If you like your yogurt to have a thicker consistency, it is SO much cheaper to get it that way yourself than to spend $6 for a two-cup container of Fage. Whether you make your yogurt from scratch or buy it in the store, you can turn it into fancy Greek yogurt at home for free.
– 32 oz. (4 cups) of store-bought or homemade yogurt (You can use less yogurt if you want, but keep in mind that the quantity will shrink once you have eliminated the extra moisture.)
– large strainer, sifter, or colander
– bowl upon which to set the strainer
– cheesecloth (or two heavy duty paper towels)
1. Assemble your straining apparatus: Place strainer on top of bowl and line with with cheesecloth (or paper towels).
2. Pour yogurt into strainer.
3. Cover with a plate and put in refrigerator until desired thickness, one to four hours.
4. You will notice a yellowish liquid in the bottom of your bowl. Do not pour it down the drain. This is whey, and it is packed with calcium, protein, and other nutrients. You can use it for baking in place of other liquid ingredients, or you can use it for cooking grains like oatmeal. I usually freeze it in a container until I need it.
In case you’re not familiar with Greek yogurt, here’s a side-by-side comparison with regular (both are homemade). I’m sure you can guess which is which.