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All Starter Cultures

All Starter Cultures You Make at Home

All Starter Cultures
  • Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Get all the probiotic benefits of yogurt without the tart flavor with this creamy, mild, starter culture. Each single-use packet makes 1-2 quarts of our most kid-friendly yogurt.
    • Makes up to 8 gallons of creamy, mild yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $8.99

    Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "I CAN do it!"

    1st attempt and it's better than bought!

    - Bob

    "Creamy and mild"

    Easily the best yogurt I have ever had. Creamy, sweet and mild. I usually put honey on my yogurt, but not this one. It's delicate flavor and creamy quality blew my mind. Love it. Made it with organic milk and some cream.

    - fromumbridge

    "Great tasting Yogurt"

    This is a really great tasting yogurt.

    - Stan

    "Excellent, Tasty Yogurt Culture "

    This culture has made excellent batches of yogurt using both whole milk and 2% milk. I prefer the consistency of the whole milk variety a little over the 2% though.

    - Fit4Life_62

    "Love love love!"

    This was so easy and really incredible yoghurt. Reminded me of yogurt I use to have every morning when I lived in Germany.

    - Leslie

    "Excellent"

    By far the most delicious yogurt I've ever tasted. Will continue to buy for a long time!

    - Trish

  • Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    You can make real dairy-free yogurt at home! Use this culture with soy milk, coconut milk, and more to make a smooth, mild yogurt that's miles better than store-bought.
    • Makes up to 8 gallons of dairy-free probiotic yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want it
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $9.99

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Rice maltodextrin, live active bacteria.

    Allergen Information

    • 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

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    • Soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or other dairy-free milk
    • Yogurt maker or other incubating appliance
    • Thickening agent like pectin (optional)

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Works great"

    I love this vegan yogurt starter! I've made tasty yogurt with coconut milk and cashew milk. I also made a wonderful dairy free sour cream with it using cashew milk and adding a touch of lemon juice at the end of fermentation. It was so good, and it tasted so close to the real thing, and most dairy substitutes don't! Thank you for this wonderful starter. I will continue to use it as long as you have it

    - Lady E

    "Good product"

    The product is wonderful. I'd like to see more per package options so I don't waste so much packaging.

    - christine

    "Soy yogurt - what i've learned"

    I am using my instant pot to make the vegan yogurts. I have learned that you cannot make vegan yogurt with just this starter and vegan milk unless you use some kind of other thickener. I think the instructions could be a little more clear on this. I kept having no results until I stumbled onto Jill McKeevers instructions to use EdenSoy soy milk in the aseptic packages which has 12 grams of protein per serving, much more than other plant milks which make the yogurt happen! Only have found this product at Whole Foods. My local Shop Rite has the original flavor which is sweetened. So it worked, just add one packet of the culture to a 32 ounce container of Edensoy soymilk. I put mine in a blender and blended gently. Into three pint jars into my instant pot, set for yogurt and did 9 hours instead of the 8 already programmed in. Success! Could have fit 4 jars in but 32 ounce only makes 3. I am draining one pint in my nut bag in fridge to make a cream cheese. Jill McKeever has an ebook you can buy on her site for yogurt instructions and recipes.

    - Buff

    "FABULOUS"

    LOVE my vegan yogurt! I use cashews to make the milk and then add just a teeny tiny bit of raw honey and a teaspoon of guar gum...and YUM!

    - Melissa

    "Love my Yogurt"

    I love the Non-Dairy Yogurt I can make with this Culture. I did have a bit of problem at first getting it to firm up in the frig after using my Yogurt Maker because I can't use dairy milk because I have a Dairy Intolerance, but I figured out a better way using Gelatin and get Great results now that taste Wonderful!

    - Peggy Pie

    "Creamy goodness"

    I Just made soy yogurt with my homemade soy milk using Pomona’s pectin as suggested on the website and a bit of xylitol to replicate the sugar found in dairy milk. The result is an awesome creamy custard-like yogurt that tastes wonderful with maple syrup. Try it out!

    - Zanne50

  • Rye Sourdough Starter

    Make real rye sourdough bread, English muffins, noodles, and more at home! Our quickest-to-rise sourdough starter, it proves delicious bread in under 3 hours.
    • Makes all kinds of rye and rye/wheat sourdough baked goods
    • Flexible culture: feed daily at room temp. or weekly in the fridge
    • Contains starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Rye Sourdough Starter

    Ingredients

    • Organic rye flour, live active cultures
    • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing gluten.
    • Non-GMO
    • Vegan

    Rye Sourdough Starter

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make sourdough starter with this culture:

    • Rye flour
    • A glass jar or similar container
    • Bottled water

    Rye Sourdough Starter

    Reviews

    "a Great Starter"

    Amazingly enough, I put my starter together on a very hot day with the air conditioning running. Eventually I noticed that I was wasting all this great heat, so i put the jar out in the garage. Magical bubbles! I've only made two things from it so far: crepes from just plain starter itself fried in butter, and then the no-knead focaccia. That second one was interesting, because I put too much dough into the pan (the recipe in the Rye cookbook that I also got here said to make a thinner layer of dough), but i went ahead and did it anyway, and after twenty minutes at 450 I heard some sounds and the loaf pan was boiling and bubbling with olive oil and I suppose the water that came out of the dough! So I basically boiled it for twenty minutes in olive oil! But I took it out of the oven and let it sit on the counter, and the liquid was soon reabsorbed into the "bread." I haven't tried it yet, but it smells terrific.

    - Translucent

    "Great product"

    Love this! My sister became so excited to hear I was making sourdough rye bread as it is one of her favourites. It was easier than I thought and was thoroughly enjoyed. Now for sourdough rye English muffins...yeah!!!

    - gouche

    "Excellent Sourdough"

    I know I could have shared my discard, but I gave my second purchase to a friend for her birthday. Despite a little slow development, both suddenly went into action, which sourdough can be like that. I contacted Customer Service and had a question answered quickly. I am very happy with this. Thank you.

    - Pizzelle Princess

    "I love it and I use it often for many things."

    It took only 3 days to reconstitute and then it's been just a joy to have around. It bounds back when I leave it in the fridge for a week and it is just easy to use.

    - lee

    "excellant"

    It was amazingly healthy within a week. I really love this. It's hands down the strongest starter I've ever had. Making great rye bread.

    - Norsknitter

    "First timer here. Glad I went for it."

    This is my first starter and I was sure I would kill it, but I didn't! I pampered it the first few days with one slip up that made me feel like a bad parent ;) I have since realized it's pretty forgiving. My first two loaves went well. The flavor was very mild but the bread cut really well (not crumbly) and made great toast. From what I have read, the flavor may improve with age and from keeping it just a bit dryer of a starter, not so wet. I moved it to the refrigerator just over a week ago after deciding I was discarding too much starter... pouring money down the drain. We don't eat a lot of bread so I will keep it refrigerated most of the time. I tried some bread sticks one evening and they failed terribly. You really need a good recipe and time to follow correctly and time to experiment. My experience is very little so far. I hope to try rolls and pretzels but so far the bread is good and that's the reason I bought the starter, so I'm good with that. I took it out last night, fed it and left it on the counter. I will be making my second batch of sourdough bread today. If you enjoy baking and healthy bread, give it a try.

    - Idaho

  • Kefir Starter Culture

    Our kefir starter culture makes both milk and water kefir. It's a powdered culture, which means each packet can be recultured a few times. A great choice for beginners, kefir experimenters, and those who don't want to maintain kefir grains.
    • Makes up to 56 cups of milk kefir or water kefir
    • Make kefir when you want it and re-culture up to 7 times
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $6.99

    Kefir Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Proprietary blend of selected strains of lactococci, lactobacilli, Leuconostoc, and Saccharomyces fragilis bacteria.

    Allergen Information

    • May contain trace amounts of soy and dairy.
    • Manufactured in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
    • Non-GMO
    • Gluten-free

    Kefir Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make milk or water kefir with this culture.

    • Whole milk, juice, coconut milk, or coconut water
    • Glass jar or similar container
    • A coffee filter or towel to cover the jar

    Kefir Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "So easy to make!"

    This is my first time making Kefir and I am thrilled with how easy it is to make! I've already made two batches and love the flavor.

    - Sophie

    "Great easy culture"

    Love how simple it is to make and keep the kefir going. Just what I hoped it would be.

    - GreenT

    "Great product!"

    Works great. Easy to use. Good price Prompt service What more can I say?!

    - Lissa

    "Awful"

    I have used other starters and had good luck with them. This was awful. Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry the Kefir Starter did not work. We thank you for taking the time to troubleshoot with us, and we wish you success on your future culturing projects!

    - KA

    "My favorite kefir"

    I have tried kefir grains, but I always come back to these starter packages. They work better for me and I love the taste!

    - Julie

    "Great Product!"

    I love using their Kefir Starter Culture making Kefir with Coconut Water. It is So Great!

    - Peggy Pie

  • Body Ecology Kefir Starter Culture

    This powdered kefir culture makes kefir from cow, sheep, goat, soy, rice, or coconut milk, or coconut water. A great choice for beginners, kefir experimenters, and those who don't want to maintain kefir grains.
    • Makes up to 168 cups of milk kefir or water kefir
    • Make kefir when you want it and re-culture up to 7 times
    • Contains 6 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $26.95

    Body Ecology Kefir Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactococcus lactis, lactococcus cremoris, lactococcus diacetylactis,  and leuconostoc cremoris, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus casei, saccharomyces boulardii, inulin.

    Allergen Information

    • According to the manufacturer, this product is dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.
    • May contain trace amounts of dairy.
    • Inulin is derived from chicory root.
    • Non-GMO.

    Body Ecology Kefir Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make milk or water kefir with this culture.

    • Whole milk, juice, coconut milk, or coconut water
    • Glass jar or similar container
    • A coffee filter or towel to cover the jar

    Body Ecology Kefir Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Quality’"

    Good quality, easy to make, works even with the cheap whole milk we buy in the local store

    - Maud

    "GREAT PRODUCT!"

    I was looking for a way to make kefir with raw cow milk and I tried various ways before but I often ended with an off taste that my kids didn't like. With this product, the taste is perfect and the consistency amazing, the cream rise on top and it a just irresistible...even my kids ask for more.

    - anne-flo

    "Somewhat variable results"

    I have had some difficulty getting a proper tasting kefir from this starter as opposed to the Cultures for Health kefir starter, which has worked flawlessly as a rule in the past. First 4-5 batches tasted more like an extremely mild, almost tasteless runny-type yogurt even though I followed instructions to a t. Experimented with the last batch: left it at room temperature (it is about 65 in my house or lower most of the time) and tighten the lid. After approximately 18 hours it finally tasted like kefir and was lightly effervescent the way it is supposed to be. Response from Cultures For Health: Although in general milk kefir needs 72-75ºF to work, they are live cultures and subject to change/adapt, so good for you for manipulating variables to get it to your liking! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

    - Nita

    "I love this product"

    Originally I purchased this product because it had a wider variety of bacteria and yeast plus more packets per box. I understood that I would only get up to 7 uses out of it, but the grains were too much for me to keep up with. Even using raw milk, I have been able to keep one packet going (with great results) through well over 7 uses and the taste is wonderful!

    - AngelSarver

    "Body Ecology Kefir Starter"

    Great product. Tastes great, good texture and I can re-culture 7 times.

    - Jessieann

    "Normally like the Body Ecology Starter, but had a bad experience recently."

    I have used both water kefir grains and Body Ecology Starter. I actually like both. I have found the starter to be quick and convenient at times that I was not using the grains or did not have the time. I like the starter with coconut water, and think it tastes great. I use raw coconut water from Whole Foods, usually one that comes frozen, and it have made many batches and always liked it. Recently I bought two boxes of the starter, and the power was brown/rust color. I made it with the coconut water and it tasted terrible, so I threw it away. I tried another packet from the box, and experienced the same think as I did with the previous batch. The power in the packets of both boxes felt hard. I have experienced the packets hard before, but was told by Body Ecology that the power should be white or beige, and the carrier sometimes causes it to be hard if refrigerated. I went back to the water kefir grains, and they are doing very well, so am enjoying them currently.

    - Sherry

  • Body Ecology Starter Culture

    An alternative to culturing vegetables with salt or whey; can be used to culture vegetables or cream to make cultured butter or creme fraiche
    • Makes 6 batches of cultured vegetables or cultured cream.
    • Direct-set single use culture: make cultured vegetables and cream when you want them.
    • Contains 6 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $22.95

    Body Ecology Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactobacillus plantarum, pediococcus acidolactici, leuconostoc cremoris,and inulin.

    Allergen Information

    • According to the manufacturer, this product is dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.
    • Non-GMO
    • Gluten-free

    Body Ecology Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make vegetables or cream with this culture:

    • Fresh raw or pasteurized cream or whole milk
    • Water (free of chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Fermentation weight like our Pickle Pebbles (optional)

    Body Ecology Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Good product. Good service. All good"

    I usually use South River miso for fermentation but decided to try the cultures. They seem to work fine and are a little more "neutral" in flavor in the final product.

