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Starter Cultures

Real Cheese Starter Cultures

From cheddar to blue cheese, tangy feta, and much more, our cheese starter cultures make all kinds of tasty homemade cheese.
Starter Cultures
  • 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

    "cream cheese starter culture"

    works great, everything in one little packet, nothing to measure.

    - deb

    "easy "

    The product was just as described and easy to use. I just followed the included instructions and made amazing cream cheese!! I was shocked at how easy it was! I added chives and garlic powder :) yummy!!!

    - valerie

    "Works great!"

    I ordered the cream cheese starter culture and I swear it was at my house the next day. Fast delivery. I have used it once and it works very well and is very simple. It was my first time to make cream cheese, I just followed the directions and wa la, cream cheese! I'm looking forward to seeing what else they have and what you can make at home with clean products.

    - Tereasa

    "BEST cream cheese EVER!"

    This culture made the BEST cream cheese I've ever tasted! I added 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt when complete. It is SO good!! Quick, easy and anyone can do it! :)

    - SprCch

    "Easy, fun, wow. "

    Cheese was slightly sharper than I expected, but think that it was the raw milk effect.

    - mariam

    "Easy to use"

    Easy and convenient and they have excellent customer support.

    - gouche

  • 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

    "This works!"

    After many attempts using other company's kits and trying online recipes, I tried this Chèvre starter. I couldn't believe how easy the included recipe was and the cheese came out creamy and perfect! Yay! I'm so happy I found this product.

    - Renee

    "Great product"

    It was easy to use. The end product could be used in many ways, as a spread with added herbs, as large curd cottage cheese with added cream ( from our own goat milk), melted on pizza or sandwich. I am sure we will find even more ways to use this cheese. I loved the custard like texture and the mouth feel. Thank you. We will order more for sure.

    - Jessieann

    "Mother in law approved"

    A very easy recipe and cheese to make. My mother in law, who was born and raised in France, found this cheese to be delicious!

    - Tammy

    "wonderful"

    Easy to use and the results are wonderful. Delicious goat cheese. So good in an omelet!

    - Kathryn

    "Worked great"

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

    - Gary

    "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

  • 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

    "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

    "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

    "Happy"

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

    - Zsu

    "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

    "Great product"

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

    - Kerri

    "Great product"

    Great product

    - Kerri

  • 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:

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "good review"

    I've used this before and I really like the ease of use and it makes tasty cheese.

    - Jeanie

    "Mesophilic culture is the best!"

    The Mesophilic culture works perfectly everytime for the goat chevre. It gives me the greatest yield and creamiest texture. It is truly excellent also for my feta! I love it!

    - Happy Chef

    "Perfect!"

    My first try at cheese making! The culture arrived quickly even in the holiday rush. The culture worked great for goat cheese and I have had very positive feedback from my tasters.

    - Kelly

    "great"

    this worked great

    - Lyn

    "Very happy"

    I haven't used the product yet but I am very happy easy to order and arrived fast love your recipes for cheeses wait for my feta to age them I will see! Look great!

    - Deb

    "great"

    worked just great for me.

    - whisper38

  • 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 instructions and 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:

    Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "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

    "Consistent Quality"

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

    - MARGARET

    "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

  • Fresh Cheese Starter Culture

    This versatile culture is used to make a wide range of soft cheeses, including cottage cheese, chevre, and even blue cheeses.
    • Makes up to 20 gallons of a range of soft cheeses.
    • Versatile culture: makes a wide range of mesophilic cheeses.
    • Contains instructions and 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
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    Fresh Cheese Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "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

    "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

    "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

  • Fromage Blanc Starter Culture

    Make mild, spreadable fromage blanc with this easy-to-use culture; vegetable rennet included. A great choice for beginners.
    • Makes up to 4 gallons of fromage blanc.
    • 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

    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:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Cheese salt
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    Fromage Blanc Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Fromage"

    Love this very simple cheese.

    - Mntgoatchick

    "Good"

    Love this product!

    - mntgoatchick

  • 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 up to (20) 2-gallon batches of cheese.
    • 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:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Flora Danica

    Reviews

    "Delicious!"

    This makes a dreamy goat cheese. It's very popular around here and doesn't last at all! I highly recommend this culture for making a delicious goat cheese. Looking forward to trying it for other cheeses in the future.

    - Jen

    "Flora Danica is my favorite fresh cheese starter for goats milk."

    I have found Ricki Carroll's book to be an indispensible resource for my cheese making efforts. I tried out many recipes for both aged and fresh cheeses. For the fresh cheeses, I used several types of chevre starters, and fromage blanc with success. In Ricki's book, she has a "Note:" that says "Flora Danica is an excellent fresh goat cheese starter for any of the soft cheese recipes...". So I tried out the Flora Danica - and subsequently tossed out all of my other soft cheese starters! Why would I want to spend time and milk making something less tasty than the Flora Danica?? It is amazingly delicious!

    - bamboola

    "PERFECT Sour Cream"

    These cultures made the perfect sour cream. I bought this particular product because I'm able to make so many different things with it. My first was sour cream. Quick and easy and got 4 pint jars from 1 quart of whipping cream. I added an 1/8 teaspoon of culture and then 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt when complete. Can't wait to try some other things with this product! :)

    - SprCch

    "good stuff!"

    I made my first feta a couple of weeks ago. Holy smokes, it's good! I'm looking forward to making more kinds of cultured dairy products with it.

    - WendP

    "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

    "we love it "

    I used Flora Danica to make sour cream! We love it and its delish! Only 1/8 teaspoon on quart of cream and 24 hrs later we have homemade sour cream – great product!!

    - GIN

  • 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 up to (20) 2-gallon batches of cheese.
    • 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:

    • Whole milk
    • Water free of chlorine and fluoride
    • Large jar or container for storing cheese
    • Non-iodized salt like our Cheese Salt
    • Rennet, liquid or tablets
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture MM100

    Reviews

    "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

    "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

  • 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 up to (4) 2-gallon batches of cheese.
    • 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:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl
  • 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 up to (10) 2-gallon batches of cheese.
    • 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:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    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

  • 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 up to (4) 2-gallon batches of cheese.
    • 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:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container
    • Tight-weave towel, colander, and bowl

    Thermo B Culture

    Reviews

    "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

    "Wonderful product!"

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

    - Juanita

    "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

    "Thermo B Culture"

    Makes good cheese, very good product.

    - James

  • RA 22 Culture

    For use in making Cheddar and similar style cheeses. Fast acidifying culture for premium Cheddar providing a unique flavor.
    • Makes up to (50) 2-gallon batches of cheese.
    • 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

    Reviews

    "loved it"

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

    - LaDonna

  • Thermo C Culture

    Used to make Italian and farmstead types of cheeses, including Swiss, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, and Emmental.
    $8.49

    Thermo C Culture

    Reviews

    "great"

    great product line, great customer service.

    - whisper38

  • Propionibacteria

    This culture is used primarily for the eye formation, aroma, and flavor production in Swiss type cheeses.
    $19.99
  • Penicillium Roqueforti

    Used for making blue cheese, these mold spores create cheese with a soft and creamy consistency with a distinctive aroma.
    $36.60
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