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The Best Plain Non-Fat Yogurt Brands, Redux.

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I found this thread and found a lot of helpful suggestions: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/414523 .

But my yogurt-hunt isn't finished. I've recently decided to weed out chemical-ly foods from my diet, and I'm at a halt when it comes to this cremey food staple. Yesterday I begrudingly bought Plain Non-Fat La Yogurt yogurt at my local supermaket, which would be fine -- if it weren't for the "non-fat milk-solids". I don't want milk-solids, pectin, or worse, ingredient names I can't even pronounce in my yogurt. Unfortuneately, given my choices there, it beat out it's competitors.

Essentially I'm looking for a tub of non-fat, plain yogurt with no other ingredients (except the live active bacterial cultures).

Fage is one (and delicious, too), but it's so expensive.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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  1. Not sure where you are, but I'm in LA and buy Strauss Farms and it's about a dollar cheaper than a tub of Fage.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      Brooklyn, NY :(

      1. re: Sunshineness

        Strauss is pretty much the polar opposite of Fage in texture. Fage is very thick, almost cheeselike, while Strauss is very runny. I hope that makes you feel better.
        :-)

        1. re: jlafler

          Although both are excellent!

    2. Well, I buy Fage, no matter the price (although it's slightly cheaper now that I can buy the 500 gm tubs at Costco). There's a new Greek yogurt people have been recommending called Oikos that's available at Whole Foods (and presumably other places). Before I gave into spending the $$ on Fage, I tried a lot of yogurts and the only nonfat I really liked was Pavel's (I think that's a regional brand on the West Coast, though). Straus is "European style" which means it's the exact opposite of Fage/Greek yogurt, in that it's a lot runnier that American-style yogurts. I don't know what you have against milk-solids, though. Yogurt is made of milk solids, and the fact that they added more milk solids to give it more body doesn't make it "chemically."

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thanx for your comment, but I still prefer not to have milk-solids in my yogurt. Maybe chemical isn't the right word to describe it, but it's most definitely processed. Not to push, but here's a link to the ol' mighty wiki to sway your opinion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powdered...

        I suppose it's like concentrated juice, but for milk.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Oops, I guess I should have read the whole thread before posting....

          1. re: jlafler

            Bad sister! When I went looking for the large Fage tubs at the Costco near your house I couldn't find them in with the regular yogurt -- I finally found it in it's very own refrigerated display case in the deli area. It loooked like a Fage alter!

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            Oikos costs just as much as Fage, within a few cents. I don't like it as much.

          3. Fage, you get what you pay for.

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            1. re: pikawicca

              I went I bought and I concede! Just what I wanted. I bought the Greek-style, and looked for the European, but they didn't have any. I'll try again!

              Thanx again, pikawicca.

            2. * Trader Joe's European Style Yogurt - a lot runnier than Fage
              * Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt - cheaper than Fage
              * Nancy's Organic Yogurt (available at Stop & Shop in New England)

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              1. re: jeni1002

                Nice. I can't recall what, but I remember perusing the ingredients of Nancy's and I had to move on. But I'm definitely going to try Trader Joe's after I'm done with my current tub.

                1. re: Sunshineness

                  Definitely try TJ's Greek style non-fat! I actually prefer is over Fage and the nutritional information is actually even better!

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    ooh, mollyo, did i convert you from fage to TJ's?

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      You totally did!!! All the credit should go to ghg for my switch from Fage to TJ's greek yogurt!

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        i don't need the credit, i'm just glad you like it! always makes me happy when someone is pleased with my suggestion or advice :)

                  2. re: Sunshineness

                    Can't wait.

                  3. re: jeni1002

                    Ditto on the European Style- I actually don't like Fage all that much, feels too much like bad grade school puddings. But the TJ's has this lovely tang, and if you layer it with fruit because it's drippier (uh, word?) you get a bit of sweet and soft yogurt all at the same time!

                  4. I haven't checked the Dannon ingredients label in a long time because I buy the Fage 0%...but what if you made your own creamy non-fat from the Dannon Non-fat? I understand it's just a matter of straining it for a few hours in cheesecloth, is that right?

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                    1. re: Val

                      I'm not certain. WCchopper made a similar comment, and again, sounds great, but I just don't know how.

                    2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Columbo's FF, SF, creamy vanilla yogurt. It tastes sinful and is completely healthy. Tastes thick, creamy and like a full fat version. Once you eat Columbo's you won't be able to eat any other brand vanilla.

