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"Excellent product!"

I've been using this product for quite a while now to make pickles (my favorite fermented food). Caldwell Starter Culture works perfectly every time and the pickles taste great and are never moldy.

- Pickle Lover from NJ

Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables

SKU: 2557
$21.99

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Caldwell's Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables makes it easy to culture raw vegetables at home.  Browse our extensive list of Cultured Vegetable Recipes and get started today!

  • Each box contains 6 pouches.
  • Each pouch prepares 4.5 lbs of raw vegetables.
  • Culture vegetables at room temperature: 60-70ºF.
  • This culture is suitable for vegetable culturing only; not suitable for culturing fruit.
  • Learn How to Ferment Vegetables using our helpful step-by-step guide.
  • Having trouble fermenting vegetables? Browse our Fermented Vegetable Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Fermented Vegetable Instructions and Troubleshooting

 

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients. 

 

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Organic maltodextrin is derived from organic brown rice. Manufactured in a facility that occasionally handles wheat, soy, milk, eggs, and fish (including shrimps).
  • Non-GMO

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried culture. The starter keeps:

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 6 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 2 years
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 2 years
          
         

Additional Details About Caldwell Bio Fermentations

Caldwell Bio Fermentations has spent the last 20 years producing and researching raw cultured vegetables.  Out of this research comes extensive knowledge concerning the bacterial strains required for an efficient starter culture for vegetables. 


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UPC 00622507200013

Reviews

10 Reviews For "Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables"

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  1. Better than Expected

    by Mumbo on 02/14/2018

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    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!

  2. Great Results

    by Shelley on 11/16/2017

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    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.

  3. Great Results

    by beachbum49 on 10/17/2017

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    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.

  4. Better kraut

    by Cath on 06/29/2017

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    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.

  5. Outstanding

    by Wayne on 06/25/2017

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

  6. What an awesome thing

    by k l s on 05/28/2017

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    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!

  7. Good starter culture

    by Lady E on 05/13/2017

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    These cultures make great fermented veggies. I've made sauerkraut before with just salt as a starter, and they came out okay, but this one is a much better method. I made sauerkraut and fermented dill carrots with the starter and they are delicious! The best part is, it only took a little over a week, versus about 6 weeks when fermenting with no starter culture. Also, the price is a bit more worth it when I realize how much cultured vegetables you can make out of a box of starter cultures.

  8. Comes out perfect every time

    by Kathi on 02/16/2017

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    I am brand new at fermenting but I was able to make delicious ginger sauerkraut, dilly beans and dill pickles.

  9. Fantastic

    by Kathi on 12/15/2016

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    I got fabulous results on my first try. Easy instructions. No glitches. Great tasting sauerkraut with ginger. Nice and crunchy and not too salty. Best flavor I've tasted in fermented vegetables. I am really pleased. My cabbage was in small pieces so I put a layer of wide strips (suggested on the website) on top and then added the weight. Even those sttips tasted good.

  10. Quality Product but pricey

    by Elizabeth on 10/27/2016

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    This product performs well but is expensive. Starter culture should not be so expensive in my opinion. The resultant product is good as well as the box instructions and online videos. I just wish the starter culture was not so expensive.

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Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients. 

 

Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Organic maltodextrin is derived from organic brown rice. Manufactured in a facility that occasionally handles wheat, soy, milk, eggs, and fish (including shrimps).
  • Non-GMO
  • The product does not contain any gluten. Both the lactic bacteria strains and the carrier-derived from organic brown rice are gluten-free. 

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  • From Bryan Broedel at 3/3/2018 7:32 PM
    • Can the Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables be stored in the freezer?
    • The Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables starter keeps:

      At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 6 months
      In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 2 years
      In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 2 years

      So yes, you can store this in the freezer.
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  • From George Kennedy at 1/23/2017 2:01 AM
    • How many pounds of cabbage fit in 1 gallon glass jar?
    • Unfortunately we do not have a definite weight - usually 1 medium head of cabbage will surprisingly fill well in a 1 quart mason jar, so we estimate that 4 medium heads should fit into a gallon glass jar.
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  • From Cathy at 5/6/2015 8:05 PM
    • The box says that each pack can ferment 4.5 pounds vegetables. I cant find a recipe, specifically the fermented radishes or salsa that state how much to use in those recipes. Also, once I open the pack, if only making say, one quart, can I save the left over for another recipe, or must I throw out what I dont use?
    • The instructions should probably say "up to" 4.5 lbs. If you are making large batches you may need to use two packets but for smaller batches (1 quart) one full packet will work well. If you decide to experiment with a smaller portion, store the remaining starter in the packet in a zippered plastic bag (remove as much air as possible) and keep it in the freezer.
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  • From Sasha at 4/14/2015 9:01 PM
    • Can I use this Caldwell Starter Culture for Fresh Vegetables to ferment cooked red kidney beans?
      If yes, in what quantities? (how many packets for a large batch of beans?)
      If I cannot this one to ferment beans, what is the culture that you recommend for beans?
      Thanks
    • This product can be used for fermenting beans. For detailed information, see our article here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/fermenting-beans-legumes
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  • From Pax at 3/29/2015 7:42 PM
    • I am in a total low to no sugar regiment, as I am a cancer remission patient. What type of sugar do you use in your starter and how much?
      Thanks
    • The information we have from Caldwell's is this, as stated on the product page:

      Caldwell Vegetable Starter Culture Ingredients:

      Organic maltodextrin (as a carrier), active lactic bacteria (lactobacillus plantarum, leuconostoc mesenteroides, and pediococcus acidilactici)
      This product contains no GMO ingredients.

      You can contact Caldwell's for accurate nutritional information on the maltodextrin to help with deciding to use the starter. It may be that what is remaining in a finished ferment will be negligible, but it's best to ask Caldwell's.
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  • From Diane Lutzke at 9/5/2014 7:30 AM
    • When I store my fermented vegetables in the refrigerator, do they still need to be submerged beneath liquid?
    • Unless they are to be consumed quickly, vegetables should remain below the liquid even when refrigerated to avoid exposure to oxygen which can cause the vegetables to lose color and nutrients.
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  • From Bill R at 6/28/2014 7:31 PM
    • What is the refrigerated shelf life?
    • This starter lasts 2 years, when stored in the refrigerator.
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  • From Sunny at 6/10/2014 10:40 AM
    • Noticing your ingredients for the fermentation has milk powder. Is this milk powder from grass fed/ finished cows?
      Also your sugar as stated may be from beet sugar which is GMO/GE in most if not all cases. Can you pleases tell me if these are healthier than what I suspect it to harmful. After all fermented foods are beneficial to over all health.
      Thank you for answer.
      Sunny
    • The list of ingredients for the current product does not include milk powder but it is certified organic and is non-GMO.
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  • From Kathy at 5/22/2014 7:50 AM
    • How long does an unopened package of Caldwell's Vegetable starter last in the fridge?
    • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 12 months
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  • From Sonia at 5/21/2014 5:11 PM
    • Are the sugars used in either Caldwell's or BE veggie starters certified non-GMO?

    • The starters are certified organic by multiple agencies. Products must be GMO-free to obtain organic certification.
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