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Starter Cultures & Ingredients

Fermented Vegetables Starter Cultures & Ingredients

Supercharge your sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, dilly beans, and more with these starter cultures and our favorite fermenting salt.
Starter Cultures & Ingredients
  • 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

    "The Best!!"

    These are the best culture veggies starter packages you can buy. The levels of beneficial bacteria's stay higher in these than other veggies starter packages. Your ferments are bubbly and delicious. I met the people who made these and saw the science behind it, but it was when I went home and tried them that really convinced me. They are little powerhouse cultures that super charge your immune system and detox you in a hurry. I can't say enough about them, absolutely love them! www.culturedfoodlife.com

    - Donna Schwenk

    "Dependable and tasty"

    I typically use just whey and salt, but if I really need to depend on the culture working out, and tasting great, I use Caldwell's. Plus, there's definitely lots of bubbles!

    - onegreengoddess

    "Great product"

    I fermented some shredded carrots. It was so easy and in 3 days I was eating them. No mold and great taste. Very simple process. Love this product.

    - Sandy

    "Great product. Timely delivery. "

    I love this product. I received it in a short amount of time. I was pleased.

    - Mikki's

    "Excellent quality and price"

    I have been buying these for quite a while and always get consistently great fermented vegetables. No mold and always just right. This is a quality product hard to beat. Thank you!

    - Ana

    "Great product. I love it and will purchase it again."

    Great product for the price

    - Marl

  • 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

    "Works wonderfully!"

    I tried this starter with my usual recipe of green cabbage and shredded carrots, and it started bubbling away overnight! After a few days I opened the jar and the fermented veggies tasted great, tart and crunchy. Recommend!

    - Laurie B.

    "Excellent"

    I would highly recommend this product. I

    - Theresa

    "Cutting Edge Starter"

    I was not using a starter for my lac-to fermented veggies. I feel the starter culture adds flavor and the probiotics are an added bonus.

    - oily4me

    "Quality is excellent!"

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

    - Nita

    "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

    "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

  • 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

    "great for cultured vegetables"

    Works well for cultured vegetables, good instructions but i modified slightly (didn't make the brine - used water just to cover) and cultured quickly.

    - Mary

    "Interesting stuff"

    Made a batch of cabbage using a packet of this culture and no salt whatsoever. It's good! We just each sprinkle salt to taste on our own serving. Nice to have home-fermented kraut that's not so salty. Works great in my fermenting crock.

    - Eh?

    "Worked great!"

    I used my juicer to make cabbage juice for GAPS Intro diet. I then used this to ferment it. The juice turned out perfect! I will be using this again soon to make actual Sauerkraut.

    - gogirlusa

    "Great product"

    I just made a batch of sauerkraut that was terrific.

    - Maria

    "For a beginner… very satisfied"

    After my second attempt, I was very happy to make my own sauerkraut. (My first mistake was to not use the air lock on the jar and the first batch rotted). As the previous reviewers said…it is salt-free and very tasty. I appreciate the comment that it works without making the slurry of ground up cabbage. Looking forward to make more variations with this starter. I am very happy with this starter culture.

    - Lomad

    "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

  • Celtic Sea Salt

    Celtic sea salt is a mineral-rich salt that takes fermentation to the next level. It is our favorite for fermenting vegetables and an alternative to ordinary table salt in the cultured kitchen.
    • Use it for: creating the brine needed to ferment vegetables.
    $14.95

    Celtic Sea Salt

    Reviews

    "Well worth it. "

    After adding celtic sea salt to my cooking instead of the regular grocery store salt, I am feeling much cheerier, without low level headaches, and much peppier. These are great benefits from this product after only two weeks!

    - Pam

    "The absolute best salt. "

    I found out about this salt from Donna Schwenk's website, cultured food life, and have been using it for two years now. It has dropped my wife's high down to normal. This salt is so delicious grocery store salt is nasty to me now.

    - Ryan

    "Best Salt Available"

    This salt is delicious. Store bought salt is nasty. This stuff is so good I will just pop a few grains in my mouth and chew on them. A doctor wanted to put my wife on warfarin. We started using this stuff and she has been normal ever since.

    - Ryan

    "Very tasty salt!"

    I love this product!

    - Connie

    "Just what I needed"

    I ordered this to use in fermenting. As a first time fermenter I really didn't know what to expect. My first batch of pickled peppers are delicious. Can't wait to do more. This salt has a nice flavor.

    - Sandra

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