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                      1. re: synergy

                        If it's sugar free does that mean that it's unsweetened? Or does it use artificial sweetners?

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          Artificial sweetners, but it tastes great. Not overly sweet, just enough, no aftertaste.

                        2. re: synergy

                          synergy, is vanilla the same as plain? I, me, for whom sugar is one of the major food groups, don't like vanilla yogurt, I find it too sweet. I get whatever plain yogurt is on sale and doctor it up to suit myself.

                          Bless Columbo's heart for still maintaining an 8 ounce container.

                          1. re: dolores

                            Dolores, no, Columbo's creamy vanilla is not the same as plain. Try the creamy vanilla, I don't find it too sweet, but just yummy. And YES, bless them for keeping the 8 oz. container. :-)

                            1. re: dolores

                              Arrrrgggghhhh! I just came back from the supermarket. Columbo just changed All their yogurt sizes to the 6 oz. container. Darn!!!

                              1. re: synergy

                                Nooooooooooooooooo. Et tu Columbo?

                                Wow.

                          2. You could always make your own for complete control of ingredients.

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                            1. re: WCchopper

                              I'd love to do that; unfortunately, I am a Brooklyn girl, and so I haven't been exposed to the know-how of yogurt making.

                              1. re: Sunshineness

                                there's really not much to know. if you do a search of the boards you can find some really easy methods for making your own.

                                next time you're in the city, check out the 365 organic plain yogurt at WFM. i don't have a container on hand right now to check the ingredients, but it's got a really good, clean, pure tang to it...definitely some of the best plain yogurt i've ever had. [it's traditional yogurt, not greek-style, so it's not as thick as fage.]

                                alternatively, i'm also a huge fan of TJ's house brand greek yogurt.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  It's really easy. I would encourge you to try it at least once. You don't even need to buy any equipment, so if you don't end up liking to make it, nothing is lost. You can search the boards or online for detailed instructions, but all you really need is a glass jar, a heat source like a heating pad, milk and starter yogurt.

                            2. Has anyone tried siggi's yogurt yet? Icelandic style yogurt
                              The pomegrantate was surprisingly good.
                              Creamy, thick, satisfying.

                              http://www.skyr.com/

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                              1. re: HillJ

                                I love Stonyfield Farms and Brown Cow. Both sold at Whole Foods. Stonyfield Farms is organic. Their chocolate truffle is delicious.

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Just noticed this. Yeah, siggi's is the perfect middle ground. Not too thick, not too thin, not too sweet, true fruit flavors, subtle, healthful, perfect.

                                  1. re: Jim Leff

                                    Caught your nod on slog.
                                    I'm still waiting for Siggi's to offer a larger size container :)

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      I hate to be contradictory, but I really dislike Stonyfield Farms. Chalky, thin,, sweet....to me, it's just packaging and the word "organic".

                                      1. re: Jim Leff

                                        Thankfully, there are plenty of excellent Greek style yogurts out there to keep chows happy. Without hype & packaging they wouldn't have found an audience (either).

                                2. I love Chobani non-fat vanilla. I always thought I hated yogurt until a co-worker convinced me to try it. I mix a 6 oz. container with 1/2 cup of cereal almost every morning. I am addicted...I have been doing this consistently for about 4 months.

                                  1. I just picked up TJ's Grade A Goat Milk yogurt, thinking this must be the "Greek style" referenced here by ghg. I don't think this is it, though. It's definitely interesting, but it's really GOATY! And the texture is nothing like Fage--it's much soupier. But mixed with TJ's lemon curd, it's delicious. The consistency is much more dip-like than yogurt.

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                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      k, give TJ's Greek honey yogurt a try.
                                      It's thicker than the 2 or 0 %.
                                      I have TJ's 0% in my frig and didn't find it souper, but I will say the consistency of their Greek style yogurt has been inconsistent the past year.

                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                        i just saw this reply, sorry i'm so late in responding! i happen to love it because i love anything made with goat's milk, but the yogurt you picked up isn't even remotely related to the Greek yogurt :) i hope you went back at some point & got the right one, it really is good!

                                      2. Straus is my favorite and easy to find here in San Francisco. Their Organic non-fat is the best! In fact Trader Joe's' Organic Non-fat "European Style" is actually Straus. They come from the same farm. Go to Trader Joe's it's the blue one...