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Food For Thought: Do It The Hard Way For Fun And Profit

Jun 15, 2016

Okay, maybe not "profit," exactly; but not all that "hard," either.  Plus, you could save a few bucks.

Recently, KPLU Promo Queen Brenda Goldstein-Young, chatting with me on a non-food related topic, asserted, "I live in hope." 

"Hope!" I scoffed. "The only thing left in Pandora's box after she released all those evils into the world"   I added, "Who but the Greeks could've come up with that one?"   Brenda said, "Yeah, but they sure make great yogurt."  Now so can you.

The pictures above show how to convert regular old sloshy-thin, anemic yogurt into the hearty Greek kind, thick enough to shave with. Just dump it into a cheesecloth-lined mesh strainer and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Next morning, be amazed at the amount of liquid drained from it.  Flip the yogurt-laden cheesecloth upside down over a container and Ροβέρτος's yer uncle.   I'm not much of a yogurt eater but I do like this consistency for Greek tzatziki sauce on home made gyros or lamb kebobs.  But remember – just overnight.  Much longer and you'll have Greek tub caulk.  

When I told Nancy Leson about this home tweak, she mentioned one of her favorites for flavored sodas. "We buy supermarket brand soda water and cheap frozen lemonade or limeade."  That way they can make the flavor as strong or mild as they like -- and save on fancy flavored sodas.  Good idea, but why buy the bottled soda water at all?

I was about to suggest that Nancy make her own flavored syrup, too but she was within rolling pin range
Credit Nancy Leson

For anyone who drinks a lot of carbonated beverages, the only way to go is with a home carbonator like the Soda Stream I bought years ago. 

You'll get more fizz water for your dollar, not have to lug home heavy bottles which go flat in your refrigerator while still half full, and dump that much less plastic into the world.

Nance says she's getting one for husband Mac for Father's Day.   Sure, it's not a power tool.  But at least it's not another tie.

"If you want a thing done well, do it yourself." – Napoleon Bonaparte