Cultured foods have been an integral part of the healthiest diets for thousands of years and are essential to a long, healthy life. They give birth to a lavish inner ecosystem, building resistance to infections, and greatly enhancing digestion. They are ideal for appetite and weight control, very alkaline and cleansing to the blood.
How to Make Cultured Vegetables
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Veggie Culture Starter is ideal for pregnant women, ensuring a healthy birth canal for her newborn child who will rely on her to provide healthy bacteria. Children with autism and ADD benefit from the culture as well. Cultured vegetables help take away cravings for sweets, soft drinks, bread, pasta, dairy, fruit and other expansive foods not allowed on the diet.
Research suggests that Lactobacillus plantarum has an ability to reverse gut disbyosis, like IBS, Crohn's Disease and Colitis.
Cultured Vegetable Starter contains the following beneficial bacteria:
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis
- Lactococcus lactis ssp. cremoris
- Lactococcus lactis ssp. diacetylactis
- Leuconostoc mesenteroides ssp. cremoris
- Lactobacillus kefyr
- Non-GMO dextrose as a carrier (consumed during fermentation)
Each box contains 6 packets which can be used to make cultured vegetables, cultured whipped butter, and creme fraiche.
An Easy Beginner's Recipe
- 3 heads green cabbage, shredded in a food processor
- Several cabbage leaves
- 6 carrots, large shredded in a food processor
- 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1 packet of Body Ecology® Veggie Culture Starter
- ½ cup warm (90°) water
- Dissolve Veggie Culture Starter with warm water. Add some form of sugar to feed the starter (try Rapadura, Sucanat, honey, Agave, or EcoBloom). Let the starter/sugar mixture sit for about 20 minutes or longer while the L. Plantarum and other bacteria wake up and begin enjoying the sugar. Put aside.
- Combine shredded cabbage, carrots, ginger, and garlic in a large bowl.
- Remove several cups of this mixture and put into a blender.
- Add enough filtered water to make a “brine” the consistency of thick juice. Add culture starter mixture from step 1. Blend well and then add brine back into first mixture. Stir well.
- Pack mixture down into a glass or stainless steel container. Use your fist, a wooden dowel, or a potato masher to pack veggies tightly.
- Fill container almost full, but leave about 2 inches of room at the top for veggies to expand.
- Roll up several cabbage leaves into a tight “log” and place them on top to fill the remaining 2-inch space. Clamp jar closed.
- Let veggies sit at about a 70° room temperature for at least 3 days. A week is even better. Refrigerate to slow down fermentation. Enjoy!
I use the veggie culture for making fermenting foods, particularly saurerkraut. I love this culture!!
My family is hooked on these products. The results are undeniable. They work..no more bloating,flatter stomaches, more energy, even my 80+ mother notices the difference.
Thanks body ecology!
Likes the product4/19/13
Easy to use and tastes good
The culture starter worked very well . I am enjoying my veggies. Learned not to get to much ginger in the mix tho!!!
Great product to use in cultured veggies.
I love it
I add EcoBloom in with my culture starter to make delicious homemade cultured veggies!
Jury still out4/8/13
I cultured my own veggies with Culture Starter a few weeks ago. So far I haven't noticed a change in my digestion. I have IBS, chronic gastritis, horrific GERD, with fibromyalgia. I just purchased the Body Ecology diet book and I hope that is helpful. I have also been drinking Kefir and taking probiotics. I also take L-glutamine and use i26 hyperimmune egg. So far no change. I suppose the only way to change the digestion problems is going wheat and dairy free? I'm still confused on leaky gut.
veggie culture starter4/8/13
I love this product as it made my veggie work so much easier. Also I like how it taste, is reliable takes all the guess work out!
I have Fibromyalgia and Celiac. This starter has helped me more than anything to clean out and then keep cleaning out. The veggies just get better and better!
Veggie Culture Starter4/7/13
I have purchased this product (and keifer starter) several times and enjoy making my own saurkraut and other veggies.
my gal is allergied to broccoli but she does not have any flare up when she ate the fermented broccoli.
Your starter makes it easier to make cultured vegies. I love the taste and texture!
I had reservations about "fermented vegetables" tasting good enough for me to eat...I have come to enjoy the homemade kraut I make using the veggie culture starter and will continue doing it this way to heal my digestive system and my body. Thank you!
easy to use, great results3/27/13
I've gone through half a dozen packets of starter and my veggies come out great every time.
By Super Dave
Made a great batch of Butternut Squash!
By carly morgan
Amazing product. Helped heal my gut like no other!! <3 Thanks so much.
I used this in making my first batch of cultured veggetables with excellent results.
I loved the cultured veggies. Packet worked great.
Veggies are a great suppliment to my salad3/18/13
These are so good they are now my salad dressing.
Veggie culture starter3/18/13
Works so good & so easy to use. Takes a little time to make, but so much cheaper.
I ordered my product in mid-January 2013. Received absolutely no communication about my order. I called about 3 weeks after placing the order (and every week thereafter until it came). Found out my order was on hold because an item i didn't really need all that urgently was actually not in stock, even though it said it was. I would have liked to have changed my order if it was possible. I am pretty upset Body Ecology, you really messed up the timing of my core program with zero communication on your behalf to inform me that it was extremely delayed! My foods went bad waiting for the stuff, I lost a lot of money. Really upset. Body Ecology. Really. Really. Really upset. I want more than a 15% off my next order. The things i actually needed weren't in stock when i placed the order. Probably were by the time you got the order out to me. I wouldn't need to place a second order. I am never an upset person but this really really frustraed me. I am an extremely happy person but really cannot stand it when people fail to communicate with me. Especially when they're taking $127 of my money. I would like a response to this. firstname.lastname@example.org
I opened the jar without refrigerating first and it was like opening up a shaken bottle of soda. TEEMING with healthy bacteria. And delicious? Cabbage, carrot, fennel and ginger...good stuff!
Another great product3/12/13
Using Veggie Culture Starter is a easy way to turn my vegetable smoothie into an easily digestible pick-me-up winter beverage!
I have used this product and enjoy the ease of use and the finished product. The recipes are great too.
I was buying fermented vegetables. I was hesitant but decided to try fermenting them myself. Starter works great. Directions were easy. I plan on ordering more.
I just did my first cultured vegetables and they turned out fantastic ! I got the nice canning jars from Sur La Table and it took only 5 days for my veggis to be ready to eat . They really taste great , I followed Donna's steps in the video and now I am enioying my heathy salads daily. Love the product and I'm planning to get more ! Thank you Donna !
This product was very easy to use, came with easy to follow instructions. I would definitely recommend it to others!
Perfect cultured veggies every time!3/8/13
Love this starter. Have been using it to culture my veggies for a couple years now and they turn out great every time. Use it to ferment coconut water too. Love it!
I have only attempted once to make the cultured veggies; I wasn't very sucessful & smelled up the kitchen :)...I have since watched the video on your website and have a better idea what to do along with some good tips. I will attempt to make them again soon.
Great to know I'm getting all of those nutrients!
