A delicious, creamy cheese that perks up bagels and sandwiches. Very simple to make and the variations are endless. Try to use a full fat yogurt such as Balkan style. You could easily experiment with many other ingredients such as, chopped olives, fresh herbs or sweet ingredients.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a strainer with two layers of cheesecloth. In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt, salt, pepper and garlic.

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  • Pour into the cheesecloth lined strainer. Place the strainer over another bowl to catch the liquid, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, until all of the liquid has drained off. Empty the drainage bowl occasionally so you can see when the cheese has stopped draining.

  • Transfer cheese to a covered container, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Nutrition Facts

29 calories; 1.6 g protein; 2.4 g carbohydrates; 6 mg cholesterol; 93.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2006
I love yogurt cheese. I use coffee filters instead of cheesecloth and it works just as well. I love to make yogurt cheese patties. Roll them in bread crumbs and pan fry them and serve them atop greens with a vinagrette. It makes an excellent salad! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2012
if you add Cucumber and Dill you have a traditional Greek salad called tzatziki. Read More
(10)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2006
I love yogurt cheese. I use coffee filters instead of cheesecloth and it works just as well. I love to make yogurt cheese patties. Roll them in bread crumbs and pan fry them and serve them atop greens with a vinagrette. It makes an excellent salad! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2006
I love yogurt cheese. I use coffee filters instead of cheesecloth and it works just as well. I love to make yogurt cheese patties. Roll them in bread crumbs and pan fry them and serve them atop greens with a vinagrette. It makes an excellent salad! Read More
(125)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2007
Ohh!! Nice way to make creamy cheese! Loved it! Although instead of waiting for the water to drain away I just poured the mix on a clean handkerchief placed on a strainer and twisted the cloth to manually drain it while watching TV. I just couldn t wait for the two days. It was easy and not messy at all. I did this until there was no more water to drain. Just remember to wash your hands very well. You can instantly see how the cheese forms. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2006
YUM! I changed things up a bit though... I didn't add anything to the yogurt and since I didn't have cheese cloth I used 2 paper towels. It worked great! After the yogurt cheese was made I added chopped green olives! YUM! Also the second time I tried this I added chopped cucumbers salt garlic and dry dill. This is my new favorit recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2007
I love this. I've been making this for years. I use a mesh strainer with a coffee filter. I also use non-fat yogurt. I don't add anything to the yogurt before straining. I add garlic, dried veggies, and/or other spices to it after it's strained as I need it. This is especially good for dieters who need a non-fat alternative for dressings, dips, sauces, spreads, etc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2008
This recipe got me on a yogurt cheese kick. I have been making my own yogurt from milk and store bought plain yogurt...organic full fat low fat reduced fat even vanilla flavored. Every bit of the yogurt cheese I have made has been delicious. I use coffee filters. I've gotten my friends very interested in making yogurt and yogurt cheese which we use for sour cream or continue on to the cream cheese stage. It's great in all recipes calling for those two items. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2005
You can also use clean coffee filters instead of cheesecloth if there is none available to you. Just make sure you overlap the edges so the yogurt doesn't get through. Also try using cheese without gum or gelatin because it can keep the curds and whey from separating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2006
Not that I followed this recipe to the tee however I've been making yogurt cheese for some time. I also agree that you can use coffee filters/paper towels etc. to strain the yogurt. I don't bother buying cheese cloth to do this. In any event I also use the full fat yogurt vs low or non-fat variety. I use this "cheese" for many reasons from potato salad and so on. You can dress this up or down depending on what you are striving for in a recipe. I love it! I don't add the garlic unless I think it will go with whatever recipe I'm using it for or in. This is way better than using just ready made yogurt! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
This is what is known traditionally as labneh cheese originating (like yogurt) from the Mediterranean/Middle East regions. It's basically Greek yogurt drained a bit more. Plain yogurt is very tangy/sour on its own largely in part due to the whey. A lot of folks that don't like regular yogurt like Greek yogurt because it's had a bigger portion of the whey drained off making it more mellow. If you're getting a really tangy/sour bite to the cheese odds are it's still got more whey in it. The first batch I made I used just a coffee filter in a colander over a bowl. It was no longer draining but still very moist and in the end very tangy/sour. The second batch I put paper towels under the filter and changed them out every few hours in hopes of siphoning off more whey. It was definitely better but still pretty sour. So I've bit the bullet and bought some cheesecloth ( 2 for 3'x3' @ Walmart) and will be hanging my next batch. I'm thinking the weight of the yogurt itself will help press more of the whey out. For some good tips on things to make with yogurt and on making labneh I would recommend David and Jill Fankhauser's site on milk/yogurt/cheesemaking. For now I'm going to take my second batch and try mixing it up with some leftover BLT bacon and some herbs. Hoping to make a kind of sandwich spread from it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2006
I did not have any cheesecloth on hand so I used a clean white handkerchief. It worked perfectly! I used yogurt that I made in my yogurt maker and it came out great. I added all sorts of fresh herbs and spices and used it as a spread for pitas with hummus. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2012
if you add Cucumber and Dill you have a traditional Greek salad called tzatziki. Read More
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