GIVEAWAY: Kefir, Yogurt, Sourdough Starters

With all this talk of fermentation and Jenny’s new e-course, I thought I’d host a giveaway for one of my sponsors, Julie at Cultures For Health. Cultures For Health carries a host of starter cultures for a variety of foods, as well as many naturally fermented foods themselves.

Thankfully, Julie also thought a giveaway was a good idea! She agreed to give one of you lucky people three starter cultures. And guess what? You can have your pick of any of her kefir starters, any of her yogurt starters, and any of her sourdough starters. (If you don’t do grains, you can substitute out the sourdough starter for a different one. Or, if you’ve already got one of those starters going that you’re pleased with, she’s also willing to set you up with something new that you WANT.)

Have you ever wanted to get into naturally fermenting your own kefir or yogurt? Making your own sourdough bread? Talk about a way to save money!

These are the foods that keep on giving because you can always use a bit of your last batch as a starter for a new batch.

In these dark, short days when it’s almost impossible to grow anything outside, why not “grow” some beneficial bacteria in your own kitchen?

Think of all the things you could do with these starters! Kefir sodas are fruity, fizzy, and super kid-friendly. Made with water kefir grains, they’re an excellent source of healthy probiotics. Use kefir grains to culture coconut water and you have a veritable re-hydration powerhouse. (Say goodbye, Gatorade!) Yogurt is another one of those family-friendly foods, particularly when mixed with fruit or into smoothies. Did you know there are types of yogurt that you can culture at room temperature? No special equipment needed? And of course, sourdough bread is bread the way it’s supposed to be made. And who doesn’t love sandwiches or French Toast?

How to Enter

Leave a separate comment for each of the following possible ways to enter.

1. The first step to entering the contest is to click on the link below. You’ll be taken to the Cultures For Health website, where you can sign up for the Cultures For Health newsletter to enter the contest. (Hey, if you don’t like it you can always unsubscribe later. But I can guarantee you’ll like it. Julie’s newsletters are packed full of valuable information on fermenting foods at home, links to video tutorials, discounts, and more!) While there, take a look around the site and pick out the three starter cultures you think are MOST up your alley.

(Note: If you can’t see the link above, it is because you have ad blocking software enabled or javascript disabled. Please disable your ad blocker or enable javascript to participate in the giveaway.)

Now, leave a comment below. That’s good for one entry. For additional chances to win, do any of the following:

2. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. Comment below with the link. (1 extra entry)

3. Sign up for my weekly email newsletter using the form below. Leave a comment below telling me that you signed up. You will also get an entry if you already subscribe — be sure to leave a comment! (3 extra entries)

4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to include the URL to this page in your tweet. Click the Twitter icon button at the bottom of the post, or you can use the following tweet: “Don’t enter to win these FREE kefir, yogurt, and sourdough starters! I want them all to myself.” Leave a comment telling me that you followed & tweeted. (1 extra entry)

5. Email 5 friends about the giveaway, with a link to this page. Leave a comment below telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)

6. LIKE my newly created Facebook page and share about the giveaway on Facebook, linking to this post. (2 extra entries!)

There are a total of 9 possible entries!

Questions? Comment below.

This contest will end Saturday, March 5th at 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be announced the following Monday. Please note this contest is only open to those with U.S. shipping addresses.



  1. says

    I just signed up for your newsletter and would love to win a free cultures for health starter set. I just discovered their website and was planning on placing an order!

  2. Jenny says

    I can sure use some of that sourdough starter!

    I signed up for the cultures for health newsletter…thanx for the giveaway opportunity!

    • wendy says

      i also clicked on the link and subscribed to her newsletter, i’ve “liked” food renegade on facebook and subscribed to your newsletter. didn’t want to traffic up your comments w/multiple entries?

  3. Brenda Dee says

    I like you on FB and can’t begin to tell u how using kefir grains has improved the health of our family this winter ! love it !

  4. Audrey N. says

    Oh my! I’ve been researching cultures for health for a few weeks, and was just getting ready to dive in. I’d love to win these cultures to develop my healthy, traditional food preparation methods even further.

