Yeo Valley Organic Review

by Jemma on February 23, 2011

in Reviews

One  of my favorite yoghurts has to be Greek yoghurt for it’s rich, creamy and luscious texture.  So far the best brand available in the UK that I have had the pleasure to review and used to buy regularly is TOTAL Greek Yoghurt.   Since I am currently trying to eat more organic dairy products I was a very happy lady when Yeo Valley kindly sent me  a very generous haul of their products to review for  the blog last month:

I received the following:

  • 2 x Apple and Blackberry Fruit Compote
  • 2 x Orchard Fruit Compote
  • 2 x Summer Berry Compote
  • 3 x Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt
  • 2 x Fat Free Blueberry Yoghurt Pots
  • 2 x Fat Free Toffee Yoghurt Pots
  • 2 x Fat Free Vanilla Yoghurt Pots
  • 2 x Fat Free Vanilla Organic Yoghurt

Yeo Valley pride themselves on supporting organic and sustainable British farming.  In doing so they allow affordable organic food to be available to all, dispelling any qualms about the expense of organic produce.  Not only do Yeo Valley produce yoghurt but a plethora of other yummy organic dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese, cream, frozen yoghurt and ice cream.  They also produce a lovely selection of fruit compotes too.

Over the last few weeks I enjoyed Yeo Valley’s products in my meals and snacks:

As a huge fan of  Greek yoghurt I was really intrigued as to how this brand of yoghurt would compare to my non-organic favourite.  I decided to approach each taste test with an open mind as Yeo Valley is not TOTAL and not trying to be them.  They have an entirely different ethos and offer a different variety of yoghurt.

I have to say that I was utterly impressed with the yoghurts and the wide range of organic dairy products that Yeo Valley have to offer.  All of the yogurts tasted great and offer a much cheaper alternative to TOTAL Greek Yoghurt.  Of course these yoghurts are a lot less creamier, but that is obviously due to the lower fat content.  Yeo Valley do actually produce whole milk yoghurts and Greek Yoghurt.  Although I loved the low fat yoghurts I think I am more swayed towards their whole milk and organic Greek Yoghurts, which I will be looking to buy more of in the future.

Their range of dairy products is readily available in the big supermarkets and competitively priced against conventional non-organic dairy brands.  I have frequently seen them on various deals in the supermarkets.  A 450g yoghurt pot retails between £1.30 to £1.50.

Overall Yeo Valley produce a lovely range of organic dairy products.  I liked the tasted and texture of the fat free yoghurts.  The fruit compotes and the frozen yoghurt were a surprise to me as I wasn’t aware that Yeo Valley made these.  They are both delicious!  The fruit compotes can be used in a multitude of ways and is great for baking, as a topping for desserts, cereal, oats and in smoothies.  Yeo Valley’s Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt is amazing and has the texture of ice cream.  It actually tastes of strawberries and not of any sickly sweet artificial flavourings.  There are so many uses for these products and there are some great ideas on the recipe section on the company’s website.

Are you more inclined towards organic dairy products?  Have you tried Yeo Valley products before?  If so, what did you think?

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Becky February 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I’m not sure I have ever had a Yeo Valley yog before! The recipe section on the website looks good, definitely going to have a good nose around there. The compotes look really different, I’ll look out for them!

Lily February 23, 2011 at 9:34 PM

These sound great. All the meals you made with the yogurts look so yummy. x

movesnmunchies February 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

you got SUCH A BIG HAUL From them!!! how generous!!! i dont eat dairy, BUT all the things you made with their yogurts.. i am so gna replicate with soy yog!

whatkateiscooking February 24, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Those look really good! I buy organic dairy sometimes- only when it’s not too expensive :)

fashionfitnessfoodie February 24, 2011 at 4:26 AM

WOW! They sent you an awesome package :) All of your food looked amazing!! I am going to be getting some chobani soon…Hopefully I can be as creative as you!

Laura@keepingslimandgettingstylish February 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I don’t eat a lot of dairy now and when I do eat it I much prefer to have organic so these sound great. I would be interested to see how they compare to Rachels organic which personally I love. I so wish that Total would bring out an organic greek yoghurt, I’m going to find out if they have any plans to for the future

Maria@Runningcupcake February 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

I only have organic dairy stuff now, so I gave up total as their methods of farming were intense.
I must say I have tried the yeo valley and not liked it that much- I found the yoghurts very runny and also quite artificial tasting, whereas when I have had Rachels Organic yoghurts, they were thicker and also more natural tasting.
I like the look of the fruit compotes too- like you say very versatile :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I can see ehere yu are coming from on the yoghurts being runny. Did you try there Greek Yoghurt range? The other youghurts are more of a natural yoghurt, which do tend to be more runny than Greek yoghurt. I love Rachel’s organic yoghurt too. The coconut flavoured one is divine!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I wish Total would produce an organic version of their yoghurts too. To be honest I am surprised by the fact that they don’t already!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Yes they were super generous! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM

It can be expensive at times but Yeo Valley and Rachels Organic yoghurts are at reasonable price points.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM

You so could replicate everything with soya yoghurt!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

They were really nice. I really enjoyed trying them.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The compotes were fab! So many different things that you can make with them! :)

~Jessica~ February 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Very well-written and in-depth review.

Before I was vegan I only ate Total yoghurt: never really branched out from that, but then again Yeo Valley didn’t have much of a range 5-6 years ago. Particularly in terms of Greek Yoghurt, which was all I ever liked anyway, it was Total or bust, as it were.

xxx

alhalter February 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I’ve never tried any of these, but the different textures you put together look AWESOME. I’m big on mixin’ the crunchy and sweet with the greek yog’, and I’m really wanting to try all these snazzy stuff you put together. :)

Tamizn February 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I have never tried them but the compotes look delicious, and so do all the bowls of loveliness you made x x

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) February 24, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Yeo Valley natural yoghurt is definitely my favourite brand – and I’ve pretty much tried them all. It’s got the right balance of creaminess and a slight sour edge (as good natural yoghurt should have). It’s ideal with fruit and I use it quite a lot in savoury dishes.
They were super generous – lucky girl :-)

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