Greek style yogurt is a very thick yogurt, typically 9 - 10% milk fat as opposed to the average yogurt which runs at 1 - 3.5% milk fat.
Greek Yogurt Manufacturing Challenges
The basic recipe for this product includes pasteurized homogenized milk, added protein/whey powder, starter bacteria and flavorings. To achieve the proper viscosity, Greek style yogurt is strained of the whey that has not coagulated. Stabilizers are commonly used to stop the separation but are not considered ‘all natural ingredients’.
The customer wanted to produce an all-natural, Greek style yogurt that was not as high in fat as traditional Greek style yogurt, and did not require straining to achieve the proper consistency.
Manufacturing Solutions for Greek Style Yogurt
To achieve the desired results, a Quadro Ytron® Z inline emulsifier was employed. Cultured milk was passed through the tooling of the Z Emulsifier and was subject to a controlled amount of shearing required to smooth the curd. Prolonged mixing can be detrimental to coagulation so the short time the product resided in the Z Emulsifier encouraged better results. After passing through the Z Emulsifier, the thick curd was allowed to set in order to achieve its final viscosity and pH level. Flavorings were then added as required, and the product was sent to packaging.
State of the Art Equipment
The Z Emulsifier high shear mixer produced a yogurt that required no straining and also, achieved a larger yield. An additional benefit of the Z Emulsifier is the elimination of the requirement for smoothing valves or filters to remove grits from the final product.
Advantages of the Z Emulsifier High Shear Mixer
- Improved product quality and shelf-life stability
- Single-pass processing results in reduced batch times and repeatability batch-after-batch energy savings when compared with in-tank mixers, colloid mills and homogenizers
- Increased capacity when compared with colloid mills and homogenizers
- Multiple tooling configurations provide flexibility to process different products with the same machine
- Improved “sheen” and product texture