Technically skyr is a soft cheese however it’s eaten more like a yoghurt. The real bonus with skyr is that it is made from skimmed milk, which means it has little to no fat compared with Greek Yogurt, yet has the same high level of protein and calcium.
Mad Millie Icelandic Skyr Kit makes 15 batches (7.5kg/16.5lb) of Skyr.
Skyr originated in Iceland nearly 1,000 years ago and has been a daily staple since. As with traditional yoghurt it was discovered by accident when the milk was left outside and naturally fermented with cultures from the environment.
What is Skyr?
Technically skyr is a soft cheese. However it’s eaten more like a yoghurt and can be enjoyed both sweet and savoury, at breakfast, lunch or dinner! Made with the same or very similar cultures as yoghurt (which allows it to sit in the yoghurt aisle) it also has the addition of vegetarian rennet which helps to give the firmer texture.
Skyr is made from skimmed milk, which means it has little to no fat. This makes it different to Greek yoghurt which requires full fat milk as a starting point, yet it has the same high level of protein and calcium.
Skyr is thicker than Greek yoghurt and has a slightly less acidic tang. When made well, traditionally it would be so thick and creamy that it wouldn’t fall off an upside-down spoon.
Skyr in the supermarket has all the health benefits but watch out for sweeteners, flavours and stabilisers.
The best way to get the most out of your skyr is to make it yourself, then you know exactly what is going into it. This Skyr Kit allows you to do that. Skyr doesn't have the acidic tang of Greek yoghurt, so it can easily be made sweet or savoury. If you like it sweeter, fresh fruit, jam or honey are perfect options.
Skyr Kit Features
• Perfect for beginners
• Low fat and high in protein
• Live cultures
• Vegetarian/gluten free
• No additives
• You can re-culture your Skyr twice to make up to 7.5 kg or 15 batches
• requires 30 minutes of hands-on time.
• 1 L (1 US qt) Glass Jar
• Metal Closure Lid