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yogurt in glass or ceramic?

I am looking for yogurt in glass or ceramic jars as you find in Europe. Does anyone know of anyplace in or around Boston or on the south shore that carries yogurts like this now? I saw a similar post from several years ago that said that Formaggio Kitchen might have some, but as far as I know they don't anymore. Any other ideas??

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244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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  1. Is this for a gift? Would you be willing to move the yogurt into a fine jar purchased separately?

    1. I always envy the French recipes that measure quantities in yogurt jars!

      1. It's for a friend. She is from France and very homesick for food like at home, but doesn't have the money to go back to France any time soon. I don't think it would be the same to transfer regular yogurt into a glass jar. I want to make her a special breakfast with things just like at home, and was hoping to find her some yogurt as it is something she always talks about.

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        1. re: noisybnora

          Two thoughts.

          1. Can you say what the yogurt itself is like? Is it thick or runny, mild or tangy? Being in a certain kind of container won't be enough if the yogurt is the right kind of yogurt.

          2. Unfortunately, I have never seen yogurt sold in anything but plastic around here. Every year, fewer and fewer things are being sold in glass jars. And I can't remember seeing anything sold in ceramic, ever, going back 50 years, with the exception of some grainy dijon mustard imported from France. So what I am thinking is if you can find some similar yogurt, maybe you can culture some in glass jars from something like jam. If the yogurt is what she likes, she will appreciate the effort!

          1. re: PinchOfSalt

            Ceramic wine bottles are becoming more frequently used for natural wines - & still the Dijon mustards are in ceramic

          2. re: noisybnora

            I suspect that any yogurt here will be different because of our milk and ultrapasteurization...you could try making some for her, using High Lawn milk (and maybe a little of their cream) which is sold at Whole Foods. Their products have been mentioned in other threads; personally I really like their stuff.

            You didn't ask about baguettes so maybe you already have a source, but if not - try Mamadou's Artisan Bread in Winchester. Really great, crusty, chewy bread.

            1. re: gimlis1mum

              Hi, Thanks. I figured that it would probably come down to making myself.... but I wondered if there was anywhere in Boston that stocked the real thing, imported from France. I have some of the glass jars from some Italian yogurts that I bought in Italy years ago, so probably I will find some of her favorite yogurt and make yogurt in those for her using milk from Whole Foods and Liberte yogurt as the starter. I think that will be the closest I am able to get.

              As for bread, I am totally covered on that. Pain D'Avignon near where I live on Cape Cod is an excellent French bakery and I can get bread there.

              1. re: noisybnora

                Did you see this conversation about Sofia's Yogurt in Belmont. That might be an alternative and then you can pack that in the jars.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743188

                1. re: BostonZest

                  maybe, but I am looking for French whole milk yogurt if possible...

              2. re: gimlis1mum

                Ultrapasteurization makes no difference whatsoever in yogurtmaking. Indeed, some home yogurt makers prefer ultra-pasteurized milk, since it cuts out a step: you can heat ultrapasteurized milk to just under 120 and add the starter then rather than having to take the milk up to 190 and then cool it to just under 120, which takes an hour or so.

                Making yogurt with non-ultrapasteurized milk that hasn't been scalded and cooled results in a poorly-textured product.

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  good to know. thanks

            2. About 6 or 7 years ago I bought Yoplait yogurt in a small terracotta pot from Idlewilde in Acton. I don't know if they still sell it as that was some time ago, but you could always call and ask. Good luck.

              1. For about 40 bucks you can buy an electric yogurt maker complete with glass jars at Bed Bath & Beyond.

                1. I asked my friend who is from France, and this is her reply:
                  "Well, this is a very good question. As a matter of fact, I eat my yogurt every day at lunch in a little French glass jar but, do not get too excited, I recycle my pots and fill them with my favorite local yogurt from Butterworks farm which only comes in large pots. I asked my sister in France to save the jars for me. They come with a reclosable tight plastic lid which is great for transportation. I do not know where to find them here, but I would check first Russo's in Watertown and Fromaggio's kitchen in Cambridge. "

                  I think I'll ask her if she can spare one for me!

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                  1. re: CookieLee

                    Thanks! I will look into the yogurt from Butterworks!

                    1. re: noisybnora

                      Just to clarify, noisybnora, the Butterworks yogurt doesn't come in glass jars. She's talking about transferring it into her jars.

                      I will tell you, Butterworks yogurt is wonderful. I'm a big fan of their fat free vanilla yogurt, and that is flavored with maple syrup.

                      1. re: CookieLee

                        that would be fine... I do have some small glass yogurt jars... I would prefer to find the real deal that comes in glass, but that may be fairly difficult, I guess... my best bet may be to find yogurt that is much like french yogurt and put it into the jars I have.

                        Does anyone know if Savenor's market might have yogurt in glass jars? A friend said they did 5 or 6 years ago, but she doesn't live near there anymore so she wasn't sure if they still carry it.

                  2. If anyone is still interested(this is an old thread), I saw organic yogurt in glass jars at the Newtonville Whole Foods. Sorry I cannot recall the name of the brand, but there were two flavors, vanilla and blueberry.

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                    1. re: Crazy Egg

                      I saw it too and tried some but was disappointed - not the flavor or texture I was hoping for.