Giveaway: Cultures for Health

In the past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed a little treat: fresh, homemade matsoni courtesy of a new company Cultures for Health.   Matsoni is a nice tart yogurt hailing from Georgia and was thought to convey long life.   Matsoni is also a room-temperature yogurt that cultures well with minimal effort.

For those of you that are interested in eating different strains of yogurt, drinking cultured beverages like kombucha or kefir or baking artisan-style sourdough breads, finding a starter culture can prove difficult.   It took me several months to find my first batch of water kefir, and several more months before I found a kombucha scoby.   I’ve got a waiting list of friends and readers for kombucha mothers water kefir grains that’s several months deep.   No joke, this stuff is hard to find.   Fortunately, though, once you a acquire a starter and maintain its health, it will continue reproducing for you indefinitely.

So here it is: This week Cultures for Health is offering a special giveaway for‘s readers. The winner will receive a package of water kefir grains PLUS any yogurt starter of his/her choice and any sourdough starter of his/her choice.

Cultures for Health

Cultures for Health makes that search a little bit easier.   They cultures and starters at very affordable rates and even ship internationally.   They offer 5 different yogurt starters, 17 different sourdough starters, as well as water kefir grains, kombucha mothers, buttermilk starter, dairy kefir grains and other supplies.

The Prize

  • Water Kefir Grains
  • Yogurt Starter of Your Choice
  • Sourdough Starter of Your Choice

How to Enter

Anyone can enter, including international readers.   You have up to 5 chances to enter, so please up your odds and enter multiple times!

First, visit Cultures for Health and sign up for the giveaway there, look around, then come back here and let me know which of one of her yogurt starters you liked best and which one of her sourdough starters that has you salivating.

For more chances to win, you have up to five more chances so take them:

Why Enter?

Because you took it to heart when I wrote about the benefits of lactic acid fermentation.   And for all those of you who’ve been patiently waiting for a culture or starter, and for all those of you who are still on my waitlist, please enter now.   Worried about not knowing how to use these cultures and starters?   Don’t worry, because each starter comes with comprehensive instructions.

The Announcement

We’ll choose the winner via, and announce that winner next Thursday.   Please note that the goodies will be shipped by Cultures for Health directly–which is good for you since I’m slow to the post office.

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What people are saying

  1. says

    Please count me in…this sounds fantastic and is something I’ve been wanting to try for a very long time!!!

    -barbarabaker :)

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  2. Ashley says

    Okay, I really want water kefir. Terribly bad! And my boys would love some yogurt. Filmjolk sounds like a good starter.

    As far as sourdough goes, maybe Camaldoli?

    I wish I had more time to enter a few more times, maybe I’ll get around to it! :) To be sent these would ROCK as my husband says no more spending for a little while.

    Check out Ashley’s last post: Ciminalizing small farming…..

  3. says

    Please enter me! Here are my links to where I’ve posted about the giveaway:

    My blog –

    Facebook –

    Twitter –

    Homestead Mommas Message Board –

    Emailed to several yahoo groups and friends.

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  4. Carolyn G says

    I entered the giveaway and I would love to try the traditional greek yogurt starter

  5. Evelyn Masters says

    Hello! I would love to entered in this giveaway because I would really like to try out some of these cultures that I have not had a chance to!

  6. Stacy says

    Wow, fun! I hadn’t heard of this particular site before, and it looks great.

    For Yogurt, Filmjolk really interests me.

    And since I’m originally from Alaska, I’d have to go with the Alaskan Sourdough starter!

  7. Andrea says

    I liked the Matsoni yogurt starter as well and would love to try the Ozark Mountain Sourdough starter. I also emailed a friend about the giveaway. Thanks!

  8. Sheila says

    Wow, perfect timing! I was just making a list of everything I wanted to buy from Cultures for Health! That would be so awesome if I won it! :) I want to try the Matsoni yogurt starter and the New England sourdough starter. :) Plus I have been wanting to try water kefir FOREVER…I think it might help my fiancee quit drinking so much soda ;)

  9. says

    I would love to win this giveaway — if I did, I would want the filmjolk culture and the San Francisco sourdough starter. And feel free to throw in a kombucha SCOBY while you’re at it. :)

    Check out Stacey’s last post: Giftyness.

