- Jules Verne & Icelandic Horse
- Icelandic Pony in William Morris' Kitchen
- Icelandic Horse Books
- Icelandic Breeding Standards
- Gaits of the Icelandic Horse
- Fun Facts--Icelandic Horse
- Best of Blessi Stories
- Fun Facts-Blessi
- Is this trotty, pacey or clear tolt or rack
- MCOA Hereditary Eye Defect in Silver Dapples
- Bone Spavin in the Icelandic Horse
- Velkomin, Bienvenu--How to translate Blessiblog
- MtDNA Origins of the Icelandic Horse
- Icelandic Horse Twins--A Wonderful and Cautionary Tale
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Skyr is a very thick yogurt, closer to cheese rather than what we think of as yogurt. Knowledge of making skyr travelled with the Vikings from Norway to Iceland but knowledge of how to make skyr has been lost in Scandanavia. Jules Verne in his novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth described lunch at a farmhouse in the 1800s which included lichen soup, fish served with sour butter, biscuits, juniper berry juice, and “skyr.” Let’s face it, you have be born in Iceland or have visited Iceland or know a homesick Islander to know about “skyr.”
Recently a local grocery store started carrying Siggi's Skyr, made the traditional Icelandic way. The method of preparation is different from making yogurt. I really liked the taste of skyr. It is much tarter than most commercially prepared yoghurt in the US so I added a little agave syrup to sweeten it to my taste.
What is quite amazing is the difference in calories, fat, protein, and sugar content between the two types of "yogurt."
The pomegranate & passion fruit skyr contains skim milk, agave nectar, passion fruit, pomegranate, live active cultures, and vegetable rennet. The commercial yogurt contains lowfat milk, sugar, fruit, corn starch, tricalcium phosphate, gelatin, citric acid, pectin, beet juice, natural flavor, vitamin A and D. Skyr contains different and more types of active cultures.
Here is a nutritional comparison:
Skyr Commercial Yogurt
Weight 5.3 oz 6 oz
Fat 0 gram 1.5 gram
Cholesterol 0 mg 10 mg
Sodium 60 mg 85 mg
Carbohydrate 11 grams 33 grams
Protein 14 grams 5 grams
vitamin a, d none 15% and 50% daily requirement
calcium 15% 50%
When you compare the two, skyr is much lower in sugars, fat, and sodium but higher in protein. Skyr does not contain the added vitamins A and D. Skyr is about double the price of commercial yogurt. I am going to dust off my yogurt maker and try to make my own. I'll let you know how that goes.