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6/20/09 10:32 A

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Thank you for sharing so much about Greek Yogurt, Uhura! I'm learning so much!

Cathy


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6/20/09 10:30 A

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Great suggestions, I use the 2% which is the lowest fat and calories and find it so yummy.
Thanks again for your response and thank you for joining SPARK PEOPLE.



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6/20/09 7:23 A

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Dear SMASHY1,

Yes, you are right, FAGE is really delicious.

You can eat it not only with fruits but with vegetables as well.

You can make some dips for carrots, cucumbers or peppers very very easily. You just add salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, oil or whatever you can imagine into FAGE yogurt, serve it in the middle of a plate and around it pieces of vegetables.

You can also use it in cooking instead of fresh cream which is very fattening. For example, hot baked potatoes (oven or microwave) with FAGE on them!
Or, on steaks.

Good luck!
Uhura



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6/19/09 2:38 P

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Uhura, thank you so much for your explanation. I have made what I refer to as yogurt cheese,or very dry strained, regular yogurt by using cheese cloth or jelly sack (muslin cloth, loose weave) But you know, I DEARLY LOVE FAGE...........once I discovered how much nicer it is, I use it for a desert with fruit a lot of the time.

Thanks again.



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Thanks, Uhura! That was a wonderful explanation and education!

Cathy


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6/15/09 4:19 P

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Hello team,

Maybe I can help you with this since I am Greek and I live in Athens, Greece.

From your posts I can understand that what you know as ''Greek yogurt'' is strained yogurt only, that means yogurt with no much water in it.

However this is not the only type of Greek yogurt, actually is the yogurt with the less sales here in Greece. We mostly buy normal yogurt.

Strained or Greek yogurt, as you call it, can be deducted from normal yogurt. Normal yogurt is placed inside a cloth bag, then hung over a pot. The excess water is strained into the pot and the yogurt remains more solid.

Normal or strained yogurt in Greece is made of milk and a small amount of bacteria to make the milk like yogurt instead of liquid. This is how true traditional yogurt is made all over the world. In fact, those bacteria are taken from the goat's stomach.

Today, there are other methods too to make yogurt from milk without using bacteria. Gelatin is the most common method. However the result is not called yogurt but ''yogurt dessert'' or something fancy like that.

So, when the label reads yogurt dessert or something like that, the product is not yogurt, it is a yogurt-like product. When you read just ''yogurt'' then the product is true yogurt made of milk and only milk.

About the brand ''FAGE'' and the world famous yogurt it produces: FAGE has patented the addition of fresh cream (which is a pure milk product) into strained yogurt. Its taste is excellent and unique and it sells all over the world. In Greece too, it is considered the best strained yogurt ever. Normal version has 10% fat but 5%, 2% or even 0% versions exist and they are all excellent.

I hope I answered some questions.

Uhura





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6/15/09 12:14 P

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I agree...:)

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6/15/09 11:30 A

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I *love* greek yogurt - specifically the Fage 2% with peach/cherry/strawberry. So tasty! As for the living enzyme issue, I agree with others that you can't worry about every single thing. Stress'll kill you faster than accidentally ingesting some chicken broth, you know? There are people who are hard core vegans - only raw food, only food that fell off the plant naturally, etc. It's impractical to live like that for most people. Just do what you can do to be a good person, love the environment, save a cow, whatever your motivation.

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6/15/09 10:51 A

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Thanks! I can't wait to try it! I'm sure that the little bit of plain yogurt I use to add live cultures to my favorite organic soy milk won't matter much in the long run. I keep looking, hoping that eventually one of the yogurt makers will make an unsweetened plain soy yogurt that I can use for smoothies, sauces, and spreads.

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Make sure the soy yogurt that you use to make your homemade yogurt has live cultures. Here is a link that will help you as well.

veganseat.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/a
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6/15/09 10:18 A

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I have never tried soy milk but I don't think it might be a big problem. As long as you use some yogurt to bring in the bacteria that eventually makes the yogurt.

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6/15/09 9:59 A

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Can I use sugar free soy milk to make my own yogurt? I'm 90% no junk, no processed foods vegan, allowing 150 calories/day (10%) for "other". I really miss yogurt.

