Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture


From cheddar, colby, and monterey jack to feta, chevre, and more, you'll enjoy the flavor and variety of homemade cheeses made using this starter culture.

Each bag contains

  • 4 packets of direct-set starter culture
  • 2 rennet tablets

Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here.

What is a Direct-Set Culture? 

Direct-Set cultures are a one-time-use culture, they cannot be recultured (i.e. perpetuated beyond the single batch).  Direct-Set cultures are often preferred by cheese makers as they require no maintenance or care.  Simply keep the packet in the freezer and remove the portion for your recipe when it's time to make cheese. Most Direct-Set cultures contain multiple doses to inoculate multiple batches.

Shipping and Storage Information 

  • Our Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture is dehydrated and shipped in a barrier-sealed packet. 
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Use by date on bag.

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Ingredients

  • Sucrose, Maltodextrins, Lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris)

Mesophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

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Based on 14 reviews

For some reason I can't get it to set right. I am aware of the temperature and the easy instructions. The cheese ends up running right through cheesecloth and didn't drain through fabric when I tried that. I'm finding creative ways to use the liquid cheese, but really wanted to spread it over something.

Great for 2 gal milk

'- had a perfect curd set from this culture!

Some recipes would be a nice touch

Product is packaged nicely and is convenient. The only insert was not really useful in my opinion. A couple of recipes would be very nice. Instead, it was back to the web site and hunting around for an appropriate recipe.

Consistent Quality

I love all the cultures I have purchased

Easy to use

Bought for my cheese making course. It is so easy to use and you have excellent resources and customer service to answer questions.