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Our most popular yogurt culture! Originating in Finland, the Viili Yogurt Starter cultures at room temperature into a creamy, mild yogurt with a fairly thick consistency. Our Viili yogurt does not have a ropey texture but rather a more gelatinous texture and is perfect in any yogurt recipe

  • Each box contains 2 packets of yogurt starter
  • Activate 1 packet using 1-2 cups pasteurized milk; store 2nd packet in the freezer as a back-up
  • Reusable heirloom starter recultures from batch to batch indefinitely.
  • Cultures on the countertop at room temperature (70º-77ºF)
  • This culture is also suitable for use with raw dairy milk or non-dairy milk, with special care.


Viili Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting: 

 

Ingredients: Organic milk, live active bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, L. lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris).

This product contains no GMO ingredients.

Shipping Information and Shelf-life: Our Viili starter culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture. The starter keeps

  • At room temperature (68° to 77°F): 3 to 4 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 9 months unopened
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12 months unopened

 

Allergen Information:

Manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing gluten and dairy.


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  • From Rebecca at 9/22/2011 10:08 AM
    • I am wondering if there is a natural decline in the culture as it ages. I have had this one going for many months (maybe a year?), culturing a new batch (using pasteurized, non-homogenized milk) once a week. Just recently, I have noticed the flavor doesn't seem quite right. It's not "bad", just not as good as it used to be. I started another batch with the second portion of dehydrated starter which I had stored in a cool, dark place, and it tastes the same as the old, maybe compromised, starter that I threw away. Any suggestions? Or do I just need to order a new master culture? Is there a shelf life to the dehydrated cultures once they are shipped, if they are kept in a cool, dark place? (I have a buttermilk culture that is still in the box, I put it in my fridge, since the viili was so versatile, I use it in place of the buttermilk!)
    • There should not necessarily be a decline in quality of the yogurt, as you are actually refreshing and re-growing it each time you make a new batch. In fact, when we make our own yogurt cultures, we are using cultures that have been re-grown for several years.

      It sounds like you may have some issues with the milk or the culturing process that we can help troubleshoot for you. Please email customersupport@culturesforhealth.com and our customer service representatives can help you out.
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  • From Peggy Cahill at 9/24/2011 9:18 PM
    • I am wondering if these cultures freeze well? I know it is possible to freeze some cultures, but I don't know if these are in the proper state for freezing. Thanks!
    • These cultures are freeze-dried, so additional freezing time will not harm them. The unopened cultures should last twelve months or more in the freezer.
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  • From Lilliemarie at 11/9/2011 2:19 PM
    • Can you use kefir to culture the viili yogurt or does it have to be fresh milk?
    • To make yogurt, you must use fresh milk. Kefir is already cultured, and adding a yogurt culture to it won't make any changes. It may weaken or kill the bacteria that is already in the kefir, and the kefir bacteria will weaken or kill the yogurt culture. Additionally, there is little or no lactose in the kefir for the yogurt bacteria to eat.
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  • From Nuno at 12/6/2011 12:33 AM
    • Please, what is your understanding of "raw milk"? Is raw milk the milk that comes directly from the cow or is simply a bottle of milk labeled as a raw milk?
      Thank you.
    • Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. It can be right from the cow, or bottled and distributed, privately or commercially.
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  • From Val at 12/27/2011 8:27 PM
    • In the directions, you mention that the yoghurt should be put in the fridge to stop the culture process. Once it has cooled sufficiently, do I then need to keep it in the fridge all the time? Will it start to culture again if I try to store it at room temp?

      Thanks!
    • The culturing will not re-start after you remove the yogurt from the refrigerator, but you can use some of the refrigerated yogurt to inoculate a new batch of yogurt. Finished yogurt should be refrigerated, as it will eventually go bad at room temperature (just like store-bought yogurt).
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  • From Emily at 1/26/2012 12:14 PM
    • Is it possible to make yogurt from coconut milk using a mesophilic yogurt culture? I know that you can use milk kefir grains, but I prefer the thicker texture of yogurt. Alternatively, is it possible to strain coconut milk kefir in order to thicken the consistency?
    • Yes, you can make coconut milk yogurt with either a thermo- or mesophilic starter. Detailed instructions and information can be found here:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-coconut-milk-yogurt-recipe

      You could also strain coconut milk (or any) kefir to obtain a thicker consistency. Simply strain through butter muslin, a cotton bag, or the Greek Yogurt Maker until the desired thickness is reached.