Veggie Culture Starter3/8/13
It really helps my digestion and I don't feel as hungry when I eat it every day. I was very happy to find that for the same price I can make 6 times more cultured veggies compared to buying it premade at a store. My only complaint is that I don't like the taste as much as premade ones I've had before. It could just be the particular recipe I tried however.
great for ulcers3/6/13
I use vege starter for my Son who has Auto Immune Enteropathy and GERD. An endoscopy showed that after years of use the ulcers in his esophagas were gone.
Veggie Culture Starter3/6/13
27 yrs of suffering from inadequate digestion, gone after 2 months of cultured veggies. How can I ever thank bodyecology.com?? No doctors could ever help me, it was always from stress. Which means they don't know. I spent thousands of dollars trying to help myself. Probiotics helped, but now I know it was NOT enough. My body needed more. Cultured veggies did it!!!! Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!!
i use this starter with my homemade probiotic, the yeast is a big promoter of good bacteria!
By Doctor Mom
I have made 2 batches of fermented veggies so far and both have come out delicious!
I had never had it before but suffered from candida overgrowth most of my life. Since I have been eating it everyday I'm happy to say that I'm feeling a lot better.
Could be better2/21/13
I've tried both now, kefir grains and freeze dried, and I prefer the grains. Why do I have to heat the milk and what, specifically, are the organisms involved? What I really wanted to try was the vegi starter. It was back ordered and I haven't heard boo. And now they want a review? A poor rating is the best I can do. Send the vegi starter.
Fermented Juice Tonic2/21/13
Several months ago, I read the Body Ecology article on fermented vegetable tonic and immediately ordered the Veggie Culture Starter. It is very easy and quick to make. Easy to digest and a great immune support this winter!
Donna's Cultured Veggies are terrific! Though I do a healthy diet, the high quality probiotics have added a wonderfully "live"
sensation to my insides. Making the veggies is fun and I look forward to trying lots of differ
This starter makes delicious cultured veggies.
This works great and love there is video on BE website to help show you how to create your own cultured veggies
I recently tried this for the first time, and was completely unsurprised to discover the results were excellent, like that of the kefir starter. If it comes from Body Ecology, it's the best.
I have used the product and am happy with the results. I will be ordering more.
Loved the ease of use and the knowledge that my batches would have all they need to be as healthy and alive as possible.
It does the job. In a week I had sauerkraut! Thanks!
Product is good2/10/13
The product is very good. I am able to Culture Vegetables with out any problems using the Veggie Starter Culture.
I used the Veggie culture starter to make my first batch of fermented veggies
it came out great! it tasted wonderful too.... and I didn't like cultured veggies until I made myself start to eat them due to the candida!!!
I highly recommend using it to ensure you get a good balance of friendly and healthful bacterium, especially L. Planterium, which Iam told helps to overcome the candida over growth
Easy to use, even for first timers!2/2/13
By Creative 1
It was the first time I had tried making cultured vegetables and it worked perfectly. Tasted great! Very easy to do!
Makes great cultured veggies.1/27/13
The culture for making cultured veggies works well. I have made five batches of cultured veggies and had good success each time.
I tried this product because I wanted to help cleanse and build up my digestive tract to rid myself of yeast overgrowth. It is really easy to use and I have noticed a difference. I do not get the indegestion and bloating that I used to get! Thank you, Donna!
I use this product in my raw vegi soups, it gives the soup a little zing after 24 hrs and taste very good.
This is the first time I have fermented foods with a starter culture and I have had great results! I love having the powder on hand in the event I don't have any whey. It is easy to use and I have gotten a great ferment every time! Thank you!
Making fermented veggies has changed my life. I struggled with candida for a few years, and having fermented veggies daily has healed everything!
I haven't used this in a long time but bought it to try with the root vegetable juice recipe. It sounds so good! I have had several veggies made from other people with this culture and they are wonderful.
This product has gotten me on the road to better health. I now eat cultured veggies daily and they've made a huge difference in my life -- better digestion, more energy, fewer cravings, balanced mood, etc. This is the one product that I cannot do without and will continue to buy indefinitely.
Love love love1/6/13
By Sheep Lady
I have used this product for years. ITs a great way to get culutured veggies into your diet. I have made saurkraut using salt, but this is way better. Tastes great.
Helps speed up the process1/4/13
This is a great product. It truly helps with speeding up the fermentation process. I use it every time I make fermented veggies.
I have been battling Candida over growth for many years. It took 14 to figure out what was going on! Then I found Body Ecology. The book was helpful but required a big commitment that even I found a bit challenging. Then I got the Starter! It has turned my life around! I love making my veggies. It too can take some effort but it is well worth it. I am now finally healing my gut and am able to eat most foods without huge gastric upset. I still have a healthy diet but I don't have to worry about what I'm eating so much. I also feel so much more in balance emotionally! I can't say enough good things about this product. It seems so much better than the probiotics you buy in pills. It is alive for one thing! Life force is so important in what we take into our bodies! I am an Asian medicine practitioner and I have heard that Candida is considered the root of many serious illnesses. It is very debilitating and I know that from personal experience. I was very close to chronic fatigue and now I am feeling better than I have in years. Thanks so much for your efforts Donna. May you continue to help people get and stay well!
a lot easier12/17/12
easey to use
Wouldn't make our fermented veggies without it!! fantastic culture...
CULTURED VEGGIE STARTER12/9/12
Trial and error are always good teachers. My first batch of veggies did not turn out so well, then I watched a viedo and listened to the teaching CD's provided by Donna Gates on Body Ecology Diet Cleansing. The 2nd batch of cultured veggies is much, much better because the brine was completely covering the veggies. Perseverence pays off.
Culture Starter is good12/8/12
The Culture Starter product is good and i am able to make Cultured Vegetables using the Culture Starter. Cultured Vegetables helps me with the digestion and elimination.
Superior Taste for my Cultured Veggies12/1/12
I love this mix to make my cultured veggies. The taste is superior to any other method I have tried. Thank you Body Ecology!!
Veggie Culture Starter11/29/12
Making our cultered veggies with your veggie starter has helped us make awesome cultered vegetables month after month. Thanks!!!
I feel safe using Body Ecology culture starter for my cultured vegetables. I believe there is no chance for yeast to form with these potent cultures. I now culture cabbage and carrot JUICE with this culture; success everytime.
Now crave cultured vegetables11/27/12
When I made my first batch of cultured vegetables, I was disappointed and didn't think I really liked them. I had read how delicious they were, and they just tasted terribly sour to me. I decided to keep trying them by adding a little bit to my plate each meal, and after having them 3 times, I decided I actually really like them and crave them. It's really funny how that worked out. Now I'm eating my cultured veggies every day and really enjoying them. I am seeing tremendous improvement in my athlete's foot condition, and I've only been following the Body Ecology diet for 3 weeks.
Best veggie culture on the market!! Has never failed.
It made the most delicious pepers I've ever tried
By happy grammie
I love my cultered vegtables. I tried making
them without the starter product and it
didn't work. My sister who lives in another state had been making it alot and raved about it. So I finally decided to order the veggie culture starter and i am
so glad I did!! It worked and I hooked.
