A Closer Look: Cream Cheese Starter

Cream Cheese on Bread

“The product was just as described and easy to use. I just followed the included instructions and made amazing cream cheese!! I was shocked at how easy it was! I added chives and garlic powder yummy!!!” -Valerie

Today we are going to take a closer look at Cream Cheese Starter.


Product Highlights

Cream cheese is a soft, mild-tasting cheese. Traditionally spread on bagels, used as a dip for fruit and vegetables, or as a key ingredient in recipes such as cheesecake, cream cheese is easy to make and a perfect option for beginning and experienced cheesemakers alike. Each packet contains both starter culture and rennet. Just add milk! Full instructions included.

Includes 4 packets of direct-set starter culture and rennet to inoculate four batches of cream cheese.

Cream Cheese Culture Includes: Sucrose, maltodextrins, lactic bacteria (Lactococcus lactis subsp. Lactis, Lactococcus lactis supsp. cremoris), Rennet

Click here for instructions for making cream cheese.

What is a direct-set culture? A direct-set culture is a one-time-use culture, and cannot be recultured (i.e., perpetuated beyond the single batch). Direct-set cultures are often preferred by cheesemakers as they require no maintenance or care. Simply keep the packets in the freezer and remove what you need for your recipe when it’s time to make cheese. Most direct-set cultures contain multiple doses to inoculate multiple batches.

Product Q&A

Q. Is the maltodextrin from gmo corn?

A. The maltodextrin in this product is certified non-GMO. It is from either corn or rice, but the amount remaining in the culture is “below trace” and therefore not labeled.

Q. Can the cream cheese made from this starter be frozen for use later? Should I salt it before freezing or after?

A. You can freeze cream cheese, but the texture will likely change when thawed. It can be more crumbly. Whipping once thawed may help the consistency. Salt should be added prior to freezing.

Q. Can I use soy milk for cream cheese with this?

A. This culture works beautifully with dairy milk but is not appropriate for alternative milk.

You can read more about Cream Cheese Starter here.


Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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