  10. Jen O. says

    Great and interesting giveaway! I’m into the San Fran sourdough starter and the Filmjolk yogurt starter. Crossing my crossables!

  11. says

    Just emailed a friend about the giveaway who needs kefir grains. She’ll probably be entering the giveaway soon!

    Check out Stacey’s last post: Giftyness.

  12. says

    I am really excited about this giveaway, I have been coveting the Greek yogurt starter as I love thick yogurt and make it weekly in my yogurt maker for my one year old. And I really want to try the Italian style sourdough and use it to make pizza dough! Thanks for this opportunity

    Check out Nicole’s last post: Smoothies!.

  13. Lauralee Hensley says

    Oh so many great ones to choose from. For the yogurt, I’d pick the FILMJOLK yogurt starter and for the sourdough (we really love sourdough) the Alaska Sourdough starter. I like that the Alaska sourdough starter has a shorter fermentation time. Hope I win, but good luck to all.

  14. Susan R says

    Oh! This is so exciting because I can’t afford to purchase anything right now! If I win I would like the Filmjolk culture and the Pacific Northwest sourdough starter. :)

  15. says

    This is GREAT! Good cultures are hard to find. My choices are FILMJOLK yogurt starter and AUSTRIAN sourdough. I love homemade yogurt and sd bread!

  16. Rosy says

    Oh I almost forgot the most important part.

    The Filmjolk look yummy, and I can’t wait to make a loaf of Danish Rye Sourdough!

  17. Cindy Merrill says

    I want the tangiest of them all-the Ischia Sourdough starter- go for the gusto!

  18. Kathy says

    I would love to try the flemish sourdough starter and a coconut kefir starter. Thanks!!

  19. Christine says

    I’ve had my eye on the viili culture for a long time. I love thick yogurt!

    And the Yukon Territory sourdough starter looks tempting as well.

    Thanks for the great offer!

  20. says

    What a great giveaway and amazing culture collection. For those of you who don’t win but were interested in kefir grains (water or dairy) and kombucha scobies there is a great free group where people share cultures that I have blogged about here: It’s definitely not the variety that she has but the price is right in these tight times.

    Enjoy your cultures!

    Sustainable Eats

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  21. says

    I think I would like the Matsoni yogurt starter and the Flemish style sourdough starter because it uses whole wheat! This is a great store that I never even knew existed, I am so happy to now know about it!

    Check out Charlsie Swadley’s last post: Josiah’s birth!.

  22. ikkinlala says

    The Matsoni yogurt starter and Northwest sourdough starter look the best to me.


  23. Cynthia C says

    I like the Traditional Greek yogurt starter and the Parisian Sourdough starter. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Damla says

    I signed up. I like the traditional greek from yoghurt starters and camaldoli from sourdough starters.

  25. janita says

    I like the sound of the matsoni yoghurt and the northwest sourdough.
    All of the bread cultures sound really good, it was hard to pick.
    I have emailed 3 friends! thanks for the contest, janita

  26. Deborah R says

    This is the answer to my “wish” – I’ve been wanting to start making my own yogurt but living in a small hill town in WV, I didn’t know where to begin looking for a starter. I’ve signed up on Cultures For Health and am most interested in their Traditional Greek yogurt starter (I also love “yocheese”). I’ve also been mulling over making sourdough bread and would be most interested in the dried Camaldoli starter.

  27. says

    What a great giveaway!!
    I am definitely interested in the kefir water grains- curious as to what the beverages would be like…
    I have been wanting to try making yogurt for a while now, and would be most interested in the Matsoni culture as I absolutely love thick yogurts!!
    As for sourdoughs, I think I’d choose either the Ischia starter, or the San Francisco starter.

  28. Veronica says

    Holy smokes! I didn’t know that you could make yogurt-type goodies at room temperature! The Filmjolk starter sounds yummy!

