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Cultures & Mold Powders

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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Bacteria Linens (Red)1 pack

Bacteria Linens (Red)1 pack

Item #: 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...

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Price: $25.00

Availability: In Stock

Buttermilk (DS) - 5 packets

Buttermilk (DS) - 5 packets

Item #: C21 -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Chevre(DS)-5pack

Chevre(DS)-5pack

Item #: C20G -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Creme Fraiche (DS) - 5 packets

Creme Fraiche (DS) - 5 packets

Item #: C33 -


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,...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Flora Danica(DS)-1pack

Flora Danica(DS)-1pack

Item #: C11 -


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...

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Price: $16.95

Availability: In Stock

Fresh Starter Culture

Fresh Starter - 1 pack

Item #: C3 -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Fromage Blanc(DS)-5 pack

Fromage Blanc(DS)-5 pack

Item #: C20 -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Fromagina(DS)-5 pack

Fromagina(DS)-5 pack

Item #: C31 -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Geotrichum Candidum (White) 1 pack

Geotrichum Candidum (White) 1 pack

Item #: C7 -


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...

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Price: $19.95

Availability: In Stock

Hard Cheese Sample Pack-C101, C201, C21

Hard Cheese Sample Pack-C101, C201, C21

Item #: CP-H -


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,...

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Retail: $17.85
Price: $14.95

Availability: In Stock

Kefir - 2 packets

Kefir - 2 packets

Item #: C45 -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Kefir - Reculturable

Kefir - Reculturable

Item #: 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....

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Kefir Sample Pack- C45 & C46

Kefir Sample Pack- C45 & C46

Item #: CP-K -


Kefir Sample Pack - One Each of C45 & C46
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 -...

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Retail: $11.90
Price: $9.95

Availability: In Stock

Mesophilic Starter - 1 packet

Mesophilic Starter - 1 packet

Item #: 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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Mesophilic w/ Thermophilic- Large Pack

Mesophilic w/ Thermophilic- Large Pack

Item #: 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...

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Price: $15.00

Availability: In Stock

Mesophilic(DS) - 5pack

Mesophilic(DS) - 5pack

Item #: 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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Mesophilic- Large Pack

Mesophilic- Large Pack

Item #: MA 011 -


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....

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Price: $11.00

Availability: In Stock

Mesophilic- Large Pack

Mesophilic- Large Pack

Item #: MD 088 -


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...

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Price: $11.00

Availability: In Stock

Mesophilic- Large Pack

Mesophilic- Large Pack

Item #: MM 100 -


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...

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Price: $11.00

Availability: In Stock

Penicillium Candidum (White)1 pack

Penicillium Candidum (White)1 pack

Item #: 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...

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Price: $17.00

Availability: In Stock

Penicillium Roqueforti (Blue)1/4oz

Penicillium Roqueforti (Blue)1/4oz

Item #: 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...

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Price: $33.00

Availability: In Stock

Proprionic Shermanii (Swiss) - 1 packet

Proprionic Shermanii (Swiss) - 1 packet

Item #: 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...

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Price: $12.95

Availability: In Stock

Soft Cheese Sample Pack-C20, C31, C33

Soft Cheese Sample Pack-C20, C31, C33

Item #: CP-S -


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...

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Retail: $17.85
Price: $14.95

Availability: In Stock

Sour Cream (DS) - 5 packets

Sour Cream (DS) - 5 packets

Item #: C30 -


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....

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Thermophilic  (Italian) - 1 packet

Thermophilic (Italian) - 1 packet

Item #: 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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Thermophilic (DS) - 5 packets

Thermophilic (DS) - 5 packets

Item #: 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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Thermophilic- Large Pack

Thermophilic- Large Pack

Item #: TA 061 -


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...

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Price: $15.00

Availability: Out of Stock

Yogurt (DS) Creamy - 5 packets

Yogurt (DS) Creamy - 5 packets

Item #: Y3 -


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,...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Yogurt (DS) sweet - 5 packets

Yogurt (DS) sweet - 5 packets

Item #: Y5 -


 A creamier, richer and sweeter yogurt. CULTURE INCLUDES: Lactose, Dry milk powder, (ST) Streptococcus thermophilus, (LB) Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, (LA) Lactobacillus...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Yogurt Bulgarian - 1 packet

Yogurt Bulgarian - 1 packet

Item #: Y1 -


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...

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Price: $5.95

Availability: In Stock

Yogurt Sample Pack Y1, Y4 & Y5

Yogurt Sample Pack- Y1, Y3, Y5

Item #: CP-Y -


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 -...

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Retail: $17.85
Price: $14.95

Availability: In Stock

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