  5. says

    I’d be so stoked to win — especially to get my hands on some water kefir grains (hopefully something my husband would drink willingly). I signed up for the newsletter!

  6. says

    I was just perusing online to find some yogurt cultures to do with my son’s class at school (he’s at a Montessori and I work with them on food items frequently). Just signed up for your newsletter!!!

  7. says

    Also signed up for the cultures for health newsletter! Can’t wait to learn more, been thinking about making my own kefir – I go through what I buy so quickly at my house and it’s pricey.

  8. says

    I’m just signed up for the newsletter. (Sadly my Adobe is having issues nad I can’t open the offered e-book ;( ). I just made yogurt for the first time and I’m very excited about learning to make kefer!

  9. Melissa says

    I liked your facebook page… already had! and posted a link on my page to your giveaway and tagged Food Renegade! I sure would love to win one of these giveaways!

  10. says

    This is right up my “learning to get healthier” alley! :)

    I signed up for the newsletter (because I wanted to.) 😉

    I would get the dairy-free kefir starter, the white flour or brown rice sourdough starter, and the veggie fermentation starter…I think. Oh, the possibilitie!

  11. charity says

    I signed up for the Cultures for Health newsletter! I would definitely love to try the viili or bavarian yogurt starter, and the milk kefir and water kefir grains.

  12. nicole says

    i “liked” you and posted a link about this post!
    (if you can’t tell – i REALLY want those kefir and yogurt starters!!)

  13. susanna says

    hi, kristen!

    i’ve been reading your blog for about the last month, and thanks for doing this great work! i’m a big fan of real food! does that make me a food renegade? ha!

    anyways, i just signed up for your newsletter, too! i’m excited to try to win this starter culture set. i’d love to try making kefir…

  14. says

    Amazing! I am a follower on twitter and liked you on FB a while back as well as get your newsletter. I have been feeding grains and drinking kefir for a while and also make my own yogurt, but love learning more and finding more uses!

  15. lel says

    I would love to try a different yogurt starter than what I have been using. For 3 years, I was using Natren yogurt starter and all of a sudden, my home made yogurt with raw milk started tasting really tart. I am blaming it on a change in Natren culture. I thought maybe I got a bad bottle but I have tried two different lots and they both have not been good. I miss my good old yogurt!

    Recently, I have been using Stonyfield Oikos plain yogurt to make my homemade yogurt.

  16. Janine says

    OOooh I’d love to get the milk kefir grains, the white flour sourdough starter and the greek yogurt starter!! I entered her contest and can’t wait to start getting her newsletter.

  17. Gayle says

    I signed up for the CFH newsletter. I’ve always wanted to make water kefir, and I once had some viili and some piima, but I killed them both. I’d love to try again.

  18. Sarah L says

    I signed up for the CFH newsletter. I’d love to get some sourdough starter….I’m completely intimidated by sourdough!!

  19. Jennifer says

    Signed up at CFH website. I’d love to try out the Filmjolk yogurt, the water kefir grains, and the rye sourdough.

  20. Rajae says

    I signed up for the Cultures for Health newsletter. I would love to get a milk kefir starter, a Bulgarian yogurt starter, and a Kombucha starter.

  21. Michele says

    Kristen, thanks for doing this giveaway with Cultures for Health – I’ve recently been looking into getting some starters from them. Just came across Sally Fallon from Weston A Price and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride with the GAPS program, and I’m so thankful for all the resources on your website!
    Signed up for your email newsletter and liked you on Facebook! Looking forward to getting more updates!

  22. Michele says

    Signed up for the Cultures for Health newsletter too! Can’t wait to learn more about fermenting – just tried to make my own yogurt the other day so we’ll see how that turned out! :)

  23. Michele says

    Anyone have any info on cow share or herd share legalities? I’m in the western NY area and there are only a couple farms where I can get raw milk, but it’s quite a drive. Wish I lived in a retail sale legal state, but unfortunately NY is a farm sale legal state (
    I know there are a couple cow share programs that are closer, but I really don’t know a whole lot about it. Heard from some people that they are illegal, others say it’s part of our Constitutional right…just looking for some thoughts. Thanks! :)

  24. Ellen says

    i’ve always wanted to make my own yogurt and kefir! i would love to win this. thanks for the giveaway!