Its the best ever.
Great with cabbage11/12/12
I have used this starter to make fermented cabbage. I've used carrots occasionally but I prefer just plain cabbage. I like that you don't have to add any salt. It turns out really delicious with a tangy sour taste.
I made saurkraut and it turned out to be the best I have ever made. The starter worked perfectly.
I love making Sauerkraut with this starter. It really works!11/3/12
I am pleased to be using the veggie culture starter and determined to eat some every day. The health benefits are excellent as is the kraut.
Excellent product, has helped me increase my energy level, especially when I'm sick. Also helps with an overgrowth of fungus.10/30/12
This product has truly been a real God sent. I've had problems with recurring sinus and bladder infections for years. After taking several rounds of antibiotics I had to do something to get my strength back and decided to try the culture starter. It has helped me regain my strength and stamina, plus strengthen my immune system. Keep up the good work!!
I made my first batch of fermented veggies using this starter. They came out great. I was a little leary about whether I was making them correctly and the starter was like a little bit of insurance.
The only way to go for kraut!10/26/12
The veggie culture starter is so easy and the best way to make sure your kraut will consist of the right kind as well as right amount of good bugs for your digestive system. I've used other starters and always come back to my stand by.. the Body Ecology Veggie Culture starter. I've made batches of kraut for 200 people by using 1 or 2 pouches, so you really get your money's worth!
This stuff works great.
I love this product. It makes the best veggies!
wonderful to have starter culter10/15/12
This culture works wonders. We have been using it to make sauerkraut, and have definitely seen an improvement in our digestive systems. It's also wonderful to have cultured veges in only 3 days.
A HUGE must with culturing veggies! This product takes the process of culturing veggies to a new level. No more ruined batches if just using salt. Cultures fast and makes for a very yummy fermented product!
Added to my veggies, it gives me consistent results over and over. I've tried one and two packs of starter for 3 heads of cabbage and feel like one is enough; cheaper and it does the job.
Love cultured veggies 9/30/12
and have friends asking me for more!
This product is excellent. My first time ever fermenting vegetables, and they turned out great. I look forward to trying cultured butter and kimchee.
Love it! I went through this box very quickly.9/29/12
I used this starter in several batches of fermented vegetables, in fermented juice and to make cultured butter. I love it!
Can't live without it!9/26/12
The veggie culture starter is super food for my super 59 year old body, can't live without it! Cultured veggies are part of the fuel (everyday) that I need to keep going.
I'm loving the fermented veggies9/19/12
By E. Y.
Love the product. Have used it before and I direct folks to Body Ecology all the time who are interested in fermenting their food. I work at Costco doing the demos (usually in the Pharmacy Dept.) and often get on the subject of digestion healing and that's were I recommend BE.
Excellent for making cultured vegetables such as sauerkraut. We love the way it adds to the fermentation process. Great quality.
The product is good9/15/12
The product is very good
Love this product!9/10/12
It worked like a charm the very first attempt I have made, ever, to culture my own vegetables. I've made sour cream, cultured butter, sauerkraut, and kimchi - all with great success.
I definitely need to keep this in stock at my house. The moment I stop eating my cultured veggies, the sugar cravings start up again. I know we can make cultured veggies without the starter, it just gives me peace of mind that i can not screw it up. LOL
Great Yogurt Starter9/6/12
I made coconut yogurt with this starter and it was wonderful
Fermented veggies are great for digestion!!!9/6/12
I love this stuff added to my fermented kraut. I can tell the difference in how much better the kraut works with my digestion.
Just What I Needed!!!!9/6/12
I had been working at obtaining balance for over 3 years. After finding out I was gluten intolerant later in life, I had a hard time healing my gut. When I added cultered veggies IT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!!
Easy product to use and fantastic addition to my ferments! Totally worthwhile purchase.
I just started making my own cultured veggies and I love them! Even my 3 yr old and husband like some of the batches I've made. This is a fabulous starter. Easy to use and makes veggies yummy!
By Nicky K
I couldn't be more happy with this product. It does exactly what I needed and I would recommend it to anyone needing something helpful for their digestive needs! Thanks!
Worked just as it was supposed to. Easy to use too!
I have been using this for a while. I make a batch of cutured vegetables once every two months. Its time consuming but worth the time. My husband and I have the cultured veggies for every meal. Its become part of our meal routine.
A Great product8/19/12
By ima rawfoodie
I use this frequently to make cultured veggies, most often sauerkraut. In five days I have the best kraut.
BED Culture Starter works great for cultured veggies8/18/12
BED Culture Starter gives us excellent results every time we make cultured veggies, which is about once a month. Excellent flavor and wonderful balancing effect on my colon. Love the flavor of cultured veggies!
Love making Kim Chi8/12/12
My family loves fermented veggies!
Just follow the recipes on the BE website and you will create excellent, delicious cultured veggies! So far I have made the basic mixed veggies, cultured beets w/caraway seeds, kimchi, and sauerkraut... All were soooo yummy.
A staple in my kitchen8/3/12
Always on hand, a staple in my kitchen. I always seem to have a batch brewing. I love the versatility of the starters, occasionally throwing one in a tonic.
I've just used this product for the first time and am very pleased with the result. I will definitely reorder.
I have made traditional fermented saurkraut without any culture starters before, and Kombucha; but I didn't know how to make other cultured veggies. When I bought the Veggie Culture starter I made fermented, carrot, cabbage, ginger slaw and cultured beets and pickles, the pickles didn't come out great but that was probably my inexperience and I didn't have a recipe. Everything else turned out great! Very pleased, was quick and easy to use.
I thought this product was great! It is easy to use and my veggies came out yummy! But it does not really say how much starter to use for how much veggies?? So I kind of went by the recepie amounts? But would love to know if I wanted to make a smaller amount, how much whould I then use, since it is nice to make a few different kinds for variety. Now I have all the same and many jars of it. But i would still recomend, just would be nice to have a bit more details. Thanks!
My first time with fermented vegtables. Everything worked according to receipe and we are enjoying them everyday.
I love this stuff7/20/12
This easy to use product gives high-end results. Because I am kind of lazy and love the whole coconut all together, I just blend both coconut milk and meat, stir in the culture and place on top of my hot water heater. Voila! Repeat cultures work just as instructions indicate. Perfect every time. Yum!
I used the Veggie Starter the first time I made cultured vegetables. It worked great!
My veggies tasted delicious. I am very pleased with this product.
great for making cultured veggies and veggie juice7/17/12
Works great! I especially like using it to make cultured veggie juice - great alternative to expensive cultured beverages. Makes it easy to incorporate cultured foods in my daily routine.
Product works well.
I think Body Ecology is the best culture starter around!
Excellent way to make sour cream and have a powerful probiotic added into your daily diet!
BE Veggie Culture Starter & Eco Bloom Are a Winning Team7/1/12
BE Veggie Culture Starter & Eco Bloom Are a Winning Team
Four months now in a row I have used a variety of different garden fresh, luscious organic vegetables to make cultured vegetables for my family using Donna Gates' wonderful Body Ecology Veggie Culture Starter and Eco Bloom. Every time the vegetables have turned out superbly. The vegetables look good, taste great, and promote excellent digestion to support our good health and well-being. We also appreciate the pleasant flavour and health-supporting nutrients in Vitality SuperGreen Powder.
