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Mar 11, 2011 10:11 AM

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??

Formaggio Kitchen
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 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.


                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: gimlis1mum

                  Any milk sold in a store will be pasteurized, fyi.

                  1. re: LilBrownBat

                    Of course, but there's a difference between pasteurized and ultrapasteurized.

              3. 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.