Skyr is a strained yogurt that has been a staple of the Icelandic and Nordic diets for centuries. It’s even mentioned in tales about the Vikings! With so many kinds of yogurts available in the modern market, many people might wonder what makes this yogurt different from the rest.
How It’s Made
Traditional skyr makers began the creation process by adding a bit of an older batch of skyr to strategically heated and cultured skim milk.
Sometimes, farmers would employ the old-age method of placing a few glasses of skim milk outside and leave them there overnight to capture cultures from the outside air. They would then use the sample that curdled the best as a starter for their new batch of skyr.
The yogurt that most of the world is used to is made up of mostly water. Unlike these yogurts, skyr is strained in batches using cloth, which eliminates the water in the form of whey. Doing this leaves behind a thicker, protein abundant yogurt.
Not ones to waste resources, the Icelandic yogurt makers used the leftover whey liquid as an everyday beverage or when pickling other foods.
While exact nutrient counts vary by brand, in general, skyr packs an impressive amount of nutrients in just a 6 oz. serving. In fact, it contains more protein per serving than many other types of dairy, including Greek yogurt. Skyr is also relatively low in calories.
Because of its high protein content, skyr is a great addition to the diets of those working to maintain a healthy weight as protein helps increase feelings of fullness and hunger.
Skyr is available in a variety of different flavors. If you’re concerned about sugar content in your yogurts, be wary. Flavored varieties often contain large amounts of sugar. Instead, buy plain skyr and sweeten it at home with your favorite ingredients.
For these reasons and more, skyr is an overall delicious and nutritious food that can be a healthy addition to most diets!
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