The cheap route didn't work for me.7/1/12
The BED has helped me in so many ways! But when it came to my ferments I tried to do it my way......with wild fermentation. Bad idea for a candida person. Lots of digestive tract discontent. Finally quit the wild and went with the BED packaged starter. All is quiet within now. It is pretty spendy but other brands contain milk product. I never go a meal without my ferments. Thank you Donna for all you do and have done for us!
easy to use6/30/12
The product is easy to use. This is my first try at fermenting vegies and I am not sure about the process. I would like to know what to look out for. Should I be releasing gas? If it stops bubbling have I ruined it?
this product is perfect. do get!
doesnt get better than this6/23/12
makes a perfect batch every single time! such a great way to ensure you will have a sucessful probiotic rich food afterwards.
Wow! was the only word that came out.6/23/12
By The Food Warrior
The first time I placed the veggie cuture in my mouth, Wow! was the only word that came out
The taste was out of this world, and making it was so easy with the Veggie Starter. Waiting for the fermentation was the hard part!
I use this starter when making my cultured vegetables. They seem to really give a good start to the fermenting process. When I open my jars they always have a good amount of fizz, which mskes me happy so that I know the fermenting has begun.
What did I do before this culture?6/12/12
I love this culture! I make raw, cultured butter once a week and also use it to culture vegetables, which I am totally addicted to. If I didn't make butter from the cultured cream, it could be used as a delicious sour cream (the butter always wins out). I am extremely pleased with this product and highly recommend it.
Easy to Use6/7/12
This was easy to use and worked great! The veggies came out tart and tasty!
Wonderful, perfect way to get good bacteria in each day by culturing cream!6/1/12
By Deanna B
Absolutely love the culture starter! It is a perfect way to get good bacteria in everyday. We culture cream making a wonderful addition to our meals!
Yes! It works5/22/12
Yes! The Vegie Cultue Starter works! I have tried to ferment my vegies without the culture and they got soggy and were'nt appetizing. This time I used the Vegie Culture and I am pleased. I'm committed to getting these probiotic foods into my health and lifestyle. Thanks.
Using products for my autistic son 5/21/12
Made very good veggies that turned out wonderful. Very pleased
I like this culture starter5/20/12
This culture worked very well in my fermented vegetables.
Very good! But confusing!5/18/12
Cultured veggies have always confused me right from the beginning of the book. I had to make them myself in order to really understand it. When i made them (first recipe: carrots, cabbage, and dill), i still was confused because i thought i made them incorrectly. I thought they would drastically transform color. They didn't look much different than day 2. Then i tasted them after a couple weeks, and they did taste sour. I guess i made them correctly! They tasted very different. But some of mine didn't culture properly. Maybe they're slow or maybe i didn't put enough liquid. A close-up picture of some cultured vegetables would be helpful next to the recipe on the website so people know they're making them correctly.
More confident in the finished product5/17/12
I feel more confident using Veggie Starter. The veggies I cultured without the Starter didn't turn out well.
Using this for my autistic son and myself.5/17/12
I was very successful in making my cultured veggies. They came out very colorful and very tart. I am very pleased.
Vegetable Culture Starter5/15/12
This starter works well. Since I started mixing cultured vegetables with my meals my digestion has improved immensely.
Could not figure it out5/14/12
Instructions are not clear. I am experienced cook and do my own sour kraut, but was not successful with this thing. I wish instructions were more clear
very good product5/12/12
I use veggie culture to make kimchi and cultured cabbage. Happpy to know I am helping the good bacteria in my gut.
Made cabbage and it is good. It was easy.
These are the best tasting cultured vegetables ever!! I crave them. By using the starter culture I know my family is receiving beneficial bacteria vital to their health! Excellent product!
We have used the starter since last August. For many years I have been treated for Rosacea with doxycyclline. After a few months of eating the cultured vegetables daily, my rosacea is nearly gone. My wife has been treated for acid reflux for years and has also seen positive results from eating cultured vegetables. We like not having to use salt.
I love this product and the new found cultured food I have added to my diet!
By NC Girl
Love this product!
Culturing made Easy4/29/12
I used to have to culture with whey and it was a lot more work and not as many benefits and sometimes they would not turn out at all. I love using Body Ecology's Veggie Culture starter. My veggies turn out great every time!
This culture is awesome4/29/12
This culture ensures strong, healthy strains in your kraut. Buy it!
I love BED products and this is just one of them you can't live without if you want to make healthy fermented veggies.
The culture cultures the vegetables.4/28/12
I use this product to culture vegetables following a you tube video of Donna demonstrating the process and it works every time.
A little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Makes great cultured veggies, and has the recipes for sour cream and butter, too. A must have in the kitchen.
Veggie culture starter is one of my staples..quite a contrast to 9 yrs ago before BED..bread was my staple..cultured vegetables are CRITICAL to my diet ..will not eat without them. The yeasts don't have a chance with these guys coming down the tract three or more times a day!
Love my cultured vegetables4/23/12
I just made my first batch of cultured vegetables. I followed the instructions and was amazed at how much it actually made. I have been eating a jar a day for the last 10 days and am getting ready to make my second batch so that it will be ready when I used up the first batch. I love the sour taste of the cabbage and I feel great.
I highly recommend "Veggie Culture Starter"4/10/12
By New Day Nutrition
As a Nutritional Consultant, I have been able to help a lot of people with the Veggie Culture Starter and believe that it is an excellent product for ALL, even if they are not on a candida diet.
I've been making fermented vegetables for a year now. The cultures veggies starter is so easy to use and helps it all. The cultured veggies transform my meals and make everything I combine it with SO much easier to digest.
This product is great4/7/12
This is my first time culturing veggies. I finish my first batch and is about to start making my second batch. I fell in love with cultured veggies. I am going to try to culture YCK. I hope it comes out as good as the CV. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
Culture for Fermented Veggies - Good first venture4/6/12
By Sonna Mae
Your products were recommended to me by my Nutritional Advisor and I made cabbage & carrot slaw with ginger & garlic. It seems to be agreeing with me and I have 7 quarts to go so am looking forward to improved gut health.
Thanks for all your research & caring.
Works very well! Just make sure you follow the directions that come with it!
I've been using this starter culture for a few years now & recently I am using it quite often. Cultured veggies & veggie juices have become a staple in our household & this makes it so easy to create something both tasty & healthy. Thanks!
Great Culture Starter3/29/12
We used the culture starter to make cultured vegtables.
It is nutrious, delicisious and everything we can ask for.
This is a great product. I had never tried to make cultured vegetables before and had no idea how to start. Fortunately, this did the work for me.
Extremely easy, creative, and relatively fast to use and make cultured creations!3/26/12
What a wonderfully creative way to heal and keep our guts healthy. As I'm sure you readers know that the best way to keep our immune system healthy, or repair and build our immune system is through healing and maintaining the environment in our gut. Our gut being our intestines , small and large intestines. Have fun with it, because life and health should be fun!
