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Why YoChee? Cut the Fat and Calories!

Why YoChee? Cut the Fat and Calories!

The simple act of concentrating yogurt by draining it and removing some of the liquid transforms it into a new food that is more nutritious and much more versatile.

Dubbed “YoChee” by Nikki and David Goldbeck, the authors of Eat Well the YoChee Way, it is also known as yogurt cheese. By preparing dishes with YoChee, you can achieve the sensual delights of many once-fatty foods and at the same time improve your diet.

Why YoChee?
Rich creamy foods are tempting because of their smooth “mouthfeel,” or melt-in-your-mouth sensation. The price of this pleasure usually comes in the form of fat, and often the troublesome saturated kind. YoChee can provide a similar sensual experience, but remarkably it can be low in fat or fat-free, depending on the yogurt it is made from.

Some YoChee Attributes
* YoChee is an excellent source of protein and calcium, two very important nutrients.

* YoChee can take the place of some or all of the mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, whipped cream, solid shortening, oil or eggs in many familiar dishes. Once this potential is recognized, even unskilled cooks can easily find new applications.

* ˝ cup of nonfat YoChee provides 0 grams of fat.

* ˝ cup of low-fat YoChee provides 3 grams of fat.

* ˝ cup of YoChee provides 290 mg. potassium.

* ˝ cup of YoChee provides 10 grams of protein.

Making YoChee

All you have to do is spoon yogurt into a specially designed draining device or similar homemade apparatus. No complicated equipment is needed. Gravity does all the work. You can buy draining devices at food specialty stores or from Yochee.com.

You can also make YoChee by draining yogurt in a colander or strainer lined with cheesecloth and set over a bowl to catch the drippings.

Read more: Food, Basics

Adapted from Eat Well the YoChee Way, by Nikki and David Goldbeck. Copyright (c) 2001 by Nikki and David Goldbeck. Published by permission of Ceres Press.
Adapted from Eat Well the YoChee Way, by Nikki and David Goldbeck.

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1:05AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks for the post.

6:44PM PDT on May 20, 2011

sounds like a tasty way to lose weight and to lower cholesterol

10:10AM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

Use nylons (new & washed of course) to strain, instead of cheese cloth. Then only the whey leaves the yoghurt you keep all the chunks for your yochee!
It's aslo a common food staple in Eastern Europe called Pressed Cottage cheese.

12:13PM PST on Jan 11, 2009

Is there a way to use the drippings? I don't want to throw it away until I'm sure that's the right thing to do... I'll use it to water plants... :D

10:16AM PDT on Jun 2, 2008

.....may I say it makes a great cheese cake also and a delish strawberry cheese pie :)

thank you..s.wolf

4:49PM PDT on Jul 20, 2007

I have a question---does it matter whether the yogurt is low-fat, regular, or Greek-style?
Thanks for any pointers you can give. Valerie N

7:20PM PDT on May 24, 2007

I have started eating healthy, whole grains, low fat, lots of fresh organic produce. I have lost 22 lbs so far! I want to try this Yochee! I am a dairy, especially creamy, cheesy lover! Thank You for this info! Deborah Brown

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