I was hesitant to purchase tempeh starter because of the potential salmonella issues. Upon doing some research, I found that a lot of people used and recommended starter from Cultures For Health. So I purchased a box. It is wonderful. The recipe was easy to follow and my first batch of tempeh was better than I expected. In fact, I have another batch "cooking" as we "speak". The only downside to this product is the packaging ... 4 pre-measured packets come in the box. While I love the convenience of not having to measure out the starter, I would love to buy this product in bulk ... it would save on packaging and be better for the environment. Other than that, I love this product and will continue its use.
I was very excited to try making my own tempeh. Following the instructions, I found it quite easy to turn out a reasonably successful product my very first time! Easier than expected, and a good outcome. I tried four different variations, which were successful to varying degrees. I did get some off-flavors, though I'm not sure if it was my process or the product. Some of the beans may have been overcooked, leading to softer, less-dense results. One loaf was incubated longer, and seemed to have the strongest off-taste. All that said, I would gladly try it again! Note from CFH: Longer culturing times and higher culturing temperatures can create a tempeh with an off flavor. Please contact Customer Support for troubleshooting assistance before discarding any cultures.
I got really good tempeh on my first try with this culture. The taste was better than I can buy locally and I live in an area where good fresh tempeh is available.
Got great results right away with the tempeh starter! Yellow pea and hemp was a hit! Thanks!
I hadn't let it dry enough and it took 3-4 days
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