Good Veggie Culture Starter3/23/12
I have never cultured veggies before and I'm still learning. The veggie culture starter was simple and made me feel like I couldn't possibly screw this up. Thanks for the boost in my culturing confidence.
I highly recommend "Veggie Culture Starter"3/22/12
By bill e
My wife and I are getting such good results with our health from the B. E. D. that we intend to stay on it until we hit all our healing goals.
Use This To Make Homemade Cultured Vegetables!3/16/12
On Body Ecology I've made huge progress in eliminating chronic health issues I've suffered from since childhood. Incorporating fermented vegetables into my diet has clearly been a key element, but store-bought cultured vegetables are so expensive and increasingly difficult to find. About a year and a half ago I started making my own homemade cultured vegetables using the Culture Starter and it couldn't be easier. It's a part of my routine that I hardly even think about anymore and is much more economical. I highly recommend this product.
this makes the best cultured vegis ever!!!3/15/12
By happy tummy
We have a local company that makes wonderful raw cultured vegis. They however, use the oldworld style of salt and the natural microorganisms on the cabbage. I have a hard time digesting them and they did not repopulate my intestines well. Then I started making my own cultured vegis with the culture starter, in additon to drinking lots of coconut and water kefir I am now able to digest raw vegitables, I have never, as far back as I can remember been able to digest raw vegis without pain, gas and constipation. Now the cultured vegis have been a God-send and I loooooove how good they taste. I eat them with everything!!
Really important part of my diet.3/13/12
By Free At Last!
I like this starter better than using whey because it seems to make a crunchier, tarter ferment. I love my cultured veggies!
This starter is wonderful for use in making your own raw cultured veggies; without it, you are not always sure your veggies are going to turn out well. It's a pretty small price to pay for insurance! And making your own RCVs saves you a bundle. Just one batch saved me what I spent for a new food processor to make them. Can't wait to try the starter to make my own sour cream and butter!
Can Feel It Working3/6/12
By Holly F
I bought this product years ago to get rid of yeast problems. It worked; then I found another probiotic that seemed to work also: Fivelac, Good, but the yeast never went away completely. I realized it's a lifestyle and probably too much wine. I am overall healthy but have a low thyroid due to Hashimoto's and food sensitivities which I realize are both due to leaky gut syndrome. I realize now I am 45 and can't take my health for granted any longer. I must heal my gut if I am to live a quality life. This veggie culture is great; my only recommendation is to add celtic sea salt (the stuff I ordered on this site is awesome!) sea salt prevents the veggies from getting mushy - instead of mush you will have crispy sauerkraut. To me, quite honestly, I wouldn't call it yummy cause It is very sour, but I eat 1/2 cup religiously twice a day and take fermented cod liver oil and try to drink bone broth and eat primal. My transition/ adherence to this program is nowhere near 100% but I figure baby steps are better than nothing and hopefully will take me one step closer to health in my old age as opposed to disease. It's all about quality, not quantity.
I just started eating my first batch of cultured vegetables made with the Veggie Culture Starter. They are great!
Excellent product, I have ordered this product over and over again, I love it as it makes me feel so good and also because it is great in salads.
I am used to fermenting, but this product made a huge difference. This was the best saurkraut I have ever made.
Easy to use. Works every time.
We can't live without our culture starter3/4/12
We love making fermented veggies and it has become, in our household a bonding experience because of the time, effort and dedication they take to prepare. However, the outcome is tasty, good-for-you cultured vegetables that we have with every meal. However, the delivery of our product took over 2 weeks. Knowing that my credit card had been charged, I finally called to hear that my order didn't go through. There was a "glitch" in the ordering process. It would have been nice to get a discount or something for their mishap.
Although it takes a while to make the cultured veggies they are well worth it and we love the starter so we are sure to get the good probiotics.
Overall great product - I had to get used to the sour taste of cultured veggies but now I really like them, especially eaten with salmon.
My only complaint is that the instructions could be a little clearer: they read step-by-step how to make cultured veggies, but without even mentioning the culture starter. Then on the NEXT PAGE you read you have to first dissolve the starter in warm water, add sugar and let it sit for 20+ min! This should be STEP ONE, not shown separately on another page.
But other than that, great product!
I eat cultured veggies every day and this results in great veggies all the time.
By Andrea H.
I use these for fairly large batches, and the final product is always delicious. I have tried using the salt method, which did not taste very good and didn't have consistent results.
This starter is consistently good, making delicious cultured foods!
Instructions were incomplete2/20/12
I found the instructions, both on paper and watching the video, to lack one important detail, does the "brine" need to cover the veggies? My first batch I lost half of the product due to turning brown and molding. My husband is a professional chef and he was mortified by the lack of info, esp. on botulism, the high temp of fermenting (70-72*) and the recommendation to use beets (especially prone to botulism). I will keep fermenting, but am reading more complete info and will use other more natural products once I use up this product.
Very quick on shipping and I'm enjoying my very first batch of veggies that were properly cultured with this starter. I had made various batches of c.v. before, but it was always by just letting them sit 'plain' w/o an added starter. There is a big difference with using this starter, seems much more potent!
makes fermentation fool proof. 2/16/12
By Farmer Laura
I have femeted cabbage mixes many times with or without a cuture and this culture starter works the best!
Try the recipes in the Food of Life Cookbook sold here.
I was nervous fermenting veggies for the first time, but the instructions were simple & the veggies did just what they were supposed to. I've been eating them every day & my digestion is slowly improving. This is much cheaper than buying cultured veggies from the health food store for $8-13 per pint!
Veggie Culture 2/9/12
I culture veggies regularly . My results with the veggie culture is fantastic every time!!! I would recommend this to everyone.
Excellent!!! I Love it!! HIGHLY recommended!!!
Veggie Culture Starter2/6/12
Try it even if you are skeptical!2/2/12
I am new to cultured veggies and probiotics and was really nervous about how these would turn out. They turned out perfectly and are actually quite delicious tasting!! My husband is finding that they are helping him digest dairy better and I am finding they contribute to my overall health! Big fan....
Seems to be working well.2/1/12
I really think this is the key to treating Candida.
Assures Foolproof Fermented Veggies2/1/12
I was extremely pleased with the ease of using the veggie culture starter. This is the first time I've made cultured vegetables and the Veggie Culture Starter assured my success! I used one of Donna Gates' beginner recipes, and I was thrilled with the results. Store bought cultured vegetables are so expensive so I'm thrilled to be able to make them at home at an affordable price.
Can't Live Without It!1/28/12
I love this product. I use it to fortify my sauerkraut, to ferment beet root, to ferment diakon, to ferment juices.... it's amazing. People always say my sauerkraut has more of a kick to it than the store bought kind. Here's why!
So glad to have this product its wonderful1/27/12
Wonderful product easy to use. My friends just love the vegetables and want to know more on how to make them.
the jury is still out1/25/12
Tried the veggie culture starter and the result was mixed. We are still getting used to the taste, but the cultured vegetables CERTAINLY feel good and help with digestion
so far so good1/25/12
Just started using it...I am excited about fermenting my own vegies!!!
