What is Icelandic-style skyr?
Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland that has been made for over 1,000 years. It is a strained non-fat yogurt. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active culture. Then the whey, the water naturally found in milk, is strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier and concentrated yogurt. Read more about skyr.
Is your product made in Iceland?
siggi's skyr is made based on an age-old Icelandic recipe but we practice our craft in Yates County, New York and Richland County, Wisconsin where we buy all our milk from local family farms. Traceable sourcing is important to us and we only use milk from farms who treat their cows humanely and do not inject them with any kind of growth hormones such as rBST.
Are your products kosher?
Yes, all siggi’s dairy products are certified kosher; we are certified by the Orthodox Union.
Are your products gluten-free?
Yes, all our products are gluten free. They contain no wheat, barley, rye, or triticale, and we do not use gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. Our products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).
Why does your skyr yogurt have so much protein?
When making skyr, we start by making a base that is kind of like regular yogurt. Then we strain the whey, the water in milk, and wind up taking about 75% of that water out. This means that to make one cup of skyr we require about 3 - 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process, skyr contains 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.
Is siggi’s organic?
siggi’s is not certified organic, however we only use milk from grass-fed cows and farms that do not use any kind of growth hormones. All siggi’s products are all natural with no artificial ingredients, sweeteners, or colorings.
What are probiotics?
Research indicates that probiotic cultures are ‘friendly’ bacteria that may have various beneficial attributes for human health. For example, they may help improve digestive health and potentially boost immunity.
If there is liquid on top of my yogurt when I open it, is that ok?
The liquid that can occasionally be found on top of yogurt is whey. Whey is simply the water in milk/yogurt. A slight separation of whey from the yogurt is totally natural and nothing to worry about. When that happens you can either stir the whey back in for a smoother yogurt or pour it off. The whey contains some minerals and nutrients including calcium and some whey protein. Our yogurt can occasionally have this slight separation because in order to keep our ingredients to a minimum, we do not add any starches or stabilizers that might prevent this type of separation from happening.
Do you add sugar?
In general we want to keep any sugar in our product, even if natural, to a minimum. siggi’s products are very lightly sweetened with agave nectar or cane sugar, then there is also a bit of sugar that comes from the fruit we add. We do not use any artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.
What is agave nectar?
Agave nectar is syrup harvested from the blue agave plant (which is also the plant that gives us tequila). One of the benefits of agave nectar is its favorable glycemic profile. Agave nectar has a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without causing blood sugar to spike as much as with some other sweeteners.
Why do siggi’s products taste more tart than other yogurts?
The process of making yogurt is driven by live active bacteria that consume lactose, the sugar in milk, and turn it into lactic acid, or milk acid. So the cultures are simply making the milk a bit more sour, making yogurt naturally a bit tart. However a lot of manufacturers of yogurt add quite a bit of sugar, particularly to their flavored yogurts. Adding sugar masks the natural acidity of the yogurt. Since all of siggi’s products are lightly sweetened and made with only real fruit, they may taste less sweet than some other yogurts and as a result a bit more tart. They key difference is in the sugar levels.
Why doesn’t your pomegranate passion fruit yogurt have any color?
We use organic pomegranates that have more of a pinkish hue and when they are crushed into our yogurt with the passion fruit and the plain white yogurt, the subtle colors of the fruit kind of fades out. Although we could add coloring, whether natural (beet juice) or unnatural (red 40 dye), we firmly believe in keeping our products ingredient list minimal and close to its natural state. Look at similar milk/yogurt products and see if their red color comes from the fruit itself or from beet juice or other type of colorings to compare.
Is it ok to eat yogurt after the "best before" date?
We do recommend that you enjoy any siggi’s dairy products by the "best before" date listed on our packaging.
What are the specks in my vanilla skyr?
The specks that you see in our vanilla flavored skyr are actually small pieces of vanilla bean from the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla we use…rest assured it is completely safe (and quite delicious) to consume!
Are your cows grass-fed?
We work with family owned and operated farms who feed their cows grass, however they are not all able to feed a 100% grass diet year-round. So their diets are also supplemented with a 100% vegetarian diet which typically includes alfalfa sprouts and human-grade grains such as oats.
I am lactose-intolerant, can I still enjoy siggi's?
Our yogurt products have less than 3% lactose in each serving as much of the lactose is removed along with the whey during the straining process.
Are your products free of antibiotics?
If a cow gets sick, they are taken out of milking to be treated, just like how you or I would be treated if sick. Milk from these cows is not used in our products until they are well again and that all traces of antibiotics if used are completely out of their system, which typically takes a few days. These cows are tested until they test negative (no antibiotics detected).
All incoming milk is tested for antibiotics prior to our dairy plant accepting it to ensure that all milk used for siggi’s products are antibiotic free.