Mercola Kinetic Culture is a high-quality culture starter for vegetable fermentation. I’ve used this starter many times for small and large batches and with many different vegetables. This review confirms that Kinetic Culture is a superb culture starter.
Dr. Mercola Kinetic Culture
This culture starter is a further development of the Complete Probiotics supplement and has proven excellent for fermenting vegetables.
A unique feature is that it’s designed to produce much more vitamin K2 (menaquinone). The amount of K2 is often low in fermented foods depending on the bacteria species involved in fermentation.
Fermenting vegetables with Kinetic Culture
Of all the culture starters I’ve tested, Kinetic Culture has been the most powerful and delivered the fastest result. This is a good sign.
After seven days of fermenting the jars at room temperature, I transferred the vegetables to the fridge and the next day we started consuming them. The vegetables were nice and crunchy with a fresh, slightly acidic taste and a hot ginger kick. Loved this batch!
One box containing 10 packets with 2 grams in each costs $33. That’s enough to make 20-quart jars (1 g/quart of vegetables). The average cost for when fermenting vegetables is around $1.65 per quart. This is not at all bad for a high-quality starter. Even if you consume fermented vegetables daily, one bottle lasts for months.
I like the packets a lot, they are very practical. One packet can be used for 2 quarts of vegetables. However, some claim they ferment 3 or 4 quarts on one packet. However, a few days more might be needed for fermentation to complete.
Dr. Mercola Kinetic Culture is highly recommended. It’s a high-quality culture starter, easy to use, and producing great-tasting vegetables. It contains high levels of probiotic bacteria.
Designing a high-quality culture starter to produce certain vitamins is not easy. It involves DNA sequencing and determining what specific bacteria strains are involved in the different parts of the fermentation process. Such work is done by qualified microbiologists. This reflects a high degree of dedication of those who created this starter.
This culture starter is an impressive piece of work and contains the following bacteria:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1
- Bifidobacterium Lactis
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Lactobacillus casei
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Lactobacillus brevis
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Streptococcus thermophilus
- Lactobacillus salivarius
The first bacterium in the list is L. acidophilus DDS-1; a potent probiotic. Kinetic Culture is unique for including the DDS-1. I mention this because L. acidophilus DDS-1 has some unique properties:
- Produces vitamins, folic acid, vital enzymes and acids
- Produces natural antibiotic-like substances
- Promotes digestion of proteins and carbs
- Suppresses harmful microorganisms
- Support absorption of calcium
- Stimulates the immune system
- Reduces cholesterol
No matter if you’re new to culture starters or an experienced user, you cannot go wrong with Dr. Mercola Kinetic Culture.