Happy Cheese Makers Since 1978

Cultures, otherwise known as "starters" are used to ripen milk and help start the cheese making process. Cultures marked with (DS) are Direct Set, they are the easiest to use. You'll find detailed information for each item on its product page and in our learn and resource sections as well.

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Kefir Sample Pack

    We're very excited to offer this new Kefir sample pack of one C45 & one C46. Kefir is the oldest fermented milk known to mankind. Its name was originated from a turkish vocabulary - Keif, which means pleasing sensation. It was...

    Retail: $11.90
    Price: $9.95
    Hard Cheese Sample Pack

      This wonderful sampling includes our most popular, basic cultures for making hard cheese (Cheddar, Gouda, Parmesan...). With each of the three cultures included you'll be able to make five batches, totaling 15 batches of cheese all together. If...

      Retail: $17.85
      Price: $14.95
      Soft Cheese Sample Pack

        This sample pack is a great place to start your cheese making adventure. With it you'll be able to make three types of cheese, all of which are quick and easy. In no time at all you'll be enjoying delicious home made cheese and impressing everyone...

        Retail: $17.85
        Price: $14.95
        Yogurt Sample Pack
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          This is a sample pack of our Yogurt Cultures. With this item you will receive one each of the following Y1-Yogurt Bulgarian - 1 packet, Y3 Yogurt (DS) Creamy - 5 packets, and Y5-Yogurt (DS) sweet - 5 packets.When you buy this sample pack you are...

          Retail: $17.85
          Price: $14.95
          Bacteria Linens (Red)1 pack (C10)

            Bacteria Linens (red mold) is used in making surface-ripened or interior mold-ripened cheeses such as Brick, Limburger and Muenster. It develops rapidly, ensures a good ripening, and produces flavor.This can be added to the milk at the...

            Price: $25.00
            Buttermilk (DS) - 5 packets (C21)
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              This is a thick, old-fashioned New England Buttermilk which can be made with skim or whole milk.The amount of character (acid, flavor, texture) can be controlled by increasing or decreasing time and/or temperature. CULTURE INCLUDES: lactose, (LL)...

              Price: $5.95
              Chevre(DS)-5pack (C20G)
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                A rich and creamy tasting fresh cheese from your goats milk. CULTURE INCLUDES: lactose, (LL) lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) lactococcus lactis subsp. biovar diacetylactis, microbial coagulant...

                Price: $5.95
                Creme Fraiche (DS) - 5 packets (C33)
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                  Add this to light cream for a delicious Creme Fraiche that may be served fresh or used in cooking. When drained slightly, it will even produce a creamy Mascarpone cheese. CULTURE INCLUDES: lactose, (LLC) lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LL)...

                  Price: $5.95
                  Flora Danica (DS)-1pack (C11)
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                    This (mesophilic type) culture adds a buttery taste to any soft cheese such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam, Camembert, Brie, Feta, Blue, Buttermilk, Sour Cream, Cream cheese, Creme Fraiche and Cultured Butter. This culture may be used as a direct set...

                    Price: $16.95
                    Fresh Starter - 1 pack (C3)
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                      Used in producing Cottage Cheese, Pot Cheese, Neufchatel and other soft cheeses. It comes in one package and a mother culture must be incubated.CULTURE INCLUDES: Lactose, (LL) lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) lactococcus lactis subsp....

                      Price: $5.95
                      Fromage Blanc (DS) - 5 pack (C20)
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                        This starter culture has to be one of the most sensational finds we have made in all our years of cheesemaking. It is so simple even your children can make it.  It is similar to cream cheese with a delightfully rich flavor. Fromage Blanc can...

                        Price: $5.95
                        Fromagina (DS) -5 pack (C31)
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                          Developed by Bob & Ricki Carroll, this is a cross between Fromage Blanc and Mascarpone. Fromagina is excellent in cooking or may be served by itself as a delightful, creamy rich spread. This is an easy cheese to start with and we highly recommend...

                          Price: $5.95
                          Geotrichum Candidum (White) 1 pack (C7)
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                            This mold powder will produce a  white to cream color surface and it plays a significant role in the ripening process for surface ripened cheese of the soft ripened or washed rind types. It greatly influences the appearance, structure and...

                            Price: $19.95
                            Kefir - Reculturable (C46)

                              Kefir is the oldest fermented milk known to mankind. Its name was originated from a turkish vocabulary - Keif, which means pleasing sensation. It was originally produced in the Caucasian mountains. There is saying that consumption of Kefir was...

                              Price: $5.95
                              Kefir - 2 packets (C45)
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                                Kefir has been called the "champagne of dairy products." Our kefir produces a rich, creamy drink with a bubbly effervescence which may be sweetened with honey or maple syrup to produce a refreshing and nutritious dairy treat. This culture can be...

                                Price: $5.95
                                Mesophilic Starter - 1 packet (C1)

                                  Used in making a variety of hard, moderate temperature loving cheeses including Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Stilton, Edam, Gouda, Muenster, Blue, and Colby. This culture comes as a single pack and a mother culture must be incubated as per...

                                  Price: $5.95
                                  Mesophilic(DS) - 5pack (C101)

                                    Used in making a variety of hard, moderate temperature loving cheeses including Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Stilton, Edam, Gouda, Muenster, Blue, and Colby. This culture is added directly to your milk and takes all the muss and fuss out of the...

