Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt

Fage Total Greek YogurtIt's been a while since I've shared one of my favorite ingredients for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, and this Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt (pronounced Fa' Yeh) is long overdue for a pick. Not only is it creamy and delicious, but it's completely fat free. Normally I'm not a fat-free kind of gal, but this stuff is great. I was so excited last July when my friend Georgette told me she'd found it at Wild Oats near my house, and used it when she taught me to make the World's Best Tzatziki Sauce. Then about a month later I discovered Agave Nectar (another pick) and used it to make Greek Yogurt with Agave Nectar and Pecans.

Not only is this delicious and creamy, but yogurt is one of the SuperFoods we all should be eating regularly. Plus, yogurt is also ranked as one of the World's Healthiest Foods. For South Beach dieters, plain, fat free yogurt is approved for any phase of the diet. Keep reading to see all the delicious ways to use this wonderful yogurt, and what other bloggers have said about it. Plus, if you can't get Fage Total Greek Yogurt where you live, there are links to how to make your own Greek-style yogurt at home.


Recipes from Kalyn's Kitchen using Fage Total Greek Yogurt:
Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese Dip with Dill
World's Best Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Yogurt with Agave Nectar and Pecans

More Bloggers Rave About Fage Total Greek Yogurt:
Greek Yoghurt from Becks and Posh
Review of Fage Total Greek Yogurt
from Hungry Girl
Greek Yogurt: A Rave from Forest Street Kitchen
Fage Greek Yogurt is Back from Seattle Bon Vivant
The World's Best Non-fat Yogurt from The Blog that Ate Manhattan
Total Yoghurt from Beurre et Pain
Fage Total Greek Yogurt on Chowhound
Fage Total Greek Yogurt from The Nibble
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt from Bread and Jam for Frances
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt from The Search for Nicole
Creme de la Creme from The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl

If You Can't Find Fage, Make Your Own Greek Yogurt:
Homemade Greek Yogurt from Kalofagas - Pursuit of Delicious Food
How to Make Greek Yogurt from Bean Sprouts
How to Strain Yogurt from About.com

Yogurt Recipes from Other Blogs:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Homemade Yoghurts as the Most Exquisite Dessert from La Tartine Gourmande
Frozen Yogurt Recipe to Rival Pinkberry's from 101 Cookbooks
Adapting Herme's Sensation Satine from Tartelette
Fruit Compote with Greek Yogurt from Gluten Free Journey
My Favorite: Greek Yogurt, Honey, and Walnuts from What Did You Eat
Greek Yogurt with Walnuts and Honey from Closet Cooking
Fresh Figs with Balsamic Syrup and Greek Yogurt from What's On My Plate
Greek Yogurt Parfait from Two Fat Als
Simple Greek Dips from A Mingling of Tastes
Mujadarah with Fage Greek Total Yogurt from One Hot Stove
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29 comments:

Peter M said...

Kalyn, as you can imagine, dairy is big business in Greece and FAGE is a major player.

Thanks for my mention for homemade yogurt.

Alyssa said...

I love this stuff!! I use some agave nectar, raisins and cinnamon and eat this instead of ice cream. It's my treat. Also great with pineapple and a tiny bit of macadamia (sorry I can't spell) nut butter (probably not as SBD friendly).

Bellini Valli said...

I wish we had the FAGE yogurt here Kalyn. I just love Greek yogurt :(
I found a Greek style yogurt at a shop from Meditteranea but they had it once and now it is no more.... I love Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts...my all time favourite breakfast!!!!!!

Sam said...

I think I might have one of the oldest Fage posts in the blogosphere. Not sure? I don't eat it any more becase I try to eat only local yogurt. But I do remeber how versatile and delicious it is!

Kalyn said...

I knew there must be a lot of other people who liked this! Sam, I thought I had learned about this from your blog, but for some reason I didn't find that post, not sure why. I'm at school, but I'll add it in when I get home.

Hillary said...

I like your bit on product recommendations - very helpful!

I tried 2% a couple months ago but maybe I'll try 0%!

Dawn said...

Is Peter's homemode greek yogurt SB legal? The whole milk has me confused. Hope you or someone has a chance to respond because there is no greek yogurt on the prairie in Minnesota:)

Kalyn said...

Dawn, I just see the word "homogenized" milk in Peter's recipe. I don't see anywhere that says it has to be whole milk. I think you could make that with skim milk and it would be SB legal, but I'm not sure how the recipe would work with skim milk. You might try leaving a comment on Peter's post and ask him if he knows whether using skim milk will affect the results.

If that doesn't work, I know you can buy fat free yogurt and strain it (see the link for how to do that). That would definitely be SB legal and the result would be close to Greek yogurt.

Pille said...

I love that yogurt!! There's only one place in Estonia that sells it, however, and it costs a lot more that it did in Scotland. However, I've used it as a starter to make my own quite a few times (I buy the full-fat version, however:)

Sam said...

it's probably because I used to spell yoghurt the English way??! now i try and use both spellings in a post about yogurt!

Kalyn said...

Pille, I can only imagine how amazing the full-fat version would taste!

