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Seriously Delicious Yogurt

So I was at Windmill Farms last week to pick up some stuff, including yogurt. I'd noticed some yogurt in what looked like Mason jars but assumed it would be pricey. So last week as I was reaching for the tub (16 oz) of plain Chobani, I realized that glass jar of yogurt wasn't *that* much more expensive, plus it was nearly double the size at 30 oz, and a quick price check revealed the two products were really very close in price/ounce.

So, into the basket went the yogurt in the jar...the one with the French name and a bit of exoticism. French yogurt...who knew? It was OMG, seriously, delicious yogurt and, frankly, I could have eaten all 30 oz at once. Silken, creamy, rich (169 calories/8 oz) adjectives fail me...I like this stuff, it's really, really good, not to mention pretty healthy (live bacteria!) I'm a convert, I don't see how I can go back to plain old Fage or Chobani now.

Available at all the usual "healthy" stores like Sprouts, WF, Peoples, Windmill Farms, etc. Produced in Sonoma and, it would, appear, only sold in CA.

http://www.stbenoit.com/index.html

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  1. Yep. That St. Benoit one for breakfast and snacks. It is perfect.

    My other favorite yogurt are the home made ones (with a thick cream top and smokey flavor; for savories and sides) sold at Valley Foods and Harvest Market, both on Main Street in El Cajon.

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    1. re: Cathy

      Homemade yogurt is so good. I used to make it fairly frequently, but haven't for a while.

    2. I don't understand why something made from Jersey milk is only sold in California.

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        1. re: RB Hound

          I'm a city boy. But I think the milk comes from Jersey cattle in California, not cattle raised in the State of New Jersey, or on the isle of Jersey in the English Channel.

          http://www.stbenoit.com/html/terroir....

          1. re: notjustastomach

            Nobody thought I was playing dumb on purpose? :(

          2. re: RB Hound

            RBH, I don't think it's so much the cows as it their process and the fact this is a "handcrafted" type of yogurt. They probably don't have the time or resources to do what it would take to have to comply with interstate trade regs adn then market the the products in a new territory.

            They apparently sell direct at a lot of the farmers in NorCal. Boy or boy do I wish we had a fresh yogurt vendor at a farmers market here selling locally produced yogurt. Hmmm...maybe when I retire I should buy a few acres further out in the East County, a few cows and have at it. On second thought, probably not.

          3. Yes! Yes! Yes!

            I've spent years living in India, and would get fresh yogurt every morning in a clay crock. St. Benoit has a different flavor and texture than Indian dahi, but it's the only local yogurt that even comes close.

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            1. re: notjustastomach

              Sorry, I'll take subject of Indian food in SD to a new thread

            2. Does it have the of tang Greek Yogurt? Texture? Density?

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              1. re: cstr

                Density? No, it's thinner, more like Pavel (that has been stirred)

                Texture? Better...silkier, smoother

                Tang? Not quite as pronounced. There is a tang to the product, but it's more rounded. It is probably less acidic.

                Milk, cream, live cultures that's all.

              2. When I lived in Sonoma, I bought St B just to get the little crock and then loved the yogurt. Glad to hear it's finally made it down south. Thanks for the news, DD!

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                1. re: pickypicky

                  Yeah, I guess they sell their yogurt in crocks at the farmers markets up north. Very cool.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    So, since eack crock is $1.50 you just take them back when you buy some more and hand them to the cashier?

                    1. re: 4wino

                      yes. they're returnable, refundable.