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On Greek Yogurt

I keep seeing mentions of Greek yogurt. How does it differ from "regular" yogurt like Danone or some other brand? thanks

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  1. Like JIF to a generic peanut butter. Like homemade ice cream to a generic product.

    After reading about it on this board, I bought Trader Joe's 0% fat Greek yogurt (you don't need to buy the super expensive brand one), and ate all 16 ounces. In one sitting.

    I haven't bought it since. It's THAT good.

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    1. re: dolores

      dolores, curious, have you only tried TJ's Greek-style yogurt, or have you also tried the "super-expensive brand one" and/or others and compared? Just curious about how you came to your preference.

      Personally (more's the pity for my pocketbook), I find TJ's inferior, so I do spring for super-expensive Fage/Total.

      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

        Yes, and I found it amazing. But I really found the TJ one just as good.

        In what way did you find the TJ inferior?

        I'll have to do a side by side one of these days.

        1. re: dolores

          I just really did not like the texture of TJ's version. If you like theirs, more power to you - I wish I did, as it'd save me a boatload of cash!

    2. Most of the whey is drained off, resulting in a much thicker texture. I also find it to have a more mellow flavor. My daughter, who always liked regular yogurt, *adores* Greek yogurt... especially with honey drizzled over it.

      1. It's also lower in carbohydrate per serving than other yogurts, since the whey contains most of the lactose.

        1. It's the texture. After taking a spoonful, what's left in the carton doesn't collapse to "fill" the hole, even overnight. It's very thick and creamy (even the lowfat version), and tangier than mass-produced commercial yogurts. It's amazing eaten straight but I've been told that it also shines as an ingredient--tzatziki comes immediately to mind.

          1. Stonyfield makes a 0% greek yogurt, I think they call it Okinos ( sp?). I think it is fantastic and I imagine that it is easy to find in most supermarkets. It is wonderful with fruit.

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              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                I really like Oikos, and my regular grocery carries it.