture. I have only made one batch of yogurt since the vegan video was not working.I was pleased. I also accidentally mixed some of my probiotic caps with the mix which they say you should not do.
    Anyway I was hoping to not use sugar but you do need sugar or honey for bacteria to work. I added anise and it tasted nice. I was also told that pectin worked better than agar or guar gum. I only added 1/2 teaspoon and next time I will add a tad more since there qas a little liquid in the bottom of the week old yogurt. They could have mailed this with an ice pack since it was so delicate- they don't . so I don't know if that made a difference.

  123. Works well!

    by in2reading on 01 Fri,2014

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    I make a quart of yogurt at a time with WestSoy unsweetened soy milk, 3 tbsp. cornstarch and the culture starter. It turns out thick and wonderful every time. I too wish there was some kind of price break for buying multiple boxes as it is rather expensive to work with direct set cultures that can only be used one time.

  124. Great food

    by Thanh Thuy Nguyen on 07 Thu,2014

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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.

  125. thick creamy vegan yogurt

    by GoYo on 03 Tue,2015

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    i have had success making vegan soy yogurt with the vegan yogurt culture from Cultures for Health following Miyoko Schinner's recipe in the Cuisinart yogurt machine - i use the eight hour setting and yogurt turns out thick and creamy with vanilla westsoy brand. after many so so and bad yogurts by using store bought non-dairy yogurts, i'm thrilled to have a reliable yogurt now.

  126. Finally, delicious vegan yogurt!

    by Dee on 03 Wed,2016

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    I have missed being able to buy a quality unflavored vegan yogurt. Obviously, one can flavor the yogurt as they wish. It has been fun trying the different non-dairy milks and thickening agents. My favorite so far is cashew milk with cornstarch. The process is easy and I haven't had any issues. I have made so many recipes I have had to shelve due to the vegan yogurt drought.

  127. Reliable and consistent

    by JaeJae on 05 Sun,2016

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    I have been using this for a few months now - I make one batch per week with it and like it so much better than mass- produced yogurt. I have tried a few different cultures from different companies/websites and this one is by far the best and most reliable. I just wish it could be packaged differently or I could buy a quantity of packets without the cardboard boxes and instructions for every 4 packages. I would like to buy a 6 month supply at a time without all the boxes and instruction sheets.

  128. Soy Yogurt

    by Himmy on 03 Sun,2011

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    Something tells me I didn't do something right. My yogurt came out very soupy. I'm going to try it again. Fingers crossed.

  129. great

    by Xue on 07 Sun,2011

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    I used this with coconut milk. I diluted the coconut milk too much and the final product was quite thin and watery (more watery than kefir), but the amaazing flavor made up for it--very tangy and absolutely delicious and really hit the spot. I was perfectly fine with that, but next time I will add gelatin -before- the starter (I added it after making the yogurt, and I don't think it did much). I'll also try this with almond milk.

  130. Good product

    by happy Vegan on 06 Tue,2015

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    Other than being a rather thin finished product, the yogurt starter is fine. If the packaging were less bulky, perhaps the price could be lower. And the instruction - especially for thickening - are not as easy to follow as they could be.

    Response from CFH: Vegan yogurt has many variables. Please contact customer support at [email protected] Our staff is always happy to help.

  131. Consistent results

    by Molly on 10 Sun,2015

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    So far, I'm getting good results with this Vegan Starter. I use WestSoy Plain Unsweetened Soy Milk and Agar Agar Flakes for thickener. 9 to 10 hours in the Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker. Only criticism is that once I spoon some yogurt from a jar, some liquid or water rises to the top of the jar. Easy to pour out, but I would prefer it to remain firm throughout.

  132. Wish it was an heirloom culture

    by Sheila on 03 Tue,2016

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    This culture makes a delicious yogurt but every time you make it you have to use the single set packet making it much more costly... I hope that an heirloom culture can be developed for vegans.