  25. JJ says

    I signed up for the Cultures for Health newsletter. I would like to try the Greek, Bulgarian, and Viili yogurt starters.

  26. Erin Neu via Facebook says

    just a heads up, the tweet you provided has the wrong link in it. it goes to some giveaway from december

  27. Sue Peer says

    Glad to find your site and the Culters for health site. Always interested in making new friends and learning new things. Blessed to have a farm and raise as much of our food as possable.. I “lost” my kifer grains anf they are hard to find. Do not like the powdered stuff. Keep up the great work. Thanks

  28. Karen says

    Just signed up for your newsletter! Would love a culture — have been wanting to try for a while now!

  29. Charla Lucibello says

    Just “liked” and linked on Facebook–oh I SO want to do this! I just made my very first loaf of sourdough bread last week. It was yummy but then my starter went bad after that (it was a homemade starter). I REALLY want to try these!

  30. jami says

    I signed up for Cultures for Health newsletter, even if I don’t win the giveaway, I can’t wait for all the great info I’ll get!

  31. candaceiw says

    So funny, I just posted on my FB account about wanting to get a baby Kombucha..honestly, I did. Now, I know where I can get a starter kit. Excited about the kefir too!

  32. candaceiw says

    “Liked you on FB” and Tweeted you too. I don’t have a blog, but will definitely mention it on my FB page.

  33. Arthur Martin says

    I have never tried any of that type of food, but the website has some interesting recipes. I
    decided to give the newsletter a try and to find out if the recipes are worth keeping. Will let you know after I make some!

  34. Adrienne says

    Hi there! I signed up for the Cultures for Health newsletter! I already make kefir and yogurt at home with gifted starter cultures, but can’t access (or afford, really) more interesting varieties such as those available at Cultures for Health. Excellent site! If I don’t win I will be saving up…

  35. MaryR says

    Hi Kristin,

    I would LOVE to win the free cultures!! I signed up for the Get Cultured Class and it starts this Friday.

    Your class is wonderful and definately thought provoking ! I would encourage anyone to take your class . The class ,book,vidio’s and handouts are well researched and professionally done.Well worth the price!!!!

  36. shawne g says

    Signed up for Newsletter. Also Liked this on Face Book. Also went to Cultures For Health and signed up for their Newsletter. Very nice site.

  37. Melanie says

    I love your website! You are quite knowledgable and many of your links on your site have been very helpful for me in carving out my own food path for myself and my family. I’m already signed up for your newsletter, liked you on Facebook….and I was homeschooled!! (how’s that for brownie points?!!:) Just kidding…)

  38. LS says

    I’m a Kombucha grower, and, with that under my belt, really want to get into Kefir and other fermentables! So I went all out and signed up for both newsletters, liked your facebook page ( i did actually like it, too), and emailed FIFTEEN friends. I don’t Twit or blog, so that’s all I could do!

  39. Kathleen B says

    Went to cultures for Health Website. Great site, and I think that the yogurt, buttermilk, and kiefr starters are most up my alley!

  40. Tonya says

    I receive your newsletter and just love it! I am quite new to the home culturing and am soooo excited about getting started. I would love to get some grains to get started!
    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  41. Tonya says

    Hello again,
    Just wanted to let you know I forwarded this on to ten of my friends – some already are into fermenting, others are newbies….should be interesting to see who follows through…:-)

  42. Deborah says

    I have already signed up for both your newsletter and cultures for Health newsletter, so I don’t think I can sign up again. But want to be entered for the give-away!

  43. Natalie says

    I didn’t follow the directions exactly, so this is my separate post for already receiving the weekly newsletter.

