Types of Yogurt

  • Regular Yogurt
    • Regular Yogurt
    • Greek Yogurt
    • Skyr
    • Kefir
    • Frozen Yogurt
Regular yogurt parfait with berries and granola

Regular Yogurt

Sometimes called “stirred yogurt”, this is the traditional yogurt that has a creamy texture and can be plain or flavoured (with Vanilla or delicious fruit purées). 

For a more kid-friendly version, try drinkable yogurt. It’s an easy way to get nutrients if you’re on-the-go.

 

Greek yogurt parfait in a jar with berries and granola

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt gets its thicker consistency from having any excess whey and lactose drained from it. It’s a great source of protein! 

There’s also Balkan-style yogurt, which is similar to Greek yogurt in consistency and taste but has slightly less protein.

Creamy Skyr in a jar

Skyr

Skyr is a traditional, cultured dairy product that originated in Iceland and can be made in Ontario. It’s made from skim or low-fat milk and has a similar consistency to Greek yogurt (with a milder, less sour taste).

Glass of kefir

Kefir

Kefir is a thin, fermented milk drink with yogurt-like consistency that has protein, probiotics, calcium, B vitamins and potassium! Its texture makes it a great ingredient for smoothies.

Swirl of strawberry frozen yogurt in a cup

Frozen Yogurt

Often consumed as a substitute for ice cream, frozen yogurt is a flavoured, sweet treat. Because of the freezing process, this yogurt doesn’t contain any bacteria cultures.

How is yogurt made?

Yogurt can be made in different ways, but the process usually involves these simple steps.

The fermentation process

To start, bacteria cultures are added to fresh, pasteurized milk. This is what eventually gives yogurt its texture and tangy flavour.

Heating the milk

The milk is heated and kept in a temperature-controlled environment so the bacteria cultures are activated.

Cooling and adding flavour

Once the yogurt is a thick consistency (the longer the fermentation process, the thicker it’ll become) it’s cooled down and flavour is added.

How to make the most of yogurt

Honey drizzling onto Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt as a substitute

Try plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream, mayo, and veggie dips. 

Homemade pie baking in a pan

Using yogurt in baking

Opting for yogurt will make your baked goods more moist. Plus, the acidity helps activate the baking soda, which will make them fluffier.

A bottle of drinkable yogurt and yogurt parfaits on a table

Perfect for packing lunches

Drinkable yogurt is an easy and nutritious addition to your kids’ lunches.

Our favourite recipes made with yogurt

Savoury Dutch Baby with Ricotta, Peas & Prosciutto

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Northern Ontario Whitefish Chowder

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Are yogurt and other dairy products healthy for you?

Health and nutrition

Find out why dairy is an important part of a well-balanced diet.

Read more on dairy nutrition

Nutritional Q&A

Check out our most popular dairy-related dietary questions.

See nutritional questions

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