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  • From Shirley at 2/5/2012 10:03 PM
    • I read in the booklet that pasteurized milk needed to be heated again to 180 (or was it 160?) degrees to keep the bacteria in the milk from overcoming the yogurt bacteria. Now this information says only to heat raw milk. What shall I do, heat milk again that has already been pasteurized commercially?

      I hope to have goat's milk in about a month. I prefer it. Will this culture work with goat's milk? Will the yogurt be as firm? It doesn't matter I just need to know what to expect.

      My house gets much too cold at night. A glass half gallon jar filled with really hot water in a cooler along side the yogurt should keep it warm. However, the temperature will fluctuate. I assume above 80 is too high. How low is too low so I can figure out how to maintain workable temperatures? I would really like to use this culture.

      Thank you for your help. I will order as soon as I get an answer. And thank you for having such a helpful customer service.
    • You will find information about preparing your mesophilic yogurt here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-yogurt
      Pasteurized milk does not have to be heated. However, start with milk that is as fresh as possible. You can use goat's milk for the Viili, just follow the raw milk instructions if the milk is raw. The consistency may be thinner than pasteurized cow's milk, but it will be delicious!

      You need to maintain a temperature between 70° and 77° in your coolerI. Information and suggestions for other possible heat sources are here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/maintaining-temperatures-culturing-yogurt
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  • From Anna at 2/6/2012 9:39 PM
    • What is the mother culture? You mentioned it a couple of times. What is it for? Thank you.
    • The Viili mother culture is a batch of Viili yogurt that is 7 days old or less, used to make your next batch. It is free of additional things like sweeteners or flavoring.
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  • From Kara at 3/21/2012 7:05 AM
    • Sorry, I'm still not understanding making yogurt with raw milk. I think I understand the first batch but for the subsequent ones, do I save yogurt from an exiting batch, making it the new mother, heat that and then use it? Or do I have to go back to the original culture for the mother? Thanks!
    • You need to keep a separate mother culture when using raw milk. Heat 1 cup of raw milk to 160°, then cool to room temperature before adding the culture. You will use this mother culture to inoculate your raw (unheated) milk for your batch of yogurt that can later be flavored or eaten plain. You will save 1 tablespoon of the mother culture, and within 7 days (to ensure its maximum viability) add it to 1 cup of raw milk heated to 160° which will become your new mother culture. Heating the raw milk for the mother culture destroys some of the bacteria in the raw milk, but gives the culture a good neutral environment to get started in. You only have to heat the milk for the mother culture, not for your batches of yogurt. For more information, see here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-mesophilic-raw-milk-yogurt/
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  • From Amy at 4/1/2012 9:46 PM
    • Hi. I wanted to add vanilla extract to my yogurt. At what phase do I add it? Can I add it to the yogurt/milk mixture before I set it out on the counter or do I have to wait until the yogurt has set? I didn't know if the vanilla would weaken the starter.

      Thanks!
    • The vanilla should be added after the yogurt has set, as the alcohol and/or oils might weaken the bacteria. Here's an article that might be helpful: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/five-ways-flavor-yogurt/
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Great Yogurt Starter... Review by Losethecarbs
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I LOVE the ease of this product! No fuss, just add the starter to two cups of milk and leave at room temperature for up to 12 or more hours. I love that I don't have to heat the milk and worry about the temperature. I put it in a mason jar which I then put into a plastic tub lined with a towel and leave it on top of my washing machine...the warmest area of the house. I make it in the evening and it's done when I get up the next morning. I have been using the same starter for several months and it's still going strong! I usually make the yogurt with 100% cream (zero carbs), but I followed the company's suggestion and make my new starter every week with whole milk. Then I strain the yogurt and it is the most wonderful mild tasting thick and creamy yogurt. I find that if I don't strain it, it is too liquid for me. But I strain it to "lose the carbs" in the whey, so it really isn't an extra step for me. Of course, I don't think I'm saving any money because I'm using expensive cream, but the taste is well worth it, much milder than the tart store bought plain yogurts.