  44. says

    I had some kefir grains at one point, but let them go after a while. Would love to get some going again now that we have our own raw goats’ milk to use. I just signed up for the newsletter at Cultures for Health.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. amom says

    I signed up for the Cultures for Health newsletter via the link above. I want several of their starter cultures.

  46. Dawn says

    What a lovely idea! I’ve been wanting to make water kefir for my family for a long time; maybe the time is now, eh?

  47. says

    I went to that site and looked at the cultures… who knew there were so many different types of cultures? It’s neat to have a resource like that. I love it! Especially for the yogurt; I’ve got my eye on a few – would like to try the greek first and then others.

  48. says

    I actually sent it to more than 5 friends… my sister will love it. I’m also a mom of a daughter who has PWS, and we’re very concernt about diet; belong to a big group of moms who feel the same way and look for stuff like this. It’s how I found you in the first place!

  49. Beatrice says

    I currently subscribe to your weekly email newsletter.

    I am just starting the GAPS diet. Since I am fully committed to it, I am in the midst of preparing the required foods. I’m also reading Nourishing Traditions. Fermented foods are a major part of the diet. I would love to win these cultures so that I have the right tools starting out.

    Finding the right ingredients for homemade yogurt — the right starter and a source for goat milk that is not ultra pasteurized — is proving to be a challenge. There is a farm close by which sells raw milk from Guernsey and Jersey cows which may work; however, since I am casein-free, I may react better to goat milk.

    My slow cooker is going non-stop with with the required stocks and stews which I am freezing so that I have reserves. It is recommended that some fermented vegetables or fermented vegetable juice be added to them. GAPS requires fermented vegetable juice with each meal (in increasing doses) from the start, then fermented vegetables are introduced and required with each meal thereafter. I have an electric juicer which I’ll use to juice vegetables for fermenting and I’ll ferment shredded vegetables starting with carrot-ginger and beet-turnip, my favorite vegetables.

  50. says

    I just signed up for your newsletter and I love the complimentary e-book!
    Yay for kefir! Can’t wait to get started! Good cultures are a necessity!

  51. Nikki says

    I clicked the first link and joined, then joined the other newsletter, emailed my friends and liked your facebook page :)

  52. says

    I receive the cultures for health newsletter!! I have been wishing to start their bulgarian yogurt and milk kefir. We already love water kefir, but I understand milk is even more beneficial. I have been dabbling with bread with no luck and was just considering their starter. This would be a dream:)

  53. Kismet says

    Love Thai can getvthe newsletter…all signed up. That starter kit would be perfect for me & the boys, we are enjoying our adventures into fermenting.

  54. Julie says

    I ‘liked’ your new facebook page.
    I shared about the giveaway on my fb page and linked to this post.

  55. says

    I really want to try the body ecology starter as I have heard soooo much about it! I also am interested in the Bulgarian yogurt starter. I’ve been making young coconut meat yogurt with a kefir starter from whole foods but think that it would be loads better with a good quality one!
    I’ve tried milk kefir grains and I love them! I would love to get back into it!
    So that’s my three! Can’t wait to start brewing again!

  56. says

    I signed up for your newsletter . . . yet another reminder that I really need to start mine up!!! Thanks for the great giveaway! I just got done hosting one from Cultures for Health. I really need that sourdough (as my homemade one isn’t working so well) and would love the yogurt. HAve a great weekend!

  57. Leigh says

    I signed up for your weekly newsletter! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway. I love Cultures for Health!

  58. Karlaa says

    I subscribed the other day, I just posted this link on my facebook and I sent the link to more than 5 people in an email.

  59. Rachel B says

    I signed up for your newsletter (already rec’v Cultures for Health’s but entered their contest anyway), liked you on FB & shared. I’m dying to try to make Water Kefir. My husband just gave up soda (I’m so proud-and he works overnight so it was extra difficult) so I’m looking forward to trying water kefir for him.

  60. Debbie says

    I signed up for your newsletter, liked you on Facebook (Debbie Worster), and shared this contest link on my home page.
    Great contest – I would love to get started with your Starters :)

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