Siggi’s Icelandic style skyr yogurt

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As a child, I used to hate yogurt. My father would always push me to take a bite whenever he opened up a new cup of yogurt, but I, in my youthful stubbornness, would refuse. Yogurt felt weird and slimy—traits that delegated it to the group of other disgusting foods like tomatoes and oysters.

However, liking for certain foods and experiences are often an acquired taste, and over time, my receptiveness towards yogurt grew stronger. I began eating yogurt more ardently by convinced myself that I was doing my body a favor. After all, my father had always used health as a motivator for me to try yogurt. I even began to enjoy eating certain fruit-flavored “light” yogurts. Of course, these “light and healthy” yogurts were the kind that secretly contained an inordinate amount of sugar.

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Five different kinds of bacteria were used to make this yogurt

Eventually, my tastes developed further, and I became a devout follower of strained, natural yogurts—often referred to as Greek yogurts, and to this day, I remain a strong advocate for Greek yogurt. Admittedly, I always add a drizzle of honey or agave nectar, but the combination of plain, unflavored Greek yogurt is still leagues ahead of sugary fruit-flavored ones.Siggi’s is a popular brand of Greek-style yogurt that is not actually Greek. Siggi’s packaging proudly proclaims the yogurt’s Icelandic heritage. In other words, this style of strained yogurt is called ‘skyr.’ Though dissimilar in name, skyr’s use of skim milk during production serves as the only difference between ordinary Greek yogurt and itself— both are strained and form as a result of lactic acid bacteria fermentation of milk. They even rely on the same species of bacteria for fermentation.

Regardless, Siggi’s yogurt usually costs more than other brands of strained yogurts and feels significantly different. Unlike Fage, Chobani, or other popular brands, Siggi’s strains their yogurt so much that the end result feels almost grainy and dry. Initially, I did not like the mouthfeel of Siggi’s; I preferred the viscous, creaminess of Fage, but Siggi’s has slowly become an acquired taste for me. While I still love the traditional, creamy Greek yogurts, Siggi’s extraordinary thickness has its place too. Ironically, the strained yogurt I make at home, normally ends up tasting and feeling like Siggi’s—most likely because I always make my yogurt using nonfat milk.

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Notice the incredibly grainy texture of the parted yogurt

About Earl

Hi, my name is Earl. I am a student who loves to analyze food and eat healthy. My careful eye for food has caused me to become interested in the science behind food and cooking, and I write about my explorations into food on my website Toastable.com. While I believe in sticking to whole, natural foods, I'm not afraid to work with avant-garde ingredients and equipment such as constant temperature water baths and sodium alginate. I also love photography, technology, and journalism.

18. July 2011 von Earl
Categories: Health, Life, Reviews | Tags: | 10 comments

  • Phyu-Sin

    Because you love yogurt so much, I am requesting an article on Fro Yo.

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      Actually, I do have one. Though, I may be up for another one.

  • Jess Louie

    Hi Earl! I decided to randomly check out your blog. I’m very impressed about how nice it looks and became. Keep up the good work!

    Also, this yogurt article I wanted to comment on because my boyfriend’s mom makes homemade yogurt (and everything else possible), and it tastes really fresh using starter culture or from plain yogurt. It tastes like “suan nai” or “yogurt” that is in China/Taiwan/HK. So good!

    You have my support, I think I’ll subscribe. :)

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      Thanks Jess! I actually make yogurt at home too sometimes! It’s such a simple process that everyone should try it one time or another.

  • http://www.mirauncut.com Michigan Food Blog

    I love Greek yogurt. Hate the “yoplait” style flavored fruity ones. Doesn’t even seem like yogurt to me. Growing up my mom always made the home made kind…a bit sour..just the way I like it!

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      I feel the same way. Flavored, over-processed yogurts like Yoplaits are an insult to natural yogurt.

  • steve

    I love this yogurt! I agree it is a bit of an acquired taste, but it is some of the healthiest (ie lowest sugar/fat, highest protein) I have seen. Goes great with some fresh fruit, preserves or granola. Or of course just plain! My wife and I eat way too much of this stuff :)

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      That’s wonderful. Siggi’s really is one of those up-and-coming brands. Their selection of flavors also are usually interesting and unique.

  • Gregg Miller

    Good job, Earl. The best compromise for me is non-fat, peach Chobani yogurt: Very sweet, perfect texture, low sodium, and reasonable amount of carbs. Siggi’s fruit flavorings are more like an infusion, whereas Chobani has actual fruit pieces.

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      Chobani’s flavored yogurts definitely do pack a punch in terms of taste. I find them to be just a little bit too sweet though. That’s not to say I don’t eat them from time to time however! They’re a still a nice snack. I usually end up leaving the jam at the bottom alone though and skim off the yogurt only—which actually has much of the sugar and flavor infused into it already.