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JMOUSE99 SparkPoints: (104,415)
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7/25/12 9:55 P

Thanks IAMLOVEDBYYOU. If I follow your suggestions it sounds like I would get a more accurate calorie and nutrient count.

IAMLOVEDBYYOU Posts: 369
7/25/12 2:16 P

I make yogurt cheese. It is indeed more calorie-dense than yogurt.

For those who don't know what it is, it's just plain yogurt that's been strained a long time, letting all of the whey drain out. Thicker and creamier than greek yogurt. It's a great substitute for cream cheese.

1 cup of whey has 59 calories, 2 grams of protein, and .75 grams of fat. (At least for non-fat yogurt/milk... not sure if it's more for others, but I don't think it is).

So calculate the calories in the amount of yogurt you started with, measure the whey that you strained out, subtract the appropriate amount from the yogurt, and recalculate based on serving size.

And don't throw away the whey! It is full of nutrients and has many uses. Substitute whey for chicken/veggie broth in soups, use it in smoothies, use it to make bread, or if you can't figure anything else, give it to your puppies. Dogs love it.

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7/25/12 1:52 P

I would be cautious about reducing your count too much; just because it's less volume-wise doesn't necessarily mean it's lighter in calories, you know? It's probably mostly water you're draining off. :)

For counting purposes, I would continue to count the original ingredients. Just like you likely burn off some nutrients while cooking, you can't really guess how much, and in this case, it's better to overestimate than under.

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7/25/12 1:29 P

Yes, that's basically what I've been doing. If it's 3 cups before draining, and 2 cups afterward, I just use the same calorie info for a smaller serving - 3 cups = 6 1/2 cup servings vs 2 cups = 6 1/3 cup servings (not that it ever works out quite that neatly).

I was just curious as to what exactly is draining out besides water.

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7/25/12 10:36 A

I could be mistaken, but the majority of what drains out through the cheese cloth would be water, so if you know the nutritional information of the yogurt you put in, you should have a fairly good idea of what will still be there when it's done.

JMOUSE99 SparkPoints: (104,415)
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7/25/12 10:02 A

How would you calculate the nutritional info of yogurt cheese?

This is made by dumping a container of yogurt into a colander lined with cheese cloth or paper towel and letting it drain overnight or longer (only works on yogurt that does not conatin added gelatin)

I think the resulting cheese would be more calorie-dense, but what exactly is draining out with the whey. Calories? Nutrients?

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