Monday, December 13, 2010

Yogurt, Plain and Simple


















Yogurt is one of my very favorite foods in the world. My passion for yogurt borders on obsessive. If it wasn't such a healthy food, you might consider it an unhealthy obsession. I eat it for breakfast with fruit, for lunch with granola and honey, and for dinner next to rice, beans, vegetables.

This post is not really a recipe, it's more of a lesson on the technique for enjoying yogurt, in its plainest, simplest form. If you try it and like it, please let me know. I know it isn't revolutionary, but it'll give me such joy to know that I've made a yogurt fan of you.

Here goes:
  • Step 1. Buy some plain yogurt. (I like Stonyfield Farm brand.) Do not, under any circumstances, buy sweetened yogurt, especially not artificially sweetened stuff. Do not buy the fat free stuff. A little bit of fat won't kill you.
  • Step 2.  Drain your yogurt so it gets really thick and creamy. This requires a bit of advance planning but is well worth it. Line a colander or strainer with a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel. Put the colander over a large bowl. Put the yogurt into the prepared colander and cover it with plastic wrap or foil. Leave the yogurt in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The liquid will drip into the bowl and your yogurt will become thick and lovely. Discard the liquid.
  • Step 3.  Add a little drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Don't overdo it. You want the tartness of the yogurt to come through.
  • Step 4. Sprinkle with some granola, or surround with fruit.

That's it! Sit back and enjoy one of the world's tastiest foods. It doesn't get much simpler.


4 comments:

  1. i LOVE yogurt! My husband says i consume it as if it's ice cream!

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  2. Amee, I know exactly what you mean! Yogurt is a treat to me! I actually do make ice cream out of it, by the way. I strain it (like I described above), puree some fresh or frozen berries, add a bit of sugar or agave nectar, and mix it altogether in the ice cream machine. Yum. I'll blog about it in the summer. I can't even THINK about it in this cold NJ weather!

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  3. I've never drained my yogurt! I always thought you needed to mix it in, but then it gets too runny. Thanks for enlightening me.

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  4. Merut: I'm happy to oblige. It's such a simple technique and it makes a world of difference.

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