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Vegan Yogurt Starter

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Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

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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.  

Your Vegan Yogurt Starter: What's In the Box?

  • Each box contains four packets of starter culture.
  • Use 1 packet with 1-2 quarts milk.
  • For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons milk.
  • Cultures at 110ºF using a yogurt maker or other appliance.
  • This culture works well with a variety of non-dairy milks and thickeners.  
  • Learn How to Make Non-Dairy Yogurt.

  

Vegan Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting: 


Vegan Yogurt Starter 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 best if stored:

  • 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

 

Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture 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 produces products made with soy, gluten, and dairy. 
 
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  • 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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  • From Roberta at 4/10/2014 11:07 AM
    • How many batches of yogurt can I make with this starter? Are there instructions with the starter telling how much to use for each batch?
    • Each box contains 4 packets and each packet will culture 1 to 2 quarts of delicious non-dairy yogurt. Instructions are included in the box! Please see our yogurt page for suggestions about thickeners along with a few helpful recipes: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/yogurt
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  • From Penny at 3/5/2014 8:27 PM
    • Can I use 1/4 cup of the yogurt that I have made from the starter to start another batch? Also I've tried to make coconut yogurt using a probiotic..... It was awful!!!! Nobody would have eaten that...... My question is are there instructions that come with the starter?
    • Detailed instructions for use are included for use with all of our cultures.

      The distributor of the Vegan Yogurt Starter indicates this is not a reculturable starter. Vegan milks do not provide the lactose necessary for the bacteria to reproduce, so you likely would not be able to make more than one or two additional batches. Eventually, a new direct-set starter must be used.
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  • From Nancy at 2/13/2014 12:44 PM
    • Are the ingredients in this product all USA? Thanks very much.
    • The bacteria strains are made up of culture from both the U.S. and France. The rice maltodextrin is also from the U.S.
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It works! Review by Molly
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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.

(Posted on 6/23/2015)

Great Vegan Culture Review by Charis
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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.

(Posted on 6/18/2015)

Successful product Review by Vegan Virginia
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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.

(Posted on 6/17/2015)

Good product Review by happy Vegan
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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 customersupport@culturesforhealth.com. Our staff is always happy to help.

(Posted on 6/16/2015)

Very satisfied Review by Jcd
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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.

(Posted on 5/30/2015)

Immediate, simple success! Review by Margaret
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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.

(Posted on 5/27/2015)

Great product Review by Jean
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This yogurt starter worked! It was better than any vegan yogurt I have bought. Thanks!

(Posted on 5/18/2015)

Good vegan yogurt Review by Mari
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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.

(Posted on 5/13/2015)

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

(Posted on 4/27/2015)

Excellent product Review by Mary
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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.

(Posted on 4/26/2015)

Works well Review by KarenJoslin
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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.

(Posted on 4/19/2015)

Very disappointed in this product Review by DL
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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!

(Posted on 4/15/2015)

vegan starter for soy and cashew yogurt Review by luvsplants
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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!

(Posted on 4/15/2015)

Great product. Review by Mary
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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.

(Posted on 4/15/2015)

Great vegan yogurt starter culture Review by VG
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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.

(Posted on 4/13/2015)

Makes amazing yummy tasting yogurt! Review by Jennifer
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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!

(Posted on 3/27/2015)

thick creamy vegan yogurt Review by GoYo
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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.

(Posted on 3/9/2015)

Great Product! Review by MM
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I used coconut milk and this made a very tasty yogurt. Much better than store bought yogurt!

(Posted on 3/8/2015)

Great Product! Review by MM
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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!!

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Great Product Review by KL
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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.

(Posted on 2/5/2015)



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