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0% greek style yogurt

hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 05:47 AM

Anyone know where I can find fat free greek style yogurt in toronto (preferably as close to the east end as possible). Thanks!

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  1. Lazar RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 06:47 AM

    Is it the same as "Balkan style" yogurt? I believe that Astro makes a 0% balkan yogurt...but don't quote me

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      embee RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 07:03 AM

      I don't think you'll find any 0% Greek style yogurt in Toronto stores, though I could be wrong (I use 10% myself). Certainly there is no Fage sold here. I'd suggest getting the Western brand and draining it through cheesecloth until it reaches the thickness you want. Astro would also work, though I don't know whether the "Balkan style" comes as 0%.

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        homebaker RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 11:22 AM

        Sorry, I really don't know if this will help you, hungryabbey, but if "Greek style" is anything like "Balkan style" then I think it actually refers to the yogurt with the highest fat content! Otherwise, it's just 2%, 1%, or fat-free. Can anybody else confirm or challenge please?

        Here's an article with some info about Balkan style:


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          hungryabbey RE: homebaker Feb 15, 2008 05:00 PM

          I think the idea is that its supposed to taste ike Balkan style but its fat free.. Like embee mentioned Fage, that is a brand that I know is exactly what I was looking for.. but oh well. I have a few recipes that call for it (Fage in particular) but I guess I will look for this Balkan style astro yogurt.. thanks guys!

        2. NovoCuisine RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 11:26 AM

          I don't get why people eat 0 percent yogurt but you guys must have your reasons!

          Unfortunately, to answer your question, I have never seen a zero percent Greek-style yogurt in Toronto...

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            ekammin RE: NovoCuisine Feb 15, 2008 05:40 PM

            Astro yoghurt says on its labels that it is "Balkan style". I understand the company was started by someone from the former Yugoslavia who couldn't find yoghurt similar to what he had back there in Toronto.

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              hungryabbey RE: ekammin Feb 15, 2008 05:41 PM

              hm have you tried it? is it thick or creamy tasting at all?

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                embee RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 05:47 PM

                I find Astro's version too sour for my taste. It is not thick in the manner of Greek "shepherd's yogurt". The version I'm aware of is relatively high in butterfat - definitely not 0%.

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                  hungryabbey RE: embee Feb 15, 2008 06:09 PM

                  okay then that defeats the purpose anyways. oh well. thanks anyways guys

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            coffee_addictt RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 06:54 PM

            Select Bakery on donlands sells a pressed yogurt from greece but its not 0%, only thing you can do is buy 0% fat yogurt and strain it your self with cheese cloth or coffee filters.

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              hungryabbey RE: coffee_addictt Feb 16, 2008 07:02 AM

              oh that I think is pretty close to me, Ill go check it out, thanks

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              plavka RE: hungryabbey Feb 15, 2008 08:39 PM

              Try the balkan style yogurt from Olympic www.olympicdairy.com it's not as sour as Astro's. It's now available at Rabba and Whole Foods. You'll have to strain it yourself to get Fage like consistency but it's the closest yogurt I found that tastes like Fage. I love Liberté's méditerranée but it's 8.5% MF. I wish we could buy Fage here, I'm sick of driving to Buffalo to buy it!

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                hungryabbey RE: plavka Feb 16, 2008 07:02 AM

                oh great thanks for the tip

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                  peppermint pate RE: plavka Feb 29, 2008 06:25 AM

                  Just came back from a trip down south where I ate a tub of Fage 2% yoghurt every day. I had read about it on the Home Cooking board but it was my first experience eating it - unbelievably rich, creamy, delicious. So now that I'm addicted, where's the closest spot I can drive to in Buffalo to get it? Target? In the meantime, I'm going to check out the Olympic yoghurt you recommended.

                  Why isn't Fage sold here???

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                    bialy RE: peppermint pate Feb 29, 2008 02:36 PM

                    Wegman's - there are a bunch. And they have much to recommend them in addition to the yoghurt. The selection & prices are amazing - definitely check out the 'drugstore-type' area.

