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Starter Cultures & Kits

Real Yogurt Starter Cultures & Kits

Sourced from around the world, our 11 yogurt cultures make delicious probiotic yogurt and even dairy-free yogurt.
Starter Cultures & Kits
  • Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    You can make real dairy-free yogurt at home! Use this culture with soy milk, coconut milk, and more to make a smooth, mild yogurt that's miles better than store-bought.
    • Makes up to 8 gallons of dairy-free probiotic yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want it
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $9.99

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Rice maltodextrin, live active bacteria.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
    • May contain trace amounts of gluten: Barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient.
    • May contain trace amounts of soy: Soybeans are used as a fermentation nutrient.
    • Non-GMO

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    • Soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or other dairy-free milk
    • Yogurt maker or other incubating appliance
    • Thickening agent like pectin (optional)

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Finally a Vegan Culture that Works ! "

    I am very pleased with this starter . I used it in my yogurt maker . It came out firm and tasty . It wasn’t too tart, it was just right . One note I came across somewhere is to use non dairy milk with the least amount of ingredients. I used West Soy organic , unsweetened . It was perfect. I wish I could find this product in my local Whole Foods or health food market. I was worried about the temperature during the mailing process, especially in the summer , but so far , so good.

    - Trish

    "Works great"

    I love this vegan yogurt starter! I've made tasty yogurt with coconut milk and cashew milk. I also made a wonderful dairy free sour cream with it using cashew milk and adding a touch of lemon juice at the end of fermentation. It was so good, and it tasted so close to the real thing, and most dairy substitutes don't! Thank you for this wonderful starter. I will continue to use it as long as you have it

    - Lady E

    "Good product"

    The product is wonderful. I'd like to see more per package options so I don't waste so much packaging.

    - christine

    "Soy yogurt - what i've learned"

    I am using my instant pot to make the vegan yogurts. I have learned that you cannot make vegan yogurt with just this starter and vegan milk unless you use some kind of other thickener. I think the instructions could be a little more clear on this. I kept having no results until I stumbled onto Jill McKeevers instructions to use EdenSoy soy milk in the aseptic packages which has 12 grams of protein per serving, much more than other plant milks which make the yogurt happen! Only have found this product at Whole Foods. My local Shop Rite has the original flavor which is sweetened. So it worked, just add one packet of the culture to a 32 ounce container of Edensoy soymilk. I put mine in a blender and blended gently. Into three pint jars into my instant pot, set for yogurt and did 9 hours instead of the 8 already programmed in. Success! Could have fit 4 jars in but 32 ounce only makes 3. I am draining one pint in my nut bag in fridge to make a cream cheese. Jill McKeever has an ebook you can buy on her site for yogurt instructions and recipes.

    - Buff

    "FABULOUS"

    LOVE my vegan yogurt! I use cashews to make the milk and then add just a teeny tiny bit of raw honey and a teaspoon of guar gum...and YUM!

    - Melissa

    "Love my Yogurt"

    I love the Non-Dairy Yogurt I can make with this Culture. I did have a bit of problem at first getting it to firm up in the frig after using my Yogurt Maker because I can't use dairy milk because I have a Dairy Intolerance, but I figured out a better way using Gelatin and get Great results now that taste Wonderful!

    - Peggy Pie

  • Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

    Designed for beginners, this kit contains our tried-and-true favorite supplies to help you make thick dairy-free yogurt at home with soy milk, coconut milk, and more.
    • Makes up to 8 quarts (32 cups) of dairy-free yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture, Pomona's Pectin, a thermometer, our organic cotton nut milk bag, and instructions.
    $25.99

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    • Soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or other dairy-free milk (or make it yourself with our nut milk bag)
    • Yogurt maker or other incubating appliance

    Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

    Reviews

    "great product"

    I have a terrible time working with live cultures like yeast. Since this was my first attempt at making yogurt I did not have high hopes, but it worked out! I made cashew yogurt from homemade cashew milk.

    - none

    "Very simple"

    This was my first attempt at making vegan yogurt and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. The end result was also very tasty for a first try. Will make a few tweaks on the next batch and should get it just right !

