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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

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

SKU: 6732
$9.99

Availability: In stock

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Use this versatile mesophilic cheese culture to make flavorful semi-soft and fresh cheeses at home! From cheddar, colby, and monterey jack to feta, Chèvre, and more, you'll enjoy the flavor and variety of homemade cheeses using this starter culture.

  • Each box contains 8 packets of direct-set starter culture.
  • Store extra packets in the freezer.
  • Use as directed by your recipe or at the following rate: 1 packet per gallon of milk, 2 packets per 2-4 gallons, or 4 packets per 5-10 gallons.
  • Heat milk and culture according to temperatures outlined in your recipe.
  • Avoid using ultra-pasteurized or UHT milk.
  • Direct-set (single-use) culture, no maintenance required.
  • Having trouble making cheese? Browse our Expert Advice Articles on Cheesemaking or contact us for assistance!

 

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Sucrose, Maltodextrins, Lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactisLactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris)

 

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • This product is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

  • Our Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture is dehydrated and shipped in a barrier-sealed packet.
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Use by date on box.

 

 

What is a Direct-Set Culture? 

Direct-Set cultures are a one-time-use culture, they cannot be recultured (i.e. perpetuated beyond the single batch).  Direct-Set cultures are often preferred by cheese makers as they require no maintenance or care.  Simply keep the packet in the freezer and remove the portion for your recipe when it's time to make cheese. Most Direct-Set cultures contain multiple doses to inoculate multiple batches.

 

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Additional

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UPC 00814598020438

Reviews

10 Reviews For "Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture"

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  1. Great for 2 gal milk

    by bongoes on 08/28/2017

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    - had a perfect curd set from this culture!

  2. Ugh what a pain!

    by Mitchy on 05/29/2017

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    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!

  3. Some recipes would be a nice touch

    by WNCCheese on 05/02/2017

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    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.

  4. Consistent Quality

    by MARGARET on 12/01/2016

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

  5. Easy to use

    by gouche on 06/23/2016

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

  6. great product

    by MrsJR on 10/19/2015

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

  7. Awesome

    by mntgoatchick on 09/14/2015

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    Thank you for providing, love this easy to use culture.

  8. Love the Mesophilic Culture

    by Merrie on 09/03/2015

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    Thanks so much for the great culture and I am enjoying my wonderful cheese! Keep up the good work. All your products are fantastic and your customer service is a joy. Well done.

  9. Works great

    by ketika on 08/19/2015

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    I like that the culture is packaged in small foil packets instead of plastic or paper. My partially skimmed cows milk set in about half the time that I've experienced with other brands. That's great since I'm always in a rush to get to the next step. Cheese has turned out tasty too.

  10. great

    by whisper38 on 10/07/2014

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    worked just great for me.

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Ingredients

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Sucrose, Maltodextrins, Lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactisLactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris)

 

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • This product is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

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  • From Kevin at 5/15/2017 9:00 PM
    • I was curious about the description saying that the culture needs to be frozen or refrigerated. If I'm ordering by mail, how long can the culture stay inside the sealed package before having to be refrigerated? I'm worried that if the culture is in transit and then in the post office for too long that the culture will go bad.
    • Understandable! Because these are shelf stable, they will be fine in transit. Once you get them, they can continue to be at room temperature, but the safest spot for them is in the fridge or freezer. You of course don't want them to sit in a hot mailbox all day, so it's best to follow tracking and ensure if it is a hot day that someone can go get them. If you have any concerns, just contact us!
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  • From Cyndee at 4/21/2015 1:00 PM
    • I will moving to a foreign country soon and would like to make my own cheeses. Once my kit runs out, I will not have access to more. Is it possible to make cheese from a current batch?
    • There is a method you can try. It has worked for some, and not worked for others.

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-keeping-mother-cheese-culture
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  • From Shelly at 2/8/2015 12:26 PM
    • I have recipes which call for 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon mesophilic culture. How much does each packet include? 1/4 teaspoon? Can I buy a container with this loose where I can get however much out in 1/8 or whatever amounts?
    • Each packet has 1/8 teaspoon of culture in it. Use as directed by your recipe or at the following rate: 1 packet per gallon of milk, 2 packets per 2-5 gallons, or 4 packets per 5-10 gallons.

      This is the only option amount we have for this culture.
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  • From Kristy at 10/12/2014 8:35 PM
    • If 2 packets will make up to 5 gallons, couldn't I use 1 packet for 2 gallons? Thank you!
    • We would think so, but those are the instructions from the manufacturer. 1 packet for 1 gallon, but 2 packets can do a minimum of 2 and a max of 5 gallons. Please follow their guidelines for best results!
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  • From becki at 10/8/2014 6:10 PM
    • Why sucrose?
    • The sucrose acts as a carrier for the bacteria in the starter.
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  • From Sarah at 9/19/2014 1:32 PM
    • Some direct set cultures I have seen can be used to make a reculturable starter. Can this one? If so, do you have instructions for culturing? Thanks!
    • This can be used to make a reculturable "mother" starter. Here are the instructions for that process: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/making-keeping-mother-cheese-culture
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  • From Deborah at 6/12/2014 1:00 AM
    • Can this product be used with soy milk and vegetable rennet? Is it dairy free; I am allergic to dairy/
    • This product is designed for use with dairy milk. We would normally encourage experimentation but with a dairy allergy, I would encourage you to check out the wonderful non-dairy cheese recipes in this book: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/artisan-vegan-cheese-book.html
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  • From Lea at 6/4/2014 6:37 PM
  • From Janet at 3/12/2014 9:16 PM
    • How much cheese will this make?
    • The amount of cheese made depends on the recipe used. Most recipes call for 1 to 2 packets for 2 gallons of milk. 4 packets can be used to culture up to 10 gallons of milk. So one box of culture can be used to culture anywhere from 8 to 20 gallons of milk, resulting in an average yield of 8 to 20 pounds of cheese.
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  • From Chris at 2/6/2014 1:08 AM
    • It is my understanding that maltodextrin is made from corn. Do you know whether this maltodextrin is non-GMO?
    • All of our cultures are non-GMO.
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