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Jan 27, 2010 07:39 AM

Yogurt Starter - Any pareve or chalav Yisroel out there?

I'm trying to make kosher chalav Yisroel yogurt at home. My little one, and us, love it. We stock up whenever in NY or Boston or Montreal but it's so easy to make at home.

Problem is, the only starters I can find are not certified kosher or, made on chalav stam (not chalav Yisroel) media. You can use a store-bought yogurt with active cultures, but those batches fade out relatively quickly.

Does anyone know of a source for pareve or chalav Yisroel starter?

Has anyone tried to open and use probiotic capsules with active cultures?

I found an industrial source of starter out of New Jersey but they sell barrels of it at a time, and not to consumers.

Any ideas appreciated.

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  1. Mehadrin makes yogurt with live/active cultures. That should work.

    1. have you tried a health food store?

      I used to make my own yogurt 25 years ago, I think I got the starter culture in a health food store

      1. Thanks for those suggestions, but I am hoping someone might know of some starter.

        Using yogurt works, but only for a while. For good quality, you need to rejuvenate the colonies with more active bacteria. The yogurt itself tends to get contaminated with outside bacteria, not as fastidious as the Lactobacillus or other strains in the original yogurt.

        I have tried a variety of on-line and brick-and-mortar resources, and there does not seem to be heckshered or chalav Yisroel starter out there. And according to the calls I made to Star-K and OU, the started must have a hecksher.

        1. No one has heard of kosher starter?

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          1. re: MaineKosher

            Wealth of Health
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            Brooklyn, NY 11229-3305
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            if they don't know, then nobody knows

          2. Did you have any luck with finding a chalav yisrael starter?
            I've been on the lookout as well...

            Also looking for chalav yisrael goat yogurt.