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"Works perfectly using old style Indonesian method"

This worked perfectly in my first ever attempt making tempeh. My second time, too! I feel the price is good because for a slightly lower total cost I can create tempeh superior to the product in the store which is pasteurized and thus nutritionally deficient. Plus it doesn't taste good, has been...

- Cat Annie

Tempeh Starter Culture

SKU: 6701
$7.99

Availability: In stock

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Now you can make delicious tempeh at home! Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food made by fermenting soybeans with a starter culture. Traditional tempeh is a soybean cake that has a rich smoky flavor and aroma, and a firm nutty texture. It is a great source of protein and vitamin B-12. 

  • Each box contains 4 packets of starter culture.
  • Tempeh is fermented at 88°F (31ºC), the normal outdoor temperature in Indonesia.
  • Manufactured in Belgium.
  • This traditional food often replaces meat in dishes and can be sliced, marinated, or seasoned as desired.
  • Instructions for making tempeh are included or try this easy recipe for making tempeh using our starter culture.
  • Looking for recipes using Tempeh? Click here to view The Tempeh Cookbook with over 100 recipes.

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
  • Does not contain MSG or preservatives. 
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Packaged in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO

 

Shipping Information and Shelf Life

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

 

Tempeh Recipes and Expert Advice Articles

 

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UPC 00814598020360

Reviews

10 Reviews For "Tempeh Starter Culture"

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  1. Cost and process

    by Durgaa on 05/13/2017

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    Cost is outrageous. Shipping cost could be reduced by a less complicated packaging. Sill not readily available in most places in Canada,. both finished tempeh and the starter. The process worked perfectly. The tempeh cakes appeared like magic. I improved on the process considerably.

  2. Makes Great Tasting Tempeh

    by Alex on 05/13/2016

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    This is the 2nd time I have made Tempeh with the starter. Aside from the tedious task of hulling the soy beans, this was much easier than I expected. The Tempeh came out great. I only had to monitor it for a little while until it self heated. The Tempeh tasted much better than anything I have bought from the health food stores. I was surprised how great it tasted - even raw.

  3. First timer. Room for improvement?

    by Yarek on 04/27/2016

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    I was very excited to try making my own tempeh. Following the instructions, I found it quite easy to turn out a reasonably successful product my very first time! Easier than expected, and a good outcome. I tried four different variations, which were successful to varying degrees. I did get some off-flavors, though I'm not sure if it was my process or the product. Some of the beans may have been overcooked, leading to softer, less-dense results. One loaf was incubated longer, and seemed to have the strongest off-taste.
    All that said, I would gladly try it again!

    Note from CFH: Longer culturing times and higher culturing temperatures can create a tempeh with an off flavor. Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting assistance before discarding any cultures.

  4. Delicious

    by Pauldliny on 04/19/2016

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    Excellent culture! Worked for different beans too, chickpeas and black beans came out good!

  5. A fine product

    by greg on 04/15/2016

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    I got really good tempeh on my first try with this culture. The taste was better than I can buy locally and I live in an area where good fresh tempeh is available.

  6. A dependable starter

    by Luv2cookinWI on 02/07/2016

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    Not my first time making Tempeh, so I am well aware of failure. I used this culture for the first time, and the tempeh looks great!!

  7. Very good product

    by Gordy on 12/22/2015

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    I basically agree with all the above reviews...first time making tempeh....it is a 24-36 hrs process and the product is far superior to store bought. Made soy, brown rice, toasted sesame seed for first product and just made garbanzo bean, rice, and sesame seed the second time...

  8. Excellent Product

    by Small Footprints on 09/30/2015

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    I was hesitant to purchase tempeh starter because of the potential salmonella issues. Upon doing some research, I found that a lot of people used and recommended starter from Cultures For Health. So I purchased a box. It is wonderful. The recipe was easy to follow and my first batch of tempeh was better than I expected. In fact, I have another batch "cooking" as we "speak". The only downside to this product is the packaging ... 4 pre-measured packets come in the box. While I love the convenience of not having to measure out the starter, I would love to buy this product in bulk ... it would save on packaging and be better for the environment. Other than that, I love this product and will continue its use.

