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How to Buy the Best Yogurt

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  • I love all the comments from people saying to make your own yogurt. My husband and I have discussed it, and I may have to give it a try soon.

    But, I have made my own "Greek" yogurt, or yogurt cheese as I learned it. One of the previous commenters (ASCENDER) describes how to do this with homemade yogurt (cheese cloth and a strainer or colander), but this can easily be accomplished with store bought plain yogurt as well. I personally make it with low-fat as I like the flavor better, but it does work with non-fat and, of course, whole milk yogurt. Much cheaper and you control how creamy it is and what you add to it.
  • This is an interesting article, but perhaps it is time for the authors to revise. Perhaps including additional products that have become more popular during the past 2 years would be helpful - the Greek Yogurt industry has exploded, and there are so many brands out there.

    Also, it would be interesting for the author to address non-dairy alternatives, such as soy and coconut milk based yogurts.
  • I didn't know Greek yogurt is better for those of us who are lactose intolerant. I've been eating Greek yogurt for a couple of years now for the protein content and because it's available fat-free.
  • You can also use a vaccuum flask to make yoghurt.
    http://www.makingyourown.co.uk/make-your
    -own-yoghurt.html

    I also don't subscribe to the low fat=healthy diet myth. I followed advice from my doctor to eat a low fat diet for most of my adult life and it did not work. I just continued to gain more and more weight and was hungry all the time. Now I am looking at alternative ways of eating to allow me to feel sated. I have found that more fat and protein so far has left me not wanting to eat anywhere near as much, but if I sub with more carbs I get cravings and want to eat all the time.
  • ASCENDER
    Make your own yogurt. That way you know exactly what is in it. It is super easy. Warm 1 quart of your milk of choice to baby bottle temperature, mix in 1/4 cup plain store bought yogurt with active cultures and let sit at ~100F-115F for 6-12 hours. I keep it in my turned-off oven with the light on. Refrigerate when it is as tangy as you'd like.

    If you like Greek style yogurt, line a colander with paper towels and pour in the yogurt. Let drain until it reaches the consistency you'd like.

    If you like fruit flavored yogurts, add a spoonful of preserves to a serving of yogurt.
  • NPR had an article with some warnings specific to greek yogurt. Some brands are using thickeners.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/1
    9/156997600/high-tech-shortcut-to-gree
    k-yogurt-leaves-purists-fuming
  • Better idea - make your own.
    You can control whether it's full-fat, reduced-fat, or fat free, vanilla or plain, and whether sugar, agave nectar, or nothing at all is used as sweetener.
    You DON'T need a yogurt maker.
    I got my 2 quart crock pot at Goodwill for $3.99.
    To find out how to make it yourself, either google or search sparkrecipess for "Crock-Pot yogurt."
    I've jiggled my recipe (mostly the amount of fat-free dry milk that I use) until it comes out of the crock pot just about as thick as Greek yogurt.

    You can also strain it to make your own yogurt cheese - which is MUCH cheaper than buying cream cheese - if you happen to want to make a cheesecake :-D
    It's also great on toast, muffins, or quickbread.
  • Eating low fat a non fat dairy is actually one of the many causes of obesity. Shame on you Spark for these "old fashioned scriptures"
  • I make my own, which I prefer to all others. YOU control the fat content. I usually use fat free milk, but using whole milk makes a special treat. Yogurt makers are very inexpensive... mine cost $20, and the culture can be found at any health food store. We have a Whole Foods in our town, so I get mine there. A bowl of mixed fruit, plain unsweetened yogurt, 1 top. of sugar, and sprinkled with cinnamon.... can't be beat!

    I started making my own when I underwent several weeks of taking antibiotics, which really messes up your digestive system. The yogurt brings back your good bacteria.
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  • Thanks for the positive feed back neighbor Nancy !! I'll give it a try. Who knew!!??? : )
  • No mention of any of the amazing Greek style, high protein choices out there. When was this article written?
  • Becky Hand, get with the times! The rest of the enlightened world has realized that low-fat is not a healthy way to eat.
  • Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!
  • I make my own plain yogurt from 2% organic milk. To make "Greek Yogurt," or what my Turkish husband calls yogurt cheese. Hope the info below is helpful - it is what I use, but I am sure there are other products too. Advantages: no added chemicals/preservatives; less plastic yogurt containers to recycle; lower sugar content and use your own fruit if you want more flavor; use plain yogurt in recipes (ask me if you want some!)

    Yogurt Maker Machine http://www.amazon.com/Euro-Cuisine-Yogurt-
    Maker-YM80/dp/B000EX16RY/ref=sr_1_2?ie
    =UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276361202&sr=8-2

    Yogurt cheese strainer http://www.amazon.com/Donvier-837426-Cuisi
    pro-YOGURT-CHEESE/dp/B000064841/ref=sr
    _1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276361
    280&sr=1-1

    Yogurt Starter http://www.amazon.com/Yogurt-Culture-2-Pac
    ks-Sealed-Together/dp/B00062KTX0/ref=p
    d_sim_k_4
    Or

    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisipro-837421-6-
    Pack-Yogurt-Culture/dp/B001W0Y422/ref=
    sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=12763
    61325&sr=1-1

    Or
    http://www.amazon.com/Euro-Cuisine-Yogur
    t-Starter-2-packs/dp/B000EONEU0/ref=sr
    _1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1276361
    325&sr=1-4

    Often the first two cultures listed are out of stock. The Euro-cuisine starter works fine; I just like the flavor and texture of the others a bit better. The package deal with additional jars is a good deal if you really like yogurt as much as I do. I make at least 3 batches of yogurt a week (with 2% organic milk; less than 2% milk doesn’t give you enough fat to have the yogurt set thickly enough). I use 4 jars of yogurt to make a batch of yogurt cheese (ready in 2 days). 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt cheese with blueberries is an awesome and healthy breakfast – one of my long-standing favorite treats!
  • shame on you. Dannon's web site says that it cannot guarantee Dannon to be Gluten free.
    Registerd dieticians should know this. How about the others? Are they all gluten free?

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