    - HIW

    "I was really quite shocked that the "recipe" in the box flyer was so poor. "

    I had high hoped to start this new lifestyle of eating. I was shocked the recipe was so poor on the flyer in the box. I had to make several calls to check on details and check online recipes, too. Then, after 3 days I checked the 6 jars, and low and behold the top cabbage roll was moldy! (with a bit of gray below) I was SO disappointed because it had been a lot of work. So I dumped it all out! I called the company again and the fellow said, "Mold is OK. It is common. Simply replace the cabbage roll with another." WHAT? This seemed REALLY weird. If that is so, why don't they print that in the instructions? They had told me initially that I could use 1/4 tsp salt maximum per jar because more would harm the culture starter, so that is what I did. This experience did not make me think well of this product at all. Matter of fact, I was quite annoyed. Response from CFH: We are very sorry to hear of your experience. Working with living foods and its bacteria can seem so foreign! We are always happy to help, and to further troubleshoot.

    - D

    "cultured butter"

    So far I have only made cultured butter with this and it turned out perfect! Can't wait to try more things!

    - ferne

    "Great product"

    I just made a batch of sauerkraut that was terrific.

    - Maria

    "Very good product"

    I am very happy with the taste and texture of my veggies: celery, red cabbage, broccoli, onion, and carrots. This is my first attempt at fermenting veggies, and I will will be fermenting more when these have been gobbled up.

    - Mickey

    "good stuff"

    This is my first time fermenting vegetables but I am pleased with the Body Ecology so far. I've made two batches: (cabbage, carrot, beet, red onion) and then (fennel, cabbage, leek, & ginger). Both were quite tasty after a week fermenting. I think I need to ferment longer, the fennel was a little tough.

    - Rich

  • Fresh Cheese Starter Culture

    This versatile culture is used to make a wide range of soft cheeses, including cottage cheese, chèvre, and even blue cheeses.
    • Makes soft cheese from up to 20 gallons of milk.
    • Versatile culture: makes a wide range of mesophilic cheeses.
    • Contains instructionsand 8 packets of starter culture (rennet not included).
    $9.99

    Fresh Cheese Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris.

    Allergen Information

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

    Fresh Cheese Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make fresh cheese with this culture:

    • Whole milk
    • Large jar or container for storing cheese
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Fresh Cheese Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Great taste"

    I've been using the fresh cheese culture to make COTTAGE CHEESE with RAW milk. It's been working like a champ. The taste is fresh and consistent every time. My only request would be to bottle it in a bulk package and lower the price a bit. Otherwise it's very easy to do.

    - Lynn

    "This works well."

    I used this for the first time last evening and the milk is ready to drain for cheese. I will probably just add juice concentrate and freeze it for sherbet.

    - Becky

    "Easy to make soft cottage cheese"

    My wife had a culture from her friend that we kept reusing. Then, one sunny day i accidentally didn't put some culture aside and used all of it for cottage cheese. I looked online for a similar product and found this. This culture is very similar to what we used. It is very easy to make cheese.

    - Konstantin

  • Fromage Blanc Starter Culture

    Make mild, spreadable fromage blanc with this easy-to-use culture; vegetable rennet included. A great choice for beginners.
    • Makes fromage blanc from up to 4 gallons of milk.
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time.
    • Contains iinstructions, 4 packets of starter culture, and vegetable rennet.
    $6.99

    Fromage Blanc Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, ascorbic acid, lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis supsp. Lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris)
    • Organic vegetable rennet

    Allergen Information

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

    Fromage Blanc Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make fromage blanc with this culture:

    Fromage Blanc Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Good"

    Love this product!

    - mntgoatchick

    "Fromage"

    Love this very simple cheese.

    - Mntgoatchick

  • Buttermilk Starter

    This heirloom culture makes batch after batch of traditional cultured buttermilk right on your countertop, easy as pouring milk in a jar. Bake with your buttermilk or add it to cream to make cultured butter.
    • Makes batch after batch of cultured buttermilk.
    • Heirloom culture: makes a quart of buttermilk weekly or daily.
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $13.99

    Buttermilk Starter

    Reviews

    "Best Buttermilk Culture!!"

    New to dairy cultures - easy and great results.

    - Wayne S.

    "Re-using the culture works"

    I'm new to dairy culturing so not much to comment. This product is presented as having the capacity to propagate, and having made 4 or 5 successive cultures using raw milk and using the former batch to activate, it is still making buttermilk. Response from CFH: This is great to hear! The Heirloom Buttermilk is an organism that will self-perpetuate so long as the conditions are right and it never accidentally gets contaminated. We are glad to hear it is working with raw milk as the mother batches, as that is not normal. We do recommend pasteurizing at least the milk used for the mother, and then using her for the raw milk buttermilk (as in never heating it at all). Keep on buttermilking!

    - Steve

    "Buttermilk Bread"

    Buttermilk makes rich delicious bread. A challenge at high altitude, 6000 feet. I use sourdough starter with the buttermilk and the dough cycle in my bread maker. Crispy crust with a soft center.

    - COcooking

    "Easy to Make"

    This is my first try at making buttermilk. I was making milk kefir prior to purchasing this product, but it got to be too time consuming. Now i just add a little saved buttermilk to a fresh quart of milk and it's done in a few hours time. I love the ease taste of this buttermilk. I drink about 1/2 cup daily.

    - JoJo1970

    "Wonderful Product"

    I love this buttermilk starter. Sets up quickly. And lasts forever! I have used it for at least a 5 year stretch making new batches.

    - Kathy

    "Outstanding. "

    Outstanding product. Continues to work after first batch.

    - Wayne

  • Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    Tangy and thick, the Greek yogurt you'll make at home with this culture is just like you buy in the store. Our most popular choice.
    • Makes batch after batch of real Greek yogurt
    • Heirloom culture: make a batch every week indefinitely
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "works"

    you might have to leave it for 12 hours or more, but it works.

    - dbsantana

    "Great yogurt starter"

    The instructions and the starter itself were very good. The yogurt is coming out very nicely.

    - Chris

    "Did not work"

    I have been making yogurt for a few years and this is the first Total failure i have had. I use a cuisinart automatic yogurt maker and with yogurt from the store it works well. I was looking for improved yogurt so I inquired as to what to use and was told this culture. Turned out like what it was ...milk. ??????? Response from CFH: We are sorry your first experience was less than stellar! We thank you for working on this with us behind-the-review-scenes, and we are sure we'll get this going for you soon!

    - Walter

    "Fantastic Yogurt Culture!"

    Your first batch may be thin, but from then on, you've got it made! I strain ours quite a bit since we like thick yogurt, but you wouldn't have to. I use the crockpot method, and this has always worked fantastically! Use yogurt you've reserved from each batch for a starter within a week, and keep making great yogurt endlessly. Well... As far as I know! Lol! I had mine for nearly a year and had to quit for a couple of weeks, so I'm ordering my next back up. Enjoy! Well worth the money!

    - Molly

    "what don't I understand here?"

    For some strange reason I thought each packet would make a gallon of yogurt. Wow, was I surprised that it makes just a quart. So I'm befuddled why anyone would spend $7 + shipping, plus the cost of the milk to make one quart of yogurt??? Response from CFH: Thanks for leaving the review so we could clarify! Each packet is a starter, and once activated you can make a lot more yogurt, up to a 1/2 gallon per batch using 4-6 Tablespoons of starter! You will only make 1 quart at first as your mother starter, but from there, you would use 2-3 Tbs of starter for each quart of milk for new yogurt! Always save some mother of course, so that in 7 days you can make a new mother, from which to enjoy even more yogurt from!

    - gg

    "Greek Yogurt"

    I used to make Yoghurt but going to the specialty store and paying for the culture got old. Now, I make Greek Yoghurt ever week from my previous batch. It's nearly free now to have it. I started straining it recently and it's thick and rich. Far better than store bought! I do have an incubator and that probably helps to turn out great yoghurt consistently. I also noticed it got firmer with each generation I made.

    - Nadine

  • Chèvre Starter Culture

    Soft, spreadable goat cheese is surprising easy to make with this starter culture; vegetable rennet included.
    • Makes chèvre from up to 4 gallons of milk.
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time.
    • Contains instructions, 4 packets of starter culture, and vegetable rennet.
    $6.99

    Chèvre Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, ascorbic acid, lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis supsp. Lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris)
    • Organic vegetable rennet

    Allergen Information

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

    Chèvre Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make chèvre with this culture:

    Chèvre Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Good Produce but Pricey"

    From experience, I consider these to be very good products. It is a shame they are so pricey, and they are pricey. Seems the company found out they had a good product and the price went up. Response from CFH: We are happy to hear you like our products! We do our best to keep prices as low as possible, with respect to the manufacturer's pricing as well as our third party pathogen tests to ensure your safety! Happy culturing!

    - Joe

    "Easy peasy"

    So simple to do. I am fortunate to have a goat lady near me who sells her milk - so it's super fresh. Easily the best goat cheese I have ever had. I've made it plain, with rosemary, with basil, pepper, lemon rind...wrapped in basil leaves and stored in olive oil (makes for a yummy dressing or cooking oil when the cheese is gone.) I make ricotta form the whey - don't throw that out, you'll get more use out of it. So simple, fast and easy, and so good.

    - Casey

    "Quality product that yields excellent results"

    The directions are very clear and concise. The end product tastes great. I use the goat cheese to make goat cheese, cranberry, and pecan tarts using wonton skins.

    - kelly

    "So very easy, good directions, cheese is great!"

    My daughter was impressed! The cheese was perfect and the entire process was fun and easy

    - cat

    "Worked great"

    I used the Chevre starter in one of my classes when were studying microbes. The cheese turned out great.

    - Gary

    "Cultures for Health Chevre starter culture"

    a thousand times better that using rennet or lemon juice or citric acid. Great taste, good texture. I loved it and my customers love it too.

    - Jessieann

  • Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

    Make real whole grain sourdough bread at home with this vigorous starter culture. Then, take your waffles, muffins, bagels, and more to the next level. One of our favorite starter cultures.
    • Makes all kinds of whole grain sourdough baked goods
    • Flexible culture: feed daily at room temp. or weekly in the fridge
    • Contains starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

    Ingredients

    • Organic whole wheat flour, live active cultures

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing gluten.
    • Non-GMO
    • Vegan

    Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make sourdough starter with this culture:

    • Whole wheat flour
    • A glass jar or similar container
    • Bottled water

    Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

    Reviews

    "Starter works great but I need more practice"

    As a total beginner bread baker, it was a bit frustrating. First attempt didn't work out very well for many reasons. The 2nd attempt produced bread but was a little denser than I liked. My biggest problem is I can't get the gluten to the window-pane stage after much kneading/dough stretching (gave up after an hour). I probably should've gotten the San Francisco sourdough starter as I've been told whole wheat is much harder to work with. Customer Service has been great giving me tips and ideas. I may take a break on bread making and look for some other recipes that doesn't require so much kneading. And if there is a big sale, I might give the San Francisco sourdough starter a try.

    - Kathy

    "1st attempt flopped"

    My first attempt produced a dense, extremely sour bread and it went in the bin. I may have overproofed it so I will try again. I would like to find a another recipe to go by his time. Response from CFH: Remember that whole wheat is going to produce a heavier more sour bread by nature! Definitely experiment with your proofing time, and contact us if needed!

    - Gopony

    "Activated quick and easy"

    I had unfortunately killed a starter that a friend had used for years and I had used for over a year by not looking closely at a new bag of flour that turned out to be a bleached flour so I was looking for a replacement and was interested in whole wheat since I never had luck with whole wheat flours with my old starter. This starter activated and started bubbly within a few days much quicker than I expected and works great with my whole wheat flour my first loaf was good and I'm really excited about my next one which is rising as I were this.

    - Jewels

    "Very Good indeed!"

    This sourdough starter has proven to be a success. We have had delicious waffles and hamburger buns. Will definitely be recommending this to friends.

    - Mama

    "Outstanding!"

    This is simply outstanding. It's easy to use and very effective. If you're concerned or have questions, the customer service is also excellent and they're ready to help. I'm having so much fun with this that I don't think I'll ever want to stop!

    - Joanna

    "Great project. A bit pricey; however, it works beautifully."

    Activation worked without a hitch. I have been using the sourdough starter extensively since. Thank you!

    - Queenie

  • Milk Kefir Grains

    Treat your gut to homemade milk kefir, one of our most probiotic-rich cultures. Just one box will culture 4 cups every day, easy as adding our powerhouse Milk Kefir Grains to milk. Drink it up, or enjoy your kefir in smoothies, ice cream, baked goods, and much more.
    • Makes batch after batch of milk kefir
    • Vigorous culture: makes milk kefir daily
    • Contains milk kefir grains and instructions.
    $19.99

    Milk Kefir Grains

    Ingredients

    • Organic powdered milk, organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Milk Kefir Grains

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make milk kefir with this culture.

