Over the years, Greek yogurt has become all the rage -- first there was only Fage, but now it seems every yogurt company is making Greek yogurt (there's even a new line aimed at kids). Greek yogurt is known for its incredible creaminess and its higher level of protein compared to regular yogurt. Many of us have made the switch for those reasons, but our wallets have taken the brunt of it. The good-quality kind is expensive -- a 17.6-ounce container costs around $4.69 whereas a 32-ounce container of regular yogurt costs around $2.79. You're basically getting half the yogurt for double the price.
What is Greek Yogurt?
So what makes Greek yogurt different? It has been strained. But strained yogurt isn't particularly Greek -- other cultures throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East do it too. If you take regular yogurt and strain it, you will have strained yogurt and whey on the other end. If you want to save yourself some money, then that's exactly what you want to do. Straining a 32-ounce container of plain, regular yogurt will yield about the same amount as a 17.6-ounce container of Greek yogurt -- and it's nearly half the price.
What You Need To Make Greek Yogurt
- 32-ounce container plain, regular yogurt (full fat, low fat, nonfat, organic, etc.)
- plastic wrap
Place a strainer over a large bowl, line it with cheesecloth and dump in the regular yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. After about 1 to 2 hours you will have yogurt that is as thick as sour cream. If you want it even thicker, let it sit for a few more hours, even overnight. Discard the whey that has drained out into the bowl. Transfer the yogurt to a sealable container and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 1 week.
For recipes to use that Greek yogurt you've just made, see our slideshow below.
Mini Lamb Steaks With Lemony Greens And Garlicky Yogurt
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mini-lamb-steaks-with-lem_n_1057535.html" target="_hplink">Mini Lamb Steaks with Lemony Greens and Garlicky Yogurt recipe</a></strong> Lamb pairs very nicely with a yogurt sauce. These thin lamb steaks make a surprisingly light dinner, and can be put together in a matter of minutes.
Grilled Watermelon With Yogurt
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-watermelon-with-y_n_1058477.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt recipe</a></strong> Watermelon and feta cheese is a typical Greek combination, but in this recipe, from chef Michael Psilakis, Greek yogurt takes the place of the cheese. Grilling the watermelon gives it a savory flavor.
Roasted Salmon And Fennel With Orange Yogurt Sauce
<strong>Get the <a href="Roasted Salmon and Fennel with Orange Yogurt Sauce" target="_hplink">Roasted Salmon and Fennel with Orange Yogurt Sauce recipe</a></strong> Greek yogurt makes a rich and creamy sauce -- a great alternative to heavy-cream based sauces. The yogurt is mixed with orange zest, fennel fronds and honey, making a bright and flavor-packed sauce to top salmon.
Greek Yogurt Cheesecake With Ouzo-Poached Figs
Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-yogurt-cheesecake-w_n_1061817.html" target="_hplink">Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Ouzo-Poached Figs recipe</a> Greek yogurt bumps up the average cheesecake a few notches with its creamy texture and tangy flavor. Ouzo-poached figs make the perfect topping.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lamb-pizzettes_n_1058514.html" target="_hplink">Lamb Pizzettes recipe</a></strong> This Arabic dish has been pared down to small appetizer portions. Mini pitas are topped with a spiced ground lamb mixture and topped with yogurt.
Yogurt-Zucchini Bread With Walnuts
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/yogurt-zucchini-bread-wit_n_1058804.html" target="_hplink">Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts recipe</a></strong> Greek yogurt helps create a moist texture in this summer zucchini quick bread recipe. Walnuts add a pleasant crunch.
Cilantro Spice Yogurt Dip With Pita Strips And Vegetables
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cilantro-spice-yogurt-dip_n_1059501.html" target="_hplink">Cilantro Spice Yogurt Dip with Pita Strips and Vegetables recipe</a></strong> The crudite platter is even healthier with a yogurt based dip. But don't think that you're sacrificing flavor for less fat, this dip is packed with fresh herbs and spices.
Grilled Chicken Skewers With Hummus-Yogurt Sauce
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-chicken-skewers-w_n_1057619.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Chicken Skewers with Hummus-Yogurt Sauce recipe</a></strong> To make this Middle Eastern dish, simply thread chicken breast fillets onto skewers and grill. Serve with bulgur and an easy dipping sauce made by combining hummus and Greek yogurt.
Coconut-Mango Frozen Yogurt
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/coconut-mango-frozen-yogu_n_1058336.html" target="_hplink">Coconut-Mango Frozen Yogurt recipe</a></strong> Greek yogurt can be turned into an amazing frozen yogurt using this recipe. Plus you don't need an ice cream maker. Layer the frozen yogurt with toasted coconut in cups.
Greek-Style Pork Tenderloin With Tzatziki In Pita
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-style-pork-tenderlo_n_1056912.html" target="_hplink">Greek-Style Pork Tenderloin with Tzatziki in Pita recipe</a></strong> This simpler take on the Greek gyro sandwich uses lean pork tenderloin. Cut the meat into pieces and broil until done. Serve with tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt sauce) and pita.
Crispy Kale With Lemon-Yogurt Dip
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crispy-kale-with-lemon-yo_n_1059516.html" target="_hplink">Crispy Kale with lemon-Yogurt Dip recipe</a></strong> When you roast kale leaves they turn into crispy chips that call out to be dipped. Here lemon-yogurt dip is the perfect accompaniment.
Pistachio Yogurt Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/pistachio-yoghurt-cake_n_1519462.html" target="_hplink">Pistachio Yogurt Cake recipe</a></strong> You'll find yogurt cakes throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. The yogurt creates a wonderfully moist texture. Pistachios add a touch of exotic flavor.
Sauteed Mahimahi With Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sauteed-mahimahi-with-cuc_n_1056859.html" target="_hplink">Sauteed Mahimahi with Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce recipe</a></strong> A Greek tzatziki-like cucumber-yogurt sauce tops this beautiful fish. A bit of mint, lime juice and jalapeno enlivens the sauce.
Lamb Meatballs With Yogurt, Eggs And Mint
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/lamb-meatballs-with-yogur_n_1414482.html" target="_hplink">Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt, Eggs and Mint</a></strong> These lamb meatballs are Italian in essence but they take on a North African theme with the use of exotic spices. Serve with dollops of Greek yogurt and eggs poached right in the sauce.
Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta With Pineapple Granita
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/yogurt-panna-cotta-with-p_n_1058803.html" target="_hplink">Yogurt Panna Cotta with Pineapple Granita recipe</a></strong> The Italian dessert panna cotta is typically made with cream, but this recipe replaces it with Greek yogurt and sour cream for extra tangy flavor. A frozen pineapple granita tops the dessert.
Homemade Greek Yogurt
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/homemade-greek-yogurt_n_1058492.html" target="_hplink">Homemade Greek Yogurt recipe</a></strong> If you want to take the plunge into making Greek-style yogurt from scratch (from milk), this recipe will guide you.
WATCH: Spiced Greek Yogurt With Apricots
Yogurt photo from Cooking for Geeks, Flickr.
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