Have you tried Greek Style Yogurt? I love, love, LOVE Greek Style Yogurt. Believe it or not, but that thick goodness perfectly satisfies any sweet craving I have. Stonyfield Farm offers a delicious one called Oikos. I have no idea how to say it but it tastes really good. My favorite is the Honey flavor.
The other day Kroger had Oikos on sale for $1.00 and there were coupons in the paper for $1.00 off one -- yes that's right, making it FREE. I picked up four little containers while at the store but it left me wanting more. So I decided to make my own!
First I made my own yogurt using a half gallon of organic milk I got on sale at Publix for $.99 the other day. And I had 1 cup of plain yogurt leftover from some yogurt I purchased at Aldi (about $.40 per cup). If you don't want to make your own yogurt, buy a quart of PLAIN yogurt (approx. $2.00)
- cheesecloth (I tried to do this with a strong paper towel and a colander but it did NOT work. Don't waste your time, just head to Walmart and pick up some cheesecloth. It's over in the craft section. You can get an entire package for around $4.50. The best part about the cheesecloth is it's totally reusable. You can wash and dry it like normal clothing and it's ready to use again.)
- rubber band (I save the ones that come wrapped around my newspapers.)
- a bowl with a wide rim
Cut a length of cheesecloth to cover the bowl. Then hold it in place by stretching the rubber band around it.
Next, fill the the cheesecloth with yogurt (I used a smaller mixing bowl, so I added about 1 cup of yogurt at a time.) Set it into the refrigerator on the top shelf UNCOVERED and let the whey drain into the bowl. The whey should be sort of yellowish, greenish, clear liquid. IF the whey has a milky look, you need to add an extra layer of cheesecloth because the yogurt is coming through. It should look like this:
Once it has drained, spoon the thickened yogurt off the cheesecloth and put into a covered container. (Look how thick it is...YUMMY!!!)
You'll be left with yummy thick Greek-style yogurt. Sweeten it with honey and top with fruit and granola for a delicious treat!
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*****************************************I was not compensated by Stonyfield Farms to mention them above. But if they want to send me some coupons for Oikos, I'll be grateful :)