Today’s shopping recommendation is to buy TWO cultures that have worked very well for me.
The first is the CULTURED BUTTERMILK STARTER, which I use and explain on my homemade yogurt page. It makes a wonderfully creamy taste for yogurt, without the harsh tang traditionally associated with other yogurts (I have received lots of compliments and it is *husband-approved*). It is available from the Cultures for Health home page in the menu on the left as “Buttermilk Starter” under the heading “Starter Cultures”. Make sure you pick the heirloom culture, not the direct set.
The second is the DESEM SOURDOUGH STARTER, which I use with King Arthur ORGANIC Whole Wheat Flour for my Sourdough Recipes (more to come soon). It is easy to use and works long-term on whole wheat doughs to get the maximum fermentation with the desired rise. It is available from the Cultures for Health home page in the menu on the left as “Sourdough Starter” under the heading “Starter Cultures”. Make sure to pick DESEM unless you want to keep a white flour culture for faster rise (but less nutrition).
Both cultures are $12.99 each and should last indefinitely if properly maintained. They require no special equipment and work at room temperature. The buttermilk culture even comes with extra “flakes” so you can keep them in the ‘fridge should anything go wrong with your first starter. Shipping is only $3.99.
Helping of Hope: You can make at least a YEAR’S WORTH of YOGURT and SOURDOUGH BREADS for $30 plus the price of milk and flour! What a way to keep your body AND your grocery budget happy 🙂
If you have enjoyed this SHOP-TIL-YOU-DROP SATURDAYS post, please share it using the many options below. Thanks!