    • Milk
    • Glass jar or similar container

    Milk Kefir Grains

    Reviews

    "VERY GOOD"

    Hello, first time with kefir followed directions and I have all I want for my family , works as advertised and is very good we love the smoothies and so do my 2 labs . cant wait to try other types

    - Hillary

    "As they say, no where close to "Nailed it" :("

    Thought this one was going to work out...the 1 and 1 1/2 cup milk turned out good...then as instructions state added another 1/2 cup of milk. This is when everything fell apart. I restarted but did not increase - just stayed at 2 cups...fail, tried again with 2 cups - failed. All I get is old milk with some curdles in it. So, thought I would decrease milk - went back to 1 1/2 cups milk (which had worked previously) - failed again. How can I have killed these things when EVERYONE says how forgiving they are? What sin did I do that these little Milk Kefir Grains won't forgive? Here I was worried about what I was going to do with all the wonderful smoothies I was going to make. Totally bummed. Response from CFH: Thank you for working with us behind the review scenes! We are happy we could fine tune things, and hopefully things are back on track for you and your grains. Please contact us if needed!

    - Terresa

    "hopeful solution"

    I bought the milk kefir grains after going much research into how I could repair my gut after a serious illness and 6 weeks of IV antibiotic therapy.. all the reviews said kefir was the answer and I sure hope so.. after my first batch--I've seen improvement..so far so good...intend to make this an ongoing part of my nutritional regimen. will take some time to get the hang of how it works as this is totally new to me.. Response from CFH: We are happy the grains are working well for you, and you are finding some benefits. Everyone is different, and we hope you will be able to find continuing benefits!

    - don

    "Healthy, Versatile, and Cost-Saving"

    Our local grocer does not stock Organic Nonfat kefir, so I started making CFH's powder version. I soon figured out that the grains were a significantly cheaper way to go for the long term. Also, one does not need to boil the milk in preparation for grain-based kefir. The boiling process was a bother, because the milk inevitably burns on the bottom of the pan. That cleanup task was my least favorite kitchen chore. Two tips: 1. Get a quality plastic strainer (kefir grains can react with metal and they are slightly smaller than quinoa or coarse-ground pepper, so you can lose them with some conventional plastic strainers). 2. Make sure you have at least 3 wide-mouth quart jars on hand (or something large enough to fit your hand inside to scrub off the sticky substrate). We don't have a dishwasher, so maybe this is only an issue for hand dishwashers. We use kefir as the dairy base for our smoothies, as an addition to cereal, and as a substitute for anything that calls for sour cream. Be aware that heat with destroy kefir's probiotic qualities, but not the lovely tart taste.

    - kathan

    "Excellent!"

    They work beautifully. Today is my 7th day and they thickened up just like they were supposed to. Takes a bit of time to get used to the smaller grains than the years ago product, but once they work - its AOK! Thanks again.

    - Ann

    "First time kefir grower!"

    I have used 'adult' kefir before so this was a new experience for me. Grains seem to be of good quality, not all grains became active, however. Would purchase this product again.

    - LESLIE

  • Water Kefir Grains

    Making naturally gut-healthy soda at home is as easy as mixing sugar into water - our Water Kefir Grains will do the rest. One box will make 4+ cups of water kefir every day or two. Add fruit or juice for a refreshing drink that even kids love.
    • Makes batch after batch of water kefir.
    • Vigorous culture: makes water kefir every 24-48 hours.
    • Contains water kefir grains and instructions.
    $18.99

    Water Kefir Grains

    Ingredients

    • Organic sugar, live active cultures

    Allergen Information

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

    Water Kefir Grains

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make water kefir with this culture.

    • Cane sugar
    • Glass jar or similar container

    Water Kefir Grains

    Reviews

    "Not at all what i had imagined."

    I have not had them long (followed all directions to a T) but all I am getting is really sugary water. I have tried adding juices to get a fizzy drink in a second "ferment"...but no luck. Hoping this changes soon - or this will have been a rather expensive, time-consuming waste. Response from CFH: Thank you for reaching out, and for continuing to work with Water Kefir Grains! We hope by now from our behind-the-scenes troubleshooting you are having success, so please contact us if you need further assistance!

    - Terresa

    "A fun, healthy drink"

    This is our first go at a homemade health drink. It turns out to be easy and fun. Lots of possibilities on flavoring, and so far, tastes great! Do appreciate the helpful info on site!

    - blvd

    "So Delicious and the Staff is Excellent"

    This is my second box of water kefir starter. My first box did great until it kinda didn't any more. After a lot of help from the super-excellent chat support team, I decided that I had probably not followed the instructions exactly as I should have and decided to just start over. This second batch is even more delicious than the first (probably because I'm doing a better job of taking care of it!). So fizzy! So tasty! This is great kefir and if you have ANY ISSUES at all, do not hesitate to chat with the team. They are wonderful!

    - Rhonda

    "A Favorite of our Family"

    Bought my first Kefir Grains from CFH several years ago, and they have been going strong all this time. I make Lemonade Kefir and Kefir Frozen Pops for my guys and they consider this a real treat...and they're oh so good for our bodies. Thanks for a great product!

    - Becky

    "What I was looking for"

    The grains were very easy to reactivate. After a couple of batches that were too sweet, they adapted and started making good water kefir. Making a fizzy soda with a 48 hrs second fermentation is very easy and it comes out delicious. I have been using them for about 1.5 months now and they are multiplying. Very easy to use and low maintenance, even compared to kombucha. I also find that they are easier on digestion than kombucha, no bloating or discomfort. Very good value.

    - Beatrice

    "Bad"

    I purchased over six of your products during the past year as gifts for friends- whom are either chefs or nurses. And what a let down; from the sourdough cultures which you no longer offer to the water cultures nothing survived passed a cycle or two. Such a tremendous disappointment for a company with such good reviews. Terrible quality from our experience. Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry for your experience with our products, Chef Gerald. We do stand behind our products, so please feel free to contact us at [email protected] so we can assist you. Our customer support staff has personal experience with all of our products from reactivating them to making them sustainable and viable. We do hope you'll reach out, as we have no way to contact you since there is no email address.

    - Chef

  • San Francisco Sourdough Starter

    This classic heirloom starter culture ferments white flour to make deliciously tangy San Francisco-style bread, pizza crust, and more. Our most popular choice for sourdough.
    • Makes all kinds of classic white flour sourdough baked goods
    • Flexible culture: feed daily at room temp. or weekly in the fridge
    • Contains starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    San Francisco Sourdough Starter

    Ingredients

    • Organic white wheat flour, live active cultures
    • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing gluten.
    • Non-GMO
    • Vegan

    San Francisco Sourdough Starter

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make sourdough starter with this culture:

    • White flour
    • A glass jar or similar container
    • Bottled water

    San Francisco Sourdough Starter

    Reviews

    "Great Starter"

    This stuff took right off and got very active quickly. It took less time than advertised. The best news is that it makes sour sourdough bread like the stuff I am used to in San Francisco area where I live. I highly recommend it.

    - John

    "True San Francisco flavor"

    I bought this starter because I wanted sourdough flavor like San Francisco Sourdough Bread I used to buy in San Diego in the 1970’s. This tastes like it.

    - Steve in CT

    "good product"

    the product is great and what is even better is you can refer back to the site for questions and help....

    - peggy

    "It didn't work."

    Your customer was replete with recommendations in an effort to aid me. I attempted to use them but in the end I garnered two things from the purchase. (1) Your starter didn't work for me (2) Your price is almost 50% higher than another purveyor. I don't like writing negative reviews but I believe this one is earned. I ended up making a starter based on a recipe from another vendor. In addition they have a free tip line and spent time with me on what is essentially a free recipe. Needless to say their starter worked and yours didn't. No I don't work for them, nor do any of my relatives. Response from CFH: We are thankful for your review of our starter, and very sorry it did not produce good results for you. Thank you for working with us, and if we can be of service to you in the future for your fermenting needs, please reach out.

    - Joe

    "Real deal"

    This is the real deal, makes great bread that everyone loves.

    - Breakbreadson!!!

    "Excellent Product!"

    Absolutely the best. Easy to do and works like a dream.

    - MC

  • Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

    Give your gluten-free bread, pizza dough, crackers, donuts, and more a lift with sourdough. Cultured with brown rice, this starter culture is a versatile staple in a gluten-free kitchen.
    • Makes all kinds of gluten-free sourdough baked goods
    • Vigorous culture: feed 3x per day at room temp. or twice a week in the fridge
    • Contains starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

    Ingredients

    • Organic brown rice flour, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make sourdough with this culture:

    • Brown rice flour
    • Glass jar or similar jar

    Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

    Reviews

    "Great product"

    I'm new to baking with sourdough starter. So far I've tried waffles, pretzels, french bread and dinner rolls with good results. It's a lot to learn but your kind customer service will walk you go any questions.

    - Lynne

    "Worked great"

    This worked great, lots of bubbles and came out with a great gluten free sourdough boule. Thanks for from getting me started down the gluten free sourdough road

    - April

    "works great"

    I ordered two of these, used one to begin a starter culture in a jar, and then I thought oh why not, and I put the other packet in the culture jar after a day or two, then just threw in a large amount, maybe a cup, of brown rice flour, added some water, stirred it up, and then it worked very well. I'm sure it would have worked with only one packet, but I wanted to see what would happen. I am grinding my own brown rice flour from Lundberg's organic sprouted brown rice. I have an electric mill with stone wheels or what you may call them. So I put a cup of dry rice in it, grind it, and then immediately put it in the culture jar. All I ever do with this stuff is make pancakes, which means I melt some butter in a cast-iron pan and then throw in some starter culture. It's really good.

    - Do I really need a nickname? I guess you can call me, what, I really can't think of one. You can make it up.

    "Super Fast Starter!"

    I got mine started Monday morning and by this morning (Wednesday) it was all bubble and happy w/foam on top. I can't believe how fast this was to get started and I was wayyyyyy off w/the feedings. It was at least 12 hour between feedings both Mon night/Tues morning and last night to this morning. I was a little sticker shocked at the price but for the time it saved and how long I'll be using this - it's a steal! Thank you so much for this wonderful starter!!

    - Pam

    "Excellent starter, quick to hydrate and get ready for baking!"

    I hydrated my starter yesterday, several weeks after the expiry date (oops!) and within 24 hours it was bubbly and frothy. By the end of the second day, it was doubling in size and I was almost ready to bake with it! Excellent starter so far. Now we just need to actually bake with it. :)

    - Darls

    "Great"

    This GF sour dough is super easy to start & I love using it. Thanks for a great product.

    - none

  • Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    This powerful vegetable starter culture ferments all sorts of raw vegetables right at home, with a great taste. Perfect for culturing sauerkraut, kimchi, carrots, and much more.
    • Cultures up to 27 lbs of raw vegetables.
    • Easy to use: make fermented vegetables in less than 10 - 30 minutes of hands-on time.
    • Contains 6 pouches of starter culture and instructions.
    $21.99

    Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    Ingredients

    • Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that occasionally handles wheat, soy, milk, eggs, and fish (including shrimps).
    • Non-GMO
    • Gluten-free

    Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make fermented vegetables with this culture:

    • Water (free of chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Fermentation weight like our Pickle Pebbles (optional)

    Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    Reviews

    "Better than Expected"

    This was like a science experiment for me. I have done kraut in a crock with no starter but it was a little hit and miss. I also wanted to try try a veggie mix and felt this was a way to give it a go. I rigged mason jars with fermentation locks. Well it was a bit of a mess as the stuff took off and leaked all over. I learned a lesson to really seal all the gaps tight. So the kraut I made turned out very good. I am still letting it go further. I mixed a bunch of veggies - broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, cukes, celery. I was concerned this would bomb but wow - it turned out really great. Very satisfied!

    - Mumbo

    "Great Results"

    I've tried making sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables with varied results. Sometimes it comes out good and sometimes not, and I don't like having to throw out vegetables. With Caldwell's starter culture, my ferments turn out good every time. It's worth the price.

    - Shelley

    "Great Results"

    I have tried most of the starter cultures for vegetables and most do a good job with cabbage, carrots and other similar vegetables. But when it comes to making dill pickles, Caldwell is the best at getting just the right texture and firmness.

    - beachbum49

    "Better kraut"

    I usually make fermented cabbage with just salt, but the Caldwell's really gave it a better flavor. Also used it for whole green beans. Big difference but a little more pricey than I'd like.

    - Cath

    "Outstanding"

    Better than other staters. Never a bad batch. Top quality.

