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"The Most Consistent Vegan Yogurt Starter I've Tried. Great results Every time!"

I'm grateful I found Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt starter. I've tried others that produced runny, lumpy, and watery vegan yogurts. My winning combo that've I'm sticking with (because it produces creamy, delicious thick unsweetened yogurt everytime) is: 2 cartons Westbrae Organic Unsweetened...

- Maiya

Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

SKU: 6707

Availability: In stock

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Our Vegan Yogurt Starter consists of a blend of lactic acid bacteria specifically selected for use in making dairy-free yogurt. This direct-set vegan culture has a mild yogurt flavor with a smooth texture and slightly weak viscosity.  

  • Each box contains 4 packets of starter culture.
  • Use 1 packet with 1-2 quarts alternative milk. (For larger batches, use 2 packets with 1-4 gallons of alternative milk.)
  • Cultures at 110º F using a yogurt maker or other appliance.
  • This culture often requires a thickener to achieve a store-bought yogurt consistency. (Learn more about thickener options.)
  • Direct-set (single-use) culture - each packet makes one batch of vegan yogurt.
  • Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here.
  • Having trouble making vegan yogurt? Browse our Yogurt Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.


Vegan Yogurt Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting


Shipping Information and Shelf Life

  • Our Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a freeze-dried yogurt culture.
  • For best results, store in the refrigerator or freezer and use by the date on the box.


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UPC 00814598020384


10 Reviews For "Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture"

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  1. Great !

    by Trish on 07/21/2018


    I finally found a vegan yogurt culture that works !! It makes delicious yogurt every time.
    Prompt delivery , and some very good coupons . I also enjoy the
    ebook. Lots of very good info in it.
    I will continue to buy this product.

  2. Great Soy Yogurt!

    by Kathy on 07/13/2018


    I've used this product four times now and I feel like I'm getting the hang of making my own yogurt! I have an Instant Pot with the yogurt function, which makes it super easy. Like another reviewer, I didn't realize you couldn't just save some of the yogurt as a starter for next time and I had a couple of bad batches before I went on the Cultures for Health web site and read how to make a mother culture.

    I use Trader Joe's soy milk that is just soybeans and water and it is so easy! I get the best results using 10 3/4 oz. wide-mouth canning jars, which fit into the pot perfectly (I use four at a time, three full and one half-full). I also make my own soy milk from time to time and it works even better!

    This homemade non-dairy yogurt is so delicious, I eat it plain (which I've never done before). My whole family enjoys it plain, in parfaits, in smoothies, and as a replacement for sour cream. Highly recommended!

    Note from CFH: That is great you are getting more use of the starter with subsequent batches! This is not the usual case, so we are happy for you! The manufacturer does not guarantee it can make more batches from a batch, so as long as it does work for you, that is wonderful.

  3. Easy and delicious

    by Sue on 07/11/2018


    I have begun making my own “clean” soy yogurt with organic soy milk and Cultures for Health Vegan starter. I get perfect yogurt every time! It is easy and delicious!

  4. Finally...third time is the charm!

    by Masselyn on 06/29/2018


    I could have had yummy yogurt sooner if I paid attention to the reviews & adjusted the milk I used. Initially I used Silk (unsweetened soy) and the yogurt was edible but it was not tangy and curdled (even whipping it didn’t create a smooth creamy texture). Next time I tried Silk Almond/Soy w/ Vanilla. That was a mistake!!! It had an icky/rancid taste, had to throw it out.

    THEN I finally decided to pay attention to reviews and soybeans (or other milk) with just water (no additives) was recommended. I bought WestSoy online because my local markets do not sell it, sooo worth it. Perfect yogurt. Tasty, tangy and I did have not wisk it after culture to get it smooth - it was perfect.

    I like Greek Yogurt, but have gone Vegan and can not do dairy. I bought a Greek yogurt maker and strained the yogurt to get it thicker. It helped, but still could use a little more. I might try adding a thickener next time.

    My complaint - and I assume this is true after reading reviews - being direct starter means I have to use a new package each time. Bummer, cause that will get expensive. I think someone said they did use a small batch from previous to make a new one and I might give it a try. Otherwise my 3rd time was perfect and it was SO easy. Open the WestSoy container, empty starter into container, close it and give it a few shakes, dump it into my yogurt machine, turn it on and leave it for 12 hours. NO heating before (WestSoy’s container is sealed, no need to heat to get rid of bacteria) and 12 hours was the perfect time for really tasty yogurt. THANKS!