    - Dirk

    "Great Yogurt Kit"

    First time using the Vegan yogurt starter and my yogurt maker; and neither let me down. The yogurt similar in texture to tapioca; but I like tapioca. It (cashew milk) set solid and I used a little more calcium water than instructed and I let it cook for 12 hours not 8-10. I flavored it with dried cranberries once and whole canned cranberries the second time. Making my own yogurt is half as expensive and the store bought is 45min away. I am lactose intolerant so this kit lets me have one of my favorite foods again. I recommend this to anyone who loves yogurt the Vegan style.

    - Darcy

  • Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    Tangy and thick, the Greek yogurt you'll make at home with this culture is just like you buy in the store. Our most popular choice.
    • Makes batch after batch of real Greek yogurt
    • Heirloom culture: make a batch every week indefinitely
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
    • Gluten-free
    • Non-GMO

    Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Greek Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "works"

    you might have to leave it for 12 hours or more, but it works.

    - dbsantana

    "Great yogurt starter"

    The instructions and the starter itself were very good. The yogurt is coming out very nicely.

    - Chris

    "Did not work"

    I have been making yogurt for a few years and this is the first Total failure i have had. I use a cuisinart automatic yogurt maker and with yogurt from the store it works well. I was looking for improved yogurt so I inquired as to what to use and was told this culture. Turned out like what it was ...milk. ??????? Response from CFH: We are sorry your first experience was less than stellar! We thank you for working on this with us behind-the-review-scenes, and we are sure we'll get this going for you soon!

    - Walter

    "Fantastic Yogurt Culture!"

    Your first batch may be thin, but from then on, you've got it made! I strain ours quite a bit since we like thick yogurt, but you wouldn't have to. I use the crockpot method, and this has always worked fantastically! Use yogurt you've reserved from each batch for a starter within a week, and keep making great yogurt endlessly. Well... As far as I know! Lol! I had mine for nearly a year and had to quit for a couple of weeks, so I'm ordering my next back up. Enjoy! Well worth the money!

    - Molly

    "what don't I understand here?"

    For some strange reason I thought each packet would make a gallon of yogurt. Wow, was I surprised that it makes just a quart. So I'm befuddled why anyone would spend $7 + shipping, plus the cost of the milk to make one quart of yogurt??? Response from CFH: Thanks for leaving the review so we could clarify! Each packet is a starter, and once activated you can make a lot more yogurt, up to a 1/2 gallon per batch using 4-6 Tablespoons of starter! You will only make 1 quart at first as your mother starter, but from there, you would use 2-3 Tbs of starter for each quart of milk for new yogurt! Always save some mother of course, so that in 7 days you can make a new mother, from which to enjoy even more yogurt from!

    - gg

    "Greek Yogurt"

    I used to make Yoghurt but going to the specialty store and paying for the culture got old. Now, I make Greek Yoghurt ever week from my previous batch. It's nearly free now to have it. I started straining it recently and it's thick and rich. Far better than store bought! I do have an incubator and that probably helps to turn out great yoghurt consistently. I also noticed it got firmer with each generation I made.

    - Nadine

  • Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    Thick, rich, and mild, the yogurt you'll make with this culture will remind you of a European vacation. Save a spoonful from each batch to make more yogurt.
    • Makes batch after batch of our thickest yogurt
    • Heirloom culture: make a batch every week indefinitely
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $13.99

    Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
    • Gluten-free
    • Non-GMO

    Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "Against recommendations"

    I used organic ultra pasteurized milk and it came out fine. It seems if you want organic milk, it's ultra pasteurized and it does save the heating step. Delicious! Response from CFH: Thanks for the great review! We do want to caution customers that using Ultra Pasteurized milk is not reliable, and it is best to avoid it. We cannot guarantee it will work, or work long term, but we are VERY happy you are experiencing success!