    - Wayne

    "What an awesome thing"

    I live in a 3 year old brick house which is jammed packed with micro life. I gave up on salt water pickling. Caldwell Starter gave me the technology to pickle Cucumbers, sweet pepper, asparagus and to make Barszcz for the first time ever!

    - k l s

  • Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    This useful culture makes a variety of hard cheeses, including parmesan, romano, provolone, and swiss. Some experience with cheese making is recommended.
    • Makes cheese from up to 20 gallons of milk.
    • Versatile culture: makes a wide variety of hard, pressed cheeses.
    • Contains instructionsand 8 packets of starter culture (rennet not included).
    $12.99

    Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Sucrose, maltodextrins, lactic bacteria(S.thermophilus)

    Allergen Information

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

    Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make thermophilic direct-set with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Consistent Quality"

    I love all the cultures I have purchased but miss the old packaging that was easier to store in my freezer.

    - MARGARET

    "Love the convenience!"

    This is the easiest Thermophilic culture I've used since I don't have to mess around with measuring it -just pour and stir! LOVE IT!!!

    - Susan

    "Arrived in a timely fashoin, looks like what I need"

    I haven't actually used this yet, as I have been sidelined for awhile from my cheesemaking. But it was a good price, it came as speedily as it said it would, and I have no doubt it will perform well.

    - Char

  • Kombucha Starter Culture

    Just the starter culture. Add this SCOBY to sweet tea and ferment away to make a healthy, soda-like kombucha with all the tart zing you want. Our most popular choice.
    • Makes batch after batch of kombucha
    • Low-maintenance culture: make it every 7-30 days
    • Contains 1 SCOBY, instructions, and pH test strips
    $14.99

    Kombucha Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Organic sugar, organic black tea, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Kombucha Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make kombucha with this culture:

    • Black tea
    • Cane sugar
    • A glass jar
    • Distilled white vinegar
    • A coffee filter or towel to cover the jar

    Optional

    You can bottle your finished kombucha to make it fizzy! Check out our Kombucha Bottling & Flavoring Kit, or our favorite Grolsch-style Flip-top Bottles.

    Kombucha Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Do not waster your time or money! "

    This is a freeze dried scoby . Also says it’s a Kombucha starter kit, but it doesn’t even come with starter liquid . It also didn’t work for anybody in my Kombucha Facebook group . Find a seller on Amazon that includes a live scoby and STARTER LIQUID !! Response from CFH: Thank you for your honest review. This is a dehydrated scoby, is advertised/named the Kombucha Starter Culture, and is not a kit. To activate this, you do not need starter tea. Distilled white vinegar is the perfect acidic pH to get it going. Many customers and our own staff have been successful with brewing and creating baby scobys, and we'd love to assist you if you want to try it. It really can be done well!

    - Colonelswife

    "Outstanding Company and Awesome Website"

    I purchased my scoby in June 2017 and diligently went about the process as described in the instructions to rehydrate the scoby. After several months of brewing, no baby scoby had been produced. I did, however, drink the kombucha hoping the drink would make a difference in digestion. Customer service support was super helpful along the way and gave me some good tips to get the drink going. I tried adding half a bottle of unflavored, raw store-bought tea to my brew. I finally received a second scoby and have started it brewing in a warmer environment and it is producing a scoby already. I put the quart bottle in a styrofoam cooler with a coffee filter on the top secured by a rubber band. Also in the cooler, I put a 12 oz jar of hot water and re-warm it daily (almost daily). It keeps the brew in the proper temperature range. When I open the cooler to re-warm the water, I spray the top of the bottle with white vinegar. I've never had an issue with mold. Thanks CFH.

    - judi

    "Love this starter"

    I have been making kombucha for over a year now, but wanted to start again with 2 new SCOBYs since mine had been sitting for over 6 months. (I know those were probably fine, but when I brewed again my kombucha was yeast-ier than I desired.) These new mothers got things going again!

    - Kristin

    "Very excited to begin making my own!"

    My husband and I really like Kombucha. It gets to be kind of expensive when getting it at the store. Thought I would try making my own to save money and control the ingredients that goes into it. With the support CFH provides, starting it was amazingly easy. Just have to wait for the SCOBY to activate and then ready to begin making my own.

    - Juliann

    "Fun and easy"

    This is so fun and easy! If you have a question, you just email them and they respond very quickly. I have four going right now and am looking forward to when I have tea every day!!

    - kait

    "new to cultures"

    First impression was not real exciting.....I mean a little package for a price. However, the service and support soon became evident. I was thrilled when the culture started growing after ten days. Now I am really "in to it" and feel my money was well spent.

    - Connie Mack

  • Mitoku Traditional Natto Spores

    Make real Japanese natto at home! Ferment soy beans with these spores to make traditional natto, or use nearly any bean of your choice.
    • Makes up to 88 pounds of natto.
    • Store in the freezer between batches.
    • Contains starter culture, special measuring spoon, and instructions.
    $12.99

    Mitoku Traditional Natto Spores

    Ingredients

    • Japanese natural powdered natto starter spores (bacillus subtilis natto).

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured and packaged in a sterile laboratory.
    • Non-GMO

    Mitoku Traditional Natto Spores

    Reviews

    "I don't worry about sanitizing"

    These spores work just fine for me without doing all that sanitizing. It's cheap enough that I just sprinkle a whole lot more than what is suggested on and mix in. I use simply washed items that have been stored in my drawers and it still works fine so if all the sanitizing in the instructions is too much for you (like it was for me) you can get away with not doing it (at least I have found so) as long as you use enough spores. I do NOT put the spores in water though like in the instructions as that doesn't work. I just sprinkle on top and mix in and then put the containers in my excalibur dehydrator and it works just fine. Also, I don't use sanitized cheese cloth on top. I just wet plain old paper towels. ;) Response from CFH: We are SO happy the spores have worked well for you in your environment! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    - Dorothy

    "Great"

    I was a Newby at making Natto but from first batch on results were great I am getting to like the taste of Natto. I use it most days .

    - rerunn

    "Quality product from Japan"

    I've just made my first Natto! They are very tasty. Mitoku Natto starter is very popular among DIY Natto makers in Japan. I called directly to the manufacture in Japan and asked them where should I keep the starter. Their response was "in the room temperature before a package is opened, and keep in a refrigerator after it is opened. Will definitely purchase again.

    - Yaeko

    "Great , Lots of fun!"

    A student asked where she could get fresh natto. There is none within 100 miles so I said, lets make some. We did. It came out according to her tastes, "great". It was, unlike some reviews I have read stringy. I asked here specifically about this and she said "just right". I am pretty adventurous, and probably could have eaten the refrigerated product no problem, but after packing it up warm,,, well it was a bit much. After a few days, I tried some. I used an electric blanket over an ice chest to keep mine warm.

    - Louis

    "Not working"

    It doesn't work. I followed the instructions and waited a few days and I didn't see any strings in the fermented soy beans, a typical symptom of Natto. I tried twice. It is a waste of time and money. Response from CFH: We are so very sorry to hear this. Our efforts to reach you for customer support and troubleshooting have not been successful. We do our best to support you when things are not going well, so please contact us so we can assist!

    - Henry

    "Another Great Quality Product"

    Worked very well the first time. Amazed how little of it is needed to inoculate so many beans. Very impressed with the quality. Cooked for 45 minutes on medium-high and dehydrated for 24 hours.

    - HIroshi

  • Tempeh Starter Culture

    Make rich, nutty tempeh in the traditional Indonesian way! A great source of protein and vitamin B-12, this culture is made with non-GMO soy.
    • Makes 4 large batches of soy tempeh.
    • Store extra packets of culture in the freezer.
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $7.99

    Tempeh Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
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    Allergen Information

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

    Tempeh Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make traditional tempeh with this culture:

    • Dry soybeans or other dry beans of choice
    • Bowl and colander
    • Distilled white or rice vinegar
    • Thermometer
    • Dehydrator or insulated container and heating pad

    Tempeh Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Cost and process"

    Cost is outrageous. Shipping cost could be reduced by a less complicated packaging. Sill not readily available in most places in Canada,. both finished tempeh and the starter. The process worked perfectly. The tempeh cakes appeared like magic. I improved on the process considerably.

    - Durgaa

    "Makes Great Tasting Tempeh"

    This is the 2nd time I have made Tempeh with the starter. Aside from the tedious task of hulling the soy beans, this was much easier than I expected. The Tempeh came out great. I only had to monitor it for a little while until it self heated. The Tempeh tasted much better than anything I have bought from the health food stores. I was surprised how great it tasted - even raw.

    - Alex

    "First timer. Room for improvement?"

    I was very excited to try making my own tempeh. Following the instructions, I found it quite easy to turn out a reasonably successful product my very first time! Easier than expected, and a good outcome. I tried four different variations, which were successful to varying degrees. I did get some off-flavors, though I'm not sure if it was my process or the product. Some of the beans may have been overcooked, leading to softer, less-dense results. One loaf was incubated longer, and seemed to have the strongest off-taste. All that said, I would gladly try it again! Note from CFH: Longer culturing times and higher culturing temperatures can create a tempeh with an off flavor. Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting assistance before discarding any cultures.

    - Yarek

    "Delicious"

    Excellent culture! Worked for different beans too, chickpeas and black beans came out good!

    - Pauldliny

    "A fine product"

    I got really good tempeh on my first try with this culture. The taste was better than I can buy locally and I live in an area where good fresh tempeh is available.

    - greg

    " A dependable starter"

    Not my first time making Tempeh, so I am well aware of failure. I used this culture for the first time, and the tempeh looks great!!

    - Luv2cookinWI

  • Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    From cheddar, colby, and monterey jack to feta, chèvre, and more, you'll enjoy the flavor and variety of homemade cheeses made using this starter culture.
    • Makes cheese from up to 20 gallons of milk.
    • Versatile culture: makes a wide variety of flavorful semi-soft and fresh cheeses.
    • Contains instructions and 8 packets of starter culture (rennet not included).
    $9.99

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Sucrose, maltodextrins, lactic bacteria(Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris)

    Allergen Information

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

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make mesophilic cheese with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Great for 2 gal milk"

    - had a perfect curd set from this culture!

    - bongoes

    "Ugh what a pain!"

    I have been cooking all my life so I know my way around a kitchen but this... too many things needed in addition to this kit! I anticipated needing the coloring, but then rennet, then cheese cloth, then a device to separate things. I have made 5 course meals with less effort. Very disappointed, I was so excited to find this product but the company needs to prepare their customers for all of the additional items. Response from CFH: We are so sorry to hear this! The cheese items on our site can be purchased as kits or some as individual cultures. We have many articles and recipes, and even an eBook to get you started before the cultures arrive. We would be happy to assist you more efficiently next time!

    - Mitchy

    "Some recipes would be a nice touch"

    Product is packaged nicely and is convenient. The only insert was not really useful in my opinion. A couple of recipes would be very nice. Instead, it was back to the web site and hunting around for an appropriate recipe.

    - WNCCheese

    "Consistent Quality"

    I love all the cultures I have purchased but miss the old packaging that was easier to store in my freezer.

    - MARGARET

    "Easy to use"

    Bought for my cheese making course. It is so easy to use and you have excellent resources and customer service to answer questions.

    - gouche

    "great product"

    I've been very pleased with the quality of the culture and it has worked fabulously! I'll definitely order again.

    - MrsJR

  • Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    Thick, rich, and mild, the yogurt you'll make with this culture will remind you of a European vacation. Save a spoonful from each batch to make more yogurt.
    • Makes batch after batch of our thickest yogurt
    • Heirloom culture: make a batch every week indefinitely
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Works Great, Beginners Don't Fear"

    After trying the Mild culture starter, with good results I opted for the Bulgarian due to reviews and co$t savings. As others have noted the first batch should be given 10 -12 hrs to set. I have the Euro yogurt maker that holds 7 jars. A few tips. I spoke with a rep asking if adding flavorings to mix would create issue with culture for next starter batch. Advised not to. However I've since done this and it isn't a problem for future batches. My RECIPE; In a 6 cup pyrex dish measure 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt from your last batch as a starter, let sit at room temp. Add 5 1/2 cups whole pasturized milk, NOT Ultra to heavy s/s pan, attach candy thermometer to side. Set stove burner to low, leave, let warm for 20 minutes. It will reach100 degrees by then. Then turn heat med-hi, stir gently, add 1/3 cup palm sugar, 5 tsps. instant coffee granules. Stir till reaches 180 degrees. Set on sidebar to cool to 108 degrees. (go take a shower, vacuum house, read a book, as it will take about 1/2 hr). Place a fine mesh strainer over 6 cup pyrex dish. pour half the mixture into. dump out the scalded skin from strainer and softly whisk the mixture to combine the starter to new batch. Once combined place mesh strainer over dish and pour remaining mixture. Dump the scalded milk skin into trash. Gently stir the complete yogurt mixture, pour into the 7 jars. Place without lids onto yogurt maker, cover, and let culture for 10 hrs. It comes out delicious, creamy solid everytime! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this culture. Hope this helps. Enjoy. note: the 5/1/2 cups milk are needed as it will scald, this will reduce it down to the amount needed for your batch. Response from CFH: We are SO happy this is working for you! For all the newbies out there, please be sure to follow the directions we send, and if you'd like try Patricia's recipe, do so with extra culture so you can be sure all is well with your attempt. If the mother culture is older than 7 days, or you do not save any while experimenting, you'll be sad!