(Posted on 4/8/2015)

Very good Review by Karen
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I really have enjoyed the Viili yogurt that is so easy to make. Put the starter in milk in a clean jar and let sit on the counter for 24-48 hours and it is done. It is delicious and so easy to make. It isn't as tangy as the heated yogurts but darn tasty and did I mention easy to make. I keep a batch going on the counter all the time so I can make smoothies. I'm very pleased with the product and results.

(Posted on 3/24/2015)

Likes this one Review by Linda
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I like the flavor of this one. It's has a little tang/tartness to it. I find the consistency like kefir.

(Posted on 3/17/2015)

Couldn't be more pleased! Review by Tamara
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Lovely culture with a bright lemony taste, sets beautifully on my counter in 12 hours. I start my culture from cold first thing in the morning before I leave for work and I have yogurt in the evening when I get home - perfect!

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

great value Review by Jennlynn
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I've wanted to make my own yogurt for the longest time, because the commercial versions are frequently over-sweetened, and when they do offer plain, the yogurt is so tart that it makes me pucker. So I was happy to find this site. I tried the Viili, and I am very pleased with it. It is a mild flavor, and it isn't too tart. It is thinner than commercial yogurt, but that is fine with me. I use 2% milk. Then only problem I've had so far is that every batch is lumpy. It doesn't really matter because I can just whisk it until it's smooth. I was surprised with the pricing, but it has already paid for itself. I make a quart a week, and stash a bit out of each batch to make the new batch. I am looking forward to trying a different strain of yogurt.

(Posted on 2/21/2015)

Easy and Tasty Review by Brooke
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The flavor is really mild with good, thick consistency. I'm used to eating unsweetened/unflavored yogurt, but for those interested in making the switch, this would be a great option. Culturing on your kitchen counter couldn't be easier and the product is accompanied with clear, step-by-step instructions. As an added bonus, it's very economical. Doing the math, for what one container of store bought yogurt costs me, I can make five - six times that amount (using organic milk).

(Posted on 2/19/2015)

I did not like the taste or consistancy of the yogurt Review by Mary
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I love to eat greek yogurt and have made it many times in the past. Of course it takes a little time, but it always tasted good. So I was hoping after reading the other reviews that this yogurt would be a good option and of course very easy to take. I already make milk kefir and so understood the process. Unfortunately, I did not like the taste of this yogurt. It was not very thick, so I strained it as I had in the past done to my own homemade yogurt and also kefir, but this time it was thick, but the flavor was not what I thought it should be. Maybe others will like it, but for my two cents, I did not. I guess when I want yogurt again, I will go back to making it myself.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support if you experience any problems with your starter. Most cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. Heirloom cultures do behave in unique ways.

(Posted on 2/3/2015)

Good Product Review by Adam Rosenblum
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I have been using the Viili yogurt starter since my restaurant opened 7 months ago and have not had any issues at all. I use it to make sauces and to culture butter and I am very happy with the results.

(Posted on 1/30/2015)

Alas, I tried it twice.... Review by SHELBY
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First off I will say this was my first yogurt-making experience. I chose the viili as I had not heard of it before, and it was listed as a "mild yogurt taste." I used a sanitized (and cooled) glass canning jar to make it. I used whole milk (not ultra-pasteurized, homogenized) and the culture starter. The first batch sort of set up but was more liquid than anything else. I figured this was how it was supposed to look...until I talked to others. I discarded that culture. A few days later, with a fresh gallon of milk, I tried again. This time it set up well, but after I moved it to the fridge, it quickly broke apart and became liquid. It's still in our fridge: liquid in a plastic container, but I'm wondering if maybe I'm just not a viili person.

