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ISO plain, high-fat, organic yogurt

hi hounds,

i've been searching high and low for a plain, high-fat, organic yogurt. specifically, i'm looking for something with higher than 4% MF. i've found several kinds of yogurt that are plain and high-fat but none of them are organic. i've found liberte mediterrane with 10% MF. i've also found olympic with 8% (i think).

fwiw, i'm in search of this stuff for my 7 month-old ... he loves yogurt but needs a lot of fattening up!

does anyone know whether this kind of a product exists? and if so, where would i find it?


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  1. Doesn't Astro do one? I think it was 6%. (I admit I don't eat a lot of yogurt, so not completely sure.)

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    1. re: Ferdzy

      i've seen the astro 6% but it's conventional and i'm looking for an organic version. thanks though.

    2. Back a couple of years ago when I was hoping to find the exact same thing for my little one, I did not see any around. I ended up alternating between Liberte's 2% Organic and Mediterrane, so on average, my baby would be getting half-organic, high fat yogurt. Liberte is pretty much the best mass-produced brand for yogurt you can find here, in terms of taste and texture anyway. Probably quality too.

      If you really want to go for high fat, all organic, you might want to consider combining their 2% yogurt with their cream. Maybe some additional fermenting is required. I have never tried it myself but always wondered if that would work!

      I totally understand the need for nutritious, fatty foodstuff for our young 'uns, and the difficulty finding it sometimes. You can often see me looking frustrated and muttering to myself at the dairy aisle, after seeing rows and rows of 0% yogurt in all flavours and brands, but not much of the natural tubs with any amount of fat in them.

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      1. re: vil

        i've been doing something similar...alternating between a 3.8% organic and mediterrane!

        my little guy is ploughing through a 750 ml tub of yogurt a week now ... i actually mash up a hard boiled egg yolk once a day and throw that into his yogurt for even more fat/calories.

        and i'm with you ... all the 0% stuff drives me nuts!

      2. Stonyfield has whole milk organic yogurt...I'm not sure what the milk fat percentage is though.

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        1. re: Hobbert

          sadly, stonyfield is discontinued in canada now. :(

          1. re: lilaki

            Yes, that is sad. I would say that and Liberte make the best yogurt I could find in here.

        2. I found Organic Meadow 3.8% Plain Organic yogurt at Loblaws for our 8 month old. Couldn't find anything higher in fat that was plain and organic though.

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          1. re: Earl Camembert

            yep ... that's the same stuff i'm buying. western also has a 3.8% plain organic (which happens to be made by liberte).

          2. Look for Pinehedge Farms. Bonus: comes in glass jars. Fiesta carries it.

            1. I think I saw a full fat organic Kirkland brand yoghurt at costco last time i was there. They stopped selling the plain liberte in the packaging i like, I didn't pick any up but I'll check again next time I go if you want.

              1. try greek yogurt. much higher in fat content. the one i had recently was 10%

                1. The fat content of yogurt is a function of two things: The fat content of the milk used to make the yogurt and the extent to which it is strained. Also, the only difference between standard yogurt and "Greek" yogurt is that the Greek version is strained more, which is why we see higher fat content in Greek yogurts. If you use organic, whole, 3.8% milk to make the yogurt and don't strain it, you will have 3.8% fat content yogurt. If you strain it, a negligible amount of the fat strains away with the whey, so that the fat percentage increases. If you start with 750 ml of 3.8% yogurt and strain off only 250ml of whey, you'll have 5.7% fat yogurt. (250ml of whey contains 13g of sugars and 2 g of protein and 60 calories no matter what type of plain (unsweetened, unflavoured) yogurt you are straining. My experience is that you can often strain off at least a half of the volume. So using a 750 ml Organic Meadow 3.8% as an example, assuming you strain off half the volume (375ml) in whey, you'd be left with 375 ml of Greek-style yogurt containing, 430 calories, 28g carbs, and 20g of protein.

                  Furthermore, making your own yogurt is actually quite simple, but that would be a post for the recipes board.

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                  1. re: AMarshall

                    Good point. To summarize: buy "regular" plain organic yogurt and strain it to concentrate the fats and proteins. The easiest way I've found is to use a large basket-style coffee filter (natural, unbleached, of course!) set into a larger colander.

                  2. You could try making your own, starting from organic 10% cream. There is a good how-to article at the NY TImes http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/din...

                    1. Liberty yogurt from Quebec at Whole Foods! What real yogurt is.

                      1. HERE:

                        The Greek Gods- Greek style Yogurt. Organic, 10% MF, 5 live cultures.

                        i buy mine at Noah's Natural Food (Yonge/Eglinton).


                        1. going to jump on this thread and ask for recommendations for brands of regular fat or low fat (but without all the additives) organic yogurt that is tangy. i don't like really "milky" tasting yogurts but prefer it more tangy. one brand i do like is astro's organic natural yogurt (balkan style).

                          any other suggestions? trying to go with organic these days because of all the antibiotics and hormones they pump into dairy cattle..

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                          1. re: helenhelen

                            The Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws carries a very good kefir that I haven't seen anywhere else, including Fiesta. Comes in a few fruit flavours, not plain, and is in the ethnic dairy section, not the yogurt section. You might also want to try Pinehedge Farms kefir. It definitely has more tang than all the yogurts that are usually designed to be bland.

                            1. re: katyenka

                              i tried kefir for the first time recently and didn't like it. i didn't like the fizziness of it.
                              maybe it is because i was expecting it to taste like yogurt, which may be my mistake.. always eat with an open mind and don't have taste expectations or you will be disappointed.

                            2. re: helenhelen

                              IIRC the Saugeen brand is fairly tangy. I could be wrong, it's been a few years. All they do is 4% in the large tubs, no other variations. I grew up on Astro so I know what you mean.

                              1. re: julesrules

                                thanks.. will check it out!

                                indian yogurt also always seems to be tangy, like when you have lassi...