  5. Finally a Vegan Culture that Works !

    by Trish on 06/17/2018


    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.

  6. Works great

    by Lady E on 05/18/2018


    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

  7. Good product

    by christine on 05/15/2018


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

  8. Soy yogurt - what i've learned

    by Buff on 04/08/2018


    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.


    by Melissa on 03/21/2018


    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!

  10. Love my Yogurt

    by Peggy Pie on 02/17/2018


    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!

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  • Rice maltodextrin, live active bacteria (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.


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


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  • From Tsung lin at 8/23/2018 8:05 PM
    • Are the ingredients in Vegan Yogurt Starter for use milk inoculate?
      Thanks very much.
    • This cultures is specifically designed to work in non-dairy milk, but it will also work in dairy milk.
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  • From Cynthia at 6/18/2018 6:46 PM
    • I cannot get my yogurt to set. I use soy milk. I've followed the instructions perfectly and it will not work. This is the second packet I've wasted now. I don't understand what I'm doing wrong. I read that the first batch often doesn't set and to use one serving of the previous batch to start the new one. I tried this and it looked promising, but I still was unsuccessful. Can you please help?
    • Keep in mind this culture requires a thickener: https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/yogurt/thickening-homemade-yogurt/

      This is also a direct-set culture, meaning it's not meant to be reused (unlike our heirloom starters).
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  • From lyn at 1/22/2018 9:17 AM
    • Does the vegan starter have to be refrigerated before use. I ask because I will be traveling for a few days and I would like to bring the starter along with me to make fresh yogurt when I arrive at my destination, but I am concerned that the packets will no longer work if they have been removed from the refrigerator for a few days.
    • It is shelf stable so it is not necessary, but the best place for it is always the fridge or freezer!
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  • From Ger at 1/20/2018 11:04 AM
    • If I use cow's milk with my vegan yogurt starter culture is it still necessary to first heat the milk to 180° or is 110°sufficient? Also, will the addition of your calcium solution make it thicker? And can I use a sample of the resulting yogurt for starting my next batch? Thank you.
    • It's best to heat dairy milk to 160-180 before culturing for safety reasons, but it's not totally necessary. Adding calcium to milk isn't necessary, as milk contains enough already. This culture is direct-set, meaning it's not reusable.
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  • From Sarah at 5/13/2017 2:54 PM
    • Can the Vegan Yogurt Starter also be used with raw goats milk? I'm trying to decide whether I should try it or use some probiotic capsules.
    • You can make raw milk yogurt with direct set cultures, but we can't guarantee it would work with the Vegan. It's likely it will, since you can use dairy milk with the Vegan Starter. See here before you make your decision:

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  • From Wolf at 5/2/2017 1:09 PM
    • Do you have a nutritional breakdown for this yogurt starter using the different "milks", fully realizing that it will be general.
    • So very sorry, but we do not. Home fermentation is so unique to each kitchen keeper that even if using the same brand, two people might have very different results.
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  • From Maria at 1/25/2017 2:41 AM
    • I have a question regarding the dairy-allergy disclaimer: it says that it is manufactured in a facility which also handles soy and dairy. We have a dairy allergy. Could you explain how this product is handled exactly? For example, is the equipment thoroughly cleaned/sterilized between uses of dairy-products, etc?
    • Absolutely! We use dedicated equipment and we are meticulous about cleanliness. Cultures are separated to avoid cross-contamination for the sake of the cultures' health as well as to reduce allergens. Generally speaking, a customer could expect that the risk of allergen exposure from a non-allergenic source would be about the same as if they bought something in a store that also sold products containing the allergen.

      Of course, you as the customer must make the final decision, and we can not guarantee 100% that there will be absolutely zero exposure. That's why we have to have the label. Please contact us again if you would like any further information about our production!
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  • From Kajte Voo at 4/10/2016 1:22 AM
    • Is this culture like an heriloom culture, or will I need to continue purchasing fresh starter on a regular basis? Thanks!
    • This is a direct set culture, so it will only work once in general. You'll have to purchase new starter when the box runs out. You may or may not be able to make a subsequent batch, but it is not a self-perpetuating long term culture.
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