Greek yogurt is creamy, smooth, and has a slightly tangy taste. You can eat it plain, or with fruit. You can use it as a substitute in recipes that call for sour cream, milk, butter, and even mayonnaise. Greek yogurt also has many benefits if you are looking to eat healthier too. So what is the catch? Where does Greek yogurt come from? What are its benefits? Here are some facts.
- Greek yogurt is regular yogurt that is strained. The yogurt loses whey, lactose, some sugar, salt, and a little protein when strained.
- It has more protein in it than regular yogurt. According to livestrong.com, it can have anywhere from 13-20 grams of protein per cup.
- It is low in carbohydrates and salt compared to regular yogurt.
- Greek yogurt is great for those who can’t have a lot of lactose in their diet, because it usually doesn’t have as much lactose as other yogurts, due to the straining process.
- It still gives you good probiotics that help your digestion and immune system.
When you choose Greek yogurt, make sure you are looking at the nutrition facts. Greek yogurt can have more fat than regular yogurt. Some of the yogurts can have more sugar too, especially if it is flavored. Make sure you are checking.
If you want to make sure you know what is going into the yogurt, you can make your own! This recipe comes from happymoneysaver.com. It can take time (total is about 22 hours), but it makes a big quantity at a cheaper price.
Homemade Greek Yogurt Recipe
- Author: Karrie
- Serves: 16
- 1 gallon of milk – you can use any kind – 1%, 2% or whole milk
- ¼ cup of plain yogurt – Greek Gods plain yogurt brand is my favorite
- Honey – (optional)
- Fresh Fruit – (optional)
- First thing to do is to take gallon of milk and pour it into a large pot.
- Make sure and reserve ¼ cup of milk.
- Bring the pot to a boil, and then turn off the heat.
- Let it cool until the temperature reaches 100 degrees.
- Then remove the film on the top.
- While that is cooling, mix together ¼ cup of plain yogurt and the reserved ¼ cup milk.
- Then once it reaches 100 degrees, mix in the yogurt/milk mixture.
- After you mix it up gently and thoroughly, cover the pot with a lid.
- Then wrap in a towel. And leave in your oven with the oven light on only for overnight or 16 hours.
- Then after the time is up you magically have yogurt!!!
- You can stop right here and you have regular yogurt, or you can strain it further if you want Greek yogurt.
- Using a cheesecloth or flour sack towel start draining it inside a colander.
- Every few hours either squeeze the towel or use a spoon to stir it to help it to drain faster.
- And after about 6 hours you have nice thick Greek yogurt!
- If you desire you could add honey and or fresh fruit.
In the end, Greek yogurt has some good benefits, and can be a good addition for healthy eating. Try your own, or try the store bought brands!