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yogurt for tzatziki

arugala Mar 21, 2008 09:29 AM

If I buy Fage yogurt, the thick greek yogurt, would you still recommend draining it overnight? It comes pretty much pre-drained. I will still dry out the cucs.

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    Joebob Mar 21, 2008 07:03 PM

    Do you have access to Mountain High Plain Original (full fat)? We ate it in Fort Worth, TX and (SURPRISE!) can get it at Safeway here in Oahu. It is good value for the price and reminds me greatly of the yoghurt we used to buy in Greece. Should work well for your purpose.

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      emilief Mar 21, 2008 10:38 AM

      Personally I don't think Fage is thick enough. I buy a yogurt spread or yogurt cheese (lebne?) that is very very thick and dense. I also drain my cucumbers. Runny tsatsiki is not a good thing.

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      1. re: emilief
        johnmlinn Mar 21, 2008 11:02 AM

        What do you like salt your cukes and let them drain out or just sit them in a colander for a bit like the above suggestion?

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          scubadoo97 Mar 21, 2008 11:19 AM

          a little salt will help to pull some water out. I always cut out the seeds of the cucumber as well.

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            emilief Mar 21, 2008 11:43 AM

            I just put them in a strainer and push the liquid out. I do not salt the cucumbers although I add salt to the finished product.

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          ziggylu Mar 21, 2008 09:36 AM

          I use Fage or the TJ's greek yogurt as a regular staple in my house. I never drain it for tzatziki. If I don't have it on hand have to use something else I'll drain it but for the greek style no need.

          I use shredded cucumbers and I do let these sit in a colander a bit before using.

          I don't use mint: yogurt, garlic, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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          1. re: ziggylu
            linguafood Mar 21, 2008 09:47 AM

            Mint just adds a certain little extra kick... it makes the whole yogurt cuke concoction taste even fresher. If it weren't for the ton o'garlic, you wouldn't even have to brush your teeth afterwards '-)

          2. linguafood Mar 21, 2008 09:30 AM

            I don't think that's necessary. I don't even think you should drain the cukes unless you're preparing way ahead. Just make sure to add lots of garlic, fresh mint & dill.

            Cali orexi.

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