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yogurt for tzatziki

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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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

        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. 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

          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?

          1. re: johnmlinn

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

            1. re: johnmlinn

              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.

          2. 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.