    Response from CFH: An heirloom culture cannot be developed, as "heirloom" means "an old type of plant (or bacteria) that is still available because individual people have continued to grow it for many years." Unfortunately, a vegan starter is manmade in a lab, so an heirloom reusable culture is not possible.

  133. Not particularly satisfied

    by Caroline on 01 Sun,2014

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    I got this to make soy yogurt because I am vegan. Buying vegan yogurt is quite expensive. So is this culture. I tried it with not exact success. Went to a plain soy commercial yogurt and got a much better outcome. Will not buy this again.

    Response from CFH: Making non-dairy yogurt that thickens and sets can take practice. Please contact customer support for advice on thickeners and recipes.

  134. Questions??

    by Van on 07 Sat,2014

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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!

  135. Not tangy at all.

    by KB on 02 Tue,2014

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    I tried this culture with coconut milk, almond milk, and rice milk. The coconut milk I could only get to set up by adding in gelatin and tapioca starch, but the end product still just tasted like coconut milk. No hint of tartness whatsoever, didn't taste cultured at all. (Followed included directions to a T.) Almond milk was a total flop - didn't set, was basically still just almond milk. The rice milk set up a little bit with gelatin, but also still just tasted like rice milk. I think I got a dud batch. :(

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. Vegan yogurt does best with a thickener to help it set.

  136. Not successful

    by Beenie on 04 Fri,2016

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    I have tried using the Vegan yogurt starter with coconut milk and have had flop after flop (with pectin). I have gotten so frustrated I have given up. Don't know how others have done it.

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support and we'd be happy to help you. Our goal is to ensure your success!

  137. Not a good option for omnivores

    by retroid on 02 Sun,2014

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    I recently set out to provide my husband with an alternative to the sugarbomb liquid-candy grocery store yogurt I couldn't get him to stop eating. I bought some Cultures for Health "Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter," which is absolutely dynamite stuff - we really love it. Firm but creamy-smooth texture, perfect balance of sweet and tangy. With a pinch of stevia and some blueberries my husband prefers CFH Mild to the old sugarbomb yogurt. I would have declared victory and just left well enough alone, but it seems like a fair few gut microbiome studies have shown promising results with Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The Mild starter doesn't have L. rhamnosus, so I decided to explore the CFH Vegan starter, which does.

    All three batches of vegan yogurt I attempted were wretched. Once with rice milk, twice with coconut/almond blend I got nasty separation of mealy curd from whey. The results were edible, but unappetizing enough that husband threaten to relapse back to sugarbomb. I double-checked the temperature repeatedly throughout the ferment and it was a perfect 110F. My third batch even included a hefty dose of nonfat dry milk, but that only seemed to make things worse. For me, the only real value of the vegan starter was to make me feel glad I'm not vegan and don't have to figure out the witchcraft of this fussy ferment.

    A side-note for vegans interested in cultured food: CFH water kefir could be a great option. The water kefir is drastically easier to figure out than this crazy vegan yogurt. You can quickly turn a bottle of V-Fusion juice, which I find too sweet, into delightful tangy complexity with champaigney bubbles. Another noteworthy victory in my ongoing war against grocery store sugar-mania.

    Response from CFH: Culturing with nondairy milks can be tricky. These are recipes we have created and had good results with:
    http://www.culturesforhealth.com/vegan-yogurt-recipe
    http://www.culturesforhealth.com/dairy-free-yogurt-recipe

  138. Can't Get it to Work

    by MountainGirl on 02 Mon,2014

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    I've tried four times now, with different milks. First two with rice milk were completely water consistency. Other than a yogurt maker, I tried all methods following directions to a tee. Treated it like a baby, monitoring, measuring temps, etc. It was recommended that I buy a pectin that cost $5...pricing me out of this yogurt mix. There maybe should be a warning that it will get much pricier if you have to add in other items like this. Tried with Westsoy soy milk when we could finally add soy to our elimination diet. No go. A little better, but not much more than glops in liquid. Finally, I tried coconut (homemade milk plus full-fat canned). Completely watery, stirring/shaking before refrigeration didn't help. I added starch, I added sweetener (tried honey & maple syrup). All I get is liquid for my smoothies. Still longing for yogurt. I cannot purchase again as it's too expensive for 'experimenting' and the outcomes I've received.

