Hello everybody. First time posting here. I was looking for Greek yogurt in Vancouver and upon googling it, I was directed to an older post here on Chowhound. One post mentioned Aria in the West End. I went there today and found a plastic see-through container with a VERY thick yogurty product inside. I asked the cashier if it was Green yogurt, as it had no label. and he said it was "pressed yogurt", which I assumed was the same as "strained" same as "Greek". When I tasted it just now, it tastes very very sour (not bad though). I've only ever tried the commercial Fage yogurt in the States, which was much milder. I'm not sure if I bought the right stuff (a recipe called for it). Can you tell me if Greek yogurt is supposed to taste so sour? Most yogurts are tart, but this is really quite something! Thanks for your help!
From everything I have read, Greek yogurt is a method and not a specific yogurt brand. The method is straining the yogurt to condense it and all of it's original qualities are accentuated. So you if you start with a very sour yogurt... it will still be sour only more so.
We make our own yogurt from a culture of Activia and Bulgarian yogurts and it normally firms up in less than 2 hours. Why is this important? Because it doesn't give the bacteria that creates the sourness time to kick in to a large degree so the yogurt is mild and delicious... straining this results in a mild Greek style yogurt that is easy to eat and great for combining with other ingredients.
We are so happy with our yogurt that we started a website: http://mryogurt.info/ and there is much good information about yogurt and yogurt making on it.