I have been using this product for a few yrs, and feel it has made a difference in my digestive system.1/24/12
I have been using this product for a few yrs, and feel it has made a difference in my digestive system. I will continue to use this, I feel it is the root of a lot of colon issues.
Makes the best butter ever1/22/12
We've used veggie culture with organic cream to make the best butter ever.
my family enjoys the veggies more1/21/12
My family enjoys the cultured veggies much more now that I am adding to body ecology culture. What a great way to ensure healthy families.
I made my cultured vegetables and am on my 3rd jar. I have not completely followed the BED diet, but the vegetables seem to help flatten my stomach and make me feel better. I will buy it again.
LOVE THIS PRODUCT1/19/12
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. I FOLLOWED THE RECIPE AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT, SO I GOT BRAVE AND NOW I'M MAKING MY OWN RECIPES (GREEN BEANS, JALAPENOS -MY FAVORITE SO FAR!-)
Love eating veggie culture starter1/14/12
I have been using the cultured vegetables for the past two years. At first I thought it would be overwhelming to make them. But as I started to enjoy them I realized that the benefits of increased digestion outweighed the extra work. And, as I gained experience in making cultured vegetables it became easier. I'm not trying to share them with others.
I love this product, I make fermented veggies and this fermented food is so good for my health, I will be using this product on a regular basis.
Veggie Culture Starter12/31/11
I'm a newbie at this, but the instructions were very helpful and how I am a cultured veggie girl. Though the first taste was surprising, I quickly acquired a taste for them and eat them daily.
So grateful and happy!12/28/11
I am having great results with the starter and with the cultured vegetables. I think my seven-year battle with UTI's may be over.
Have used this product twice to make cultured veggies and cant say enough good stuff about this product. I absloutely love them. Frish and crisp and healthy too! will continue to order this product as I'm now addicted.
By carolina girl
This is a great product. Makes the best cultured vegetables.
Stable in my Diet12/19/11
I rely on the Veggie Culture Starter to make excellent cultured vegetables that provides beneficial good bacteria to keep my gut healthy. It's a staple in my diet. When I run out I return to craving sugar, lose energy and vitality of life. I love how deeply I can sleep at night when my gut is healed from eating the cultured vegetables.
I have used the Veggie Culture Starter for over a year now and it has been very instrumental in helping my digestive system. I am truly grateful for this product.
Easy to use 12/12/11
I have made about 5 batches of cultured veggies over the last few months using Veggie Culture Starter and they have all turned out great. Initially, I was a little worried about them going bad, but this has not been an issue. I also add Eco Bloom and they are very tasty.
Over all health12/7/11
By Thender 4
I am so excited about veg culture starter mainly because my 10 yearold eats it like candy and it is helping her bathroom visit. Her BM are bigger fuller instead of the usual marbles which i hate. Not only is it a good bathroom aid for my kid but for our over all health.
Good Budget Option12/5/11
My husband and I have never made cultured veggies before, but he has done home-brewing and I've worked in a lab, so we figured we could handle trying to make it. But from our experience we did not mess around with contamination, so we bought this starter and we bought one of those German Kraut making water-seal clay pots off of Amazon. We have had two batches of perfect kraut off of one starter, and we would probably have enough to keep going with the first starter, except that I've taken to drinking the kraut juice straight up. I love that stuff. I've even frozen extra kraut juice for soup stock: obviously don't get the live benefits, but it is a good quick stock.
I have been using Body Ecology Veggie Starter for about a year now. It has made such a difference in my digestion. I make sauerkraut every week. I even take it when we travel. Great Stuff!
Veggie Cultur Starter11/28/11
Excellent product. I will continue to purchase.
I'm new to cultured vegetables and have only been on them less than 2 weeks, but feel much better already. Can't wait to see how I feel in a couple of months. I've also totally let go of my sugar addiction.
Love the product...looks great11/25/11
I love the product. I have use it for fermented vegetables and homemade yogurt.
Great product. Very easy to use and makes delicious veggies. I've also used this in coconut water.
The Veggie Culture Starter is an amazing product. I have made the cultured veggie without the starter, which were delicious. However when I added the Culture Stater it made them especially delicious.
Veggie Culture Starter11/23/11
FANTASTIC!!! My veggies culture flawlessly. I will continue to use and recommend to others. Very easy to follow along with the Eco Bloom.
Starting a cultured veggie revolution!11/23/11
I am having veggie culture chopping parties, everyone is turned on to this healing miracle! In just one week, friends are reporting that cravings for sweets have ceased, the urge to exercise is strong, and they feel better than ever. This is not an understatement, cultured veggies can change your life for the best! I have lost weight effortlessly, and the whole family is loving the veggies. Thank you Body Ecology!
I'm new to fermented foods and love this product! My digestion is improving alreay and it's only been a week.
I've been making fermented foods for several years now. The culture starter definitely makes for a better finished product than salt and whey. I highly recommend it to any avid fermentation makers!
I am still practicing with culturing the veggies and yogurt. Still looking to buy somewhere your cultured coconut milk.
I am on my way.....slowly
Culture Starter 11/14/11
I used the culture starter to make my first batch of veggies. OMG!!! GREAT!!!
I am relatively new to the body ecology diet and to culturing vegetables, so the starter gave me a way to know that I would get the results desired. My digestion has benefitted by this regimen.
I started making cultured veggies after reading The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger. Using the BE culture starter makes the process very easy!
I've been culturing pretty much any veggies that are in season and which I get through my organic food co-op. I really appreciate having this quality culture starter to add to my veggies.
We have felt so much better since eating cultured veggies daily. I eat about 1 cup per day.
Love this product11/10/11
Been using this product for several months and I have had great success with my cultured vegetables. Love the taste!
Wonderful information, but hard to hear, even with sound turned to the max, and I don't have a hearing problem. Redo that video as those women have great information, that is, what I could hear, and the products recommended would most likely work if I could have identified them. But love fermented vegetables and would like to see a transcript of the video available.
Thanks for working to improve health, one person at a time.
Very good product. I had been making kraut without anything added to it for years. As soon as I got the culture starter, I made one with cabbage and beets and added the starter. We all loved the taste of the final kraut. It was great.
This is my first go at making my own cultured veggies. They turned out amazing! I look forward to trying the coconut kefir as well.
Man, this is good!11/6/11
I've been buying cultured vegetables from various suppliers for 3 years and finally made my first batch with Body Ecology Starter. It makes great veggies. Tasty and tangy. I made my batch with regular cabbage, a little purple cabbage for color, garlic and Arame seaweed. Will try other combinations as I go.
Love this product!
It worked well and was easy to use!10/31/11
This was the first time that I cultured vegetables, and they came out really well! It wasn't complicated at all, and produced delicious results.
Veggie Cultue Starter10/29/11
I bought the Veggie Culture and I made my first batch using also the eco Bloom. It was delicious!!. My grand daughter and grandson love it. Great product.