    Response from CFH: We recommend using non-dairy milks with as few additives as possible. So far we have had the best results using homemade milks.

  139. Very disappointed in this product

    by DL on 04 Thu,2015

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    I normally use probiotics but thought I'd give this a try. I bought three boxes and not one has worked. I am an experienced yogurt maker and have never had a problem till I used this product. Not sure why but at $13 a pound for organic almonds, I am going back to probiotics.

    Response from CFH: The Vegan Starter will behave differently than using probiotics to culture milk. We're happy to help troubleshoot anytime you have difficulty!

  140. poor quality and expensive

    by Sherry on 01 Sun,2016

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    The price has doubled since I first used it (just over one year ago). I made many batches, tried everything to make it thick, even adding agar agar and tapioca starch. The result was not satisfying. Customer support help was very general and not very helpful.
    Very disappointed about the price and will start using Probiotics as starter.
    VERY PECULIAR THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PERFECT RATINGS. Hmmm is that possible?

    Note from CFH: Thanks for your review! We sent an email some time ago and would love to work with you on some detailed troubleshooting. The price increase was tough for us to do, and it due to an increase in cost of production.

  141. Time after time yogurt flop.

    by Soysorry on 08 Tue,2016

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    I just can't get this soy yogurt to thicken. I don't like smoothies. I miss yogurt. I had to go dairy free. I've tried gelatin and guar gum. Thrown out batch after batch. I'm sick of it. There's so many positive reviews, but they don't come with exact recipes. It's advertizsng.

    Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry to hear of your experience. Our attempts to reach you for troubleshooting have gone unanswered. Please contact us soon so we can help you make good yogurt!

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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.

 

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  • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy. 
  • 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.
  • Non-GMO

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  • From Kajte Voo at 4/10/2016 1:22 AM
    • Is this culture like an heriloom culture, or will I need to continue purchasing fresh starter on a regular basis? Thanks!
    • This is a direct set culture, so it will only work once in general. You'll have to purchase new starter when the box runs out. You may or may not be able to make a subsequent batch, but it is not a self-perpetuating long term culture.
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  • From Nancy Pietrinferno at 11/28/2015 8:48 PM
  • From Meg at 11/17/2015 10:30 AM
  • From Lee at 5/27/2015 8:36 PM
    • Can you elaborate on the inconsistent results with commercial non-dairy milks? I'd like to culture almond/coconut milk (Silk) brand along with cashew milk (Silk) brand.
      I buy the non-sweetened variety, will I need to add sugar?
    • Alternative milks do not coagulate like dairy, a thickening agent is usually required. Commercial brands can be very different, you may need to experiment to find the one that works best for you. You might prefer to make your own alternative milks, you will find information here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/alternative-milks-for-making-yogurt You will find information about thickeners here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/thickening-homemade-yogurt A recipe for vegan yogurt using pectin can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/vegan-yogurt-recipe Sugar is not required but can be added before culturing, Honey is sometimes best added after culturing, a little experimentation may be required to see which option works best for you.
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  • From Maureen Luckman at 4/4/2015 7:06 AM
  • From kitsda at 1/26/2015 4:57 AM
    • " May contain trace amounts of gluten: Barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient."

      This product information concerns me as my son is on GFCF diet. Can we use this product (we plan to make coconut milk yogurt)?
    • Unfortunately we cannot inform you if this particular product is safe to use for your family's dietary needs and restrictions. If someone has issues, it is best to refrain from those allergens since we do not know how it would affect you personally.
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  • From Eddie at 1/9/2015 2:16 PM
  • From carol at 1/2/2015 7:00 PM
    • I haven't been able to ascertain if this is a powdered product. Please let me know.
    • This is a dehydrated product.
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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 4 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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