Cholov Yisroel Greek Yogurt

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  • #601348

    inspiredteen
    Member

    Does anyone know if there are any brand of Cholov Yisroel Greek Yogurt out there?

    Thank you!

  • #988963

    midwesterner
    Member

    This is Midwesterner’s wife. I actually wrote a lengthy column in the Yated about making it yourself. I gave a recipe for homemade yogurt, but you may use storebought if you wish.

    I have not found a cholov Yisroel brand of Greek yogurt, so I wrote how to make it yourself.

    The way to do it is to strain regular yogurt. You strain it either by using cheesecloth and having the yogurt strain for a few hours in the fridge over a bowl. Or you can line a colander with several coffee filters, also placed over a bowl for a few hours in the fridge. It comes out delicious! If you overstrain it, you will end up with yogurt cheese. You can always add the strained whey in the bowl back into the yogurt to thin it out again. It’s worth the effort, especially if you make it yourself! When I make it from homemade yogurt, it tastes like sour cream.

    I hope that helps.

  • #988964

    em0616
    Member

    Not in the United States, but you can just buy a regular CY

    yogurt, and drain it in a cheesecloth lined strainer. Put the strainer over a bowl and put in the refrigerator overnight.

  • #988965

    nfgo3
    Member

    If it’s cholov Yisroel, how can it be Greek?

  • #988966

    2scents
    Participant

    Why not?

    the same way American Cheese can be Cholov Yisrael.

  • #988967

    WIY
    Member

    You probably shouldn’t eat GREEK yogurt on Zos Chanukah… 🙂

  • #988968

    HolyMoe
    Member

    ngo3 wrote:”If it’s cholov Yisroel, how can it be Greek?”

    It’s a result of the evil Misyavnim.

  • #988969

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Yavoni yogurt? Now? lol

  • #988970

    kapusta
    Participant

    I actually wrote a lengthy column in the Yated about making it yourself.

    Ha ha, I was pretty sure about that. Thanks for confirming. (Love it, btw)

    *kapusta*

  • #988971

    SJIQ
    Member
  • #988972

    oomis
    Member

    It is Greek-STYLE (much thicker than regular yoghurt). I think there IS a C”Y version out now, whether Mehadrin or such, I am not certain, but I think I saw an ad for it in one of the weekly Jewish publications.

  • #988973

    akuperma
    Participant

    It’s a new product. The “house brands” only just started. I would expect it to be out as Halav Yisrael very soon.

  • #988974

    If you make it yourself, you risk becoming a misyovon. The misyovnim were not Greeks. They were “Greek-style” Jews!

  • #988975

    MosheKohn613
    Member

    I saw in today’s Hamodia that Normans has released a greek yogurt. It seems like it will be in stores on Thursday. I am so excited to finally try it! Everyone keeps talking about it. Way to go Normans!

  • #988976

    Normans iz tahka a Yiddishe name? I am telling you, whoever touches this stuff is fin de Misyoovnim!

  • #988977

    oomis
    Member

    YEP! That’s the one. I saw it advertised elsewhere.

  • #988978

    MosheKohn613
    Member

    I tried finding it in the stores yesterday, anyone know where I can find it? Did anyone try it yet? Is it good?

  • #988979

    Delivery was probably postponed to make sure there is still a world tomorrow :)))))))))))).

  • #988980

    Yes, I think Mehadrin or one of the other main kosher CY dairy providers makes greek yogurt with a few flavors!

  • #988981

    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    How could any heilige frum yid eat ?????? ???? after Chanukah is beyond me

    😉

  • #988982

    rebdoniel
    Member

    Norman’s now makes Greek yogurt.

    Olympus is a Greek dairy company that has long made yogurt and Greek cheeses under R’ Alan Silver.

    As an irony, during Chanukah, I make a milchig Greek dinner, and during Pesach, I do a meal of Egyptian dishes, such as foul moudammas (an Egyptian national dish), Kushari (made with Pesahdik macaroni), Mulukhiya Soup, Rahib (roasted eggplant salad with scallions, cilantro, parsley, onion, tomato, and olive oil), Mechshe, and Koshaf (like a dried fruit compote). (we obviously do kitniyot).

