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Friday, August 6, 2010

Make your own Greek Yogurt

Above is what I usually eat for breakfast: fruit (cantaloupe this week), Greek yogurt, almonds and sometimes a bit of honey. This mixture of yummy treats will fill me up until lunch time and I'm pretty sure it all has to do with the almond slivers. You would think I would get sick of this but I change up the fruit with the seasons. For a while, I was making rhubarb compote and eating that up but since it's not in season, I'm switching to melon. ANYWAY ...

Buying Greek Yogurt is expensive. The 8 oz packages go for something like $1.50 - $2 regular to organic fat free so to save some money, I strain regular 32 oz non-fat Organic plain yogurt (We buy Nancy's or Trader Joe's which usually costs around $2.99 a container) in the refrigerator for 24 hours until it's reduced by 1/3. You'll want to dump the excess liquid every couple of hours. After 24 hours, just put it back in the container and enjoy.

In the end, you'll get a thicker consistency and if you want yogurt cheese, you leave it in another 24 hours and then add herbs or use it plain. Along with eating it for breakfast, I also use Greek yogurt as a sour cream replacement so I don't have to buy a container of sour cream because I'm cheap like that.

And if I was really ambitious, I would make my own yogurt, but I'm not. This working mom just doesn't have the time.

Related links:
The health benefits of Greek Yogurt

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