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Did you know that strained yogurt is a staple foodstuff in dozens of countries and cultures all around the world? Known as 'ymer' in Denmark, 'chakka' in India and 'süzme yogurt' in Turkey, strained yogurt is a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in huge variety of ways from savoury to sweet. Best of all, it’s super easy to make (and you know how we love all things easy)!
Here’s how to make it, plus answers to some common questions about this underrated yogurty gem.
Strained yogurt is exactly what it says – regular yogurt that has had the liquid (known as “whey”) strained out of it. Strained yogurt is thicker and creamier than ‘normal’ yogurt. It’s also a little more tangy and tart because some of the natural lactose sugars get strained out in the whey.
Learning how to strain yogurt will open up a whole world of new recipes and food experiences right from your own kitchen! And of course, when you make it yourself you know it’s as fresh as can be.
Here’s a small sampling of ideas to whet your appetite…
Oh and here’s another motivator: strained yogurt can be used as a lower-calorie, lower-fat substitute for sour cream or crème fraîche. So you can have your treat and eat it too!
Here’s an even easier idea – simply cover the top of your freshly made, full-of-yogurt EasiYo container with a cheesecloth or filter, flip it upside down and let the liquid drain out into a bowl below. You’ll still need to refrigerate it while it’s draining of course.
That depends on what you’re planning to do with it. We recommend one of our Unsweetened varieties as they’re so versatile, but if you’re making something sweet try one of our delicious flavours.
Strained yogurt will keep for about 1 week, tightly covered and in your fridge.
When you strain yogurt you’ll be left with a fair bit of liquid. This is called "acid whey" and it’s made up of water, yogurt cultures, protein, lactose and lactic acid. It also contains calcium. You can simply pour this down the sink, or for those of you who hate waste (like us!) here are a number of uses you can try. Experiment, get creative, and let us know which ideas worked for you!
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