Thick and Creamy: How to Make Greek-Style Yogurt

We absolutely love that rich, thick Greek-style yogurt, especially for mid-afternoon snacks and quick desserts. Whether you use regular store-bought yogurt or make your own, it’s ridiculously easy to turn it into Greek yogurt.All you need is a strainer, a bowl, and some cheesecloth. Fold the cheesecloth a few times so it forms several layers and lay it inside the strainer. Set the strainer over the bowl. Pour the yogurt into the lined strainer.

Let this sit in your fridge for anywhere from a half an hour to overnight, depending on how thick you want the yogurt. After a few hours, our yogurt was thick enough to spread on toast like cream cheese.

The watery whey that collects in the bowl is useful too. It has a tangy flavor and is full of vitamins and minerals. We like to use whey in place of some of the water when we make bread. You can also add it to smoothies, sauces, and soups. If nothing else, pets love it!

A few last notes: From 1 1/2 cups of yogurt, we got about 1 cup of thick yogurt and 1 cup of whey. Instead of cheesecloth, you can use coffee filters or a clean men’s handkerchief. You can also gather the sides of the cloth together and hang it from your faucet or a cupboard knob instead of setting it over the strainer.

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Related: Recipe: Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

(Images: Emma Christensen)

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