Summer approaches and with it the boon of the strawberry season. If you are as addicted to Greek yogurt as I am, then you need Lazy Strawberry Yogurt in your life. I suppose the laziest option is to by strawberry yogurt at the store, but this is fresher, better, and absolutely customizable to your tastes. Besides, I’m going to go ahead and assume you’ll have leftover strawberries rolling around in your fruit bowl, going soft and in danger of spoilage. Overripe berries are just perfect for this.
Now, you can make strawberry yogurt quite quickly by chopping and then pureeing strawberries and adding sugar until they are a garnet pulp, but that’s not the kind of thing I typically make time for in the morning, nor do I find the thought of washing the blender appealing at 8 a.m. when my day, with its seemingly insurmountable tasks, looms in front of me. This is where a small amount of advance preparation comes in and time does all the work for you.
- Greek yogurt, I used about two cups but you can make as much or as little as you want.
- Strawberries, I chopped up half a regular container.
- Sugar, to taste. I don’t even know how much I used because I added it and tasted as I went along, but start with 1-2 tbs.
The morning of the day before you’d like to enjoy your yogurt treat you’re going to chop your berries up. I’d aim for half-inch chunks. Place your berries in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. They will macerate in this sugar for a few hours to draw out their juices. Store on the counter out of the reach of pests, cats, and curious and hungry husbands or children.
After two to three hours, stir in your Greek yogurt. Already your concoction will be slightly pink, but it’s not ready yet. After mixing thoroughly, cover with plastic wrap, stick it in the fridge, and let it marinate overnight.
The next day you will awake to find the berries have stained the yogurt a darker shade of pink. Taste to adjust sugar and enjoy. It will become more intensely flavored the longer it sits around. Just be sure it’s stored in a covered container in the fridge.