If you are planning on making homemade yogurt then you will definitely need yogurt starter and luckily a number of grocery stores sell it. The article below highlights the aisles and sections in which yogurt starter is found. It will then move on to give a list of grocery stores that usually sell yogurt starter so that you do not have to waste time looking for this information.
What is yogurt starter?
Yogurt starter is a balanced blend of bacteria that consumes lactose in milk. It is commonly used to make yogurt and the bacteria helps to convert the lactose found in milk into lactic acid. This helps to give yogurt a delicious tangy taste.
Which section or aisle to find yogurt starter in grocery store
The first place where you can find yogurt starter in grocery store is at the refrigerated dairy products aisle.
However, if you do not find yoghurt starter in the above section, the next place where you can find yoghurt starter in grocery store is at the organic or health food section. In this section you are most likely to find the shelf stable yogurt starter.
Which grocery stores sell yogurt starter
Amazon- this is one of the best places where you can find yogurt starter, this is because they usually have different brands available for you to choose from. The other advantage of buying yogurt starter on Amazon is that it is an online store so you basically buy everything from the comfort of your house.
Walmart- at Walmart you can find different brands of yogurt starter. You can also use their online store locater to find out which brands they have in store. Furthermore, they also have a delivery option so you can order online.
Kroger- yogurt starter is also found at Kroger, but always make sure you check their website to find out what brands are available, especially if you are looking for a specific brand.
Wegmans- at Wegmans they sometimes have yogurt starter in store so you can check for it or simply go on their website to find out what they have in store.
Target- at Target you can find yogurt starter at the refrigerated dairy products aisle. You can always check their website to see which brands are available on that particular day.
Whole foods market- at Whole foods market you can find yogurt starter at the dairy section. Some of the brands that you are most likely to come across include Yogourmet.
Local health food store- yogurt starter can be found at our local health food store. This is because it is a healthy food and in most cases it does not contain any artificial ingredients that can harm the body.
King Soopers- at King Soopers you may find yogurt starter but always check their website to see which brands are available.
Natural food stores- if there are any natural food stores in your area then you might be lucky enough to find yogurt starter there.
Exciting ways of using yogurt starter
Use yogurt starter to make yogurt
If you like making homemade yogurt then you can use yogurt starter. It saves you money and the yoghurt will not have any artificial additives. Here is an easy recipe of how you can make homemade yogurt using yogurt starter. The recipes are divided into 2 so you can pick the method that is more convenient for you.
- 4 cups of whole milk
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt starter
NB: For this method you need to use an instant pot that is if you have one.
Place the whole milk in an instant pot and press and place the yogurt button until the display reads boil. When the instant pot beeps the milk would have reached 180F.
Cool the heated milk, buy letting it sit on the countertop until it reaches a temperature of 115F. Make sure you have a thermometer because you really need to use accurate recordings.
Once the milk has cooled down, add the yogurt starter inside and gently mix it in using a whisker.
Place the milk back into the instant pot and press the yogurt button until the display of the instant pot shows you an option for placing the number of hours. Choose 12 hours and this means that your yogurt will be incubated for 12 hours. Do not incubate the yogurt for more than 24 hours or else the probiotics will die.
When the yogurt is ready place it in the refrigerator and let it cool down for a few hours. Once chilled, you can then serve it and enjoy.
NB: For this method you will need to use a stove and a yogurt maker.
Start by heating up the milk in a stainless steel pan until it reaches a temperature of 180F.
Once the milk has heated up, remove it from the stove and place it on the countertop so that it can cool down to about 115F. Make sure you use a thermometer to read the temperature of the milk.
Once the milk has cooled down, add the yogurt starter and gently mix it in. Transfer the milk into a yogurt maker and let it set for 6 to 8 hours.
Once the yogurt is ready, remove it from the yogurt maker and place it into the fridge so that it can cool down. When it has chilled you can then serve it and enjoy.
NB: never use a lot of yogurt starter. This is because the yogurt will turn out to be much thicker and bitter, which is something that is not pleasant to eat at all.
Yogurt starter can be found in a number of grocery stores as noted above. It is worth highlighting that most of the stores that were notes in this article have online shopping platforms. This means that you can always visit their websites and order your yogurt starter there.