Cabot’s shame

Cabot dairy, that Northeast co-op that makes some of the best cheddar in the world, needs a time out to think about what it’s done. Jumping on the Greek yogurt bandwagon, the company puts out something it calls “Greek-style” yogurt. It is neither Greek nor food.

A note on “-style”—In the US, at least, products suffixed with “-style” are usually cheap imitations of food. If “-style” foods were nightclub performers they would wear what is known as “K-mart drag.” Examples of this family include:

  • “Asian-style,” —noodles in a gelatinous sauce laden with an excess of sugar, without which Americans are unable to taste the food.
  • “Mexican-style”—contains no real Mexicans. Typically a tomato-based “salsa” with 1/16 teaspoon cumin per jar and. . .sugar.

The construction “-style” is also used to denote foods that want to fool you, but which would be dishonest to label as the actual thing they’re trying to be. Think how non-French bubbly is called “sparkling wine” instead of champagne.

This is Cabot Greek-style Yogurt. Actual Greek yogurt (note the lack of “-style”) is a creamy, deeply flavored treat made by straining the living hell out of yogurt until you have a product the consistency of the thickest sour cream. “Greek-style” yogurt is a cold mess of bland, sour yogurt that is not strained but, rather, bulked up with leftover whey protein. It achieves neither texture nor flavor, being both too thin and yucky in taste.

You’re better off sticking with real Greek yogurt. Fage brand is consistently excellent and I’ll have no other in my kitchen. It also makes an excellent starter for homemade yogurt (super easy, and we’ll blog about it later) that carries the same distinctive taste through to your homemade batch. 

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3 thoughts on “Cabot’s shame

  1. I’m sorry you were disappointed by our Greek-style yogurt. I’ll be happy to send you a coupon for free Cabot Cheese that you love if you email me your mailing address to wendy@cabotcheese.com

    As background, one of the primary reasons behind using this style of yogurt making is because it is more efficient with less waste than other formulations of Greek Yogurt. By producing a Greek-Style yogurt, we are able to more economically utilize our existing equipment and enter the Greek Yogurt market without a huge capital investment for our dairy farmers.

    This way of making Greek-Style yogurt has been broadly adopted in the USA and Europe to maximize milk usage and minimize by-product waste, which has very limited use and recyclability. As a farmer owned cooperative, it’s this process that assures a sustainable return for our farmers’ investments and provides our consumers a high-quality, nutritious and affordable Greek-Style yogurt choice.

    We sincerely hope you’ll appreciate that our Greek-Style yogurt is made with the same attention to detail and quality as our award-winning Cheddars and thank you for your continued support.

  2. I’m sorry you were disappointed with our Greek-Style yogurt. I’m happy to send you a coupon for free Cabot Cheese – email me your mailing address to wendy@cabotcheese.com

    As background, Cabot’s Greek-Style Low Fat Yogurt is made in the traditional-style of yogurt and then we add two high quality dairy ingredients, milk protein concentrate & whey protein concentrate, that increase the protein and richness of our yogurt.

    One of the primary reasons, however, behind using this style of yogurt making is because it is more efficient with less waste than other formulations of Greek Yogurt. By producing a Greek-Style yogurt, we are able to more economically utilize our existing equipment and enter the Greek Yogurt market without a huge capital investment for our dairy farmers.

    This way of making Greek-Style yogurt has been broadly adopted in the USA and Europe to maximize milk usage and minimize by-product waste, which has very limited use and recyclability. As a farmer owned cooperative, it’s this process that assures a sustainable return for our farmers’ investments and provides our consumers a high-quality, nutritious and affordable Greek-Style yogurt choice.

    We sincerely hope you’ll appreciate that our Greek-Style yogurt is made with the same attention to detail and quality as our award-winning Cheddars and thank you for your continued support.

  3. “Cabot dairy, that Northeast co-op that makes some of the best cheddar in the world,”

    Sacrilege! The best cheddars in the world are British. Taw Valley Tickler; Grandma Singletons Extra Mature: Wyke Farms Ivy’s Mature. Lincolnshire Poacher; Oakwood Smoked…….

Dish, gurl!

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