    - Nancy

    "Works Great, Beginners Don't Fear"

    After trying the Mild culture starter, with good results I opted for the Bulgarian due to reviews and co$t savings. As others have noted the first batch should be given 10 -12 hrs to set. I have the Euro yogurt maker that holds 7 jars. A few tips. I spoke with a rep asking if adding flavorings to mix would create issue with culture for next starter batch. Advised not to. However I've since done this and it isn't a problem for future batches. My RECIPE; In a 6 cup pyrex dish measure 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt from your last batch as a starter, let sit at room temp. Add 5 1/2 cups whole pasturized milk, NOT Ultra to heavy s/s pan, attach candy thermometer to side. Set stove burner to low, leave, let warm for 20 minutes. It will reach100 degrees by then. Then turn heat med-hi, stir gently, add 1/3 cup palm sugar, 5 tsps. instant coffee granules. Stir till reaches 180 degrees. Set on sidebar to cool to 108 degrees. (go take a shower, vacuum house, read a book, as it will take about 1/2 hr). Place a fine mesh strainer over 6 cup pyrex dish. pour half the mixture into. dump out the scalded skin from strainer and softly whisk the mixture to combine the starter to new batch. Once combined place mesh strainer over dish and pour remaining mixture. Dump the scalded milk skin into trash. Gently stir the complete yogurt mixture, pour into the 7 jars. Place without lids onto yogurt maker, cover, and let culture for 10 hrs. It comes out delicious, creamy solid everytime! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this culture. Hope this helps. Enjoy. note: the 5/1/2 cups milk are needed as it will scald, this will reduce it down to the amount needed for your batch. Response from CFH: We are SO happy this is working for you! For all the newbies out there, please be sure to follow the directions we send, and if you'd like try Patricia's recipe, do so with extra culture so you can be sure all is well with your attempt. If the mother culture is older than 7 days, or you do not save any while experimenting, you'll be sad!

    - Patricia

    "Best flavour "

    We have tried nearly ALL the varieties here and so far the Bulgarian is the best. Hubby and the puppers all like this one best. I make it with goats milk and if not for the accidental eating of my starter it would have kept on being re-cultured. This is hands down the best strain.

    - Kim

    "great website"

    the information on this website is very helpful. If you follow directions you can't fail. I use a cooler with a heating pad inside to incubate my yogurt which works great. The temp only got to 95 degrees but it was fine. I let to set for 12 hours to increase the number of bacteria, which makes it a little more tart.

    - cyclist

    "Great starter"

    My first batch (activation batch) was a little inconsistent in that some jars turned out very thick, while others were runny. Maybe I didn't mix the starter in well. Regardless, each of my seven subsequent batches have turned out perfectly!

    - Rebecca

    "Everyone will like the taste"

    A great yogurt for anyone. Not too tart or too runny. I had made this yogurt for about 6 years from the original starter, but I accidentally got it to hot and killed it. I recently bought new and it is happily making batches of great tasting yogurt. Customer service is very helpful talking you through the activation process.

    - Deb

  • Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Get all the probiotic benefits of yogurt without the tart flavor with this creamy, mild, starter culture. Each single-use packet makes 1-2 quarts of our most kid-friendly yogurt.
    • Makes up to 8 gallons of creamy, mild yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $8.99

    Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
    • Gluten-free
    • Non-GMO

    Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "I CAN do it!"

    1st attempt and it's better than bought!

    - Bob

    "Creamy and mild"

    Easily the best yogurt I have ever had. Creamy, sweet and mild. I usually put honey on my yogurt, but not this one. It's delicate flavor and creamy quality blew my mind. Love it. Made it with organic milk and some cream.

    - fromumbridge

    "Great tasting Yogurt"

    This is a really great tasting yogurt.

    - Stan

    "Excellent, Tasty Yogurt Culture "

    This culture has made excellent batches of yogurt using both whole milk and 2% milk. I prefer the consistency of the whole milk variety a little over the 2% though.

    - Fit4Life_62

    "Love love love!"

    This was so easy and really incredible yoghurt. Reminded me of yogurt I use to have every morning when I lived in Germany.

    - Leslie

    "Excellent"

    By far the most delicious yogurt I've ever tasted. Will continue to buy for a long time!

    - Trish

  • Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Make pleasantly tangy yogurt that tastes just like yogurt should. Each single-use packet makes 1-2 quarts. A great choice for beginners.
    • Makes up to 8 gallons of pleasantly tangy yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions
    $8.99

    Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Ingredients

    • Lactose, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
    • May contain trace amounts of gluten: Barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient.
    • Non-GMO

    Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture

    Reviews

    "LOVE LOVE LOVE this product"

    Nice and creamy with a bit of a tang.I am now up to 2 weeks worth of yogurt. Next I am going to make the vegan yogurt and home made mozzarella. Easy to make. I had so much fun doing it.

