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When you make yogurt can you keep using your yogurt as starter indefinitely or do you need to start new from time to time?<br><br>
I was looking around and one place said you could "reused the starter" (a bit of the yogurt you made) but would need to use new starter (from their store) at least once a month.<br><br>
Is that right? Or are they just trying to make more money?<br><br>
Thanks! (and I hope this made sense. LOL)
 

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I've been making yogurt pretty regularly for about 6 or 7 months, and I've only had to purchase starter once.
 

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Yep, just reuse some of the yogurt. Mine's been ging for about a year now. I have heard however that raw milk yogurt ( so not heated over a certain temp) does need a new starter every few batches....<br><br><br>
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Ahhh. We are going to be heating it, so I'm guessing we will be fine then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Can you use opened yogurt as your starter? I keep buying qts of yogurt, planning to make my own but end up eating half and losing interest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Sometimes when I use the already made yogurt it doesn't turn out AS thick, unless I do it for like 24 hours, in which case it's way too tart for us. I use whey for stuff anyways, so if the yogurt turns out a little too thin, I just strain half and mix the thick stuff back in to the other batch.
 

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I've only just started making my own yogurt and this is what I did and it turned out fine. I just used the last two tablespoons left in the container. From what I can remember, I think this is what my mom would to as well and she made yogurt all the time.
 

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I bought a container of yogurt and freezed it in ice cube trays. Then whenever I need a starter, I take a couple of cubes out when I start heating the milk. I almost always forget to save some yogurt for a starter -- we just eat it. So this method works for me. I'll probably freeze some of my own yogurt like this once I've used the cubes in the freezer up.
 

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yes but if you ate out of the container it might have gotten contaminated
 
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