December 28, 2011 4:51 am at 4:51 am #601348
Does anyone know if there are any brand of Cholov Yisroel Greek Yogurt out there?
December 28, 2011 5:45 am at 5:45 am #988963
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.
December 28, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am #988964
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.
December 28, 2011 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #988965
If it’s cholov Yisroel, how can it be Greek?
December 28, 2011 2:02 pm at 2:02 pm #988966
the same way American Cheese can be Cholov Yisrael.
December 28, 2011 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #988967
You probably shouldn’t eat GREEK yogurt on Zos Chanukah… 🙂
December 28, 2011 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm #988968
ngo3 wrote:”If it’s cholov Yisroel, how can it be Greek?”
It’s a result of the evil Misyavnim.
December 28, 2011 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #988969
Yavoni yogurt? Now? lol
December 28, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #988970
December 18, 2012 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #988971
December 18, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm #988972
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.
December 18, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm #988973
It’s a new product. The “house brands” only just started. I would expect it to be out as Halav Yisrael very soon.
December 19, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am #988974
If you make it yourself, you risk becoming a misyovon. The misyovnim were not Greeks. They were “Greek-style” Jews!
December 19, 2012 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm #988975
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!
December 20, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm #988976
Normans iz tahka a Yiddishe name? I am telling you, whoever touches this stuff is fin de Misyoovnim!
December 20, 2012 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #988977
YEP! That’s the one. I saw it advertised elsewhere.
December 20, 2012 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #988978
I tried finding it in the stores yesterday, anyone know where I can find it? Did anyone try it yet? Is it good?
December 20, 2012 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #988979
Delivery was probably postponed to make sure there is still a world tomorrow :)))))))))))).
December 20, 2012 7:19 pm at 7:19 pm #988980
Nisht Ahe Nisht AherMember
Yes, I think Mehadrin or one of the other main kosher CY dairy providers makes greek yogurt with a few flavors!
December 20, 2012 8:24 pm at 8:24 pm #988981
How could any heilige frum yid eat ?????? ???? after Chanukah is beyond me
December 21, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am #988982
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).
December 21, 2012 6:12 am at 6:12 am #988983
What do make for purim? chicken ala king achashvarosh?
December 21, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm #988984
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.
December 21, 2012 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #988985
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?
December 21, 2012 4:18 pm at 4:18 pm #988986
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.
December 21, 2012 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #988987
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.
December 21, 2012 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm #988988
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.
December 21, 2012 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm #988989
My local grocery was sold out of the Norman’s Greek Yogurt. Maybe I’ll try it next week when they restock.
November 14, 2013 6:40 pm at 6:40 pm #988990
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.
November 14, 2013 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #988991
I had Norman’s on Passover (used the plain yogurt for different dairy dishes). Nobody had any complaints.
November 14, 2013 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm #988992
Norman’s had it for pesach??? All flavors or only plain?
But have you tried mehadrin’s yet?
November 14, 2013 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm #988993
Mehadrin’s tastes good but Norman’s is way way better.
November 14, 2013 8:07 pm at 8:07 pm #988994
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?
November 14, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm #988995
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.
November 15, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am #988996
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.
November 15, 2013 1:21 am at 1:21 am #988997
I tasted norman he tasted more like a fred.
November 15, 2013 3:32 am at 3:32 am #988998
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.
November 15, 2013 4:41 am at 4:41 am #988999
I do the same thing. Sometimes I scoop out some flavor…
November 18, 2013 2:29 am at 2:29 am #989000
I’ve tried Norman’s and now Mehadrin. They’re both tasty.
November 18, 2013 2:36 am at 2:36 am #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 🙁
November 18, 2013 2:58 am at 2:58 am #989002
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?
November 18, 2013 3:57 am at 3:57 am #989003
Doesn’t Adblock stop those ads?
November 19, 2013 6:17 am at 6:17 am #989004
I haven’t seen the popup ads but I did see this:
November 19, 2013 6:49 am at 6:49 am #989005
live right – you sound like you may have some anger management issues
November 19, 2013 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm #989006
Syag, he’s been working on it, but it’s like driftwood.
November 19, 2013 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #989007
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?
November 19, 2013 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #989008
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.
November 19, 2013 5:51 pm at 5:51 pm #989009
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
November 19, 2013 5:54 pm at 5:54 pm #989010
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!
November 19, 2013 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #989011
“Buy the one that doesn’t say greek–it tastes the same and is cheaper.”
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.
November 19, 2013 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm #989012
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.
November 19, 2013 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm #989013
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)
November 19, 2013 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm #989014
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
November 19, 2013 9:43 pm at 9:43 pm #989015
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…
November 20, 2013 4:00 am at 4:00 am #989016
It’s a blessing to the lactose intolerant, since Greek yogurt is lower in lactose than other yogurts.
November 20, 2013 2:23 pm at 2:23 pm #989017
maybe it’s a curse to the lactose intolerant, because it teases them that then they think they can almost eat it.
November 20, 2013 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #989018
Maybe… I tried mehadrin this morning (coffee) and it tasted funny. Definitely did not enjoy it.
November 20, 2013 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm #989019
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.
November 20, 2013 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #989020
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.
November 20, 2013 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #989021
That’s enough of a lunch for you? I would be starving if that’s all I ate.
November 20, 2013 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #989022
Hmm. maybe I’ll eat another mango one.
November 21, 2013 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm #989023
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…
November 21, 2013 3:40 pm at 3:40 pm #989024
No I haven’t tried the mango one yet. I sure hope it doesn’t have whole mango’s with the pits inside.
November 21, 2013 5:33 pm at 5:33 pm #989025
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!
November 21, 2013 5:56 pm at 5:56 pm #989026
Haha!! I hear Norman’s Apple and Honey has a hive…
November 21, 2013 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #989027
I hear it has Norman
November 21, 2013 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #989028
Is that the 80 Lite, or the regular low fat?
November 21, 2013 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm #989029
I decided to try it out… it’s really not bad. I think I’ll try it out again tomorrow in a different flavor.
November 21, 2013 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #989030
I want some Cholov Yisroel geek yogurt.
November 21, 2013 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm #989033
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…)
November 21, 2013 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #989034
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.
November 21, 2013 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #989035
I want some Cholov Yisroel geek yogurt.
Apparently, geek yogurt, at least for the week, doesn’t have active cultures.
November 22, 2013 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #989036
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!
November 22, 2013 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #989037
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.
November 23, 2013 1:04 am at 1:04 am #989039
And you didnt even mention the smell….
November 25, 2013 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm #989040
Did anyone try normans light? I’ve only tried their original. Is it worth the money?
November 26, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am #989041
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…
November 26, 2013 2:02 am at 2:02 am #989042
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).
November 26, 2013 4:54 am at 4:54 am #989043
I heard Norman is making a blood orange flavor! Definitely sounds interesting!
November 26, 2013 6:11 am at 6:11 am #989044
The blood orange was really good.
November 26, 2013 9:34 am at 9:34 am #989045
Mehadrin available in UK now.
November 26, 2013 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm #989046
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.
November 26, 2013 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm #989047
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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