  9. Good Stuff

    by Zach on 09/01/2015

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    After hearing repeatedly that homemade tempeh is superior to store-bought, I went ahead and got the starter culture from this website. I made my first batch under fairly adverse conditions - it was actually a bit too hot in my apartment, I think, and I was without a suitable incubator - but it came out quite well. The flavor is great (I made a standard soybean tempeh, and plan to try other legumes) and even the aroma is pleasant and enticing. It's a labor-intensive process to make it at home, but well worthwhile, and the product on sale here helps make it possible.

  10. Its good

    by Dyan on 03/24/2015

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    Qualitly is good. I like using more and more.

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Tempeh Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
  • Does not contain MSG or preservatives. 
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

Tempeh Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Packaged in a facility that produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO

Questions

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  • From Jim Beauregard at 11/4/2017 3:09 PM
    • Does the starter contain any Bacillus subtilis so as to make vitamin K2?
    • This culture only has: Rice, Soy beans, Rhizopus Oryzae Culture.
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  • From Amy at 9/23/2017 12:16 PM
    • I made my 1st batch and had a lot of black mold, is it still safe to eat? What did I do wrong or causes this?
    • Tempeh is done when it holds together firmly in a solid cake. It will be entirely covered in white mold and may have spots of black or grey mold as well, especially near the holes in the bags. It will also have a pleasantly nutty aroma and feel warm without the aid of any heating devices. As long as the tempeh does not overculture, it shouldn't develop too much black mold.
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  • From Shannon at 11/27/2015 9:17 PM
    • Can I use black beans or kidney beans to make tempeh with this culture???
    • Absolutely! You might need to experiment a bit, but follow the same procedure with minor adjustments to the culturing time and preparation of the beans.
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  • From Jade Li at 9/14/2015 3:04 PM
    • Once a batch of tempeh is made, can it become a starter for another batch, or do you have to buy fresh starter each time?
    • We recommend using a fresh starter each time.
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  • From Andy at 6/23/2015 5:29 AM
    • When will the tempeh starter be back in stock?
    • We do not have a current restock date however, if you enter your e-mail address in the subscribe box on the product page, we will send notification when the item is back in stock: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/tempeh-starter.html
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  • From Farideh at 1/28/2015 9:14 PM
    • what strain of the tempeh starter do you have? is it NRRL 2710?
    • Our tempeh starter uses the Rhizopus Oryzae​ culture.
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  • From Robert at 7/23/2014 7:57 AM
    • I've read of some people leaving hulls on their soy beans and instead mashing them up to allow inoculation. Would you suggest that works as well as De-hulling?
      Thank you!
    • The general consensus is that the hulls should be removed. For proper fermentation,it is important to remove most of the water after cooking which would be difficult to do without removing the hulls.
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  • From Susan at 7/23/2014 5:42 AM
    • Can I use the starter to ferment mung beans? Thank you for your time.
    • Yes, the Tempeh starter can be used to ferment mung beans.
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  • From Ben at 7/22/2014 8:00 PM
    • Is it possible to use beans other than Soy for this? I've seen some use garbanzo and I was curious to make Black bean. Others suggested the possibility of toxicity? Can I safely make Non-Soy Tempeh?
    • Yes! Garbanzos and black beans both make delicious tempeh. There are many options for tempeh. For safety, please use vinegar as stated in the recipe. You may also choose to add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar to the beans as they are boiled.
      We do not recommend using nuts, peanuts or coconut meat for tempeh making without extensive experience and a pH meter.
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  • From Jyotsna at 7/7/2014 5:01 PM
    • How long can the starter be out of the refrigerator?
    • 3-4 weeks at room temperature, but we strongly encourage you store it in the fridge as soon as possible, as it will last for 6 or more months.
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