Originally Posted by gettingthere
Is there any way to make Greek style yogurt at home? I tried some greek yogurt (store-bought) for the first time recently, and I could not believe yogurt could taste so good - much thicker & creamier, as well as milder than the ususal dannon/columbo/yoplait variety. It was, however rather expensive. Almost three times the price of the usual brands.
Take regular plain yogurt and dump it in one of those gold coffee filters or a sieve lined with a paper coffee filter. Set over a bowl so that it doesn't touch the bottom, cover with plastic wrap or a plate and refrigerate 4-6 hours/overnight or up to 24 hours. The longer it drains, the thicker the end product. What you end up with is yogurt "cheese" aka greek yogurt. The water liquid in the bottom of the bowl is whey.
Been years since I worked out the cost but the whey is anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 the volume of the yogurt, depending on how long it's strained. A fair amount of salt drains out with the whey and my lactose intolerant SIL can tolerate the drained yogurt much better than regular yogurt.
Works best if used with yogurt with the shortest ingredient list. Added thickeners like starches and gums hold the whey in. Those will drain but it takes longer. My sister uses flavored yogurts but I prefer the plain.
Really nice mixed with chopped fresh herbs and garlic spread over toasted bagels.