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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

    "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "Very tasty salt!"

    I love this product!

    - Connie

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