Oikos Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt
I wanted some plain organic yogurt in my grocery delivery. The only two choices were Horizon and Oikos. The latter was unfamiliar to me so that’s what I ordered!
First thing I noticed when I received it is that it’s actually a line from Stonyfield Farm. And as expected from the name Oikos, it’s Greek yogurt meaning it’s strained. Taste? Like plain yogurt, with the characteristic sourish hint. But it’s the texture that’s remarkable. Very thick!
Blurb on cup says: “Magnificently thick and delicious, yet fat-free? It’s no myth! An authentic, old-world strained recipe makes this 0% fat Greek yogurt thick, creamy, and rich in protein too! Enjoy!”
It certainly is thick. The 5.8 oz (164 g) container I got said EXTRA 10% FREE! Organic Nonfat Yogurt. USDA Organic. GRADE A.
From their website:
Called “yiaourti” in Greece, Greek yogurt is creamier than regular yogurt. Authentic Greek yogurt like ours owes its extra creaminess to a centuries-old straining process that removes the whey (liquid) from the yogurt.
For hundreds of years, Greeks have prized strained yogurt for its richness and creaminess, and because it makes a great cooking ingredient that’s less likely to curdle when heated. Today, we know that straining also makes Greek yogurt richer in protein than regular yogurt, and lower in lactose.
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt has 0% fat, just 90 calories per 5.3 oz.-serving*, twice the protein of regular yogurt, and fewer carbohydrates. Because it’s organic, Oikos is also better for the earth. And we think it’s better for you, too!
Stonyfield didn’t mention what the word Oikos means, so I looked it up in Wikipedia:
An oikos (ancient Greek: οἶκος, plural: οἶκοι) is the ancient Greek equivalent of a household, house, or family.
In Ancient Greek literature, the nature of the Oikos was prevalent, and indeed, the cornerstone of this ancient society. However, in the 5th century B.C., ancient Greek writers orientated the nature of the Oikos with the Polis (the city state); the conflict between these two was addressed in Greek Tragic theatre. The conflicting interests with both the Oikos and Polis lead to the structural decay of the society.
An oikos was the basic unit of society in most Greek city-states, and included the head of the oikos (usually the oldest male), his extended family (wife and children), and slaves living together in one domestic setting.
The ingredients list is more complete on the container than on their site. (OUR RECIPE, it says on the container. OUR FAMILY RECIPE, it says on their website.)
CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK. CONTAINS FIVE LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES: S. THERMOPHILUS, L. BULGARICUS. L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.
I wonder why they didn’t mention Thermophilus and Bulgaricus in their online documentation.
Other flavors: vanilla, honey, blueberry. Usually available in 5.3-ounce cups. Plain variant also available in 16-ounce container.
For a plain yogurt, I like it. Costs $1.99 for 5.8 ounces. I think it was on sale and normally would cost $2.49.
On foil cover: “You don’t have to be Pythagoras to know that’s a good deal.”