Thank you Donna
defeated my candida problem10/28/11
With terrible candida symptoms after antibiotics and steroids(to treat the symptoms) probiotic supplements were not working. But after a large batch of cultured veggies, the plantarum finally won back control. I've been symptom free since I began eating the veggies, two years ago!
This product came recommended from a friend; I love the single-use packets, and my cultured veg's always come out great.
Veggie Culture Starteer helped me to make a huge crock of cultured veggies. I am really enjoying them. Thanks for a terrific product!
By Christine, MI
Recently, I started adding cultured veggies to my diet to improve my digestive health. Its an easy way to culture.
The best product!!! Highly recommended!!!
I love these veggies! Very different taste & easy to make.
I love BED culture starter. I have tried other products and they do not compare to the cleanliness of BED's product. Fermented veggies turn out amazing as well as saurkruat and KimChi. It is a bit pricey, but it is also worth it!
Easy to use10/4/11
I made my first batch after watching the video. It was easy to make and I am going to keep using it.
I made my first batch of cultured vegetables and they were so easy and delicious.
Yummy Fermented Juice10/1/11
My refrigerator is full of beautiful jars of cultured veggies. The juice from these veggies tastes wonderful!!! I wouldn't be without my VEGGIE STARTER!!!
This was my first time trying veggie culture starter. It was extremely easy and delicious!! Thanks!!! :)
Easy to use9/29/11
I had never fermented vegetables (or anything else before) and thought it would be to time consuming and difficult. The information that Body Ecology provided with the starter was very straight forward and quite easy to follow. I also watched the video on fermenting vegetables that they have posted on their site. The product was easy to use and I am excited to try many combinations of vegetables in the future! I highly recommend trying it.
Veggie Culture Starter9/26/11
I just started to culture Vegetables and the starter was very easy to use. I will continue to use.
Love putting extra probiotics in my veggie kraut. I was already making kraut on my own, but this just makes it better. Thanks!
Not sure it is a good product9/25/11
I made cultured veggies in 3 ways: with salt only (this is the traditional way very typical of European countries), with salt and whey, and with culture starter. I have not noticed any difference in the time until veggies became sour, and have not found any advantage whatsoever of using this very expensive product. My best cultured veggies were those made with salt and whey. I can buy a half gallon of whey from a raw milk farm with $3 and I can make countless culture veggies for peanuts.
I also wanted to mention that I tried to culture coconut water (organic from a can) and it did not work. After an entire week of waiting to become sour, it was still sweet. This culture starter was able to culture fresh coconut water in about 4 days, but it was infective at culturing coconut water from a can. On the other hand if I used kefir grains (water kefir grains), they could culture anything, including coconut water from a can. So my conclusion is that this started is not potent enough.
Love cultured veggies.9/22/11
Absolutely love this product and the cultured veggies.
I thought it was really great.9/21/11
I was so happy to get the culture and start making my fermented vegies. I think it is a really great product.
My cultured veggies turned out delicious and it's a lot less expensive and more nutritious making your own. The instructions made it really easy for a first timer.
Great starter for a happy ending.9/18/11
I have been using this product for six months
and love it. This makes my cuture veggies digest inside me more pleasantly and i have
more energy than ever! Thank you Donna Gates for doing the hard reseach to make every one benifit with great heath
By Faye in China
I am thrilled with this product and can feel the results immediately after consuming it only 2 times. My body is cleaning and responding positively to the cultured food. I also added some Eco-Bloom with the Veggie Culture. I think these are excellent products.
The starter has started a cycle of wellness among family and friends. The veggie culture is not hard to make but it does require a little time and patience. Still, it's worth the time and effort.
Makes Culturing Easy9/14/11
the veggie starter packets makes culturing easy and I know we are getting the best product
By Veggie Culture Starter
Works great! I have nothing to compare it to, but I know it works because days I take it everything flows and days I forget everything gets a little slow!
We use this starter to make delicious cultured veggies.
Great product. Makes the best tasting cultured vegetables, going to try butter next.
Great product! I love knowing that with my fermented foods I'm getting extra good bacteria.
first batch failed9/2/11
I followed directions but for some reason the vegetables came out "slippery" and I tossed them. I wish the BE site had a question and answer/troubleshoot link as I could find virtually no assistance when problems are encountered making fermented vegetables. I phoned and spoke with a BE assistant and she said she only tasted them once and didn't know where or how I could get any feedback. Kinda disappointing. I will try again, however and hopefully all will turn out well. Am sure I did something with last batch to cause the vegs to become icky.
Delicious and Nutritous9/1/11
I LOOOVE this product, and admit I have become addicted to it. I love to use really colorful vegetable, like, last weeks batch had red pepper, apple, cucumbers, kale, carrots, garlic and whole coriander seeds. It was sublime. I love it so much that I like to make it sort of "wet" so that I have extra liquid to eat with a spoon like soup. It makes me feel really calm and mellow, and my hair is shinier. I thinks its important to use a High Speed Blender when you make the marinade part,a and I make sure I use a sweetish component like an apple or pear. BUT beware: there is a definite TANG in the air when you are fermenting. I love it now, but at first I was like, why does my kitchen smell like a men's locker room where someone left an onion sandwich to ripen? NOT good if you are 1) selling your house, 2) having your book club over, 3) having your mother in law over for tea, or 4) having a date for dinner. Everyone will wonder. But hey, I like durian, and I like this. If I were an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, I'd want to be buried with crocks of fermenting vegetable to enjoy in the after life.
By double d
this product makes the cultured vegetables a bit more potent and the texture much more desirable.
veggie culture starter8/31/11
By palisades pirate
I made the cultured veggies for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I watched the video and
got a few tips as to other vegetables you could use. They turned out great!! I love the fresh taste!! Anytime I crave something sweet, I have a tablespoon or two!! Zaps the craving--plus I know the veggies are much better for me.
So far so good!8/31/11
I made my first batch of sauerkraut with this starter culture and the fermentation took off more quickly than when I used whey and salt in the past. It's going to be a few weeks before I know for sure how it turns out, but I'm happy so far.
Loved this Product8/31/11
I just read the Body Ecology diet and was eager to add more fermented veggies to my diet. My husband has a thyroid condition that does better on gluten free too and I like that fermented foods help heal the gut to help with this.
I've now made my second bath of fermented veggies and we eat them every night with dinner. What a difference in digestion! The product is very easy to use too and makes it easy to keep these delicious veggies on hand.
This was my first time to ferment. It can get messy, but it is very easy. I was very pleased with how my fermentation came out. I am eating on my second pint. As I am eating the veggies I am thinking of how I might change it in a little different way, etc. I haven't been eating long enough to say how this is going to affect my body. I have digestive issues so I am excited to how the veggies may help.
Makes Fermenting Veggies So Easy8/29/11
I really like using the Veggie Starter. I am new to fermented vegetables and started out making sauerkraut with just cabbage and salt but had misgivings that so much salt was required - not to mention waiting 2-4 weeks before the batch was ready to eat. I love the ease of using the starter and that the veggies are ready in 4-7 days! But the most important thing to me is all of the good bacteria in the starter that we wouldn't get otherwise... especially the plantarum.
