Traditional Greek yoghurt is made with goat’s milk and strained to remove any whey to produce a very thick cultured milk product. Traditional Greek yoghurt is not an heirloom culture. You are unable to reculture it indefinitely. Many of the “Greek-style” products you find in the supermarkets are made from cow’s milk and a thickening agent. Our organic Greek yoghurt starter is an heirloom “Greek-style” yoghurt starter which means it can be recultured time and time again. Our culture contains the bacteria Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.
Our organic Greek yoghurt starter produces a very airy, thick yoghurt that is often full of bubbles. It is the kind of thing you are used to buying from the supermarket as a “Greek-style” yoghurt. The great thing with our culture is that you can make it at home without the need to add sugar, preservatives or emulsifiers. This is a thermophilic yoghurt. It requires a yoghurt maker to be able to work with the culture. These can be picked up online reasonably cheap (less than £20). If you’re looking to make supermarket-style yoghurt at home. This is the culture for you!
Allergens – Contains milk (cows).
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A yoghurt maker or similar device capable of heating to 42 degrees.
Feel free to experiment with flavouring your yoghurt. The important thing to remember is to always remove enough yoghurt to reculture the next batch before you add any flavourings.
This starter will only work with animal based milks. You can use goat, sheep and buffalo milk. It will not work with dairy free alternatives.
Yes you can. However we would still recommend you follow the activation process with boiled and then cooled pasteurised milk.
You do not need to boil the raw milk before use. However due to the high microbe and bacterial levels present in raw milk, the yoghurt starter will compete for dominance. This can lead to a thinner yoghurt overall.
You can freeze the yoghurt for short periods of time (1-3 months). Beyond that the bacteria will start to decline.
You can also dehydrate the stater by pasting a thin layer onto parchment paper and leaving it to dry in a well ventilated area. Thermophilic yoghurts do not always cope well with dehydration and may not remain viable after.
Sadly neither of these methods are full proof and we can not guarantee they will always work. . The best way to preserve the bacteria in the starter it to use a freeze dry method which requires specialist equipment.
We recommend that you do. Milk will contain naturally occurring colonies of microbes, which is why milk still spoils over time. Left at warm temperatures for long periods of time (in the yoghurt maker), these microbes compete for dominance with the bacteria in the yoghurt starter. This can often stop the starter from being able to do its job and lead to a thinner yoghurt overall.