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Hi all,

This is my first post ever on this board. I would like to know if any of you are making your own yogurt and where you can buy the cultures in the US?

I am about to move from Germany to the States and would like to keep making my own yogurt, but have no clue where to look for the cultures.

Hope I am not offending any vegans here, I am an o-l-vegetarian.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Since you're a veggie, you could purchase a container of yogurt with live cultures to get a starter going, couldn't you? For vegans, I think that this is possible with soy yogurt, as well. I was looking into this the other day out of curiousity, but I have not made any soy/yogurt.

Sorry, I know that this isn't very helpful. Maybe someone who has experience making soy/yogurt can be of more help!
 

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Thanks for the reply pixiemagic, but unfortunately, as to using yogurt as a starter.. the results are not the same, and the yogurt I have bought in supermarkets while visiting the US did not seem to be just yogurt, I have the suspicion that they add gelatin to it, or something. *sigh*

BTW, there are cultures that work with both milk AND soymilk, at least here in Germany (and they are made in a lab, thus can be used by vegans as well). I am sure you can find them in the US also, but so far, google was no help, so I thought I'd try to find an answer here.
 

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doola - I made my own when I was in high school; I used yogurt purchased from the health food store as my starter. It's been so long - I can't remember the specifics, but the book I had said buy natural yogurt with live cultures in it as a starter. Turned out really good too.
 

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Thanks for the reply dvmarie. Didn't think anyone else was going to post a reply.
It seems that making your own yogurt is not a big thing over there.

I use yogurt as a starter only in desperate situations, but I prefer the "naked" cultures, because the results are usually better, and also, because I try to avoid trash whenever possible. And bought yogurts in the States come only in plastic containers with aluminum covers, or am I wrong?
 

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In the US most of the yogurts contain gelatin. Stonyfield farms doesn't, though, it's organic.
It's really good! So if you want to use yogurt to make yogurt i suggest stonyfield farms. I don't know the first thing about making yogurt so i'm not much help...
 
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