Overall, I will say the product seems to be good, the instructions are clear, shipping is fast, and the price is great. Perhaps others have luck with it. Don't let my experience dissuade you from purchasing.

~Please contact customer support before discarding your culture for troubleshooting advice.

(Posted on 1/28/2015)

Super Easy Review by Gwen
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I really like this culture. The yogurt has a mild, pleasant taste and what could be more easy than adding milk, culture and a warm place.

(Posted on 1/26/2015)

Great product! Review by DrE
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I love this yogurt. I use whole milk and let it ferment in an insulated bag with mason jar filled with hot water. When it is done I add some vanilla and either honey or stevia and pour it over granola and fruit. Made it for my students, and converted some to loving yogurt.

(Posted on 1/25/2015)

Delightful flavor! Review by Sea Girl
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I love this viili. It has a light, creamy flavor when made with whole milk. It faithfully produces a nice batch of yogurt any time I want. I use a seed starting mat when I culture overnight as my house is cool, but in the daytime it works fine right on the counter. My starter batch took 23 hours to set but now it is usually 10 to 12 hours. It sets up nicely when done but is noticeably softer than the regular thermophilic yogurt types; but so much easier and the flavor is less tart!

(Posted on 1/19/2015)

Great mild flavor Review by Ann
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The starter batch cultured in 27 hours and the next batch in 18 hours. The yogurt is much thicker than I expected and has a nice mild flavor. I used Clover Stonetta organic whole milk, local to California. This is so much better than making yogurt by the heating method. It is a real money saver too, as high quality organic yogurt costs three times as much as making it from the culture.

(Posted on 1/18/2015)

Great Tasting and Low Maintenance Review by bonnie
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The viili yogurt is awesome. I am thankful that 2 starter packets are included in the kit. My first batch did not set because, unfortunately, I unknowingly used UHT pasteurized milk so I had to throw it out. My second batch with the second packet turned out excellent. (I was careful to ensure I bought just regularly pasteurized milk.) Now, I have tasty yogurt that I can culture at room temperature and not have to mess with a yogurt maker. I love that it the viili is also an heirloom variety so that is another added benefit. So, to summarize:
1) Low maintenance (can culture at room temperature with no special equipment needed).
2) Heirloom variety (can be re-used again and again to make fresh batches of yogurt).
3) Great tasting.

(Posted on 1/16/2015)

Issues Review by foxybrownee
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I was able to make the yogurt with organic milk but my intention was to use it as a starter for non-dairy milk. I used coconut milk and it did not work at all. Now I am yogurt that I am not able to eat. I am not sure what I am going to do.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

(Posted on 1/6/2015)

Great Yogurt Review by Nan
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This yogurt has given me the best success at culturing during the winter. It thickens up every time and tastes delicious. I use raw milk.

(Posted on 1/3/2015)

Thinner than expected Review by Iris
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This is tasty. I can't get it to be very thick - it's more like a thin custard.

(Posted on 12/30/2014)

easy easy Review by michelle
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I don't think it tastes like yogurt in my opinion. What it does taste like is delicious sour cream. I have yougurt with all it's benefits no fillers and I never have to buy sour cream again I love it. I do strain mine for about 2 hours. No one has even questioned it on potatos,tacos, or dips or spreads!

(Posted on 12/28/2014)

It is better than candy. Review by grapple girl
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If you want it to be store bought thicker you have to bring milk to 195 degrees for ten minuets cool to under 100 degrees and add whipping cream then culture. I wanted to make yogurt better than store bought and now I have.

(Posted on 12/24/2014)

Great product - out of three times Review by Margarete
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We love this yoghurt and have ordered it three times. One time the culture did not work at all (perhaps it took longer in the post than anticipated, or perhaps because it was summer?)but the other two were great.

Response from CFH: Curds and whey is a normal result of the culturing process, but is a sign that adjustments need to be made. Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures.

(Posted on 12/22/2014)



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