Once You Go Greek Yogurt — Do You Ever Go Back?


I swear this Greek yogurt craze has gotten out of control and has taken over the yogurt section and every other grocery aisle. Greek yogurt is now showing up in places it has no business being, like in our showers, granola bars, and pretzels.

Half of the Greek yogurt on the shelves isn’t true Greek yogurt, which is made by straining out the excess water. This method of production ultimately requires more milk, which is why a lot of companies don’t make authentic Greek yogurt. They just mimic the texture by adding extra milk proteins, starches, gelatin, or pectin to mimic the thick texture.

Any yogurt can be “Greeked-out” simply by lining a strainer with two or three layers of cheesecloth, setting it over a bowl and leaving it in the fridge, covered, for 2 hours up to overnight. Voila! Greek yogurt.

Unfortunately “Greek yogurt” isn’t a protected or a legally defined term, so companies can slap that label on pretty much whatever they want. Trix Yogurt is not “Greek”… heck, it’s barely yogurt or cereal. Neither are Dannon or Yoplait yogurts. I can’t remember the last time I tasted real yogurt from Dannon. How soon will Greek Yogurt replace Spackle for plastering those holes in your walls? FYI –only use the plain Greek Yogurt for walls.

Mass commercial marketing is just hilarious–grab some new, slightly novel idea or twist, give it a little cache, and just beat it to death. People love a fad, but of course seeing a bacon-flavored Greek yogurt lip balm would be my last moment spent as a member of society.

But do you want real Greek Yogurt? The real deal? Judy Langdon from The Cheddar Stop has homemade Greek Yogurt Ice Cream  ‘on tap’ now at The Cheddar Stop on Hwy 7.. Feast your eyes on this..Give Mum a real treat, and don’t forget the homemade ice cream sandwiches.


Fresh warm cookies with Reids or Nestle’s ice cream in the middle. How is that for a foodie fantasy? Take your Mum to an ice cream brunch!


The Cheddar Stop featuring Ottawa Valley Fudge

10471 Hwy 7
Carleton Place, Ontario

(613) 257-3000

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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