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                      piccola RE: peppermint pate Mar 6, 2008 06:00 PM

                      The company says import regulations won't allow it.

                      Anyway, if there's a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's in Buffalo, they'll carry it.

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                    cathym RE: hungryabbey Feb 17, 2008 08:48 AM

                    I discovered greek style yogurt in England several years ago and searched for an equivalent in Toronto, but never found it. Astro yogurt unfortunately doesn't come close. Not sure why all Greek or mediterranean yogurt sold here is so high in fat.

                    For anyone who hasn't tried it, Greek style yogurt is low-fat, but thick, creamy and not quite as tart as regular yogurt. Absolutely delicious and great for putting on fruit for dessert.

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                      hungryabbey RE: cathym Feb 17, 2008 12:12 PM

                      yes I have heard.. I was hoping to try to use it in baking recipes but I guess if the only options I have are high fat ones I might as well just use butter.

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                        piccola RE: hungryabbey Feb 17, 2008 04:06 PM

                        Even full-fat yogurt is still less rich and calorie-dense than butter.

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                          hungryabbey RE: piccola Feb 17, 2008 04:27 PM

                          Im sure your right.. I will try to experiment and do the best I can keeping the fat down without it tasting flat

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                        hungryabbey RE: Googs Feb 29, 2008 01:09 PM

                        oh lovely, thank you for that.

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                          Calam1ty RE: Googs Feb 29, 2008 05:33 PM

                          Sorry but labneh is not like the greek yogurt I've had in the UK but who knows. I've never been to Greece. Maybe what they have in the UK isn't the real deal!

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                            embee RE: Calam1ty Mar 1, 2008 06:41 AM

                            That's probably related the the amount of whey that has been allowed to drain. The yogurt in many Greek stores in Toronto is similar to many brands of labneh - it is spreadable rather than pourable. Some labneh is more like semi-solid cheese. If you are making your own, use it when it reaches the consistency you want.

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                          Calam1ty RE: hungryabbey Feb 29, 2008 05:32 PM

                          Oh I'd love to know. I get Greek yogurt all the time in the UK but can't find it here. Considering our Greek population, this is astounding! Astro's isn't close. A good Greek yogurt is like a very heavy cream - I use it instead of sour cream in fact. Pour a little maple syrup or honey on it and it's dessert!

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                            saira RE: hungryabbey Dec 28, 2008 09:21 AM

                            Whole Foods sells the little packs with fruit/honey on the side - not sure about the name.

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                              peppermint pate RE: saira Dec 28, 2008 09:48 AM

                              Just bought some yesterday, coincidentally - but it's definitely not 0%. I think it's 9% - texture is nice and creamy but there's a bit of a sour tang to it. Pretty good but still nothing like Fage (even with all the extra fat).

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                              woodsey RE: hungryabbey Dec 28, 2008 06:55 PM

                              Some of the Greek bakeries and delis along the Danforth sell yogurt, but it wouldn't be 0% (not even close--that's what makes Greek yogurt so good!). I've been buying Phoenician brand yogourt (avail. at some grocery stores in the east end--I think No Frills at Gerrard and Logan has it). It is pretty close, not as sour as Balkan yogurt, and not as thin as regular yogurt but at 2% will not be exactly like Greek yogourt. I like the brand though.

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                                evagas RE: hungryabbey May 25, 2010 03:03 PM

                                You can find Greek Yogurt at Longo's. 0% Liberte brand. Need to look hard for it on the shelf. It doesn't stand out. Similar to the other labels of Liberte but it's there! Awesome stuff! Creamy texture with a lot more protein than the regular kind. Quite a bit more expensive than the regular yogurt but worth it!

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                                  Rubymar2010 RE: hungryabbey Sep 21, 2010 05:22 AM

                                  There's a health food store called "Orgainic Abundance" on Bloor and Royal York. The last time I bought it was last week. Go check it out!!

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