Viili Yogurt Starter

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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

 

Due to recent changes in manufacturing processes, the weight of the item that appears in the photo may differ from the actual weight of the item received.

Allergen Information:

Contains dairy. Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Valerie at 9/7/2011 9:52 AM
    • Should I allow my milk to reach room tempature before adding the culture or just put it in the cold milk?
    • It is best if you let the milk reach room temperature before adding the culture, but it won't damage the culture to add the culture to cold milk.
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  • From Candace at 8/10/2011 2:42 PM
    • I want to use the Villi with raw whole organic milk but am concerned to have read your recommendation to Kelly, that it would be necessary to heat the mother culture to 160 degree, which to me would destroy all the good bacteria and enzymes in the raw milk. The point of buy this culture is so I don't have to heat anything and can keep the integrity of the milk with all its health properties.
    • You do have to heat the mother culture to 160ºF, but that is only for the mother culture. You then add only 1/4 c. of that to your quart of raw milk to make your actual yogurt. So, your yogurt will be made of mostly raw milk.

      Another option (if you want completely raw fermented milk product) is to use milk kefir grains. Nothing needs to be heated with these.

      * Note: As of August 2013, new instructions state yogurt can be made using 1 Tablespoon culture per 1 cup milk. Same ratio, but smaller amount as the minimum that can be made.
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  • From Sarah Gielow at 8/10/2011 1:02 PM
    • My husband is a celiac, can I be assured that these starters are not produced in an environment that also processes gluten containing ingredients? Thanks!

      Sarah
    • We are required by law to inform you that our cultures are produced in a facility that may also be used to process gluten-containing products. However, our equipment is dedicated to each product. The exposure to gluten from using our products would be about the same as if you ate in a restaurant that also served gluten products, or shopped in a store that also sold gluten products.
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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)

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 Review by hope
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This was great, good directions, easy to make. Would recommend

(Posted on 12/16/2014)

Great taste easy to make. Review by EJS
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I use my yogurt for smoothies. Every morn the entire family has one. As a rule we are not yogurt eaters. IN fact we do not like store yogurt. So, I am rather surprized that the mild taste has been accepted. The process is easy. I put it in the oven withh a light on and in the morn it is done. I make a gallon and it lasts 4-5 days.

(Posted on 12/13/2014)

didn't set Review by nick
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Unfortunately did not have a good experience with this product, could not get the yogurt to set, only got the milk to spoil : (

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

(Posted on 12/12/2014)

Easy and Faster Review by Alexis
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Easy and Faster:
Sanitize everything, add the milk (bought store, pasteurized) at room temperature, leave to rest and you will get the yogurt. Keep in mind that sanitization and sterilization give you the power to have a healthy culture for the next batch. I appreciated “Cultures for Health” products, recipes and instructive materials.
Do it, I have been doing Greek style yogurt for a year, sourdough/breed and cheese, (I use whey protein for milkshake with frozen fruits)….and I have learned to keep my cultures healthy,…first I was consuming thermophile bacteria and really take me more time in temperature control, manipulation, cleaning, sterilizing and sanitizing,… In other word more risk to destroy my products, now with Viili Yogurt Starter everything is easier. At the end, I took the Food Safety Certification and improve my knowledge, never give up. Enjoy.

(Posted on 12/6/2014)

My kids love it! Review by Kelly
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I have made many batches with this yogurt starter since receiving it a couple of months ago. I sterilize my raw milk before adding the culture and it has turned out perfect. My 5 kids ALL love this with a little bit of honey and a little bit of whatever fruit we have on hand. It is really delicious and we all like it better than anything we could buy in the store. I am anxious to try another variety of starter soon!

(Posted on 11/30/2014)

Not sure Review by coastalsusan
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I made my first batch of the yogurt with raw milk and set it in my gas oven with the light on (and oven off). I let the yogurt sit for 48 hours and it was still runny. Customer help told me to use it as a starter for my next batch of yogurt. I let the next batch sit in the oven for 48 hours and it came out thicker like yogurt but lumpy. So I am not sure if I am doing something wrong or not. I haven't opened up the other jar I made. Hoping the last jar came out right!

CFH Note: It can take up to 48 hours to activate the yogurt starter but subsequent batches should only take 12 to 18 hours to set. The most important thing is to test the temperature of your culturing area before you start. If the temperature is too low, the starter will not activate, too high and the starter will be damaged by excessive heat. Some oven lights are way too hot for a mesophilic yogurt starter, it is important to test the temperature before you begin. The Viili yogurt starter needs a consistent temperature between 70° and 77°. It is also important to follow the special raw milk instructions: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/make-mesophilic-raw-milk-yogurt/

(Posted on 11/24/2014)

Awesome, easy product! Review by ANC
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I tried making yogurt in the crock pot once, then I heard about these cultures! So easy, works great! The culturing time is a little longer than expected in my house with the slightly cooler temps, but I enjoy the yogurt very much. I always like to see a bargain, but this culture pays for itself pretty quickly!

(Posted on 11/19/2014)

works well Review by ely
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I'm using raw milk which I first sterilize. This culture is easier to use than warmer cultures. I only have to sterilize and then cool back down to 70 degrees not "catch" the milk on its way back down from 160. I was worried about the taste when it was just activated starter but having made a full batch it's tasty, different flavor but good. My house is cooler than 70 so I have been putting the culture in a wonderbag with a heated flax seed pillow in the warmest spot in my home, worked well. Probably wouldn't be an issue if my house wasn't always so cold.

(Posted on 11/15/2014)

Good Taste, Could Be Thicker Review by daisy
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Being new to making yogurt, I chose the easiest of the cultures and it worked well. The taste is wonderful and it took hardly any time and very little effort. It's more the consistency of a drinkable yogurt though, so I may have to try another type to get that thickness that I am desiring. Customer service in this company has thus far been outstanding. I will definitely order from them again. Bon apetit!

CFH Response: Viili should have a fairly thick consistency. Please contact Customer Support for assistance with very thin yogurt.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Terrific taste! Review by rhodesaz
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I've been making yogurt for years from a start a girlfriend gave me. But, I decided I'd like to try a starter of a different taste, so ordered the Villi.
It was a bit tough to get the starter to mix in with the cold milk, but I persevered. The first culturing took over 24 hours, but it turned out terrific. Love the taste!

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Excellent Review by Amy
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Worked very well. I love it, very nice flavor and texture. I'm making raw milk Viili

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

IT WORKED!!! Review by Emily
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After trying this and it not working I was contacted by the company. See, I had written a review about not being successful and they wanted to MAKE SURE that all of their customers are satisfied so they helped me through doing it again. We figured out that I was not keeping the temperature stable enough. (I live in the Arizona "high desert"- 70's during the day and 40's at night this time of year.) I tried it again and IT WORKED! I am now making DELICIOUS yogurt! I will definitely be ordering from this company again.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

i love my culture Review by jim
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i love it , don't neglect to get a strainer, it really made it real.

(Posted on 10/17/2014)



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