  • #988983

    TheGoq
    Participant

    What do make for purim? chicken ala king achashvarosh?

  • #988984

    rebdoniel
    Member

    @Goq:

    Very punny.

    In the same vein, we actually do have Ppersian food for one of the Purim seudot, consisting of several rice and meat dishes.

    Yyou do realize, though, that Jews in galut come from all the countries where we’ve historically been persecuted, such as Iran, Syria, Greece, Egypt, etc.

  • #988985

    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    rebdoniel – are you a chef? Your culinary expertise and wide-range knowlege of all ethnic dishes worldwide is apparent in the many threads you post, and has me flabbergasted. Wow. How do you know all that?

  • #988986

    rebdoniel
    Member

    Thank you very much. I am an amateur chef, and have a vast knowledge of different cuisines and the wide array of kosher products available.

    Keeping kosher is no excuse for eating bad food, I feel. Too many frum cooks make shvach food devoid of flavor or creativity. This is why I usually like eating my own food and generally don’t eat in too many frum restaurants, although there are a few I like.

    If I had the money, I’d open up a couple of restaurants, one meat, one dairy.

  • #988987

    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    I’d gladly be a customer at your restaurant, as I find too many restaurants have the same old same old, not.

    Until then, maybe start a thread and share with us some exotic recipes and of course where to buy the ingredients. I’d LOVE to try some new kosher dish, as I am not afraid to sample any food out of my regular Hungarian-Heimisheh cuisine.

  • #988988

    rebdoniel
    Member

    Basically, I look at what goyim eat, and see how we can make it kosher. I am not Chassidishe, but if the rebbeim say that we can take a goyishe tune and elevate it to kedusha, surely we can do the same with goyishe foods, and indeed we have. The bagel, herring, knishes, pastrami, etc. are all foods created by Central and Eastern European goyim.

    Thank you very much for your kind words.

    I find that things like the meat substitutes on the market, Parve Parmesan, Mimic Creme, etc. really help recreate kosher versions of treif dishes. I would say that all you need to be a good cook is to be willing to go beyond your comfort level. Using new spices, herbs, or kosher products on the market is an exciting thing.

  • #988989

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    My local grocery was sold out of the Norman’s Greek Yogurt. Maybe I’ll try it next week when they restock.

  • #988990

    plite
    Member

    I was going 2 ask a question on Greek and then I saw this thread…

    What do you think of mehadrin now that it came out?? I tried both (norman’s and mehadrin) and mehadrin had a funny aftertaste to me.

  • #988991

    rebdoniel
    Member

    I had Norman’s on Passover (used the plain yogurt for different dairy dishes). Nobody had any complaints.

  • #988992

    plite
    Member

    Norman’s had it for pesach??? All flavors or only plain?

    But have you tried mehadrin’s yet?

  • #988993

    gotbeer
    Member

    Mehadrin’s tastes good but Norman’s is way way better.

  • #988994

    plite
    Member

    I thought so too, especially the mehadrin flavors. They have a weird aftertaste. It’s interesting to read the papers every week and see the greek yogurt war going on between them though… have you seen the ads?

  • #988995

    writersoul
    Member

    I’ve never quite been able to like Greek yogurt (I tried vanilla Chobani, as I don’t like fruit flavors, and it was just too sour for my taste) but of my friends who eat it cholov Yisroel they seem to favor Norman’s.

  • #988996

    plite
    Member

    Do you dislike all yogurt or just greek? It’s funny, I can’t stand any yogurt except Greek, it doesn’t taste like regular yogurt, it’s amlot thicker. Almost like room temperature ice cream.

  • #988997

    TheGoq
    Participant

    I tasted norman he tasted more like a fred.

  • #988998

    justsayin
    Member

    I take a Norman’s plain and a Norman’s flavored and mix half and half. Only then do I like it. Its too sweet otherwise.

