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Jul 20, 2008 06:53 PM

Authentic Greek Yogurt

I finally found a yogurt comparable to what they serve in Greece. It is call Liberte and is made in Quebec and available at Safeway. Only problem is that it has 15 g of fat per serving of 175 g.
Dean in Canada

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  1. Best yogurt I've ever tasted but yeah it's not exactly fat-free.

    It's at many grocery stores- in Calgary it's at Co-op, Safeway and Sunterra and I'm sure others as well.

    1. They have a 2% variety too. I hear raves about Astro's 6% balkan style yogurt.

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      1. re: Bryn

        +1 on Astor's Balkan Style. I bought some last week and love it.

        1. re: Bryn

          Liberte's Apple Pie flavour is 2.5%, and honestly, it's great. My first experience with Liberte was with their Lemon flavour (8%), and it's so good it's like dessert. Perhaps at 8% that's about right, but regardless, the flavour and consisency is perfect. My husband doesn't like yogurt of any sort. Ever. But he thoroughly enjoys Liberte's Apple Pie. They also offer an Orange & Marzipan flavour which if my recollection is correct is 3.1% MF, and very good. But if you're willing to go with higher fat content for dessert, my vote is for the Lemon or Moka (mocha/cappuccino). Yum!

        2. Yeah, Liberté is about as close as you're going to get unless you go to Kalamata Grocery. Btw, authentic Greek yogurt isn't particularly low far either—15 g sounds about right and some of the richer varieties go higher.

          As John said, it's available at many grocery stores.

          Astro's is pretty good too, especially with a dab of honey.

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          1. re: Jasz

            Kalamata HAD a very nice pressed yogurt that was packaged like Fage but I haven't seen it on the shelf for months now. The stuff in the clear plastic containers I would avoid- I threw the entire batch out last time because it tasted strongly of plastic, like when you drink water out of a plastic hose- it tasted toxic.

          2. I know not everyone agrees with me but nothing is like Fage and they have a fat free version that is as good as the full fat but the closest (via Westjet) place to buy it is at the Las Vegas Whole Foods.

            I like Liberte too but it's a different beast. I like the middle eastern yogurt from the place on 17th ave and 37 st SW better than the Kalamata version. The market in the NW corner of the CFM has an organic yogurt that is good in its own way. Thinner than Greek but tastes more of fresh milk than many.

            Disclaimer: don't consider this a push for Westjet. I don't work for them but someone I am fond of does.

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            1. re: sharonanne

              sharonanne- I will agree that for fat free, Fage is amazing. But we don't have it here so let's try to focus on what we do!

              The place you're referring to on 17th is I think Shaganappi Grocery and it's really outstanding labneh- try it with a drizzle of honey, it's too rich for words and as it's not really labelled it's impossible to know the fat content!

              1. re: John Manzo

                You'd know what the place on 17th is called better than me as your suggestion sent me there. Thought it had the phrase "middle eastern" somewhere in the name though. Maybe a sub-title?

                I was just pouting about Fage. Been a long time since I did that. <sigh>

                1. re: sharonanne

                  sharonanne you're just a Fagehag! :)

                  There are two middle eastern grocers out that way- and seriously, what is the fat content on labneh? It seems evil (delicious but evil).

              2. re: sharonanne

                Do you mean the one by Liquidation World? My parents shop there all the time—good pita bread—I should ask them to pick me up some yogurt, or labneh as I guess it's called.

                1. re: Jasz

                  Yes, the one by Liquidation World. The spices and nuts looked very fresh too.

                  John, I like Fagehag but would slightly prefer Fage Sage although that would lead to fa - yeh sa - yeh pronunciation. Thanks for the laugh.

                2. re: sharonanne

                  I'm glad I'm not the only one who scopes out the Whole Foods in Vegas! Their dairy section is AMAZING! The whole store is actually, but the selection of yogurt is staggering. I don't think we've missed a grocery (Whole Foods or Bristol Farms specifically) on any trip stateside. If you're in Vegas, it's worth the stop and not out of the way (just out of the airport and south of the Strip). Their Chunky Flax Granola is another item I also bring home. And Newman's Organic Bavarian Pretzels. The list is too long...

                3. In Edmonton you can find OIKOS Organic Greek Yogurt (0%fat and 15 grams protein) at Sobey's Hawkstone.

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                  1. re: SLIMR

                    I really like the Astro Balkan and have recently discovered the Olympic brand of natural probiotic 3.9% Balkan style yogurt. So tasty!!

                    1. re: VanGrrl

                      yay! I love this yogurt, even the fat free is awesome for sauces, dressings and as a substitute for sour cream, tart and thick. Always in my fridge.

                      1. re: VanGrrl

                        ABSOLUTLEY THE BEST vanilla infusion. Once you start its hard to stop! This is why I'm now here! Safeway on 16 ave & Centre St has been out of stock for days. High fat content tho. And moderation? Ugh what's that? I'm thinking with all this discussion on straining... I might have to try it. All this talk about Fage. Well now i HAVE to try it. And lucky me, I AM a West Jetter. Las Vegas bound! But- do I really need to be addicted to a new yogurt??

                        1. re: MzDevine

                          I actually think that in the 6 years since this thread started we've been embarrassed by riches with regard to greek yogurt in Canada, including Calgary. I've had a lot of Fage in the states but I don't think it's one iota better than any of Oikos or Liberte or President's Choice- I prefer the 2% Oikos to the fat free but it's on every grocery store shelf now, good times :) Full-fat Astro Greek (not Balkan- their newer "Greek") is shatteringly amazing but it's also something like 11% fat so it had better be. Their vanilla is ridiculous, one of the best yogurts I've ever tasted.

                      2. re: SLIMR

                        After not finding the OIKOS yogurt at my local Sobey's I sent the company an e-mail and OIKOS is not available in Canada.

                        1. re: sharonanne

                          Now Olympic is making a Greek style thick yogurt called KREMA. It is phenomenal!

                          1. re: VanGrrl

                            What is the fat content of that yogurt?

                            1. re: Jasz

                              Couldn't find the nutrition label on their site but it was posted here:

                              at first blush it's more "expensive" calorie/fat wise than Liberte

                                1. re: sharonanne

                                  18g fat per 175g serving which looks like they've calculated that as being 28% DV - meaning almost 1/3 of the fat a person consuming 2000 cal/day should ingest. Doesn't seem off the mark to me...unfortunately if you're cutting back on calories that percentage is higher.

                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                    The Krema yogurt is 11%MF. At least it's not 28%, but it's still high fat ...

                            2. re: VanGrrl

                              Thanks for suggestion - got some on sale at Saferway.... fabulous... love it..going back for another container..
                              11% Fat, - but that is okay, cause I'll have honey with it - so the sugar cuts out the fat :)

                              (I usually strain the Astro Balkan 6%) however this is a really nice treat!

                              1. re: VanGrrl

                                My first post ever was suppose to piggy back off you - as I'm addicted to the KREMA Greek Vanilla yogurt flav. NOT Astro Balkin like I THINK I posted to :-/ <-- chow newbie

                            3. re: SLIMR

                              Thanks SLIMR, in the hopes that the occasional Sobeys carried OIKOS, I trekked up to Sobeys Royal Oak today as its a newer store and sometimes has higher end product. Sadly, they have no Greek Yogurt, but it was worth a try. You never know.

                              1. re: nutellaluvr

                                I live in Regina and have a hard time finding Greek Yogurt. I do see Astro Balkan yogurt at Sobeys. Is that the same thing? Any other places that sell Greek Yogurt?