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What exactly is „skyr“?

By Sara McMahon

  • What is skyr? Skyr is a traditional, Icelandic dairy product and while resembling yogurt. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

Skyr is a traditional, Icelandic dairy product and while resembling yogurt it is, correctly speaking, a type of cheese. Skyr-making dates all the way back to the 9th century.

The product is made from fat-free skim milk which remains after the cream has been removed. The milk is then warmed with live cultures from previous batches of skyr and strained from the whey after it has thickened.

Traditionally skyr was served with cream and brown or white sugar, with fresh picked berries in the summer. Nowadays skyr it is usually sold ready flavored (there are countless flavors available, from blueberries to liqourice). Skyriis also increasingly used as a key ingredient for cheese-cakes, crème brulée (called skyr brulée) and smoothies. 

Lovely "skyr-cake" - a modern twist on traditional skyr. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

 

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