Taste test: Greek-style yogurt


For those of us in the United States who watched the Olympics, it was very hard to ignore the continuous Chobani yogurt commercials. And Chobani should be acknowledged as the New York company that introduced and has spear-headed the Greek-style yogurt craze. (Chobani, which was only created four years ago, is actually a fascinating story; if anyone is interested, here’s a good Forbes article, The $700 Million Yogurt Start-Up, on the history of the company.)

For those who may not know the difference, Greek-style yogurt has been strained, which makes it creamier and thicker, as well as tangier ( there’s less water to dilute the tangy yogurt flavor). For many who love yogurt, this difference has made Greek-style yogurt the preferred choice. It’s useful to note, by the way, that there is a difference between Greek-style and Greek yogurts; the latter is always made with full-fat milk and often has added cream. It’s also usually made from sheep’s or goat’s milk.

Cook’s Illustrated ran a taste test on Greek-style yogurt, “Low-Fat Greek Yogurt” and has made the results available here. If you’d like a spoiler, Chobani did well, earning second place, but Fage won top placing. And now that you know the best Greek yogurts, from the EYB library here’s an intriguing list, sorted by buzz, of online recipes that call for Greek yogurt.

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  • wester  on  August 20, 2012

    I don't want low-fat yogurt, I really don't see the point of it.
    Tell me when they do a test of proper Greek yogurt.

  • schenck65  on  August 20, 2012

    Atlanta Fresh makes Greek yogurt that kicks the puffy white pants off any I've tasted, including Fage and Chobani. Their 2% tastes like whole milk, and the whole milk is even better. We get it here in Memphis; I don't know where else they send it.

  • Vanessa  on  August 21, 2012

    I'm with wester – why bother testing low-fat yogurt?!

    My favorite is Cabot whole milk Greek yogurt.

    (though I'll make a note to look for Atlanta Fresh. If they send it Memphis, maybe they send it Charleston too!)

  • Christine  on  August 21, 2012

    You'll not likely to find a review of my favorite anywhere — Goat's milk (full fat!) Greek Yogurt I get from the dairy guy at my farmers' market. The first time I tried it, I couldn't believe how much more flavor there was, even though it was still a "plain" variety. The fresh, tangy, richness can't be beat. If you're lucky enough to have a small producer near you, I recommend giving them a try!

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