    - Patricia

    "Best flavour "

    We have tried nearly ALL the varieties here and so far the Bulgarian is the best. Hubby and the puppers all like this one best. I make it with goats milk and if not for the accidental eating of my starter it would have kept on being re-cultured. This is hands down the best strain.

    - Kim

    "great website"

    the information on this website is very helpful. If you follow directions you can't fail. I use a cooler with a heating pad inside to incubate my yogurt which works great. The temp only got to 95 degrees but it was fine. I let to set for 12 hours to increase the number of bacteria, which makes it a little more tart.

    - cyclist

    "Great starter"

    My first batch (activation batch) was a little inconsistent in that some jars turned out very thick, while others were runny. Maybe I didn't mix the starter in well. Regardless, each of my seven subsequent batches have turned out perfectly!

    - Rebecca

    "Everyone will like the taste"

    A great yogurt for anyone. Not too tart or too runny. I had made this yogurt for about 6 years from the original starter, but I accidentally got it to hot and killed it. I recently bought new and it is happily making batches of great tasting yogurt. Customer service is very helpful talking you through the activation process.

    - Deb

    "Very happy"

    Very happy with the Bulgarian starter. At first i was a little disappointed with the labor of heating the milk and all. Then i got better organized and now I don't mind at all. Much better taste than the grocery store yoghurt and better for my guts too. Totally worth a little labor.

    - JL

  • Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Make pleasantly tangy yogurt that tastes just like yogurt should. Each single-use packet makes 1-2 quarts. A great choice for beginners.
    • Makes up to 8 gallons of pleasantly tangy yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $8.99

    Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • 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.
    • Non-GMO

    Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Creamy and sweet!"

    After following your directions my yogurt was a complete success the very first batch! It set up beautifully and was very mild and sweet. We like it for dessert topping for fresh fruits. Thanks for another wonderful product and for such speedy delivery!

    - Sunny

    "Works even with A2 ultra pasteurized milk"

    Food allergies require I only consume A2 (vs A1) milk and there is currently no such thing as yogurt based on A2 milk. Likely because the A2 milk one can purchase in the US comes in ultra pasteurized form (no doubt to extend shelf life since it's not yet caught on in US). All yogurt recipes warn against using UP milk, even the instructions that come with this starter. Figuring what-the-heck, I spent big bucks on the fancy Cuisinart CYM-100 yogurt maker and went for it. Followed the Cultures For Health recipe exactly. It turned out perfectly. Wow. Definitely the best yogurt I've ever eaten in my life. Great flavor, great consistency. So for any of you that need to use UP milk, this starter works!!!! Response from CFH: We are SO thrilled to hear this! Using UP milk is so unreliable in general, so we are happy you have success. We do recommend customers use regularly pasteurized milk, because of the unreliability - we cannot guarantee it will work. But keep on culturing, Kimra! YAY!

    - ChicoKim

    "Starter Failed"

    I originally purchased this from Culture for Health at $9.99 for 8 packets in 2014 and although I understand inflation...the same named product is being sold at 8.99 for 2 packets. Very steep price for a small amount of product. I had 6 packets left over form my purchase in 2014 and each packet produced delicious yogurt while the newer product both failed. The content of the starter was also strange, brown and clumped together whereas the older started I had in my freezer were beige in color. Response from CFH: Despite multiple attempts to connect with you, we have not been able to reach you to assist further. It sounds the culture you received was possibly defective and we're always happy to troubleshoot and replace if needed. We are sorry for the price jump, but it was necessary given the increase the manufacturer also extended to its vendors due to ingredient and production costs. We do hope you understand.

    - Janette

    "Easy to use, great tasting"

    These direct set cultures are easy to use with consistent results. It's way more cost effective than buying yogurt from the stores. I am going to try the Mild tasting culture next time. It's unfortunate that they don't offer free shipping to Alaska though.

    - Cat Goodwin

    "Great Yogurt After Heat Induced Culture Failure..."

    I ordered this on Amazon where quite a few reviewers had similar experiences with a sticky brown, dead, culture in the envelopes. They quickly replaced the failed culture and I was delighted with the yogurt that resulted; initially finishing to a custard-y texture before the finishing-stir through, it thickened significantly in the fridge over the next 24 hours (and it was a decent thickness to start with). The tartness was spot on. So, while I question them shipping the product during hot weather (a lot of California wineries will not ship during summer for the same reason) if it's not too hot where you are, right now, I would otherwise highly recommend this yogurt culture.

    - Gryphonisle

    "outstanding!!"

    Delicious and simple yogurt. I make it a gallon at a time.

    - E J

  • Sour Cream Starter Culture

    Make delicious, fresh-tasting sour cream right on your countertop, easy as heating up cream. This direct-set culture works with any schedule (and it makes buttermilk, too!).
    • Makes up to 16 quarts of sour cream or buttermilk.
    • Make sour cream and buttermilk when you want it.
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $7.99

    Sour Cream Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Great sour cream!"

    I really thought my first attempt would be a flub (I had trouble keeping the temp low enough while the cream was on the stove), but the sour cream turned out fabulously! I used it in a cheesecake and as a topping on lots of foods. It turned out nice and thick. Can't wait to make more!

    - Rebecca

    "Brown and caked starter culture"

    I bought the sour cream starter in April. It was brown and caked and did not make sour cream. I then talked to CfH and they said they would replace it without charge, which they did. However, it was from the same batch of bad starter, brown and caked. So they knowingly will sell a batch that is not active then replace it with the same bad batch. Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry for your experience, as that is not common. We have reached out to you via email and look forward to a solution, as we would like to ensure satisfaction.

    - PJ

    "This made delicious raw cream sour cream!!"

    well worth the minimal effort to make raw cream sour cream

    - Jen

    "Excellent product. "

    Excellent product. I didn't think it was going to set up at first. It was close to the final hour and it was still looking like milk. In an hour after I checked again, it finally set up. It was the best sour cream I have ever had.

    - Awpacky

    "Love it!!"

    I use the Kefir and mild yogurt cultures and LOVE them, so I tried the sour cream. It was a little more work, but it is REALLY GOOD!! I like an organic product without all the additives, and this came out thick and yummy...so why do they add stuff to it commercially??? This stuff is great !! and lasts a long time in the frig!!

    - lynyrd53

    "Good stuff"

    It worked wonderfully

    - Patsouth

  • Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MA4001

    Used to make a variety of semi-soft and hard cheeses with all types of milk, as well as sour cream.
    • Makes semi-soft and hard cheeses from up to 20 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: makes a variety of hard cheeses with all types of milk.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of hard cheese.
    $13.99

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MA4001

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, maltodextrins, lactic bacteria (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis, (LMC) Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris.

    Allergen Information

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

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MA4001

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make hard cheese with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MA4001

    Reviews

    "Used for soft cheese"

    This product has been wonderful for soft cheese made from raw milk. I use it with rennet for a delicious, spreadable, soft cheese.

    - Ruthie

  • Mesophilic Aromatic Type B Starter Culture

    Used to make specialty cheeses like havarti, gouda, and cream cheese as well as sour cream and cultured butter.
    • Makes cheese from up to 8 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: makes a wide variety of soft cheese when you want it.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of buttery flavor cheese.
    $9.99

    Mesophilic Aromatic Type B Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, lactic bacteria (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis, (LMC) Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris

    Allergen Information

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

    Mesophilic Aromatic Type B Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make mesophilic cheese with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

  • Feta Cheese Starter Culture

    Make deliciously tangy goat, cow, or sheep milk feta. This starter culture blend was specially formulated to make great feta; just add rennet.
    • Makes feta from up to 8 gallons of milk.
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time.
    • Contains instructions and 8 packets of starter culture (rennet not included).
    $9.99

    Feta Cheese Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactic Bacteria ((LL) Lactoccocus lactis subsp. Lactis, (LC) Lactoccocus lactis subsp. Cremoris, (ST) Streptococcus thermophilus, (LB) Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp lactis.

    Allergen Information

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

    Feta Cheese Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make feta cheese with this culture:

    Feta Cheese Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Great product"

    Great product

    - Kerri

    "Great product"

    Love this culture. And easy to use, premeasured packets.

    - Kerri

    "My brother loved my fresh feta"

    The cheese was great and my brother loved it. I was really pleased with the taste and the easy to follow instructions.

    - Julia

    "Happy"

    Very happy with the quality and the customer service also. Thanks :)

    - Zsu

    "Great"

    I made my first batch of feta. It turned out great. Was not hard to make. Shared it with friends and all thought it was delicious.

    - iteach

    "Not your store-bought Feta..."

    Wow is all I can say. My first batch of Feta was amazing! No doubt this culture helped it along. I highly recommend it. Also, 8 packets will go quite far as the Feta lasts along time. A little goes a long way...

    - Jen

  • Crème Fraiche Starter Culture

    Making truly rich and mild crème fraîche at home is as easy as heating up cream or half-and-half. This direct-set culture is one of our easiest and cultures on your countertop.
    • Makes 4 quarts of crème fraîche.
    • Make crème fraîche when you want it.
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $6.99

    Crème Fraiche Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "I made delicious mistake "

    I bought to make creme Fraiche, bought a half gallon of raw milk from Old Ford Farm, one of the few places to legally purchase it in NY. The weather was unseasonably cold so I used a seedling mat, I panicked when I saw, packaged up, brought to show the owner of the farm, Becky. She told me not to panic, told me that I made cheese, so I had to season it. I was going to leave it for her to see if salvageable, and she said that I had raw fermented dairy, to keep it. It took about 3 weeks to have seasoning perfect but after 3 months is still good. May not have done what I expected since I over heated a bit but was a great surprise. I also pickled onions with the same starter and am going to keep trying new things. I haven't tried creame Fraiche again yet, but I will. Awesome product

    - kimberly

    "Sadly, it doesn't work for me"

    i have tried 3 times to make this product work and sadly i've had barely an improvement in the consistency of the milk. the last batch was done over the weekend with fresh raw milk in the hopes that supermarket milk was the problem. i mixed equal parts of cream and whole milk and i would have had better results if i had just whipped it by hand until peaks formed. the only upside is that i'm only out $7 and the cost of milk. i won't bother making the 4th packet. Response from CFH: We are sorry for your experience. We thank you for troubleshooting with us via email, and hope future attempts have worked out to be yummy!

    - kelly

    "Excellent creme fraiche"

    I have made creme fraiche with a few other cultures and this is by far the best. It thickens relatively quickly and is the least "sour" tasting - it tastes almost buttery. Its better than what I can get already made in the store. I put it in the oven with the light bulb on to thicken it and that works great.

    - LeGriz

    "Success The Second Time Around"

    I purchased CF culture a while back and wondered why the big deal was. I was not impressed with my results. CFH reached out to me and gave me advice. So glad! I followed their instructions to the T and was pleased with my creme fraiche. My whole family loved it. The trick is keeping the temp around 72. I used my electrical heating pad. Worked! Thank you, CFH!

    - noel

    "Delicious"

    Worked perfectly, possibly because I used a thermometer, and used cream that was pasteurized only (not ultra-pasteurized nor UHT [ultra high temperature] treated). Slight whey separation, not a problem. Mildly sour, with subtle other tastes. Delicious on slow cooker oatmeal made with steel cut oats, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond milk. Will now start experimenting to see how well this will work with nonfat milk products. Kudos to cfh for making this available.

    - James

    "Great product!"

    Creme fraiche is easy to make and I add it to soups and vegetables. Sometimes I eat it right off the spoon, which is great. To make it, I use 1 pint of organic half and half and it tastes wonderful. :)

    - Buffy

  • Basic Italian Cheese Making Kit

    Take your Italian cheese making to the next level with this kit, which makes mozzarella, ricotta, ricotta salata, and mascarpone cheeses.
    • Makes up to 24 batches of mozzarella and ricotta and 10+ of mascarpone
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time
    • Contains citric acid, tartaric acid, butter muslin, a thermometer, vegetable rennet, cheese salt, and an instruction and recipe booklet
    $29.99

    Basic Italian Cheese Making Kit

    Reviews

    "Great product"

    Easy to follow instructions and produces great cheese.

    - Doc_Gunnut

    "Good product; fun to do!"

    I enjoyed making the fresh Mozzarella--glad I don't have to buy inferior product any longer!

    - specs

    "Really fun to do"

    This kit really contains everything you need to make the cheese. My first batch was terrible, but I realized what I did wrong. I tried again and it was great! I've only made the mozzarella so far and it was delicious.

