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Cultures for Health Greek Yogurt Starter Culture | 2 Packets Dehydrated Heirloom Style DIY Probiotic Yogurt | Delicious for Smoothies, Granola and Berries, Tzatziki, Soup, & Other Healthy Snacks

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  • HEIRLOOM STYLE: With proper care, our heirloom Greek yogurt starter can be reused indefinitely to continuously culture more yogurt for as long as you want—all you need is 2 tbsp of previous batch!
  • HEALTH BENEFITS: Traditional Greek yogurt owes its famously thick consistency to the whey straining process. The resulting protein-rich, low carb yogurt is packed with Vitamin B12 and riboflavin, among other nutrients.
  • LEGENDARY TASTE: The first documented yogurt, Greek yogurt is popular for its creamy texture and tart taste, perfect for eating with granola and berries, blending into smoothies, or adding to a plethora of recipes.
  • BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Maintaining a starter is completely optional! You can choose whether to reserve some of your previous batch to culture more yogurt, or just eat it all, so you're in control.
  • SAFE: Each batch is pathogen tested by a trusted third-party laboratory so you know you're getting a high quality, healthy starter to make delicious yogurt at home. This product is gluten free and non-GMO.

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Product Description

Greekishly good!

bowl of Greek yogurt with berries and mint

Famous for its thick, creamy consistency, Greek yogurt is one of the most versatile yogurts available

Our starter culture makes it as easy as possible to make your own Greek yogurt at home! You'll receive 2 packets of dehydrated starter, so you have time to get comfortable with the culturing process.

This culture will require the use of a yogurt maker or similar heating device to incubate the yogurt at 110°F. If you don't have a yogurt maker, you can use your oven light, a crockpot, a thermos, or another appliance for maintaining heat. Just make sure to check it's at the right temperature!

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Greek Yogurt Starter Culture Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter Culture Heirloom Yogurt Starter Culture Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture
Starter type Heirloom Heirloom Direct-set Direct-set Heirloom Direct-set
Non-GMO
Included 2 packets 2 packets 4 packets 4 packets 4 packets: Viili (1), Matsoni (1), Piima (1), Filmjolk (1) 4 packets
Needs activated (arrives dehydrated)?
Makes how much yogurt? Infinite Infinite Up to 1 gallon Up to 1 gallon Infinite Up to 4 gallons
Total culturing time per batch (not counting activation batches) 12-15 hours (heating & cooling milk, 5-8 hours incubation, 6+ hours in fridge) 12-15 hours (heating & cooling milk, 5-8 hours incubation, 6+ hours in fridge) 16 hours (heating & cooling milk, 8 hours incubation, 2 hours cooling at room temp, 6+ hours in fridge) 16 hours (heating & cooling milk, 8 hours incubation, 2 hours cooling at room temp, 6+ hours in fridge) 18-54 hours (12-48 hours culturing at room temp, 6+ hours in fridge) 16 hours (heating milk, 6-8 hours incubation, 2 hours cooling at room temp, 6+ hours in fridge)
yogurt tzatziki sauce

This tasty Greek topping is traditionally eaten with gyro, but can be added to any pita dish for a refreshing extra pop.

Ingredients: 2 cups plain Greek yogurt | 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped finely | Sea salt | 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced | 3 tsp lemon juice | 2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint (optional)

  1. Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer over a bowl. Drain whey at least 1 hour, or up to several hours, for a thicker sauce.
  2. At the same time, add chopped cucumber to a small bowl and sprinkle lightly with salt. Allow cucumber to sit, salted, as long as the yogurt is straining.
  3. After several hours place salted cucumber in a clean tea towel and gently squeeze the liquid out. Add the cucumbers to a medium bowl. Add the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and mint, and stir well to combine. Add salt if needed.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for 1-2 days.

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Tzatziki is a popular and versatile topping that's easy to make

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Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 3.88 x 1.75 x 6.18 inches; 0.63 Ounces
  • UPC ‏ : ‎ 766789572441 814598020285
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Cultures for Health Inc.
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002HPHR0W
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 1,264 ratings

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Milk, live active bacteria.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just when I thought my Greek style yogurt was good...NOW it's Great! 👍
By California Customer on December 10, 2020
I've been making my own yogurt for about 25 years, using a store-bought plain yogurt with cultures and in several different types of yogurt makers, mostly Oster brand 1-quart, but also Salton, and a Waring 2-quart.
I only recently began using a powdered starter.

Until I bought an Oster Mykonos Greek Digital Homemade Yogurt Maker, 2-Quart CKSTYM1012 maker in 2014, I never would strain yogurt and wasn't even aware you could. I wish I had known about it sooner because I really can't stand runny, bitter yogurt, which would frequently happen over the years. I prefer a firm, mildly tart yogurt....just short of being sour cream! 😁

Note: The Oster Mykonos Greek square yogurt maker comes in a digital CKSTYM1012 and manual CKSTYM1010 option, but both come with ONE 1-quart rectangle container and 6 small glass containers. I prefer to use only the 1-quart container, so I bought an extra Mykonos Greek yogurt maker and swapped the individual jars for the rectangle container. So I do TWO 1-quart rectangle containers per batch.

Since getting the Greek yogurt maker, I will never go back to unstrained yogurt again.

As for a starter, in the past, I would start my first batch using a plain yogurt with active cultures from the grocery store, usually Mountain High brand in So. Calif. For subsequent batches, I would use a few heaping tablespoons (about 1/3 cup) of the current batch for the next batch, and so on.

It wasn't until 2016 that I started using a freeze dried starter by Yo Gourmet that I would buy here on Amazon and use for about every 5th batch, using two heaping tablespoons of yogurt reserved from the current batch as the starter for the next batch. I looked into other brands, including this Cultures for Health, but saw the negative reviews about the first batch turning out awful, that I hesitated to try it.

However, a week ago, when I tried to order more Yo Gourmet yogurt starter, Amazon was out, so I decided to try this Greek Yogurt start by Cultures for Health and am I glad I did! I just made my first batch two days ago using my usual process [below] and my first batch came out perfect! It's firm with very little tartness 👍

The photos attached shows my first batch using ONE packet of Cultures for Health.
In the cup shown, I have about 2/3 of a cup of yogurt on top of 1/3 cup chopped up trail mix (done in my Vitamix dry container) that I keep a running batch of to add to each serving of yogurt.

This is the process I've been using for 6-years with the Oster Mykonos 2-quart yogurt maker:

* Heat 9 cups (or slightly more than a half gallon) of whole milk in our GE Microwave for 23 minutes on High to achieve 180° - 185°
- I use a 2-quart Pyrex glass measuring bowl
* Cool to between 106° - 110°
* Put ONE .5 or .6 gram powdered starter into a separate 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup and pour a cup of
the cooled milk into the starter and stir/whisk until dissolved. Add back to the main batch of milk and stir in.
- subsequent batches....I use two heaping tablespoons or about 1/3 of a cup of the previous batch's yogurt
and mix in the same as above.
* When I pour the milk into the yogurt maker containers, to ensure I achieve an optimal mix of milk and starter, I
alternate pouring the milk into both 1-quart containers, back and forth, back and forth, so neither container
has more active cultures than the other.
* Cook the yogurt for 15 hours (12 hours is the minimum I will do because I prefer firm yogurt)
* After the yogurt is cooked, cover the containers and place in the fridge for a minimum of 8-hours
* After 8-hours, transfer the chilled yogurt to the strainers and put back in the fridge for at least 6-hours.
* Pour out the strained liquid. Enjoy!
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Sandbo
5.0 out of 5 stars The first culture that I taste a difference (new product has quality issue)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and doesn't work
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