Bacillus Bulgaricus Buttermilk Starter makes makes genuine Buttermilk of exceptional quality with a traditional rich flavor and a fresh mild taste with just a slight tartness.
Buttermilk is a fermented dairy drink. Traditionally, before being homogenized, milk was left to sit for a period of time to allow the cream and milk to separate. During this time, naturally occurring lactic acid bacteria in the milk fermented it, helping the separation and resulting in cultured milk and cultured cream. That cultured cream was then churned into butter and the buttermilk was the left over liquid.
Cultured buttermilk is a similar product to the traditional buttermilk. It is made using milk inoculated with lactic acid bacteria and is more viscous than traditional buttermilk. If left cultured for a longer period of time, cultured buttermilk will even get to the consistency of yogurt. Cultured buttermilk is full of probiotics which makes it super healthy for you.
Our Buttermilk starter makes genuine Buttermilk of exceptional quality with a traditional rich flavor and a fresh mild taste with just a slight tartness.
You can adjust the thickness of your buttermilk by controlling the time of incubation, making it anywhere from just a fermented alternative to milk to a thick, creamy and smooth yogurt-like buttermilk, thus making it ideal for drinking, eating, backing, cooking, etc. In addition, you can use our Buttermilk starter to make other cultured fermented products like cultured butter, sour cream, clubber milk, crème fraîche, whipped cream, and more. See here for recipes and instructions.
Buttermilk is a mesophilic product, which means you can culture it at room temperature.
This is an authentic Buttermilk starter. Each pack contains loose powder mix, in perfect proportions, of the strains required to make the perfect Buttermilk. And because this is a heirloom Buttermilk starter with live active bacteria, that means that you can reuse Buttermilk from your previous batch to culture your new batch, for as long as you wish.
The starter contains lactic acid cultures isolated from natural sources in ecologically preserved areas in Bulgaria. It is fully natural and organic with no preservatives, additives, artificial colors or flavors. It contains no GMO ingredients and it is soy and gluten free.
Type: Heirloom Buttermilk starter. This means that you can make endless batches of Buttermilk, simply reusing your previously made Buttermilk to start a new batch.
Activity and Strength: 1 gram of starter contains at least 200 million colony-forming unit (2 x 108 CFU/g) of lactic acid probiotic bacteria strains.
100% potency guaranteed. 100% viability guaranteed.
Ingredients: Live active lactic acid cultures of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Brevis, Lactobacillus Casei.
The starter contains nothing more than the strains it is made of and a very small quantity of dried organic skim milk powder. It is the medium on which the strains grow and some of it gets packaged together with them. The milk powder is completely consumed by the bacteria during incubation so there is none of it in the finished product. See some more information about our lactose free and vegan starters.
Contents: This is an heirloom starter with freeze-dried live active bacteria.
Each sachet contains loose powder mix, in perfect proportions, of the strains required to make excellent Buttermilk. The exact amount of starter varies per pack and is indicated, in grams, under your selected pack size on the product purchase page. More information about various pack sizes and their contents can be found here.
Packaging: Aluminum foil pouches, sealed. 100% recyclable. Plastic free.
Label: Paper. 100% recyclable. Plastic free.
Details: 100% natural, No additives, Gluten free, Soy free, GMO free, Halal, Kosher.
Milk to use with: This starter is OK to use with dairy milk, non-dairy milk, vegan milk, basically any milk that you would like to turn into Buttermilk. It is excellent for yogurt drinks and for frozen yogurts too. Can be used to make cultured sour cream, cultured whipped cream, cultured crème fraîche, clubber milk, cultured butter, and more. See here for recipes.
Nutritional Information: Available here
Lab test data: Available on request.
Industrial size option: Available on request.
Origin: Produced in Bulgaria.
Store the Buttermilk starter in the FREEZER.
Use by the date indicated on the label.
Bacillus Bulgaricus starters are shipped in sealed sachets.
Transporting the packs (i.e. shipping them to you) at ambient temperatures (even in the warmest climates) is perfectly OK and will not damage the live cultures. We use a freeze-dried process that keeps the strains alive and comfortable even during long trips in hot weather.
Once you receive your starter packs – pop them in the refrigerator or the freezer for best storage.
- 2+ years at around 0°F (-18°C) or lower (in the freezer)
- 1-2 years at around 40°F (4°C) (in the fridge)
- Up to 1 year at ambient (room) temperature.
Unfreezing the starter packs and freezing them again (e.g. when using only a portion) is OK to do, even multiple times.
We do not recommend splitting the Buttermilk starter because it contains a wider variety of cultures (i.e. cheese cultures) with different physical properties and using only a portion of it might result in imbalance of strains, and consecutively in an altered acidification profile or incomplete set (i.e. your yogurt might fail to properly turn out).
The packs are packaged and labeled with the grams they contain and the volume those grams make when used entirely in one go.
The packs are intended for single use, or their contents could be split for multiple use.
When you split the pack, take out as much as you need to make your yogurt, then reseal and refreeze the remaining starter for later. Make sure you store the sachets in a way that prevents moisture from getting in, i.e. well closed in a Ziploc bag or wrapped around and fastened with a rubber band.
When you split the contents of the pack and use less starter amount to make smaller volumes, keep in mind that you are also reducing the total amount of yogurt that you can make from the pack (read more on that here). Refer to this page to see the gram to Liters (gallons) chart and to find out how much starter to use for different volumes of milk.
How To Make Buttermilk
It is super easy to make Buttermilk using our Bacillus Bulgaricus starter. We have included two sets of instructions how to make Buttermilk:
- The traditional method for making Buttermilk – if you prefer to make your Buttermilk the conventional way, manually or with the help of a yogurt-making machine.
- A fail proof method for making Buttermilk – if you have difficulties getting good results with the traditional method or would like to get your results faster, try this fail-proof manual method instead.