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Let's talk store-bought yogurt -- what do you like?

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I am not sure that I love yogurt; I think I eat it because I think it might be good for me. It's a perfect fix coming from the gym.
At this moment, I like Stonyfield Farm organic -- maple vanilla is pretty good. I know there are other good ones -- what do you like?

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  1. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to Yogurt.

    I generally buy Yoplait, blueberry or cherry.

    If I can find it, sometimes I'll get Brown Cow Cream Top (blueberry or maple), which is really good because it has a top layer of thick cream.

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    1. re: ipse dixit

      Ahhhh -- I also like Brown Cow brand, however, I do worry about that cream top...too good to be good for me????? If I remember, they do make a low- or non-fat one???? How is the calorie count? I know that the Stonyfield Farm lowfat maple vanilla (organic) that I just finished is 130 calories for 6 oz. Oh, I hate to be so concerned, but if there are equally good brands with fewer calories (but they must be hound-worthy!), then I will opt for the fewer calories and spend those calories at Auntie Em's for a carrot cupcake!

      1. re: liu

        My absolute favorite is Brown Cow. They do make a lowfat and nonfat version. No cream on top of course (my favorite is whole milk maple) but they're good too. The lowfat lemon and nonfat strawberry are staples of my morning routine.

        1. re: Morgan

          I love Brown Cow, but my husband threw some out when I wasn't around because he thought it went bad!!!
          I also just tried some buffalo milk yogurt I got at Whole Foods, very tangy and thick like pudding.

          1. re: coll

            I, too, like the buffalo milk yogurt at Whole Foods. It has a very different flavor -- I can almost taste the pasture (I mean this in a good way!).

            1. re: coll

              really dont care for the cream-on-the-top yogurts, like Brown Cow - much prefer the homogenized whole milk yogurts

          2. re: liu

            I count carbs so the cream is not an issue. The low fat has far too many carbs and I don't want to talk baout sugar.

        2. I buy Stonyfield with cream on top and add Splenda and what ever fruit I feel like. When I can get it, Fage imported from Greece is my hands down favorite.

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          1. re: Candy

            Yes, I have purchased the Fage brand at Trader Joe's and I think Whole Foods in Southern California (not sure if it was Whole Foods, but I think so). Anyhow, Greek yogurt has quite a different texture from the others, don't you think?

            1. re: liu

              absolutely, much creamier and richer

              1. re: Candy

                Greek yogurt has a different texture because the whey has been drained off. You can do the same with many yogurts (ones that don't have gelatin or other binders) by draining overnight in the fridge. Even a couple hours draining will render much of the whey, and give you the thicker, richer tasting yogurt. (You can use the drained whey for soups, if you like.) Of course, Fage and other brands do the work for you, and the price reflects that.

          2. Fage is my favorite. First, I prefer plain yogurt so that I can flavor it as needed. Second I like the greek yogurt much better than any of the american ones, which I find to be way to runny and rather insipid. Plus they tend to put a lot of unnecessary junk into them.

            The greek yogurts are nice and thick, more like a sour cream. A drizzle of honey, a bit of fruit and some homemade granola - yum! Fage comes in many fat contents from nonfat to a totally decadent fullfat version which is like 22 grams of fat for a small container. I stay away from that one LOL.

            In a pinch if I couldn't find the Fage (which happens frequently) I'd go with Stonyfield. I do enjoy their Maple Vanilla.

            Laurie

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            1. re: sivyaleah

              Fage and honey and fruit and granola -- yuuuummmm! Thanks...I will give it a go! This is also great because I can control the sugar. Many of the store yogurts are just tooooo sweet. I like a little "tang" with mine!
              I am glad to hear that you, also, like Stonyfield maple vanilla.

              1. re: liu

                I really enjoy fage, too. But, here in NY, a single serve container sells for 2 bucks minimum. (I've seen it up to $3). That's just ridiculous.

                1. re: MM

                  True, but I've come to terms with the price -- Fage goes for about $1.80 at my local (Los Angeles) Trader Joe's -- which is about the same price I'd pay for a croissant or scone or something else less nutritious than yogurt that I might pick up on the way to work if I don't have a cup of Fage with a little honey before I leave home.

                  Yes, that's at least double the price of regular supermarket yogurt -- but I won't eat supermarket yogurt -- the texture is gelatinous, the sweetened kinds are too sweet, and the plain are just too sour.

                  I'm on the hunt for cheaper strained yogurt -- I'm convinced it must be out there. Any other brands I might find? -- maybe in markets that serve Armenian or other communities here in L.A?

                  1. re: jnovgirl

                    The Trader Joe's greek style yogurt is delicious and a better price than the Fage, which they also carry.
                    Their mediterranean yogurt is drained and denser.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      I noticed that stuff, but only saw a full-fat version, and would prefer something lower in fat -- I'll keep my eye out for a lowfat version.

                      1. re: jnovgirl

                        its only full fat so far which is what i prefer in yogurt.

                  2. re: MM

                    Have you tried Fairway or Sahadi's in Brooklyn? I can't remember what Fage went for at Fairway, but I believe I saw it at Sahadi's for under $2.

                    1. re: MM

                      FYI, it's shockingly easy to strain yogurt yourself. An Egyptian client of mine urged me to try it after I loved the strained yogurt at a Middle Eastern restaurant (he also bought me an industrial-size carton of yogurt to try with). Just put the yogurt in a strainer lined with paper towels over a bowl, stick it in the fridge, and let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight, and you'll get the consistency of Fage yogurt much more cheaply.

                      1. re: AppleSister

                        This is what my Lebanese grandparents would do as well. Usually using cheese cloth rather than a paper towel. For some reason I feel like she would leave it on the counter as well instead of the fridge but I'm not comfortable with that personally. I like it spread on bagels better than cream cheese.

                    2. re: liu

                      Also simple and sooo delicious is honey and walnuts on plain yogurt, just like they eat it in Greece!

                    3. re: sivyaleah

                      Fage, for sure.

                      I really like those little lowfat cups with the honey in the little compartment on the side.

                      But just the lowfat yogurt with fruit or granola or whatever is good. But always, always Fage.

                    4. I like Dannon Plain Lowfat, not fat free, yogurt. If I am splurging, I get the whole milk yogurt. I turn it upside down and let it drain on paper towels, a good thick layer, in a bowl in the fridge. After a few hours it is rich, thick and creamy and can be flavored as you wish to make a delicious dip,or sweetened and served as a dessert. It can also be added to salad dressing or ndian marinades.

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                      1. re: Fleur

                        Thanks for the idea about draining the liquid. I will try this.
                        I agree -- yogurt is great in anything Indian! Additionally, I sometimes make a stroganoff with yogurt instead of sour cream, and we don't miss the sour cream as long as the spices are good.

                        1. re: Fleur

                          And thanks, again -- you have solved my dinner dilemma for tomorrow night. I'll do something with yogurt and curry...

                          1. re: liu

                            Not to stray into the cooking boards territory but a WARNING about cooking with yogurt. DO NOT use low fat or fat free. The pectin melts and the yogurt separates, leaving a wet lumpy mess. Must use whole yogurt.

                            But you probably knew that already.

                        2. I think really good yogurt is soooo much better than average stuff..

                          First off, I like greek-style yogurt best. Thick and delicious. My new favorite, as I mentioned recently in another post, is Voskos, which I found at Safeway. Can vouch for both the plain and the strawberry...

                          For organic plain yogurt, my favorite is Strauss Family Creamery. Just had some tonight on a baked potato! yummn