    - Susan

    "Creamy and sweet!"

    After following your directions my yogurt was a complete success the very first batch! It set up beautifully and was very mild and sweet. We like it for dessert topping for fresh fruits. Thanks for another wonderful product and for such speedy delivery!

    - Sunny

    "Works even with A2 ultra pasteurized milk"

    Food allergies require I only consume A2 (vs A1) milk and there is currently no such thing as yogurt based on A2 milk. Likely because the A2 milk one can purchase in the US comes in ultra pasteurized form (no doubt to extend shelf life since it's not yet caught on in US). All yogurt recipes warn against using UP milk, even the instructions that come with this starter. Figuring what-the-heck, I spent big bucks on the fancy Cuisinart CYM-100 yogurt maker and went for it. Followed the Cultures For Health recipe exactly. It turned out perfectly. Wow. Definitely the best yogurt I've ever eaten in my life. Great flavor, great consistency. So for any of you that need to use UP milk, this starter works!!!! Response from CFH: We are SO thrilled to hear this! Using UP milk is so unreliable in general, so we are happy you have success. We do recommend customers use regularly pasteurized milk, because of the unreliability - we cannot guarantee it will work. But keep on culturing, Kimra! YAY!

    - ChicoKim

    "Starter Failed"

    I originally purchased this from Culture for Health at $9.99 for 8 packets in 2014 and although I understand inflation...the same named product is being sold at 8.99 for 2 packets. Very steep price for a small amount of product. I had 6 packets left over form my purchase in 2014 and each packet produced delicious yogurt while the newer product both failed. The content of the starter was also strange, brown and clumped together whereas the older started I had in my freezer were beige in color. Response from CFH: Despite multiple attempts to connect with you, we have not been able to reach you to assist further. It sounds the culture you received was possibly defective and we're always happy to troubleshoot and replace if needed. We are sorry for the price jump, but it was necessary given the increase the manufacturer also extended to its vendors due to ingredient and production costs. We do hope you understand.

    - Janette

    "Easy to use, great tasting"

    These direct set cultures are easy to use with consistent results. It's way more cost effective than buying yogurt from the stores. I am going to try the Mild tasting culture next time. It's unfortunate that they don't offer free shipping to Alaska though.

    - Cat Goodwin

    "Great Yogurt After Heat Induced Culture Failure..."

    I ordered this on Amazon where quite a few reviewers had similar experiences with a sticky brown, dead, culture in the envelopes. They quickly replaced the failed culture and I was delighted with the yogurt that resulted; initially finishing to a custard-y texture before the finishing-stir through, it thickened significantly in the fridge over the next 24 hours (and it was a decent thickness to start with). The tartness was spot on. So, while I question them shipping the product during hot weather (a lot of California wineries will not ship during summer for the same reason) if it's not too hot where you are, right now, I would otherwise highly recommend this yogurt culture.

    - Gryphonisle

  • Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    Our 4 carefully collected Scandinavian yogurt strains culture right on your countertop, easy as adding milk. Sample rich, custard-like Filmjölk; drinkable Piimä; mild, creamy Viili; and honey-scented Matsoni.
    • Makes batch after batch of 4 unique varieties of yogurt
    • Heirloom cultures: make a batch every week indefinitely
    • Contains 8 packets: 2 packets each of all 4 yogurt strains, and instructions
    $19.99

    Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    Ingredients

    • Organic milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing soy and dairy.
    • Gluten-free
    • Non-GMO

    Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    • Whole milk
    • Glass jar or other culturing container

    Heirloom Yogurt Starter Cultures

    Reviews

    "The only yogurt start that I use."

    The first time I used any of these starters I could not stand them many many years ago. A year or so ago, I got some more and now it is the only yogurt that I make daily. I started with one of the four and after a few batches, I would add another of the four and repeat until I now have all four in the mix. It has been several months now with all four and I make a new batch ever other day or two for use in my new ninja blender for smoothies.

    - Samuel

    "great"

    I used Villa Yogurt ... kept it going for more than a year. I used it to make my morning smoothie every day. Love it. This time, to hurry it up, I put some heat with it but forgot about it. I feared I'd cooked it. But it's fine and I'm back on board! Looking forward to trying the other varieties.

    - Equestrienne

    "great product "

    Shipping cost was outrageous, but the product is great.