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6/14/09 11:31 P

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To make some Greek yogurt at home you need to start with some Greek yogurt. I know price is an issue but just make an investment for the first time and then take it from there. Let me explain what I mean.
Start by warming up some milk in a sauce pan. Lets say you use 4 cups of milk. Let it warm on the stove DO NOT let it come to a boil. Then take a plastic container something that actually resembles the shape of yogurt containers that you can find in grocery stores. Pour the milk into the container and scoop up 2 tablespoons of yogurt and whisk it into the milk.
Whisk for about 2 minutes till yogurt is fully dissolved into the milk. Cover the milk and then place in a dark and warm place. For the warm part cover it with a small blanket or t shirt so it is able to maintain the warmth. Try to make the yogurt at night so when you wake up in the morning it is ready.
Let me know if this works for you.


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6/14/09 7:28 P

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I purchased myself a yogourt maker so don't bother buying the store-bought one and know exactly what goes in it...
I make some soy milk yogourt too!
Homemade yogourt just can't be beat!


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6/14/09 4:19 P

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I have to agree don't let it stress you or make you feel false guilt if you accidetally eat meat or by products. I once was fretting over soups and some sauces and whether they had a beef or chicken base. I follow a Messianic diet (Jewish/Christian)which most people would know as Kosher. So I can empathise with stressing about eating the wrong foods. It can be harrowing but, tomorrow is a new day and after a while the accidents will be less and less.

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6/14/09 2:25 P

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If you find a yogurt that you like, it is quite easy to copy it. Live cultures mean live bacteria and you can take a tablespoon of the yogurt you like, mix it in with milk, and make your own. I use noninstant nonfat dry milk, quart jars, and a heating pad set on low, and put the jars to bed. I can line up about 4 quarts in a trough lined with the heating pad between two pillows, cover with another pillow, and pull the rest of the bedding over the top. 4 hours later, you have yogurt. You can drain to get the consistency you like.

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6/14/09 8:11 A

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I love Greek Yogurt!! These days, most yogurt has the live and active cultures. The Costco by me has Chobani Greek Yogurt in three flavors, blueberry, peach, and strawberry for $11.99. You get 12 cups, and it only has 140 calories and 0 fat. I love it!! After eating it, I can't go back to any other kind of yogurt.

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6/13/09 8:08 P

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kpat .. do you have a trader joe's nearby ? in my opinion their greek yogurt is the best and the cheapest.
recently read an article about making greek yogurt .. can't find it but the gist of it is .. you can use any yogurt and just strain it for 24 hours in the refrigerator .. not sure if it works since i haven't tried it.

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6/10/09 11:56 A

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I've found (though admittedly might be wrong) that seeing "enzymes" on a label of dairy products is good news for vegetarians as it means a non-meat version of rennet is being used in preparation.

Does anyone have a good recipe for making greek yogurt? I really like it but it's kind of pricey in the grocery stores around me.

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6/10/09 9:15 A

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it is the best thing yogurt ever So good greek yogurt

getting back in the game
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6/9/09 9:56 P

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It may not be vegan or vegetarian either, but it has to be the VERY BEST GREEK YOGURT I have ever had.
FAGE......... www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/chees
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I use the 2% and it is awesome.



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Thanks everyone.

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure we've all put something in our mouths and then found out there was meat in it! Sara is right - don't worry about being perfect, just think about the reasons for your choices and feel good about them!

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When I'm in the US I have a really hard time finding yoghurt that doesn't have a long list of ingredients. I've found that some Greek yoghurt is just milk and yoghurt culture. Pretty cool. And it's good and not gelatinous (which I don't like).

I also want to put in a good word for not worrying about being a "good" vegetarian. It isn't a religion or anything. If you accidentally eat some meat, you can always just say, "oops" and know to watch out for that next time. Don't beat yourself up!

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6/9/09 1:32 P

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Oh yeah - Wikipedia just told me that "Greek" yogurt is normal yogurt that is strained to remove the water and whey (all the liquid stuff that comes to the top when it sit for a few days). It leaves a thicker "yogurt cheese," and that is served as Greek-style yogurt.

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Hi! The live active cultures found in all yogurts are bacteria. They ferment the milk, like yeast ferments bread or beer.

Also, as a side note, I wouldn't necessarily equate "enzymes" with meat. All living foods have active enzymes which help with digestion. In fact, your own spit has enzymes that help your food start to digest before it even reaches your stomach!

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I have a few questions about this. I've been eating greek yogurt this week and it suddenly donned on me "live active culture" could be "meat" and was wondering if anyone eats greek yogurt?

I checked the label and it doesn't say anything about "enzymes" which I learned quick could be code word for "meat".

Also I'm not Vegan, so eating dairy really isn't an issue. I just want to make sure I'm being a "good vegetarian"


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