  • #988999

    plite
    Member

    I do the same thing. Sometimes I scoop out some flavor…

  • #989000

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    I’ve tried Norman’s and now Mehadrin. They’re both tasty.

  • #989001

    Norman’s is great!! I loved that apples and honey one they made for Rosh Hashana…

    I wish they were around when i was a kid for those popper-topped yogurts-like Yo Crunch. I never got to eat those as a kid as my family only eats chalav yisrael and i was so jealous of my classmates 🙁

  • #989002

    live right
    Member

    hmmm, is there cholov yisroel greek yogurt???? how would I know? its not like an annoying advertisement for greek yogurt pops up every time I open up yeshiva world and makes my computer freeze for 20 seconds while I click on “click here to close ad” obsessively to no avail, or anything like that.

    im sure such computer-freezing tecniques would make me feel great affection towards the product and want to buy it instead of feeling a strong urge to kick down the entire supply when I walk past it in a grocery store. don’t you think so?

  • #989003

    Doesn’t Adblock stop those ads?

  • #989004

    YW Moderator-42
    Moderator
  • #989005

    Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    live right – you sound like you may have some anger management issues

  • #989006

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    Syag, he’s been working on it, but it’s like driftwood.

  • #989007

    plite
    Member

    I heard that mehadrin puts food starch in their greek, but I haven’t bought it yet so don’t know what the ingredients say. Can anyone confirm?

  • #989008

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I don’t get this greek yogurt nonsense. It’s just yogurt. Buy the one that doesn’t say greek–it tastes the same and is cheaper.

  • #989009

    plite
    Member

    Greek isn’t the same as regular. It is strained so it has no fat and is very thick. plus I am always barely able to finish one because it is very filling beacause of the protein

  • #989010

    justsayin
    Member

    I have to still taste Japanese yogurt. That would probably be a sensation. Wasabi flavored with rice topping for crunch.

    Or maybe Iranian yogurt. EXPLOSIVE!

  • #989011

    WIY
    Member

    popa_bar_abba

    “Buy the one that doesn’t say greek–it tastes the same and is cheaper.”

    Edit

    Buy the one that doesn’t say greek–it tastes the same and is cheaper. Just take a marker, write Greek on it and then youll feel like you are hip and cool like all the other young people eating greek yogurt.

  • #989012

    plite
    Member

    haha

    but seriously- greek is NOT the same as regular! i hate regular yogurt and i love greek. It’s not “cool”- it’s really an excellent food.

  • #989013

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    plite: You can get normal fat-free yogurt as well. That isn’t what the straining does. You are being fed garbage, both literally and metaphorically.

    (But you are correct that the protein ratio in greek yogurt is much higher)

  • #989014

    plite
    Member

    the straining takes out the acid whey. To make it clear, popa, here are the reasons I like greek over regular:

    1. thicker (almost like ice cream)

    2. very filling (from protein)

    3. versatile (I made a salad dressing from greek once!)

    None of these points are contestable! :p

  • #989015

    writersoul
    Member

    plite: I actually really like regular yogurt. I eat Dannon vanilla all the time when I’m too lazy to eat a real lunch. I just find Greek yogurt too sour, especially as I don’t like fruit flavors so I generally have vanilla. I even dumped about a cup of chocolate syrup into a Chobani vanilla and it was still really not to my taste…

  • #989016

    It’s a blessing to the lactose intolerant, since Greek yogurt is lower in lactose than other yogurts.

  • #989017

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    maybe it’s a curse to the lactose intolerant, because it teases them that then they think they can almost eat it.

  • #989018

    plite
    Member

    Maybe… I tried mehadrin this morning (coffee) and it tasted funny. Definitely did not enjoy it.

  • #989019

    plite
    Member

    WriterSoul: I can’t eat plain greek as well, too sour…

    But I like adding fruits or chocolate chips with splenda or honey. I like it like it like that.

  • #989020

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I just ate a chobani fat free greek yogurt with pomegranate for lunch. It had pomegranate seeds on the bottom, which seemed strange to me when I crunched them. But it was good.

  • #989021

    WIY
    Member

    Popa

    That’s enough of a lunch for you? I would be starving if that’s all I ate.

