Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Yes, you do need a starter. You can use, I believe, 1 Tablespoon store-bought plain yogurt (make sure it's got live cultures in it) or you can use freeze dried starter. Health food stores sell packets with several sachets of starter. The one I use is 'Yogourmet. The health food store and perhaps the supermarket would have them. Once you've made your first batch you can use 1 Tablespoon per quart of that yogurt for the next batch. I find that my yogurt gets kinda weak and runny several generations down and I use fresh starter again. I switched from store-bought yogurt as starter when my yogurt stopped yog-ing. Containers sterile? Temperature off? No live cultures in my starter yogurt? So many variables...Still, it's fun to make.