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Offline Nik3rs

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Freeze Dried Starters Cultures - Shelf Life In Freezer?
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:17:19 AM »
Hi

I was wondering if anyone could tell me how long you can store starter cultures in the freezer? I bought some different kinds 2 years ago when I started cheese making but had to take a break for a year. I still have most of my cultures and am wondering if I need to buy new ones or I can use these up first?


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Re: Freeze Dried Starters Cultures - Shelf Life In Freezer?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 04:32:22 AM »
Starters don't go "bad" but lose effectivity.  Just use a bit more of them.  I have used freeze dried cultures that were 5 years old and they still worked, just had to use lots of them.

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Re: Freeze Dried Starters Cultures - Shelf Life In Freezer?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2011, 11:58:36 AM »
Thanks for that. I was a bit worried about spending a lot of money when it wasn't necessary. :)

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Re: Freeze Dried Starters Cultures - Shelf Life In Freezer?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2011, 12:01:16 PM »
It might be a good time to make some mother cultures from them. That way you don't have to guess at the strength when you make your cheese.
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Re: Freeze Dried Starters Cultures - Shelf Life In Freezer?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2011, 03:51:37 AM »
Good idea. I will do that. Thanks


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