Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture


This flexible culture makes tasty, protein-rich tempeh without any soy: make with mung beans, black beans, garbanzos, or another type of bean.

Each bag contains:

  • 4 packets of starter culture.

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

  • Tempeh is fermented at 88°F (31ºC), the normal outdoor temperature in Indonesia.
  • Manufactured in Belgium.
  • This traditional food often replaces meat in dishes and can be sliced, marinated, or seasoned as desired.

Shipping and Storage Information

  • This starter is dehydrated and shipped in a barrier-sealed packet.
  • Refrigeration recommended
  • Use by date on bag.

Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture Ingredients

  •  Rice, Rhizopus Oligosporus Culture.
  • Does not contain MSG or preservatives. 
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

Soy-Free Tempeh Starter Culture Allergen Information:

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Emilio Guerrero


Leslie Rutkowski
Prep is awful

It took me three hours to get the skins of the beans. I'm just now waiting for them to get to room temp so I can culture them. I don't think I would ever do this again. Waaay too much hassle.

Samuel Schmidt
I made tempeh!

Great for making tempeh at home

Julieanna Martin
So easy!

I used my instantpot to make this - ive heard that tempeh can be tricky, but it worked perfectly! On mine, the “low” yogurt setting was just right, and I put my black beans mixed with the starter culture on a ... I’m not sure the term exactly, but a disposable steamer liner, it’s like a super thin nonwoven fabric that comes in maybe 15 or 24 packs. No sticking at all. I did some in a baggie as well, lots of holes poked in, and it seemed to grow even a little faster than the “open-air” beans.

So easy. I really thought it would be harder. Turned out delicious, too - I smoked it then vacuum-packed it with maple, salt, and black pepper to use as “bacon”.

Heather Vogeley
Works great!

My first time making tempeh from black beans. Make sure to remove all moisture from beans before adding starter. Only 1 of my 3 batched worked.

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