Sam, that's exactly why I didn't find it, and it never occurred to me about the other spelling. But it's fun seeing you were writing about it clear back in 2004!

Foods & Beverages said...

hmm kalyan wat a gr8 post!!!i love this stuff.Thanks a lot a buddy for sharing information with us.
keep up the gud work.
www.lifeinfozone.com/category/foods-beverages/

Helen said...

I too love that yoghurt - although it's just called 'total' here. In Moro East, Sam and Sam Clark mention it so much I looked in the cover for sponsors!

lucette said...

I've been a Fage-o-maniac since the 1st tub I picked up at Trader Joe's. It's wonderful with chutney by the way--I made some apricot chutney for an Indian dish, and then ate the leftovers on Fage for breakfast over the next week: heavenly.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Thank goodness Kalyn this is one I buy all the time and you haven't cause me to go in another long fruitless search!! Love this stuff.

katiez said...

I shall have to try that next week.
I use Greek Yogurts lots in mu cooking as well as eating. (I just did a post on French dairy stuff - yogurt, fromage blanc, frais, etc, A challenge to get it all sorted out)

Anne said...

This is a great substitute for sour cream- I can't tell the difference at all.

gallard said...

I also love Fage Greek Yogurt. But you can make strained yogurt, extremely similar to Fage yogurt, at home very easily and it costs a lot less.

Just buy a large carton of regular plain full fat yogurt (do not buy nonfat or low fat yogurt). Then place a coffee filter or cheese-cloth in a metal strainer. Place the strainer on top of a mixing bowl. Dump the entire carton of yogurt in the strainer. The whey liquid in the yogurt will filter out over several hours. What you will have is nice thick strained yogurt. In fact, when you are done the the coffee filter will easily peel off of the yogurt.

In using a large carton of yogurt, it will yield 2 cups of strained yogurt.

Because all of the whey is drained out of the yogurt, the carb count for one cup of yogurt will be only 4 carbs. This is because of "the yogurt exception." You can Google this and learn more about it.

I like to make strained yogurt overnight in the refrigerator. Then by morning I can have some yogurt for breakfast or lunch.

It is recommenced that you use full fat yogurt. Since, nonfat or low carb yogurt will only filter out very little whey.

Kalyn said...

Gallard, thanks for the info. I have a link in this post to a site showing approximately the same method.

sher said...

FAGE is marvelous. It really is different from most of the other Greek yogurts sold here. I love to eat it with fresh berries.

Mrs. L said...

I make a yogurt parfait similar to the Starbucks one using Fage and it's wonderful. Love it for breakfast, a lot less sugar than the real stuff and it just wouldn't be as good with any other yogurt.

Tartelette said...

I am probably the ennemy of dieters around so I love you for including me in the round up. Thank you for including the recipe for homemade Greek yogurt also, saves me $!

Laura Rebecca said...

I picked this up yesterday for use in your tzatziki recipe -- delicious!

Moon said...

I'm interested in the agave nectar. I just noticed Trader Joe's carries it.

Holler said...

It is indeed lovely stuff! Try adding fresh fruit and rolled oats to it!

lilo said...

I too am a huge fan of Fage Greek yogurt! I can't imagine how I have been able to live this long without it. I discovered it on the shelves of my Whole Foods store. However, it is a tad pricey, so I embarked on a yogurt-making adventure. Unless you like the chancy results of the many 'home recipe' versions out there (I am, unfortunately speaking from experience) splurge on a Salton 1 qt. yogurt maker and Cuisipro yogurt cheese maker (found mine at Amazon, under 30.00 for both together). I just finished my first batch, and I am being completely honest when I say mine is virtually indistinguishable from the Fage. You can imagine the joy and the happy dancing that was taking place in my kitchen! I adjusted the recipe that came with the Salton. I used 3.5 cups 1% organic milk, and .5 cups of heavy cream (I will try half-and-half next). After heating and cooling and adding .5 cups of Fage yogurt as a starter (following the instructions) this concoction ferments in the Salton for 10 hours. Cool it for 2 hours in the fridge, then scoop what you can in the Cuisipro (it doesn't all fit). Return to the fridge for 2 hours, drain the whey (or keep for cooking), add the rest of the yogurt that wouldn't fit, and drain for 2 more hours. The result had exactly the same taste and texture as the Fage, for a fraction of the cost. If you can't find Greek yogurt where you live, or don't like paying the high price, or just like making things from scratch, you might want to give this method a try. I will be making this weekly. I have heard that if you use ultrapasteurized milk, that you can skip the heating and cooling steps for the milk, which would be great. I will give that a try next. Hope this was helpful!

Kalyn said...

lilo, that was very interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

It's really fun to see how many people love this stuff. Thanks everyone for chiming in.

Sharon said...

I've recently started buying greek yogurt and eating it with berries & granola. I had been wondering about other applications and am glad you posted recipes. I usually buy the Trader Joe's brand now since its a few dollars cheaper. Try it out- its also very good!

Kalyn said...

Sharon, there's no Trader Joe's in Utah (sigh!) If there was I'd definitely try it.

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