    I am a glutton for a good rye bread… it never occurred to me to put sourdough & rye together… It’s got to be yummy!

  29. Rosita says

    The Filmjolk looks great for the yougurt starter. And after all the time I have spent in France, I would have to go with the Parisian Sourdough. I have also e-mailed this link to a friend.

  30. DINAH says

    I LOVE the idea that Matsoni promises long life, but then Viili pleases for it’s thickness. It’s a toss up !!

    I love rye bread so any of the sourdough ryes would be perfect.

  31. says

    Oh wow! How nice of you both to host this giveaway, and those really are very reasonable prices on something that can potentially last forever. I like the thought of the Filmjolk yogurt and the Ozark Mountain Sourdough. I will blog about this giveaway in tomorrow’s post at

  32. Kara says

    Great giveaway, Jenny! Although all of the cultures and starters looked excellent, I have to admit that I am most intrigued with the filmjolk and Parisian sourdough starter.

    I have e-mailed this post to a few of my friends too!

  33. Kris T. says

    I don’t think I can pick my favorites. There are too many starters to choose from. Thanks for the link. For the yogurt starter, I think I’d start with the filmjolk; I don’t know what it is, but they got my attention with “custard” in the description. For sourdough starter, I’d pick them all. If I have to pick just one, I’ll go with the San Francisco starter. Thanks for the chance to win. I really appreciate the information on your website.

  34. Lisa says

    Thanks for the information about the place, in addition to the giveaway — this looks like a great resource to know about. It’s an embarrassment of riches, really, but if I had to choose just one of each, the filmjolk and the New England sourdough starter are especially appealing. I’ve also just emailed a couple of friends!

  35. says

    I’ve always wanted to try the Villi yogurt starter because I love thick yogurt. I’d either pick the Alaskan or Flemish sourdough starter. Short fermentation times and whole wheat flour both appeal to me.

    Thanks for the contest!

    Check out Steph’s last post: What’s in a Name?.

  36. Beth M. says

    Thanks for this opportunity! My homemade sourdough starter hasn’t been happy in a while but we make bread several times a week so it would be great to start fresh with a good starter.

    In case I happen to win the giveaway… I choose the Ozark sourdough starter; and the Matsoni yogurt starter since it says that it’s effective against yeast.


  37. Christie says

    I think I’d like the Traditional Greek variety the best. I recently started making my own yogurt and am amazed at how simple yet delicious it is. Now I want to try different cultures and also some buttermilk and sourdough. Thanks for featuring Cultures for Health.

  38. Mir says

    I’d pick Viili yogurt starter (I’ve eaten Viili and it’s awesome) and the Swedish Rye Sourdough Starter. YUM! Thank you for introducing me to that site.

  39. Kimberly M says

    Great contest! I used to have a Kombucha and a sourdough starter, but then I moved across country and had to give them away. I like the Matsoni yogurt and the Pacific Northwest Sourdough starter.

  40. Veronica Garrett says

    I like the Filmjolk yogurt starter and the San Francisco sourdough starter.

  41. Meredith says

    I am dying to try Matsoni yogurt, and I love that you don’t have to have a heat source to culture it! Also, the Northwest Sourdough Starter sounds divine!

  42. trishden says

    I signed up for the Culturs for Health giveaway and I think I would like the Filmjolk Yogurt starter and the Camaldoli Sourdough Starter. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  43. sarah woods says

    Love the nutritious guides and kitchen helpers. Bring it on from H2O to Yougurt for lower GI health, and sourdough; many thanks SW

  44. George Casson says

    I want to try the Matsoni yogurt starter and the New England sourdough starter. retirenaval(at)

  45. Gianna says

    I just signed up :)
    I love the Viili yogurt starter and the Italian Sourdough Starter :)

  46. Lily Kwan says

    I love the Viili yogurt starter and the Flemish-style Desem sourdough starter!

  47. Jenny says

    The contest has ended and the winner has been picked via Congratulations to Jennifer M who won a package containing water kefir grains, matsoni and san francisco sourdough starter!