Bacillus Bulgaricus Yogurt Starter makes genuine Bulgarian yogurt (kiselo mlyako) of exceptional quality with classic Bulgarian yogurt taste, thickness, acidity and aroma.
Our Bulgarian yogurt is thick and creamy in nature and has an impeccable taste with just the perfect balance between being mild and tart. It is unlike any other yogurt you’ve ever tried.
This is an authentic classic original Bulgarian heirloom yogurt starter culture made with naturally sourced lactic acid cultures, isolated from natural sources in ecologically preserved areas in Bulgaria. It is produced and packed in Bulgaria.
Each pack contains loose powder mix, in perfect proportions, of the two strains required to make Bulgarian yogurt — lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus. It makes thick, creamy and absolutely delicious yogurt.
Bacillus Bulgaricus yogurt starter is fully natural with no additives, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. It contains no GMO ingredients and it is gluten free.
It is manufactured and harvested in a strictly regulated sterile environment so it does not contain nor it has been in contact with nuts, soy and other common allergens.
This is a heirloom yogurt starter with live active bacteria, which means that you can reuse yogurt from your previous batch to culture your new batch, for as long as you wish.
Each pack contains freeze-dried live active lactic acid yogurt starter cultures. Since the bacteria is grown on organic dried milk powder, the pack also contains a minute (very small) quantity of dried organic milk powder, which is completely consumed by the bacteria during fermentation. The resulting yogurt is completely lactose free if made with dairy milk and completely dairy-free if made with dairy-free milk.
Type: Heirloom Bulgarian yogurt starter. This means that you can make endless batches of Bulgarian yogurt, simply reusing your previously made yogurt to start a new batch.
Activity and Strength: 1 gram of starter contains at least 25 billion colony-forming unit (2.5 x 1010 CFU/g) of lactic acid probiotic bacteria strains.
100% potency guaranteed. 100% viability guaranteed.
Ingredients: Live active lactic acid cultures (lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus).
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 Bulgarian yogurt. 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.
Details: 100% natural. 100% plastic free. 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 yogurt. It is excellent for frozen yogurts too. Do not use with lactose-free milk as lactose is the source of food for the bacteria — using lactose-free milk will starve it and you won’t get yogurt. See some more information about our lactose free and vegan yogurt.
Nutritional Information: Available here
Lab test data: Available on request.
Industrial size option: DVS (direct-vat set) packs for manufacturers available on request. If you require starter for vats larger than 150L contact us to place an order.
Origin: Produced in Bulgaria.
Store the Bulgarian Yogurt 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.
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 Bulgarian Yogurt
It is super easy to make yogurt using this yogurt starter. You can make your own yogurt with or without the help of an yogurt maker.
When you introduce the live culture into prepared milk the streptococcus thermophilus bacteria goes into action first and prepares the perfect environment for lactobacillus bulgaricus, which starts multiplying and slowly turns the milk into genuine Bulgarian yogurt.
These two beneficial, transient bacteria work together in the fermentation process that turns milk into the world’s best yogurt.
The process takes approximately 6-10 hours to complete.
We have described two methods for making Bulgarian yogurt:
- The traditional method – if you prefer to make your Bulgarian yogurt the conventional way, manually or with the help of a yogurt-making machine.
- A fail proof method – 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.