Now you can harness the longevity the Bulgarian people by making your own Bulgarian yogurt at home. We've partnered with Cultures for Health to provide you with a Bulgarian Yogurt Starter Culture that's the creamiest of the thermophilic heirloom yogurts. Thick, rich and mild, this is the closest to "European style" yogurt you can get.*
Our starter culture is GMO-free and gluten free, too.
Each bag contains two packets of yogurt starter culture and comes with easy-to-follow instructions. In addition, this is a reusable culture: a small amount of each batch can be used to make the next batch and re-cultured from batch to batch indefinitely.
The mild flavor of this Bulgarian yogurt makes it a great base for dips, salads dressings or other recipes using yogurt. You can even bake with it for moist cakes and cookies!
The probiotic power of Bulgarian yogurt
Bulgarian yogurt dates back to the Thracians, ancient inhabitants of the Bulgarian lands.* Then, stock-breeders carried sheep's milk in lambskin bags around their waists, and fermented the yogurt with their body heat.
Europeans understand the importance of good bacteria, known as probiotics. They believe (and us too!) these microbes are essential for supporting the digestive system.*
The good probiotics in Bulgarian yogurt include the bulgaricus strand combined with acidophilous, thermophilous and bifidum.*
As probiotics catch on in the U.S., there are also many studies that support their health benefits.*
Why make your own Bulgarian yogurt?
You might be wondering if it's worth it to make your own yogurt rather than grabbing it from your local grocery store. Here are just a few compelling reasons to whip up your own batch:
- You know exactly what's in your yogurt; you can choose what type and brand of milk, which yogurt cultures to use, and you can rest assured there are no unhealthy additives or artificial sweeteners.
- Homemade yogurt is about half the price of buying plain yogurt in the store.
- It's good for the environment, as it reduces the need to purchase so many little plastic cups of yogurt.
Here are some quick tips to start with your very own Bulgarian Yogurt kit:
- Activate one packet using one quart of pasteurized milk (store second packet in the freezer as a back-up).
- Suitable for use with pasteurized whole milk and with raw dairy milk or non-dairy milk, with special care.
- Cultures at 110ºF using a yogurt maker or other appliance.