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Iceland: Behind the Scenes Tour of a Skyr Factory

Erin Zimmer 5 comments

Skyr is right up there with volcanoes and Björk as being one of the most Icelandic things I knew about before visiting Iceland. Wonderfully thick and creamy, skyr tastes somewhere between tart Greek yogurt, crème fraîche, and soft-serve. And Icelanders have been eating it forever; there are even medieval literary records of skyr being eaten in the Sagas as early as the 11th century. So, despite its recent boom in the yogurt market, skyr ain't just a new fad. Let's see how that Viking mjolk (Icelandic for "milk") becomes skyr! Take a tour of a skyr factory with us. More

A Typical Breakfast in Iceland: Hafragrautur and Lýsi

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 9 comments

Icelandic cuisine has never been known for being one of particularly lavish breakfasts, as dark, icy mornings call for something easy and piping hot to be scarfed down before braving whatever storm, volcanic eruption, earthquake, or avalanche that might be waiting on the doorstep. More

Snapshots from Iceland: Cutest Skyr Container Ever

Robyn Lee 7 comments

I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This week I'll share some food-related bits with you. Most containers of skyr, a popular Icelandic yogurt-like product (actually a very soft, low-fat cheese), are already rather cute due to their squat containers and miniature folded spoons, but this container of plain skyr decorated with rainbows topped the rest of them. So bulbous! So happy! Basically the same way you'd feel after eating a container of thick, creamy skyr. Carey Jones already expounded upon the deliciousness of skyr last year. Like her, a former Greek yogurt devotee, I have now converted... More

Skyr, Icelandic Yogurt: Beating Greek Yogurt at Its Own Game

Carey Jones 8 comments

There’s so much to love about Greek yogurt. It’s thick, it’s creamy, it’s flavorful, it’s protein-packed. I had long thought that yogurt could get no better. Until, that is, I discovered the Icelandic yogurt Skyr. Disclaimer up front: Skyr is not technically a yogurt. It’s a strained, skim-milk cheese. But it’s been marketed as yogurt, packaged in serving-size tubs, and sold in fruit flavors. And made with live cultures, it’s smooth and a little bit tangy, like any good yogurt should be. So Fage-lovers, take note. If you like the thickness of Greek yogurt, Skyr is thicker—a scoop in your spoon turned upside-down won't fall off. I love the flavor of Greek yogurt but find Skyr even tastier—a bit... More

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