Why Is Greek Yogurt So Thick?

Last night it was rainy, and a bit chilly.  Fall is definitely here.  And by gosh I think it’s stew time.  I could not for anything think of what to make for dinner last night.  I was so happy to end up leafing through recipes and remembering about my awesome curried lentil stew.  Sorry I don’t have a recipe for it, I kind of wing it every time.  It’s just lentils, potato, carrot, onion, celery, garlic, and yellow curry powder.

This morning for breakfast I’m having cinnamon toast crunch.  Okay not that sugary cereal that I used to have when I was a kid.  I’m having toast with cinnamon sprinkled on and a blend of vanilla probiotic yogurt and plain greek yogurt.

Yesterday Brad posed a question to me that I did not have an answer to.  He is just starting to enter the world of greek yogurt.  He’s always liked yogurt and cereal for breakfast but sometimes it doesn’t fill him up.  I make my own cereal blend that includes toasted quinoa for extra filling but now I’m getting him into greek yogurt too.  Yesterday he asked “why is greek yogurt to thick?”

I couldn’t answer it.  He then said “it’s so thick you could build a wall with it.”  I guess it’s filling him up.

So help me …

Why is greek yogurt so thick?  What’s your favourite kind of greek yogurt?

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13 Responses to Why Is Greek Yogurt So Thick?

  1. Sam says:

    It’s because they strain greek yogurt to make it! It’s like normal yogurt but strained, so a lot of the water and a bit of the whey are drained off. That’s why it is so high in protein…apparently it takes about 3x as much milk to make greek yogurt than the regular due to the straining process. The straining does make it a bit lower in calcium though! :)

  2. Ryan says:

    It says how you make “yogurt cheese” aka greek yogurt in one of my diet books as it’s required for some of the receipes. Like same said above it’s basically just strained out regular yogurt. You squeeze the crap out of yogurt in cheesecloth then tie it up and let it drain out some more for a few hours, then blam! Enjoy some chunky yogurt

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      between your photo and the phrase “yogurt cheese” I think we need to spend some time apart … when’s your flight again ;)

  3. Not gonna lie, I just bought a box of cinnamon toast crunch last week :P And I believe greek yogurt is so thick because a lot of the water has been strained from it. You can make greek yogurt from regular yogurt by straining it through cheesecloth for a few hours.

  4. Strained! My mom makes her own yogurt and her Greek style yogurt is to DIE for. It’s so rich and creamy.

  5. Bronwyn says:

    I was really hoping you’d have the answer! LOL. Guess it must be strained as everyone else is saying that. That’s at least how they make the low fat version too.

  6. Yep, I was going to say its because its strained. Theres less liquid in it. Less liquid = thick and creamy. (I feels like theres a dirty joke in there, but its too early to come with one)

  7. Hmm… I never thought about why it was so thick before either! It has a sour-cream consistency for sure! Straining makes sense though.

    I am obsessed with greek yogurt and my favorite is the plain Liberte brand greek yogurt. It’s expensive at the grocery store but we get it in bulk at Costco for half the price. We seriously go through like 8 containers of it every two weeks.

    That stew looks delish. Add curry to anything and I’m sold!

  8. Jessica Sinclair says:

    Yep it’s strained…but most types are also Gelatin Free (for all those vegans out there it usually beef based). I always thought that gelatin was tasteless…but I tried regular yogurt again lately becuase there was no other option and I could really taste the gelatin….it just tasted off.

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