                                    Price: $5.95
                                    Penicillium Candidum (White)1 pack (C8)

                                      Penicillium Candidum (white mold) is used to ripen and flavor Brie, Camembert, Coulommiers, and a variety of French Goat Cheeses. It produces a nice, white bloom on the surface of your cheeses. It is highly recommended to use this in combination...

                                      Price: $6.50
                                      Penicillium Roqueforti (Blue)1/4oz (C9)

                                        Penicillium Roqueforti (blue mold) is used to ripen and give flavor to Blue, Gorgonzola, and Stilton cheeses. This mold gives an intense blue-green marbled interior, piquant aroma and creamy consistency.CONTAINS: Penicillium RoquefortiYIELD: Amount...

                                        Price: $33.00
                                        Proprionic Shermanii (Swiss) - 1 packet (C6)

                                          This produces the characteristic eyes (holes), aroma and flavor associated with Swiss, Gruyere and Emmenthal. This culture must be used with a Thermophilic culture (C2 or C201) for preparing Swiss-type cheeses. It cannot be recultured.CULTURE...

                                          Price: $12.95
                                          Sour Cream (DS) - 5 packets (C30)
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                                            Ricki's Sour Cream Starter will turn a quart of cream into delicious, thick, "old world" style sour cream. For a low fat substitute you can use this culture with low fat or skimmed milk. CULTURE INCLUDES: Lactose, (LL) lactococcus lactis...

                                            Price: $5.95
                                            Thermophilic (Italian) - 1 packet (C2)

                                              Used to make Mozzarella, Parmesan, Provolone, Romano, Swiss, Gruyere, and other Italian style cheeses, which grow in higher temperature ranges. This culture comes as a single pack and a mother culture must be incubated as per directions...

                                              Price: $5.95
                                              Thermophilic (DS) - 5 packets (C201)

                                                Used to make Mozzarella, Parmesan, Provolone, Romano, Swiss, Gruyere, and other Italian style cheeses, which grow in higher temperature ranges. This culture is added directly to your milk and takes all the muss and fuss out of the culturing...

                                                Price: $5.95
                                                Yogurt Bulgarian - 1 packet (Y1)
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                                                  A delicious, rich, creamy and tangy yogurt which may be recultured. CULTURE INCLUDES: Contains live cultures s.thermophilus, l.bulgaricus, skim milk and/or lactose, lactic cultures, ascorbic acid.YIELD: Each packet will set as little as 1...

                                                  Price: $5.95
                                                  Yogurt (DS) Creamy - 5 packets (Y3)
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                                                    A delicious, creamy yogurt that is simple to make and wonderful to eat.  Works very well with store-bought or goats milk. CULTURE INCLUDES: Lactose, milk, streptococcus thermophilus, lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus,...

                                                    Price: $5.95
                                                    Yogurt (DS) Sweet - 5 packets (Y5)
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                                                       A creamier, richer and sweeter yogurt. CULTURE INCLUDES: Lactose, Dry milk powder, (ST) Streptococcus thermophilus, (LB) Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, (LA) Lactobacillus acidophilus, (LBL) Lactobacillus lactis,...

                                                      Price: $5.95
                                                      LH 100 Thermophilic Cheese Making Culture

                                                        This culture will begin it's role following pressing and cooling of the cheese and is a major factor in the flavor of these mountain style cheeses. It's primary role in ripening is the breakdown of protein (Proteolysis) in the later stages of...

                                                        Price: $22.95
                                                        Mesophilic- Large Pack (MA011)
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                                                          Used in making a variety of semi-soft and fresh cheeses including Cheddar, Colby, Monterrey Jack, Feta and Chevre. CULTURE INCLUDES: Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremorisYIELD: Will set up to 250 gallons of milk....

                                                          Price: $11.00
                                                          Mesophilic w/ Thermophilic- Large Pack (MA4002)

                                                            This is what is commonly referred to as the 'Farmstead culture.' It is predominantly a blend of standard mesophilic lactic acid cultures similar to MA 011 to develop the primary acidity. It also contains a S.thermophilis which will serve as a...

                                                            Price: $15.00
                                                            Mesophilic- Large Pack (MD088)

                                                              Used in combination with other mesophilic cultures to enhance the flavor in fresh cheeses and soft ripened cheeses: Brie/Camembert, Chevre and Blue. This culture is not normally used just by itself (it will not produce enough acid in the...

                                                              Price: $11.00
                                                              Mesophilic- Large Pack (MM100)

                                                                Used in making a variety of soft ripened and fresh cheeses including Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Edam, Blue, Feta, Havarti and ChevreThis is the mesophilic culture to use for a more pronounced butter like flavor and a somewhat more open...

                                                                Price: $11.00
                                                                Thermophilic- Large Pack (TA061)

                                                                  A Thermophilic acid producing culture for typical hard, Italian & Swiss cheeses such as Parmesan, Romano, Mozzarella, Provolone, Emmenthaler/Swiss.Effective Temperature range is 68°- 125°F with an Optimum growth of 104°-108°F. Many cheeses of this...

                                                                  Price: $15.00