Although this may be an old trick for many bloggers, making Greek yogurt at home might just be the opening of Pandora’s box for a few.
Greek yogurt is thicker, creamier and richer than regular yogurt. Depending on how long the yogurt is strained, Greek yogurt can have a consistency anywhere between yogurt and cheese.
I promise there’s Greek yogurt somewhere under there!
What is Greek Yogurt?
Simply regular yogurt which has had the whey strained off.
High in protein and calcium and much more healthy than artificially sweetened “fruit” yogurt, Greek yogurt is a natural choice for healthy eating.
Unfortunately, the benefits of Greek yogurt come at a high cost on the grocery store shelves.
Want all the goodness at a lower cost?
Make it yourself.
So, let’s get started on making your own homemade Greek yogurt.
You will need:
- a large tub of plain, unsweetened yogurt, 1.5% fat
- paper towel
- fine mesh strainer
- Run a bit of water over your strainer and place 3 paper towels inside. The moisture helps the paper towels stick so it’s easier to scoop the yogurt in.
- Pour the yogurt over the paper towel into the strainer.
- Wait anywhere between 1-6 hours, depending on how thick you want your yogurt. I usually let it drip for 1-2 hours.
- Once the yogurt has reached the desired consistency, spoon it back into the cleaned yogurt container.
- Discard the liquid and paper towels.
Create a well.
Pour in the yogurt.
The whey will begin to drip off immediately.
Let the yogurt sit and drip.
Then spoon into your cleaned yogurt container.
The volume will reduce by about half. Don’t worry, it’s worth it!
Throw out the liquid whey.
That’s it! Now you’re ready to enjoy!
To enjoy your new yogurt, top with granola, fruit, nuts, nut butter or any combination there of. Or, be like the Greeks and enjoy it simply with honey and walnuts. Be creative, the possibilities are endless!
Let me know if you give it a try!