Homemade Greek Yogurt

June 9, 2010

The first time I went to the grocery store to purchase Greek yogurt, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the price!! I somehow convinced myself to fork over the money for this new-found treat and made sure to savor every bite.

By accident, I figured out how to make my own Greek yogurt at home. I simply bought “regular” yogurt and drained the extra liquid from it. When I discovered how simple it was to make my own Greek yogurt, I felt as though it was too good to be true!

Here’s how it is done.

All you need is “regular” yogurt. (I’ve only made Greek yogurt with plain yogurt, so I am not sure if flavored yogurts would work for this as well but it would be worth a try!) I like to use Nancy’s Lowfat (or nonfat) Plain Yogurt. However, I did buy Mountain High plain yogurt at Costco the other day, so I’ll be curious to see how it compares.

Set-up:

Place a paper towel (or coffee filter) in a strainer. Then place the strainer on top of a bowl to catch the water that drains off. Pour “regular” yogurt into the strainer and place it in the fridge for several hours.

Several hours later. . . . tah-dah, you now have Greek yogurt!!

Here’s a picture of the liquid after it drained off the yogurt.

Thick, rich, creamy Greek yogurt without spending an arm and a leg for it!!

I love adding granola, fresh/dried fruit, honey, or jam to Greek yogurt!! It is so rich and creamy–almost like ice cream (well, not quite)!

4 Comments
    1. Michelle, are there health benefits to Greek yogurt, or is it a texture thing? I’ve never been opposed to the texture of “regular” yogurt.

      1. Great question!! The biggest difference with Greek yogurt is that it has a lot more protein in it–depending upon the brand, up to twice as much!! A lot of people (like myself) who don’t eat a lot of meat eat it as a way to get more protein in their diet.

    1. […] At first I tried this plain, but I don’t know I would like any plain yogurt plain, on its own. This makes it harder to compare one Greek yogurt brand to the next. I wanted to try and compare this brand to other brands I’ve had, but I am not sure I could say I like one kind over the other because by the time I add my own ingredients, they all taste very similar. Oh well. This one probably was not worth the $2; I think I’ll stick to making my own Greek yogurt. […]

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