    - KittyKat

    "I love making food from scratch"

    I was happy with my purchase of this product. This kit is definitely for an experienced cook. My fresh mozzarella came out tasting pretty OK...I just know for next time to stretch it more. Rubber gloves help because the cheese is REALLY hot.

    - Susan

    "great product"

    great product good value had a wonderful time learning to make cheese

    - jagnes

  • Penicillium Roqueforti

    Used for making blue cheese, these mold spores create cheese with a soft and creamy consistency with a distinctive aroma.
    • Makes blue cheese from up to 8 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: make soft and creamy cheese when you want it.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of blue cheese.
    $36.60

    Penicillium Roqueforti

    Ingredients

    • Freeze-dried Penicillium roqueforti ripening cultures

    Allergen Information

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

    Penicillium Roqueforti

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make feta cheese with this culture:

  • Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    This direct-set, certified kosher starter culture makes thick, creamy, mild yogurt. Perfect for making big batches when you like - just freeze the remaining starter for later.
    • Makes up to 20 gallons of mild kosher yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 1 1/4 teaspoon certified kosher starter culture
    $16.99

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    Ingredients

    • Milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Product contains dairy.
    • Non-GMO

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    Reviews

    "excellent taste easy to use great service"

    love how easy it is to order receive and use. thank you for great service and an excellent product...

    - nananono

    "Quick, creamy and sweet"

    Very nice culture to make sweet and creamy yogurt. I always make a starter as my milk heats up so gives it a head start and the yogurt is always done in 4 hours for a 2 qt. batch.

    - Sj

    "Love this starter"

    I've been making yogurt for years, typically 8-10 L once a week. I've haven't found another inoculate as consistent as this to make smooth creamy custard like yogurt.

    - Cowboy Bob

    "Excellent"

    It is thick and mild. Since I am just learning about yogurt, this was an excellent suggestion for my 2 quart yogurt maker. I would definitely recommend this product.

    - Picky

    "Mild and THICK! Exactly what we wanted"

    I made certain I shook the yogurt culture up, I let it dissolve for 2 minutes and stirred for 2 minutes. I produced exactly the consistency and taste we wanted.

    - Rita

    "Love"

    This makes a delicious and addicting yogurt with lots of different active cultures. I strain it for a few hours (put the whey in everything!) and it becomes thck and lovely.

    - LK

  • Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    This direct-set, certified kosher starter culture makes traditionally tangy yogurt. Perfect for making big batches when you like - just freeze the remaining starter for later.
    • Makes up to 20 gallons of tart kosher yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 1 1/4 teaspoon certified kosher starter culture
    $16.99

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    Ingredients

    • Milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Product contains dairy.
    • May contain trace amounts of gluten: Barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient.
    • Non-GMO

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    Reviews

    "Tastes great and easy to make!!"

    I followed the directions and it sets up thick and smooth with a great tangy flavor. Absolutely love it. Thank you for a great product. Plus, it was delivered in just a couple of days! Very highly recommend this business!

    - Sunny

    "Great taste, easy to use"

    I very much liked this product. I liked the ease of using this starter. The taste is delish. My only reason for not giving product 5 stars is that I ordered it Jan. 8th and it expires in April of 2018. Very short shelf life. Especially since it's stored in freezer.

    - Kim

    "At first very disappointed in this product. I ended up with milk that was not even as thick as kefir. "

    At first I was very disappointed in this over rated product. It failed to perform! But on the 2nd try it worked well!

    - Debbie

    "Delicious! "

    Simple to make, tasty, creamy, love it!

    - Angel

    "very satisfied"

    yogurt came out perfect!! came out like real plain yogurt that you buy in the stores. highly recommend this product!

    - rachel

    "great value "

    I love the convenience and how many gallons it cultures, I just wish it was more tangy.

    - Theresa

  • Propionibacteria

    This culture is used primarily for the eye formation, aroma, and flavor production in swiss type cheeses.
    • Makes swiss cheese from up to 20 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: make swiss type cheese when you want.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of swiss type cheeses.
    $19.99

    Propionibacteria

    Ingredients

    • (PS) Lactose, ascorbic acid(Propionibacteria freudenreichii subsp. shermanii)

    Allergen Information

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

    Propionibacteria

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make swiss type cheese with this culture:

  • Paneer & Queso Blanco Cheese Making Kit

    Make mild traditional Indian paneer and crumbly Mexican queso blanco with this kit. A perfect introduction to making cheese at home. Just add milk!
    • Makes 10+ batches of paneer and queso blanco
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time
    • Contains citric acid, butter muslin, a thermometer, and an instruction and recipe booklet
    $19.99

    Paneer & Queso Blanco Cheese Making Kit

    Reviews

    "great value!"

    This was a great value...especially with the downloadable directions! Very short delivery time considering the distance...very satisfied ^_^

    - Deborah

    "Great instructions, but you probably have all the stuff you need"

    I ordered this kit because I want to branch out from my yogurt-making into making my own cheese, as well. First, before I get to the minutiae, let me tell you that I finished my first batch of paneer today. It was SO easy! The instruction book was very clear, the process was very easy and the cheese turned out great. I was able to slice and fry it for an Indian curry tonight. Now, here's the nitty gritty: * The thermometer that comes in the kit is super tiny (and the face on mine was scratched pretty badly when it arrived, anyway). I have a large-face yogurt thermometer that I prefer to use. You will NOT need this with the paneer, but you will with the queso. Probably better off buying a large face thermometer on your own. * The butter muslin is really nice and they give you a very generous amount. I already had one, but mine is much smaller. * There is a nice-size bag of powdered citric acid. * The instruction book is very well written and easy to follow. Now, given all of this, you're probably better off to go buy your own butter muslin, citric acid and thermometer of your choice. If you already have one (or more) of the items in this kit, don't buy it. However, if you have nothing, are absolutely new to the world of cheesemaking and don't know the first thing about buying any of this stuff on your own, then I'd spend the money. In all, it's a nice kit. I just wish I'd had the confidence (and common sense!) to realize that I already had most of these components in my kitchen. :-)

    - Merry Mary

  • Thermo B Culture

    This versatile culture is used to make a wide range of Italian style cheeses, including mozzarella, romano, parmesan, provolone and grana
    • Makes cheese from up to 8 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: makes a wide variety of soft and semi-soft type cheeses.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of soft cheese.
    $8.49

    Thermo B Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, ascorbic acid, live active bacteria (S. thermophilus and L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus)

    Allergen Information

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

    Thermo B Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make soft and semi-soft cheese with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Thermo B Culture

    Reviews

    "Great product"

    A great product at a terrific price! The quality is the same as the other outstanding products I purchased from Cultures for Health.

    - mimiwood1

    "Wonderful product!"

    I used the Thermo B Culture in my first actual attempt at making mozzarella and had fantastic results!

    - Juanita

    "Works for non-dairy too"

    I was looking for an alternative for Rejuvilac or pro-biotic pills while making cultured cashew 'cheese' I did an experiment with 4 - 2 cup batches and varied the culture on each... this culture was by far my favorite... it came out very nice even my girlfriend liked this best even though she is traditional and likes my buckwheat rejuvilac. BTW: Your support/customer support said it wouldn't work or that you hadn't tried it or something discouraging. I tried it anyway and it worked great. Response from CFH: Our cheese cultures do contain dairy and are therefore not suitable for those with allergies or who avoid all dairy products.

    - james

    "Thermo B Culture"

    Makes good cheese, very good product.

    - James

  • Thermo C Culture

    Used to make Italian and farmstead types of cheeses, including swiss, gruyere, jarlsberg, and emmental.
    • Makes italian cheese from up to 8 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: makes a wide variety of italian and farmstead type cheeses
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of italian cheese.
    $8.49

    Thermo C Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, ascorbic acid, live active bacteria(S. thermophilus and L. helveticus)

    Allergen Information

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

    Thermo C Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make italian and farmstead type cheeses with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Thermo C Culture

    Reviews

    "great"

    great product line, great customer service.

    - whisper38

  • RA 22 Culture

    For use in making cheddar and similar style cheeses. Fast acidifying culture for premium cheddar providing a unique flavor.
    • Makes cheddar from up to 100 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: make cheddar style cheese when you want.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of cheddar style cheeses.
    $20.99

    RA 22 Culture

    Ingredients

    • Sucrose, maltodextrins, lactose, live active bacteria (L. lactis subsp. lactis, L. lactis subsp. cremoris, S. salvarius subsp. thermophilus)

    Allergen Information

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

    RA 22 Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make cheddar and similar style cheeses with this culture:

    RA 22 Culture

    Reviews

    "loved it"

    loved it!!! a very versitile culture full of flavor

    - LaDonna

  • Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Flora Danica

    Used to make specialty cheeses like havarti, gouda, and cream cheese as well as sour cream and cultured butter, Flora Danica gives cheeses a buttery flavor.
    • Makes cheese from up to 40 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: makes a wide variety of soft cheese when you want it.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of buttery flavor cheese.
    $12.99

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Flora Danica

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, maltodextrins, lactic bacteria (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis, (LMC) Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris.

    Allergen Information

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

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Flora Danica

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make mesophilic cheese with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Flora Danica

    Reviews

    "Made a great tasting cheese."

    I really liked the taste of the goat milk cheese I made using this.

    - Barb

    "Great flavor!"

    I used this to make cottage cheese. It made a creamy buttery flavored cheese that was fantastic. Will definitely use again.

    - Deneen

    "Great culture"

    This is an amazing product I make the best goat soft cheese. It comes out every time. Thanks

    - Criss

    "I love this stuff for cultured butter"

    So, I saw someone use this to make cultured butter and let me tell you what this is amazing! I really love the flavor this imparts to my butter, so delicious. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for something to make cultured butter with it gives it kind of a sour cream taste almost...so good!!

    - scooter123

    "good product"

    It worked well and my cheese turned out really good. I'm very happy with the product.

    - Teresa

    "Great for cream cheese"

    I've been using this culture to make my cream cheese for the last 9 months. The culture seems very dependable when used per the recipe here, although I often extend the incubation to 24 hours. I use 3/4 whole milk and 1/4 cream and the result is a pleasantly mild cream cheese with a light acidity and slightly buttery flavor. Indispensable, I never buy cream cheese anymore.

    - SeaCheese

  • Cream Cheese Starter Culture

    Make delicious cream cheese at home with this culture; vegetable rennet included. A great choice for new cheese makers.
    • Makes cream cheese from up to 4 gallons of milk.
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time.
    • Contains instructions, 4 packets of starter culture, and vegetable rennet.
    $6.99

    Cream Cheese Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Sucrose, Maltodextrins, Lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. Lactis, Lactococcus lactis supsp. cremoris).
    • Organic Vegetable Rennet

    Allergen Information

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

    Cream Cheese Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make cream cheese with this culture:

    Cream Cheese Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "An Excellent Culture"

    What can I say? It worked perfectly, creating a delicious cream cheese! I used it with raw milk and the texture came out similar to whipped cream cheese; it was soft and spreads easily. All in all, if you want some homemade cream cheese, use this.

    - Scott

    "Good product, but pricey."

    From experience, I consider these to be very good products. It is a shame they are so pricey, and they are pricey. Seems the company found out they had a good product and the price went up. Response from CFH: We are happy to hear you like our products! We do our best to keep prices as low as possible, with respect to the manufacturer's pricing as well as our third party pathogen tests to ensure your safety! Happy culturing!

    - Joe

    "Makes cream cheese"

    I did not realize when I purchased it, but this is a very great packaging for beginners because it has the rennet already in it. How convenient! Now making cream cheese is as simple as making yogurt. Nice.

    - Davis

    "Soooo Gooood"

    I used ultra-parurized Lactaid whole milk and it turned out perfect. A little sourness and oooooh so creamy. So glad I tried making my own cream cheese. It was much easier to make than I imagined.

    - Robin

    "Love it!"

    This made the best goat cream cheese in a quick, easy process. Cream Cheese has great consistency and taste.

    - grannyjoy

    "Excellent"

    Makes the best cream cheese I ever tasted

    - Dm

  • Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MM100

    For soft-ripened and fresh (unripened) cheeses including brie, camembert, havarti, gouda, edam, feta, blue, chèvre, and more!
    • Makes cheese from up to 40 gallons of milk.
    • Direct-set single use culture: make soft-ripened and fresh cheese when you want it.
    • Contains multiple doses to make multiple batches of fresh cheese.
    $10.99

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MM100

    Ingredients

    • Sucrose, maltodextrins, lactic bacteria (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis

    Allergen Information

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

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MM100

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make feta cheese with this culture:

    Note:Additional supplies may be needed for certain types of cheese.

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MM100

    Reviews

    "Wonderful Product"

    Works great. All you need is milk and rennet. I use this to make cheese with my goat's milk. It's delicious.

