How to Make Greek-Style Yogurt From Regular Yogurt

by Cheri Cooper

If you live in Tokyo and don't want to pay $40 for a container of Fage Total Greek Yogurt at National or Nissin, try this method. It's delicious and thick.


  • Regular, full- or low-fat yogurt
  • Container with lid
  • Strainer from 100 Yen shop
  • Coffee filter
  • Stevia flavored drops, I use Vanilla Creme
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This is the yogurt I use sometimes. Some yogurts don't work, so you might have to experiment. The roundish containers from CostCo work, but the "Jersey" round containers don't.

    Step 2

    You need a strainer that will sit inside the lidded container.

    Step 3

    Place the strainer in the container and pop in the coffee filter.

    Step 4

    Spoon in yogurt.

    Step 5

    Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours. If you leave it too long, or over night, it will be super thick. If I forget about it, I just thin it out with some additional regular yogurt.

    Step 6

    Here is what it looks at the end.

    Step 7

    And this is what was drained off. If you are super handy, you can make ricotta cheese out of this... Maybe another snap guide.

    Step 8

    I add a drop or two of the Stevia flavored drops and top with blueberries. YUM!!!