    - Michael

    "Still experimenting"

    but it's been fun so far. I had to pay attention to the encouragement that came with them. My second round with the first culture took. I love the fact that I can make a small quantity of yogurt with no fuss.

    - Phina

    "Fantastic. Easy. Delicious."

    Fantastic. Easy. Delicious.

    - Arch

    "My Favorite Yet"

    I have had great success with all of the starters. They are all delicious in their own way and so easy to make! I use non-homogenized, pasteurized whole milk from a local dairy. I waited a long time to try these out and am so glad I finally purchased them. I prefer these to kefir - they are a bit easier.

    - Sofya

  • Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    This direct-set, certified kosher starter culture makes thick, creamy, mild yogurt. Perfect for making big batches when you like - just freeze the remaining starter for later.
    • Makes up to 20 gallons of mild kosher yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 1 1/4 teaspoon certified kosher starter culture
    $16.99

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    Ingredients

    • Milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Product contains dairy.
    • Non-GMO

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Mild Flavor

    Reviews

    "great starter"

    A really good, lively culture. Cultured for 8 hours. May be important for some to know the texture of this yogurt. It's super creamy and stringy. The best way I can describe is when pulling yogurt out of the container, there is no clean break. The string follows the spoon I'm using which can make for a bit of a mess. Overall happy with the product. Response from CFH: Hi! There may be an issue with the process, as that should not really happen - it's not a problem, but certainly not quite what we expect. Please feel free to reach out to us if you'd like to troubleshoot!

    - Kristi

    "excellent taste easy to use great service"

    love how easy it is to order receive and use. thank you for great service and an excellent product...

    - nananono

    "Quick, creamy and sweet"

    Very nice culture to make sweet and creamy yogurt. I always make a starter as my milk heats up so gives it a head start and the yogurt is always done in 4 hours for a 2 qt. batch.

    - Sj

    "Love this starter"

    I've been making yogurt for years, typically 8-10 L once a week. I've haven't found another inoculate as consistent as this to make smooth creamy custard like yogurt.

    - Cowboy Bob

    "Excellent"

    It is thick and mild. Since I am just learning about yogurt, this was an excellent suggestion for my 2 quart yogurt maker. I would definitely recommend this product.

    - Picky

    "Mild and THICK! Exactly what we wanted"

    I made certain I shook the yogurt culture up, I let it dissolve for 2 minutes and stirred for 2 minutes. I produced exactly the consistency and taste we wanted.

    - Rita

  • Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    This direct-set, certified kosher starter culture makes traditionally tangy yogurt. Perfect for making big batches when you like - just freeze the remaining starter for later.
    • Makes up to 20 gallons of tart kosher yogurt
    • Direct-set single use culture: make yogurt when you want
    • Contains 1 1/4 teaspoon certified kosher starter culture
    $16.99

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    Ingredients

    • Milk, live active cultures.

    Allergen Information

    • Product contains dairy.
    • May contain trace amounts of gluten: Barley source is used as a fermentation nutrient.
    • Non-GMO

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    What You'll Need

    You’ll need these items from your pantry to make yogurt with this culture:

    Kosher Yogurt Starter: Traditional Flavor

    Reviews

    "Tastes great and easy to make!!"

    I followed the directions and it sets up thick and smooth with a great tangy flavor. Absolutely love it. Thank you for a great product. Plus, it was delivered in just a couple of days! Very highly recommend this business!

    - Sunny

    "Great taste, easy to use"

    I very much liked this product. I liked the ease of using this starter. The taste is delish. My only reason for not giving product 5 stars is that I ordered it Jan. 8th and it expires in April of 2018. Very short shelf life. Especially since it's stored in freezer.

    - Kim

    "At first very disappointed in this product. I ended up with milk that was not even as thick as kefir. "

    At first I was very disappointed in this over rated product. It failed to perform! But on the 2nd try it worked well!

    - Debbie

    "Delicious! "

    Simple to make, tasty, creamy, love it!

    - Angel

    "very satisfied"

    yogurt came out perfect!! came out like real plain yogurt that you buy in the stores. highly recommend this product!

    - rachel

    "great value "

    I love the convenience and how many gallons it cultures, I just wish it was more tangy.

    - Theresa

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