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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.

                2. So happy for this tip. I found the St. Benoît at the OB People's Store, and really can't get over how good it is. To boot, it's one more thing in my diet that's plastics-free. Thank you again,DD!

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                  1. re: pickypicky

                    I had meant to report back, and it's a hit with the entire family. Really nice texture and fresh cream taste.

                    I've been getting this at Whole Foods (Bristol Farms had it for $2 more - not sure why, as on most dairy products they usually are comparable). I'll have to do a price check at my local Sprouts, but I would not be surprised if they did not carry it. They are a smaller store, and tend to have fewer specialty products than many of their stores (though there is a larger one within four miles).

                    1. re: RB Hound

                      RB, I found the St. Benoit at Windmill Farms which is a sister operation to Sprouts. Both are owned by the Boney family. If one Boney operation sells it I think chances are probably pretty good than another one will too.

                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        The University City Sprouts carries a much smaller selection of most brand items, at least compared to many others I've visited. I've never quite figured why Sprouts, and Henry's before them, had stores in both UC and Clairemont Mesa, but they do. Anyhow, a swing and a miss at the UC Sprouts, but I'll check the Genesee Ave. store as well.

                        Funny this thread came up today - there was no St. Benoit to be found at Whole Foods when I was shopping this afternoon. That store is all higgledy-piggledy with the ongoing remodeling project, and their stock seems to be purposely scaled down while they do this.

                        1. re: RB Hound

                          FWIW, there was no St. Benoit at Windmill Farms this past Saturday either

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            Perhaps a distribution issue instead...

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              I suspect that if I used the term clusterf#$%, my post would have been deleted.

                              1. re: RB Hound

                                clusterf#$% is probably OK but not the Green Hornet's sidekick.

                            2. re: RB Hound

                              May be inventory time or may be CEO John Mackey's political statements. I'm boycotting WF except to buy Valrhona cocoa powder, unless yall know another source.