Sunday, May 20, 2012

Greek-Style Yogurt

Greek-Style Yogurt is all the rage's wonderful but a bit expensive. 

Here at the lodge, our guests love the fresh Greek Style goat yogurt made from our goat's milk. We like to serve it with homemade granola, fresh fruit and our new Cajeta (goat's milk) caramel sauce!

We teach you how to make this yogurt easily and economically when you take our yogurt and cheese-making classes. The beauty of our yogurt is that it is made from nothing but pure pasteurized goat's milk and yogurt culture, nothing else! (Don't worry if you don't have access to goat's milk -you can make it from any kind of milk).

Recently, a guest left a small carton of commercial yogurt in my fridge. Before throwing it out (as frugal as I am, I wouldn't even give this to my dogs) -  I took a look at the label:
Ingredients from Yoplait
 Light Nonfat Yogurt "Harvest Peach"
Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Nonfat Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Peaches, Modified Corn Starch, Nonfat milk, Kosher gelatin, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Tri-calcium phosphate, Aspartame  (Phenylketonurics, phenylalanine), Potassium Sorbate, Annatto extract, Vitamin A Acetate, and Vitamin D. 
Wow! No wonder it tastes so slimy and artificial. I actually used to enjoy eating it, until I started making my own and it truly is a world apart. Kind of like the difference between homemade bread and store bought - you just need to try it once! 

We are happy to show guests and non-guests our techniques for making cheeses and yogurts - classes are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00am, or by appointment.