Yogurt Tips & Tricks

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Here are some handy tips to add the goodness of yogurt to your every day!

  • Make a tuna salad with plain yogurt in place of half of the usual mayonnaise. The freshness and tang creates a whole new flavour.
  • When using yogurt in baking or cooking, make sure there is no added gelatin, thickeners or artificial sweeteners, as these may not react well when heated.
  • For the creamiest texture, lightly whisk yogurt before adding it to a sauce, soup or stew.
  • To thicken a soup or stew, whisk a little cornstarch or flour into yogurt (about 1 tbsp/15 mL per 1 cup/250 mL) and gradually whisk it into the simmering pot. Cook, whisking, for a couple of minutes to achieve a creamy texture with a touch of tang.
  • Yogurt adds a light twist to dips - use it in place of mayonnaise or sour cream in your favourite recipes.
  • Make your own yogurt “cheese”: Spoon plain yogurt, preferably Balkan-style or Mediterranean-style, into a sieve lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours for slightly thickened yogurt or overnight for very thick yogurt cheese. Use it in dips, spreads or in desserts. It can also be used in recipes that call for Greek-style yogurt.
  • Add a touch of yogurt to fruit milk shakes for a refreshing tang.
  • Use full-fat yogurt in baking to add the most tenderness and moisture.
  • Fold plain, vanilla-flavoured or fruit yogurt into whipped cream for a lighter dessert topping. Add about 1/4 cup (50 mL) yogurt per 1 cup (250 mL) of whipped cream. The rich and tangy combination is terrific with berry, apple and pear desserts.
  • Make traditional Swiss Muesli for breakfast: Stir together yogurt (plain or fruit-flavoured), muesli cereal or granola and shredded apple. Cover and refrigerate overnight then add honey to taste and more fresh fruit in the morning and sprinkle with chopped almonds or hazelnuts.
  • No buttermilk? Substitute 2/3 cup (150 mL) plain yogurt and 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk; whisk them together and let stand for 5 minutes before adding to your recipe.
  • Make an Iced Café Latte with vanilla-flavoured yogurt or frozen yogurt, cold strong-brewed coffee and ice cubes blended until slushy.
  • Add chopped cucumber, dill, salt and a spoonful of mayonnaise to plain yogurt for a “best ever” vegetable dip!
  • Mash an avocado with plain yogurt for a unique nacho dip - simple and delicious!
  • Dress up ordinary desserts with yogurt, either plain or flavoured. Dip fresh fruit into a bowl of yogurt, and then add a sprinkling of brown sugar, grated chocolate or coconut for a light and delicious change of pace.
  • For a delightful, simple dessert or snack, top plain yogurt with any one or a combination of the following: cinnamon, applesauce, maple syrup, honey, raisins, chopped nuts or shredded coconut.
  • Top baked potatoes with plain yogurt and fresh chives or green onions.
  • Mix yogurt into your breakfast cereal - either with milk or just yogurt!
  • Mix yogurt into pancake or waffle batters or dollop fruit yogurt on top before the syrup.

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