Easy to make, easy to store fresh veggies8/28/11
The ginger version of the cultured veggies tastes great and is easy to make.
Cultured food for Life!8/27/11
Great product, easy to make my cultured vegetables for my family! A lot easier than when I used to make them with whey. And I know my family is getting all the strains and nutrients they need. Has cut my time in half and I love pairing this with the ecobloom too.
Wonderful product that turned cultured vegetables perfection!
I have been making my own fermented veggies for a whole year now. Wish I knew about this "veggie culture starter" earlier. I have fructose intolerance & IBS and this is the only way I can tolerate cabbage that is so good for you. It is so easy and economical to make your own.
Easy to Use8/21/11
I recently made my first batch of cultured vegetables. I added the starter as indicated, but was confused about the varying amounts of water to use. The instructions inside the package said 1/2 cup of water, but the recipe on the site says 1&1/2 cups of water. Also I do not own a food thermometer so I could not determine the 90 degree temp requirement.
I will have to purchase one. However! I am a former junk food junkie, and LOVE this diet. Eating this healthy is VERY empowering. I feel terrific! My veggies have turned out OK, and I assume they are loaded with healthy enzymes!
Everyone should know about this product and learn how to culture vegetables... it's good for the gut : )
Like results of fermented veggies. Insert directions could be improved8/19/11
I have had very good results using the starter for fermented veggies. The diet and the veggies have reduced gas and bloating much. Is essy to use. However the directions on insert are not easy to read or understand. I rewrote for my own reference.
Very predictable results8/16/11
Before purchasing the starter I tried making cultured vegetables without a starter, using whey and salt. The results I achieved were highly unpredictable and I made many batches that had to be thrown away. I appreciate the predictable results and high probiotic content I achieve with this starter.
I have used BED's Veggie Culture Starter to make sauerkraut that is really yummy, I eat it at every meal. I love knowing that my ferments are populated with the best friendly bacteria and my body is getting what it truly needs!
Every time I use the culture starter I know that my veggies are going to be delicious, safe, and full of beneficial bacteria. When using the starter packet, the top layer of the veggies are never off color, no matter what type of container I make them in.
Love this stuff8/5/11
I really enjoy making my own cultured veggies at home. BE Veggie Culture Starter ensures that I get consistent results!
I have used this product for years. I ran out and made cultured vegetables without it and they were horrible. Keeps your veggies crisp!
Easy to use! You will feel the healthy difference.
I love to make cultured veggies. My 4 yo and 2.5 yo...and even doubting husband LOVE our veggies! I will be forever fermenting veggies to satisfy our health and tastebuds' needs. I've also been experimenting with fermenting condiments and really anything else that I can think of. This culture starter is great and so versatile and I can trust that our bodies are getting excellent nutrition from it.
Veggie Culture Starter is easy to use8/4/11
The culture starter is easy to prepare, and the results it gives you are great.
I haven't had a chance to use this yet, but I am looking forward to it!
A definite must!8/4/11
My son and I have cultured vegetables with EVERY meal! I can tell that it improves my digestion! No bloating, no heavy filling after a meal! We've been using the starter for 6 months now and I truly can't imagine eating without it! Thank you BED!
The Veggie Culture Starter was easy to use. It came with clear instructions, and a list if FAQ
A few different recipes were included. And the batch I made so far is great. I am not that fond of fermented veges yet but my home made batch tastes less sour.
Wish I hadn't waited so long.8/1/11
My first batch of kim chee turned out great. I feel good about what I'm putting into my body. The instructions were easy to follow, the shipping was fast and the flavor was great. I wish I hadn't waited so long to try fermented foods.
I have enjoyed making my cultured vegetables.
The product is easy to use and it makes a lot of vegetables.
Good for getting the veggies going....7/25/11
This is good for getting my vegetables in 'cultured' shape. Yummy in my tummy...my body loves it.
This works great for making cultured veggies!
Works well, but my large batch of sauerkraut didn't turn out well7/22/11
I really like this product, it's very versatile. I've made coconut kefir, sauerkraut and sour cream with it and it worked beautifully. The only problem I had with it (which could have been operator error) was when I tried to use it for a large batch (crock size) of the sauerkraut. The batch grew some mold and I had to throw it away. Other than that, the other things I've tried have come out great.
Excellent! Works every time!7/21/11
This culture starter is easy to use and very potent. I just fermented soaked almonds overnight to make a hummus and the results are delicious, low-cost, and fabulous. I am already excited to ferment my own sour cream here at home! Lovely product. On a side-note, most products in the health food stores call for salt in the fermentation process and Body Ecology's brand does not, it's a VERY potent and VERY good product. I recommend it heartily. I
I have made several batches of cultured veggies using the Body Ecology Culture Starter. They turn out wonderfully, amazing taste, and they give you vital energy.
Helps make fermented veggies doable and safe for beginners
Quick and easy, thank you.
Excellent, easy to use, and makes the veggies taste so good!7/12/11
By Denise Otis
I feel safe using this starter culture for my veggies, and the product tastes so very good!
By Colleen Murphy
I love using Body Ecology Starter Culture to ferment my vegetables and All Body Ecology Products.
I intuitively know how good it is for me.
I feel GREAT about eating fermented vegetables every day of my life. I always feel
Great after eating them.
I am very grateful for ALL your work and sharing everything you do with us.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
veggie culture starter7/11/11
needed to practice to pack veggies tight...instructions easy to understand.
Excellent Product and Easy to Use!7/11/11
By Sun Child
This is a wonderful product! For the last couple of months, I have been making fermented veggies without a starter. This past weekend, I make 7 quarts, using the culture starter and Eco Bloom and they have definitely been more active! It is day 4 of fermentation and they are a beautiful golden color with lots of activity going on in the jars. I have purchased the cultured veggies before, from someone who makes them with the BED starter, and they are superior to ones made without the starter. Very easy to use! I highly recommend this product along with the Eco Bloom!
I made cultured veggies without a starter culture and I thought that they came out fine. With the starter it is a whole different world. They are more vibrant and alive. I love this product.
Makes Easy Work of Fermenting Vegetables7/11/11
I tried to purchase this starter a couple of months ago, when I started the diet and you were out of stock. So I bought some starter I found at my local health food store. That culture called for the addition of salt to make it work. Even though I followed their instructions, the final result was cultured cabbage that was so salty, it was almost inedible. When I was finally able to order the Body Ecology starter it yielded a much better, salt free, end product that I enjoy making and eating. The directions are easy to follow and there are creative recipe ideas for going beyond your basic cabbage kraut.
I like this product to get an easy start when fermenting veggies that is so great for us to consume.
Great product but important clarification needed5/18/11
I had wonderful success with this at first. But I kept the starter in my fridge too long, although well before the expiration date. I now see on the website that it says shelf life is 8 mos, or longer if kept in the freezer. Please add this vital information to the box. I couldn't figure out why my cultured veggies were spoiling so quickly and when they did, it felt like I had food poisoning!! Please correct this problem. Otherwise it is an excellent product. My digestive problems cleared up overnight with these cultured veggies. If you fix this problem, I will change my rating to 5 stars.