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Finding Bulgaros Cultures for Yogurt?

morphone Jan 22, 2009 11:34 PM

Anyone know where I can get bulgaros for making yogurt in the Bay Area? Preferably in the East Bay or SF? My grandma used them when she was younger in Mexico, so I'm assuming they might come from a Mexican grocery.

I'm talking about these things:


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  1. wolfe RE: morphone Jan 23, 2009 08:47 AM

    A quick search indicated that yogurt can be used as a home yogurt starter. Stonyfield Farms makes a yogurt with L. bulgaricus. If this is what you want these stores that carry this line, Food Mill, Farmer Joes and Whole foods to name a few . Check Stonyfield Farms site for locations near you.

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      morphone RE: wolfe Jan 23, 2009 09:11 AM

      Thank you, but I'm completely aware of that. I'm looking specifically for bulgaros, not regular yogurt. It's a cultural thing, not a utilitarian thing.

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        wolfe RE: morphone Jan 23, 2009 09:34 AM

        Just trying to expand my culinary literacy. Did you see this link about kefir?

        Scroll to bottom.

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          morphone RE: wolfe Jan 23, 2009 10:28 AM

          Thanks. :) There are bulgaros in the area... I occasionally see people mention that they have extra. A friend brought some back from Mexico last year (apparently they let it slip by!) but I wasn't eating any dairy at that point. I guess it might not possible to buy them from a store here, but I'm hoping someone around has a crop!

          Maybe someone will see this post that has them? If anyone does, email me at juusan@gmail.com!

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      juanaro99 RE: morphone Feb 26, 2009 07:59 AM

      Hello my name is Ana and I have the recipe for blgaros and is made from holy rice, dulce piloncillo (cane sugar) and purified water

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        morphone RE: juanaro99 Jun 10, 2009 11:43 AM

        Care to share the recipe?

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          lorni2 RE: juanaro99 Sep 1, 2012 02:36 PM

          hi Ana, i'm also trying to find bulgaros. your recipe is like something that my grandma used to make in Costa Rica. Can u email me your recipe to lorni2u@yahoo.com, i live in Florida and have not been able to find bulgaro. Thanks

        2. bellalin RE: morphone Feb 2, 2010 12:33 AM

          Hi, I'd like to buy live BĂșlgaros/Kefir bacteria to make yogurt at home, I live in California can someone tell me where to get them?or if someone can give my a couple of them.

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            arlethh RE: bellalin Apr 19, 2010 11:19 AM

            I have bulgaros to give away please let me know if you want any @ hernandezarleth@gmail.com

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              mnavas RE: arlethh Apr 14, 2011 09:40 PM

              I would like to get some of them. Please let me know if you still have them. Thank you, Mnavas

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                jamaya RE: arlethh Mar 3, 2013 10:56 PM

                I would love some bulgaros if u have some for free. Would you need my address

            2. sosdiaz RE: morphone Apr 20, 2010 03:18 PM

              There is a mexican fruit/vege market on El Camino in Redwood City across from the BevMo that sells a tablet that you can use to make cheese. I have not had the time to stop by after work and I can't find the name of it online.

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                thyatt RE: morphone Aug 8, 2010 09:53 AM

                If you're still looking for bulgaros, I have plenty. I got them from someone who brought them from Oaxaca.

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                  bellalin RE: thyatt Oct 22, 2010 02:23 AM

                  yes, I'm still looking for some Bulgaros PLS e-mail me at bellalin15@hotmail.com Thanks

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                    mnavas RE: thyatt Apr 14, 2011 09:38 PM

                    I would like some if you still have them. Please let me know. Thank you, Mnavas

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                      martinsmailbox RE: mnavas Apr 17, 2011 10:14 AM

                      I have some, I am in the LA area

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                        thyatt RE: mnavas Apr 18, 2011 07:47 AM

                        I still have some. You can email me at troy.hyatt@gmail.com

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                      martybow RE: morphone Jan 8, 2013 08:55 PM

                      I am looking for the bulgaros cultures, can somebody sell me? I am at the Central Coast of California - Santa Maria. Please help!!!!!

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                        dragonldy RE: martybow Sep 5, 2013 08:30 AM

                        If you have an e-bay account - type in this # at top of search page 281111651585
                        I purchased 1/4 C with strainer, in less than 3 weeks I had well over 2 1/2 C of grains! They have been doing fantastic, & I have been sharing here. This person been raising 20 yrs. & no problems with shipping. Highly recommend you check it out. Directions are provided so when you receive you know what to do & how to treat/ clean etc. from shipping. If no help let me know, BUT , they closer to you than I am (east coast) so I would use them. Took me over 1 1/2 yrs to find them. hope this helps. if not let me know.

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                        essvee RE: morphone Sep 6, 2013 10:48 AM

                        How does yogurt made this way differ from yogurt made with yogurt starter?

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                          dragonldy RE: essvee Sep 6, 2013 11:22 AM

                          I personally cannot say - I have only used this way to make it. I know it is very easy, & i can make depending on how many bulgaros I have, as much as 3 gallons in a week. It is like Amish starter if that helps some. Sits out on counter.

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