    - Roxanna

    "Wonderful Product"

    Works great. All you need is milk and rennet. I use this to make cheese with my goat's milk. It's delicious.

    - Roxanna

    "Makes great Havarti!"

    So I have used this culture to make fresh Havarti recently with the recipe from Cultures for Health and I have to say it's so so so good! This cheese makes the most amazing grilled cheese ever! I am really impressed with this culture and can't wait to see what else it can do. I have plans for more Havarti and some gouda or chevre.

    - Shannon

    "Reasonable price + shipping"

    What makes me get this culture, that I can get anywhere else from Cultures for Health is their reasonable shipping costs. Great basic meso culture.

    - amiriliano

  • Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit

    Make 30-minute mozzarella and creamy fresh ricotta with this beginner-friendly kit that's fun for the whole family. Our most popular cheese kit.
    • Makes up to 24 batches of mozzarella and ricotta
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time
    • Contains citric acid, butter muslin, a thermometer, vegetable rennet, cheese salt, and an instruction and recipe booklet
    $24.99

    Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit

    Reviews

    "Excellent tools and instructions. Excellent finished product. Will make again!"

    Loved the plan process and completed process. Will use again

    - Malice

    "5 star"

    Easy. Well planned. Instruction complete. Followed instructions to a "T". Definitely will make again. Making all my own stuff is such fun and therapeutic!

    - Malice

    "Non-microwave stretching method did not work for me"

    I had a lot of trouble with this recipe, specifically heating up the curd to 160-170 degrees with the non-microwave method. (I don't own a microwave.) It took FOREVER to get it that hot (20 minutes) but the instructions imply it should only take a few dunks. By the time the temperature in the middle of the mass of curd reached 160, I think the texture of the curd was ruined. It never did become stretchy. While the final product tasted good, it did not have a stretchy texture at all. I am a novice and as you say, it is an art and a learning process. I think I need to make some less ambitious cheeses first, then maybe try this again with a microwave available. Suggestion: please test the non-microwave method again and revise your booklet instructions, they don't seem right. Maybe this cannot be done without a microwave. Response from CFH: We'd be happy to help! Chat or email in and we'll see what is going on!

    - Colorado Cheesemaking Newbie

    "Cheese Kit"

    Purchased one from your company one from Williams Sonoma. YOURS is far better. Will be making with friends today. Thank you. Great products. Keep up great work

    - Gg

    "Success!"

    My second try was successful! The cheese formed exactly as described in the instructions that came with the kit. My first attempt was not successful but a lovely customer service person walked me through the instructions and I tried all her suggestions and it worked perfectly! Great Product

    - Mary

    "Fun New Hobby"

    This kit is the way to go - all you need minus the milk. Instructions are simple but answered all my questions. Lots of fun.

    - Joel

  • Goat Cheese Making Kit

    Make a range of impressively delicious goat cheeses with this kit. Just add goat milk to make basic goat cheese, chèvre, and feta.
    • Makes 12+ batches of basic goat cheese, chèvre, and feta
    • Easy to use: make cheese in less than an hour of hands-on time
    • Contains a Mesophilic Cheese Culture, calcium chloride, vegetable rennet, cheese salt, butter muslin, a thermometer, and an instruction and recipe booklet
    $29.99

    Goat Cheese Making Kit

    Reviews

    "Worked like a charm!"

    Using this kit was a perfect introduction to goats milk and cheese making. The only confusion I experienced was exactly how to add the salt at the end, but I improvised with a potato masher and it all worked out fine. Will enjoy making chèvre again, as I feel quite emboldened by this success on my first try.

    - Onwards

    "great way to start making cheese"

    As a beginner, this was just what I needed. the kit had all the necessary components except the milk and very clear instructions.I have now made two batches of feta, both turned out very good.

    - Muriel

    "Excellent product"

    Excellent product! Instructions were easy and the cheese turned out delicious!

    - Kimberly

  • Fresh Cheese Making Kit

    Our most comprehensive choice, the Fresh Cheese Kit contains two starter cultures and supplies to make 5 different varieties of soft cheese. A great option for beginning cheese makers and experienced cooks alike.
    • Makes up to 24 pounds of feta, cottage cheese, cream cheese, fromage blanc, and traditional quark
    • Our most comprehensive cheese kit
    • Contains a Mesophilic Cheese Culture, a Fresh Cheese Culture, calcium chloride, vegetable rennet, cheese salt, butter muslin, a thermometer, and an instruction and recipe booklet
    $39.99

    Fresh Cheese Making Kit

    Reviews

    "Great for us beginners"

    Great for us beginners...first batch was WONDERFUL!

    - John

    "Love it"

    I'm a cream cheese-making fool now, thanks to this kit!

    - Dr Chevallier

    "Great results, great value"

    I purchased the Fresh Cheese Making Kit, and have made 3 batches of cheese: mascarpone, cottage cheese and ricotta. The first batch I followed the directions to the letter. Since I use raw Jersey cow milk and cream, I found the curds too firm with the calcium chloride, I left it out of the other batches, and had excellent results. I have already recommended this kit to some of my friends eager to make their own cheese at home.

    - Laura

    "Mixed feelings "

    See review from 2013 about fromage blanc...still has not been corrected in the booklet i received. Now I'm faced with possibly wasted gallon of my raw goat milk. So unhappy! Some other aspects are great, but besides this the rennet has issues too. Response from CFH: The instructions included with this starter (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/media/docs/Fromage_Blanc_Instructions.pdf ) are up-to-date and accurate. No extra rennet is needed when using this starter. The recipe on our website (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-fromage-blanc-recipe ) has 2 options, one of which uses rennet and a mesophilic cheese starter. We are very sorry for any confusion.

    - Amy

    "made cottage cheese and cream cheese"

    my first time making cottage cheese and cream cheese. instructions were ok, got a little confused, but, I was able to work my way through and ended up with an edible product! It would be nice to have a list of items that one needs to have when you first start into cheese making so you have everything on hand (butter cloth, hard cheese molds, more explanation of which cultures are needed to make which types of cheeses, press, etc. )

    - Deanna

    "Looking forward to using it"

    I have not made cheese with it yet; I want to make it with grass-fed cows milk, and it's a bit of an investment. The kit appears to be complete; I did unpack it immediately and put the starter in the freezer until I can make the cheese. I am looking forward to having some great cheese!

    - Merry

  • Cutting Edge Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    Supercharge your ferments without using only salt or whey! This starter culture is uniquely designed to help you create probiotic and nutrient-rich kraut, cultured beets, and more.
    • Cultures up to 30 lbs of raw vegetables.
    • Easy to use: make fermented vegetables in less than 10 - 30 minutes of hands-on time.
    • Contains 6 pouches of starter culture and instructions.
    $22.95

    Cutting Edge Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    Ingredients

    • Active bacteria strains, organic tapioca sugar. (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)

    Allergen Information

    • Packaged in a facility also handles products that may contain wheat, soy, eggs, milk, and fish.
    • This product does not contain any of the following materials: Milk, soy, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish, crustacean shell fish.
    • Non-GMO
    • Gluten-free
    • Vegan

    Cutting Edge Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make fermented vegetables with this culture:

    • Water (free of chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Fermentation weight like our Pickle Pebbles (optional)

    Cutting Edge Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

    Reviews

    "Makes Delicious Sauerkraut!"

    Just finished making my first batch of sauerkraut with this product - its DELISH!

    - CarolG

    "Excellent product!"

    Even though I know it is not necessary to use a starter culture when making my fermented pickles, I use this product to boost the quantity of healthy probiotics in the finished product and to ensure rapid proliferation of the good microbes during fermentation.

    - Karen

    "Excellent Product!"

    I have been using this starter culture for a year and a half now and it has become my favorite. My pickles are super crunchy and taste great. I love the reassurance that my finished product will be packed with healthy probiotics! :-)

    - Food Scientist

    "Always Crispy Pickles"

    I like the results get when using this starter culture. I like to keep a box in the fridge. Love this website and all the cultures it offers.

    - Rhonda

    "Great Product!"

    I made a batch of fermented salsa with nothing but salt, then I made a batch using the starter culture. The batch that I used the starter culture in was a lot better in taste & color than the one with salt only. I will definitely continue to use a starter culture for fermenting my vegetables.

    - DaisyMae

    "Quality is excellent!"

    This product is great! I made 4 quarts of cultured veggies. They fermented well and are tasty.

    - Nita

  • Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture

    This flexible culture makes tasty, protein-rich tempeh without any soy: just use mung beans, black beans, garbanzos, or another type of bean.
    • Makes 4 large batches of soy-free tempeh.
    • Store extra packets of culture in the freezer.
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions.
    $7.99

    Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Rice, Rhizopus Oligosporus Culture.
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    Allergen Information

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

    Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make soy-free tempeh with this culture:

    • Dry beans of choice
    • Bowl and colander
    • Distilled white or rice vinegar
    • Thermometer
    • Dehydrator or insulated container and heating pad

    Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Nice Product and Great Customer Support!"

    Tempeh starter arrived quickly. I am still working out the nuances of my setup and trying to better control some variables (moisture). What I would like to highlight though is the excellent "chat" support at Cultures For Health. I have had my questions answered promptly and kindly. very good customer service. Thank you!

    - Elizabeth

    "Outstanding"

    I was a little intimidated about making tempeh. I carefully followed the instructions and scored a huge hit on the first attempt. Instead of using all soy, I made a combination of equal parts soy, black bean, and brown rice tempeh. Next time I might go all black bean (trying to limit soy consumption). I prepared two 1-gallon sized freezer ziplock bags. Using a heavy sewing needle punched holes at 1-inch intervals. The tempeh incubated in the oven with the light on and an extra 60 watt drop light. It took about 3 days to incubate, turning the bags after 12 hours or so. Can't wait to make the next batch.

    - Laura

  • Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    Our 4 carefully collected Scandinavian yogurt strains culture right on your countertop, easy as adding milk. Sample rich, custard-like Filmjölk; drinkable Piimä; mild, creamy Viili; and honey-scented Matsoni.
    • Makes batch after batch of 4 unique varieties of yogurt
    • Heirloom cultures: make a batch every week indefinitely
    • Contains 8 packets: 2 packets each of all 4 yogurt strains, and instructions
    $19.99

    Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    Ingredients

    • Organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

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

    Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container

    Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    Reviews

    "great"

    I used Villa Yogurt ... kept it going for more than a year. I used it to make my morning smoothie every day. Love it. This time, to hurry it up, I put some heat with it but forgot about it. I feared I'd cooked it. But it's fine and I'm back on board! Looking forward to trying the other varieties.

    - Equestrienne

    "great product "

    Shipping cost was outrageous, but the product is great.

    - Michael

    "Still experimenting"

    but it's been fun so far. I had to pay attention to the encouragement that came with them. My second round with the first culture took. I love the fact that I can make a small quantity of yogurt with no fuss.

    - Phina

    "Fantastic. Easy. Delicious."

    Fantastic. Easy. Delicious.

    - Arch

    "My Favorite Yet"

    I have had great success with all of the starters. They are all delicious in their own way and so easy to make! I use non-homogenized, pasteurized whole milk from a local dairy. I waited a long time to try these out and am so glad I finally purchased them. I prefer these to kefir - they are a bit easier.

    - Sofya

    "not happy"

    Half the cultures were unmarked so that I could not tell which one was which. I tried one at random but the yogurt smelled bad. I couldn't bring myself to eat it but my dog liked it. Response from CFH: We are so sorry for the trouble! We tried to reach out to you several times but sadly to no avail. We are here to help, so please contact us so we can assist you with the cultures - sometimes it's something as simple as the incorrect milk accidentally used or the temperature was not quite spot on. We want to assist!

    - Neila

  • Kombucha Starter Kit

    Our starter culture, plus hand-picked ingredients & supplies to get you started with your first 3 batches. You can take it from there. Ideal for beginners and makes a great gift.
    • Makes batch after batch, with ingredients for 3+ batches
    • Low-maintenance culture: make it every 7-30 days
    • Contains 1 SCOBY, instructions, pH test strips, organic cane sugar, black tea, distilled white vinegar, a thermometer, and a jar cover
    $29.99

    Kombucha Starter Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make kombucha with this culture:

    • Water (free of chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass Quart-Sized Jar

    Optional

    You can bottle your finished kombucha to make it fizzy! Check out our Kombucha Bottling & Flavoring Kit, or our favorite Grolsch-style Flip-top Bottles.

    Kombucha Starter Kit

    Reviews

    "Amazing Scoby kit"

    I ordered my kit and it came very quickly. And although it’s still in process of reactivation of the dehydrated Scoby, I’m still super happy of it all and looking forward to my true intial 1st batch of drinkable Kombucha from it. So far it’s doing well. Yay. This my first attempt at Kombucha and I’m loving the learning experiences. Thank you

    - Katt

    "Awesome "

    It takes 30 days to get rollling, but now that it’s been a few months, I have delicious kombucha every 7 days! It is actually very, very good! I have not had a “baby scoby” yet, but I bought several starters so I can have one every few days! I mix it with tea to make it last longer. It is SO easy once you get rolling. I am SO happy with this product!

