Wednesday, January 13, 2010

In the Kitchen: Homemade Greek Yogurt

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)  

To get started, you'll need to have:

  • 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!!!)

Repeat the steps above until all the yogurt has been drained.

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 :)


Sarah said...

I love making my own yogurt and when baby started feeding herself (needing a thicker yogurt) I started putting it in a colander lined with coffee filters to drain off the whey. I can't belive how good it it. I agree that the Oikos honey flovor is amazing. I have a free coupon for it and it got me turned on to such a decadent fat free treat!

Tara said...

I ALSO LOVE THE "OIKOS HONEY GREEK YOGURT" TOO! Thanks to Candi for telling me about it!! The other day at Kroger I also used the $1.00 off coupon for the yogurt and it printed out a "catalina" for $1.00 off so I went back and got another one and it printed out another "catalina!" So, I kept doing it for another 5 times until I thought I should just quit cause I could have done that all day!! LOVE those kind of deals!!!

Candi said...

@ Tara - I wish my Kroger offered me a Catalina for it!!! Oh well. At least you were able to take advantage of the sale and the catalina. Great job!!

Coupon Teacher said...

Wow! You are amazing! Thanks for linking up.

Carrie Lauth said...

You probably already know this, but be sure to save your whey. You can use it for all kinds of things: homemade salsa and sauerkraut, for instance.

Candi said...

@Carrie - no I didn't know that. But when I read your post about what you can make at home, it crossed my mind. I'll have to remember it! Thanks!


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