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 manufactures products made with dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish. 
 
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  • 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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  • From Robin at 2/13/2014 11:41 AM
    • I am wanting to buy this for homemade nut milks and also the Bulgarian and Greek starters for goat's milk. Does it make sense to have 3 different kinds of starters in the fridge? There are only two of us and I am hoping to be use the starters at different times over the next few years, depending upon what we want. Does this make sense?
    • Yes, it makes sense. All of us at Cultures For Health understand the desire for multiple cultures! The Greek and Bulgarian cultures will work very well with the goat milk, but be sure to keep an airtight lid on all of your cultures while they are in the fridge. That will minimize the risk of cross contamination. The Vegan Yogurt Starter is a direct set starter, perfect for alternative milks.

      Here are some great articles you'll find helpful:
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-yogurt
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/alternative-milks-for-making-yogurt
      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/thickening-homemade-yogurt
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  • From Christopher at 1/5/2014 9:13 PM
    • Can you use unsweetened soymilk (we use Westsoy unsweetened)? With no sugar in the ingredients, is there any/enough in the soy itself?
    • The soy milk with the least additives is best. You are correct, sugar is an issue with alternative milks. However, this starter has been specially formulated to work best with soy, rice, and coconut milk. It must be as additive free as possible. Nut and seed milks tend to be more problematic, but we have found success in culturing by making homemade milks: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/alternative-milks-for-making-yogurt/ If you find that commercial soy, rice, or coconut milk is also not working well, consider making your own. You are always welcome to contact us for support first!
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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)

Vegan yogurt starter made excellent soy yogurt Review by Babette
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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.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

Great stuff! Review by Em
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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.

(Posted on 1/29/2015)

Success! Review by Cheryl
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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.

(Posted on 1/20/2015)

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

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

AMAZING! Review by Michelle
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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!

(Posted on 1/6/2015)

Love it!! Review by Barbara
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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!

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Vegan Starter is great Review by Claudia
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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.

(Posted on 12/22/2014)

Makes Great Yogurt! Review by Blaze
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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.

(Posted on 12/20/2014)

vegan yogurt starter Review by Diane
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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.

(Posted on 12/1/2014)

Worked really well! Review by Mensha
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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!

(Posted on 11/23/2014)

thank you---my first attempt a complete success! Review by Kathleen
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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.

(Posted on 11/20/2014)

Works great Review by Leslie
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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.

(Posted on 11/16/2014)

This stuff rocks!! Review by Alissa
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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!!!!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)

Great Vegan Starter! Review by dremot
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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!

(Posted on 11/3/2014)

Almond milk yogurt Review by Evey Health Coach
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I use this culture for my almond yogurt using homemade almond milk. Comes out great every time. I find I can reuse the culture several times, saving some from the previous batch each time. Flavor gets a bit tangier with each batch.

(Posted on 10/28/2014)

Great product! Review by drmanon
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I tried a variety of yogurt starters for my homemade almond milk, but came to this one for the taste. It is easy to use and I use one packet in 2 liters of Almond milk that I have heated to close to boiling and added 1/2 cup of tapioca starch for thickening. After heating and cooling down to 110 degrees i whip in the packet and add a couple of squirts of Agave Nectar - 8 hours later, yummy thickened yogurt! It works better than a more expensive brand!

(Posted on 10/26/2014)

Making Coconut Yogurt Review by Pearl
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With a dairy intolerance, I missed having yogurt. I had made my own in the past but was unhappy with the thickened consistency. I just couldn't find anything that made it come out thick enough when I used my yogurt maker. Using Sarah's recipe and the Vegan Starter, I got a great product. I was very satisfied. Using just a bit of "fruit only" jam, I am able to make fruit flavors that are delicious and consistent with my "diet guidlines'. I also like to use my yogurt to make my own Ranch dressing and other sour cream type sauces.

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

OMG Review by Lorna
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It took a little time to find canned coconut milk that didn't Have additional ingredients other than coconut milk but did fine the right one. I made coconut yogurt with the vegan yogurt starter. So easy. When the yogurt was done I drained it to make Greek style. Very think and it was eating delicious frosting.

(Posted on 10/15/2014)



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