    - Kaity

    "Great starter kit!"

    I appreciated the thorough, yet not overwhelming, instructions, and having all the necessary items included in the kit.

    - SB

    "Do not be mislead "

    do your research before you buy. it is nearly impossible to make kombucha from a dehydrated SCOBY. Response from CFH: We thank you for your honest opinion of our scoby. We do have a great customer service team who can guide you through the process, as several agents have successfully made kombucha from several dried scobys. We are always happy to help you!

    - wingear

    "Very easy"

    The kit is very easy and convenient for someone starting Kombucha tea.

    - Carly

    "Kombucha "

    Wonderful

    - Nam

  • Ginger Kombucha Kit

    Our starter culture, plus ingredients & supplies to take your kombucha all the way to fizzy, gingery goodness. Comes with 9 tried-and-true supplies, including 2 of our favorite bottles. Beginner friendly.
    • Makes batch after batch, with ingredients for 6+ bottles
    • Low-maintenance culture: make it every 7-30 days
    • Contains 1 SCOBY, instructions, pH test strips, black tea, a thermometer, a jar cover, organic crystallized ginger, a strainer, bottling sugar, and 2 bottles
    $39.99

    Ginger Kombucha Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make kombucha with this culture:

    • Water (free of chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass quart-sized jar
    • White Cane Sugar
    • Distilled white vinegar
    • Funnel for Bottling

    Optional

    You can bottle your finished kombucha to make it fizzy! Check out our Grolsch-style Flip-top Bottles.

    Ginger Kombucha Kit

    Reviews

    "Ginger kumbucha"

    Mine is still brewing, smells great and looks great! Excited to add the ginger and bottle.

    - Becky

    "Good Idea, poor outcome"

    I think the idea of the starter kit is great. Makes the whole idea really approachable and fun to do. However, the dehydrated scoby leaves a lot be desired. I bought two kits and only one appears to have reactivated properly. The other made a batch that tasted of sweet tea and the 2nd fermentation for both scobys was unsuccessful. I wouldn't buy a dehydrated scoby again. But will try the process with a live scoby using all of the CFH tips. Response from CFH: Thank you for continuing to work with us after the submission of the review! Working with sleepy scobys is a bit different than working with scobys that have never been put in this state of dormancy. We hope that our tips have worked, and you are enjoying kombucha. Please feel free to reach out and follow up!

    - D.

    "6-8 Weeks!"

    I was supersized to learn that it would take 4 weeks to get the dehydrated scoby to create another scoby. Then another two to four weeks before I would get to taste this. Lesson learned. Other than that everything looks to be in order. Instructions and the tips are easy to follow. I have made this before a few years ago and it was all from scratch. This kit puts everything you need to get started in one purchase. I would definitely recommend this to someone else but just inform them how long it takes to get started. However once it starts you can have enough every day.

    - Jason

    "8 weeks +"

    My daughter was excited about getting ginger Kombucha, didn't realize the scoby starter was going to take 4 weeks before i could even make a full batch, then another 8 weeks plus several weeks in the bottle. Response from CFH: Thank you for leaving your review! We are sorry for the misunderstanding. With the scoby, you should be able to enjoy the batches as soon as they are done, beginning with the rehydration batch. They will progressively get better, as does any living thing, and we are happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have along the way!

    - mps

    "Amazing Product"

    I can't believe how easy it is to be kombucha (mine is still brewing!). I'm very excited to try it in a few weeks. Thanks!

    - Ashley

  • Water Kefir Starter Kit

    This beginner-friendly kit contains our Water Kefir Grains plus 4 hand-picked supplies to get you started, including our favorite culturing sugar. Make 4+ cups of water kefir every day or two - just add water.
    • Makes batch after batch, with supplies to get you started
    • Vigorous culture: makes 4+ cups of water kefir every 24-48 hours
    • Contains water kefir grains, instructions, organic cane sugar, a mesh strainer, a thermometer, and a jar cover
    $34.99

    Water Kefir Starter Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make water kefir with this culture.

    • Water (free from chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass jar or similar container

    Water Kefir Starter Kit

    Reviews

    "Happy With It"

    Easy to follow instructions, helpful to have the kit with strainer, thermometer etc. Fun to make!

    - Jean

    "Looove it!! "

    Easy to read instructions, includes everything you need to get started except the Mason jar. I LoOoVe it!!

    - Leigh

    "Wonderful!"

    Instructions are very clear and I'm already on my fifth batch. The fizziness is a little hard to achieve, but I guess it depends on the recipe. Our peach flavor is not at fizzy, but the lemon/ginger was more bubbly.

    - Debi

    "Very pleased"

    Started my first batch of water kefir. Made a bottle of mixed berry 'soda' from it. Have made several different flavors since. Also have used in a recipe for fermented cucumber pickles. I will not be buying or making sweet pickles with vinegar again. Very pleased with the product and looking forward to trying more recipes using water kefir.

    - Berta

    "Very easy!"

    I've been making kombucha tea for over a year and just started with water kefir. It is easy and super tasty!

    - Grace

    "I'm addicted already!"

    The instructions either included or accessible through links they sent me were excellent. My Kefir grains re-hydrated easily. Now I'm in the habit of re-feeding them every other day and encouraging them to grow because drinking the water Kefir is so satisfying and refreshing, I want more than one cup in the morning and one in the evening. Have tried one 2nd ferment with rice milk - enjoyed the flavor it added to my morning smoothie, but since I worked up to consuming a pint a day of water kefir, I haven't had extra for 2nd ferments. My grains seem to be happy enough that I've just graduated to keeping two quart jars going. I've had fewer and less annoying digestive problems since I began drinking this every day.

    - NanCcan

  • Ginger Water Kefir Kit

    Packed with 8 hand-picked ingredients and supplies including our Water Kefir Grains and 2 of our favorite bottles, this kit contains everything you need to culture up deliciously healthy ginger water kefir soda. Beginner-friendly.
    • Makes batch after batch with ingredients for 6+ bottles
    • Vigorous culture: make water kefir every 24-48 hours
    • Contains water kefir grains, instructions, organic cane sugar, a mesh strainer, a thermometer, a jar cover, organic crystallized ginger, bottling sugar, and 2 Grolsch-style flip-top bottles
    $39.99

    Ginger Water Kefir Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make ginger water kefir with this culture:

    • Water (free from chlorine and fluoride)
    • Glass jar or similar container
    • Funnel for Bottling

    Ginger Water Kefir Kit

    Reviews

    "Great kefir!"

    I am on about my sixth batch of water kefir using the kit and decided it was time to review. The grains are healthy and producing great kefir. I did have to do a little self-education from videos from the site to feel like I really had a handle on what I was doing, but overall the instructions were clear and easy to follow. All the information I needed was there, I just needed to read both sides of each sheet! The kefir is delicious! I just wish the ginger had lasted longer. . . I need to get more!

    - Rhonda

    "Gets you started!"

    I am seriously loving my ginger (and ginger lemon) water kefir. Yum! I do have a couple small critiques, I would have loved to have received everything I needed to get started right when I opened the box. They include wooden tags, but no activation jar. They include packets of sugar, but not enough to make one full batch, and you can't just use the regular sugar from your baking supplies (at least they don't suggest that). As well, the instructions are kind of cryptic. I ended up watching the how-to video because the directions included jump all over. When you're making kefir for the first time, it's hard to know what exactly is supposed to take place next. The directions should be simple, "step 1:..., step 2:...". I purchased the kit because I really thought it would have everything I needed and that I could have opened the box and got going, that just wasn't the case. All in all it's fine, I figured it out and now have amazing water kefir. Could just be a bit better. :) Response from CFH: Thanks for the great feedback! We are sorry about the confusion! The kit you purchased is more of a "flavoring" kit vs the kit to get you really started would be the Water Kefir Starter Kit (it has no flavorings or bottles, etc). Please continue to reach out with questions or feedback....we appreciate it!

    - KefirFirst-Timer

    "Excellent "

    Everything I've bought is of great quality and it's directions are perfectly easy to understand.

    - Kimberly

    "Excellent and easy"

    Just made and drank my first batch which tasted great and was so easy. I used the Cultures for Health videos on Youtube which were super easy to follow.

    - Juliet

    "Very good product and customer service"

    Easy to follow instructions and prompt customer reply. I'm very pleased. Thank you

    - Katie

    "Ginger water kefir"

    What a excellent product,I love it recomend to all my family and friends,learning every day today was my first cup is so yummy. THANK YOU

    - Bechi

  • Milk Kefir Starter Kit

    Designed for beginners, this kit contains our Milk Kefir Grains plus 3 tried-and-true culturing supplies to make it easy to get started making 4+ cups of milk kefir every day at home. Just add milk!
    • Makes batch after batch, with supplies to get you started
    • Vigorous culture: makes milk kefir daily
    • Contains milk kefir grains, instructions, a mesh strainer, a thermometer, and a jar cover
    $34.99

    Milk Kefir Starter Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items to make milk kefir with this culture.

    • Milk
    • Glass jar or similar container

    Milk Kefir Starter Kit

    Reviews

    "Works great!"

    I was a little bit concerned about ordering this. But, it turned out to be simple enough that it worked well for me and had no problem getting the Kefir Grains started. The first batch took almost 2 days, but we keep the heat down in our house so it really wasn't up to the optimum temperature. However, it has worked well and we have made 4 batches so far with excellent results. We found the instructions very easy to follow and very happy with the overall product. We did research the milk we purchased to verify pasteurization and antibiotic free cows and feed. This is a great product and we would, and already have, recommended it to others.

    - John

    "The kefir I recently bought will be given to my brother. So, I cannot give a review right now."

    It should be great! The recent order that I made will be a gift to my brother. Thank you!

    - Eufre

    "I'm very satisfied with the Kefir grains. I"

    They were activated very easily and I am making about 4 cups a day. I do need to learn how to slow them down or use more in my cooking. Response from CFH: Here's an article on how to slow them down! https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/milk-kefir/make-smaller-batches-less-milk-kefir/

    - Pam

    "One Year Later....."

    One year later and wow! They are still going strong. I have to consistently feed grains to my pup in order to keep production at a quart a day (Coat Looks Awesome! and she begs for it :)) . Warmer months are more productive than cooler months. I wasn't sure at first with the flavor, but after a few months, I learned what I like and what that looks like in the jar. It has done amazing things for my health and immunity! Amazing, and life changing. So yeah...it's worth it.

    - Steven

    "Happy with the product."

    The kefir grains worked just great, and taste great! However, I wish I had purchased just the grains, and not the kit. The temperature strip was not helpful (to me at least), and the strainer is so small that it takes forever to strain the kefir. I now use a fine strainer that I already had, and that works great. The cheesecloth was useful, and if I decide to try to make cheese, I think it will help. But, all in all, the grains are what I needed. I would order them again if I ever need to.

    - Judy

    "Eew"

    I wasn't prepared for the final result. I've had a lot of kefir in my day. I love the sour taste. I followed the directions to a T. However all I got was rancid tasting kefir. I even tried the double fermentation how to. This was supposed to make it more palatable. It wasn't. I was very disappointed. Response from CFH: We are terribly sorry to hear this. Our efforts to reach you for troubleshooting the last two weeks were unsuccessful. Please contact us in the future and we'd be happy to help you!

    - Jenn

  • Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

    Designed for beginners, this kit contains our tried-and-true favorite supplies to help you make thick dairy-free yogurt at home with soy milk, coconut milk, and more.
    • Makes up to 8 quarts (32 cups) of dairy-free yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture, Pomona's Pectin, a thermometer, our organic cotton nut milk bag, and instructions.
    $25.99

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    • Soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or other dairy-free milk (or make it yourself with our nut milk bag)
    • Yogurt maker or other incubating appliance

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

    Reviews

    "great product"

    I have a terrible time working with live cultures like yeast. Since this was my first attempt at making yogurt I did not have high hopes, but it worked out! I made cashew yogurt from homemade cashew milk.

    - none

    "Very simple"

    This was my first attempt at making vegan yogurt and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. The end result was also very tasty for a first try. Will make a few tweaks on the next batch and should get it just right !

    - Dirk

    "Great Yogurt Kit"

    First time using the Vegan yogurt starter and my yogurt maker; and neither let me down. The yogurt similar in texture to tapioca; but I like tapioca. It (cashew milk) set solid and I used a little more calcium water than instructed and I let it cook for 12 hours not 8-10. I flavored it with dried cranberries once and whole canned cranberries the second time. Making my own yogurt is half as expensive and the store bought is 45min away. I am lactose intolerant so this kit lets me have one of my favorite foods again. I recommend this to anyone who loves yogurt the Vegan style.

    - Darcy

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