  • #989022

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Hmm. maybe I’ll eat another mango one.

  • #989023

    plite
    Member

    Popa: So did you try the mango one? It’s interesting, Chobani actually ran a whole campaign specifically to convince people that the seeds in the pom. were delicious- sales in that flavor had dropped b/c people did not like the texture…

  • #989024

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    No I haven’t tried the mango one yet. I sure hope it doesn’t have whole mango’s with the pits inside.

  • #989025

    miritchka
    Member

    tried greek yogurt – not a fan. However, Normans lowfat yogurt – not the Bio one – is absolutely delicious! I have never tasted a yogurt that good! I usually only eat 80 calorie yogurts, but one time i accidentally grabbed a lowfat normans and after i took one spoonful, i was hooked!

  • #989026

    plite
    Member

    Haha!! I hear Norman’s Apple and Honey has a hive…

  • #989027

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I hear it has Norman

  • #989028

    plite
    Member

    Is that the 80 Lite, or the regular low fat?

  • #989029

    Gamanit
    Participant

    I decided to try it out… it’s really not bad. I think I’ll try it out again tomorrow in a different flavor.

  • #989030

    WIY
    Member

    I want some Cholov Yisroel geek yogurt.

  • #989033

    golfer
    Participant

    Have any of you done a side by side taste test of Chobani, Mehadrin, Norman’s, Greek yogurts?

    (Please don’t make me add this to the list of questions-left-hanging-unanswered on the CR. It’s getting too long…)

  • #989034

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    Golfer, I did a Norman’s/Mehadrin side by side. Mehadrin was a bit thicker, and Norman’s a bit sweeter, but I enjoyed both.

  • #989035

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    I want some Cholov Yisroel geek yogurt.

    Apparently, geek yogurt, at least for the week, doesn’t have active cultures.

  • #989036

    plite
    Member

    I did a mehadrin/normans/chobani taste test, on your dare! In mehadrin vs norman, normans won hands down with taste. Mehadrins flavor are honestly not that great. They taste like jelly ice pops. Norman’s is definetely more authentic on the flavor. In terms of texture, they both are thick and creamy, but mehadrin adds modified food starch to theirs to make it thick, and normans doesn’t (in their original- non 100 calories- greek), so….

    Chobani was, as usual, awesome. But I’m pleasantly surpised to find that norman’s is a close second. They really are the chobani of greek. cholov yisroel sonsumers really are not missing out on much (besides maybe additional flavors) by eating normans!

  • #989037

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Update: I ate the mango chobani. Ny notes are below:

    Taste: very good, nice mango flavor well balanced by the yogurt.

    Consistency:Good, appoximately the consistency of horse manure on a hot day.

    Color: cow urine, after mixing in the mango.

  • #989039

    squeak
    Participant

    And you didnt even mention the smell….

  • #989040

    plite
    Member

    Did anyone try normans light? I’ve only tried their original. Is it worth the money?

  • #989041

    writersoul
    Member

    PBA: I was going to ask where you got this up-close-and-personal access to horse manure, but then I figured it’s probably the same place you encountered cow urine and I decided it was a dumb question.

    Have people had success with putting sugar in Greek yogurts to make them less sour? I really want to like them, but…

  • #989042

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    Plite, I tasted the Norman’s lite coffee yogurt. The Splenda didn’t work for me. The regular is better (although I haven’t seen Norman’s coffee regular).

  • #989043

    I heard Norman is making a blood orange flavor! Definitely sounds interesting!

  • #989044

    DaasYochid
    Participant

    The blood orange was really good.

  • #989045

    Geordie613
    Participant

    Mehadrin available in UK now.

  • #989046

    plite
    Member

    Writer Soul: I always add splenda or honey to Norman’s plain greek, it tastes awesome. I don’t like it plain, too sour. I usually add fruit too.

  • #989047

    streekgeek
    Member

    Apparently, geek yogurt, at least for the week, doesn’t have active cultures.

    DaasYochid – That’s the first cryptic post of yours I actually understood 😉

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