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Yogurt that is better than Fage IMHO

coll Feb 12, 2010 02:00 AM

Just bought a couple of cups of Siggi's Icelandic style skyr (strained non-fat yogurt) (yes that is the entire name on the label). It is made (with care! they state) in Chemango County NY. Wanted to try because of the flavors, I got Pomegranate Passion Fruit, and Orange Ginger, and lightly sweetened with agave syrup: but the yogurt itself is so rich and creamy, I never experienced anything quite like it. I even put some on a bagel in place of cream cheese. I got it at Fairway and not sure how widely distributed it is, but if you see it, don't let the $2.50 price scare you off.

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    JPKen RE: coll Jun 26, 2010 11:06 PM

    You can also strain your own lowfat or fat-free yogurt yourself - it's way cheaper - by putting the yogurt in a cheesecloth lined mesh sieve over a bowl overnight in the fridge. That would be for plain yogurt, though, you could then add fruit and/or agave syrup (I like plain strained yogurt with honey - way cheaper than Fage Greek yogurt and I use organic).

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      anonymouse1935 RE: JPKen Jun 27, 2010 02:55 AM

      JPKen, how many ounces do you end up with when you do that? Doesn't it come out to the same thing, since you start with the already-reduced 6 ounces?

      coll, I've seen Siggi and will have to give it a try. Brown Cow is also better than Fage.

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        coll RE: anonymouse1935 Jun 27, 2010 04:22 AM

        I know, Fage used to be so good when it came from Greece. I've been doing a lot of Brown Cow Greek style since it's always on sale. I only buy Greek Style yogurt so no use straining, although I often advise kitchen staff to do so to save money with the amount they use. Wholesale plain yogurt is relatively cheap.

        Siggi is really different than other yogurts, but too expensive to buy every week. I like plain Greek style spooned over some crunchy cereal with lots of fresh fruit (or dried fruit in the winter), or with a little instant coffee and some dried cherries is another favorite. I can't stand the add-ins that come with the commercial yogurts, it's like sugary glop. Although the pineapple flavor (Oikos I think?) was a pleasant surprise, sounded weird but I love it. Not so much the pomegranite, for the small amount they put in, it's all seeds, very unpleasant. The Siggi flavors are much better than domestic versions, not sugary at all.

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          roxlet RE: coll Jul 21, 2010 06:23 AM

          I just purchased sever Brown Cow Greek Style yogurts, and I am so disappointed. It is the thinnest yogurt I have ever bought. It's almost like a thin cream in consistency and not at all what I think of as Greek-style yogurt. I'll eat it because I bought it, but I'll never buy this again.

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            coll RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2010 06:53 AM

            Oh now I have a new favorite that my local store is selling, it's Greek Gods. The flavored ones contain cream, and one of the flavors is fig, and lots of it! I'm living on that right now. It comes from the Northwest somewhere, like Seattle.

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      emilief RE: coll Jun 27, 2010 11:09 AM

      Chobani Greek style yogurt is very creamy and much closer to greek yogurt than fage.

      1. SnackHappy RE: coll Jun 27, 2010 08:33 PM

        I don't mean to be that guy (or maybe I do), but isn't skyr a type of cheese like fromage blanc/plattekaas or quark? Is it really fair to compare it to greek yogourt?

        Anyway, I'd love to taste some since I recently got addicted to Fage (Total) whilst in Europe and haven't found anything here that really compares. Too bad I don't get to US (or Iceland) very often.

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          woodleyparkhound RE: SnackHappy Jul 21, 2010 07:31 AM

          Yes, SnackHappy, it's a soft cheese, not yogurt, but more importantly, it's delicious whatever it is! I've tried Siggis, but my favorite one I've had so far is most definitely the blueberry from the brand "Skyr.is", sold at Whole Foods.

        2. luckyfatima RE: coll Jul 21, 2010 10:31 AM

          I also strain my own yoghurt (take a paper towel and use it to line a strainer and keep it over a bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours) and I like it. Is Fage essentially strained yoghurt or is there some difference?

          I liked the taste of Fage but when I saw how much fat was in a small serving it put me off. I didn't like the lower fat versions. Is strained full fat yoghurt just as fatty as Fage?

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            SnackHappy RE: luckyfatima Jul 21, 2010 11:33 AM

            "Is strained full fat yoghurt just as fatty as Fage?"

            It all depends on how much whey you're straining out. It's easy to do the math. If you're reducing the volume of 3.5% MF yogourt by half, then you've got 7% MF yogourt.

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              ttoommyy RE: SnackHappy Jul 21, 2010 11:57 AM

              "It's easy to do the math. If you're reducing the volume of 3.5% MF yogourt by half, then you've got 7% MF yogourt."

              Maybe easy for you...now my brain hurts! :)

          2. livetocook RE: coll Jul 21, 2010 08:16 PM

            My favorite yogurt right now is Greek Gods. Made in B.C. I bought it at our local Organic store, Planet Organic. 11%MF. It is oh, so good. I really bought it for my 14month old wee one but, I lick the spoon every time and Hubby grabbed a bit to make an awesome sauce for our Blackened Chicken Sandwiches at supper. :)

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              Babyducks RE: livetocook Jul 21, 2010 08:52 PM

              Now that Costco carries plain, non fat Fage, it's become my favorite. It's a great deal!

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                ospreycove RE: Babyducks Jul 22, 2010 07:46 AM

                I agree 100%,.straining/draining a good live bacteria plain yogurt is better and much less costly than the "Greek Designer" stuff.

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