Thick, creamy, a lil' tangy... yogurt cheese is incredibly versatile.  You can use it simply as a thickened 'Greek' yogurt, as labneh, as a spread for crackers & bagels, with fresh fruit, as a substitute for cream cheese, a base for sour cream dips, and even as whipped cream, cheese cake, & cake frosting (or so I hear).  Plus, it's probiotic!

Yogurt cheese is, undeniably, one of life's finer pleasures.  Personally, I like it with garlic, cracked black pepper, and sea salt.  I use this spiced yogurt cheese (yog-eese? chees-urt?) as a spread on crackers - delicious!

Best of all, yogurt cheese is extremely easy to make.  Let's give it a shot, shall we?

You will need:
~ Yogurt (homemade yogurt is ideal, but store-bought works just as well)
~ Strainer (colander+cheesecloth/fine mesh sieve/finely-woven dishtowel, etc.)
~ Bowl or Cup (or anything that can collect the whey, or 'yogurt water')

+ extra goodies, if desired - ideas for flavor variations are listed below
First, set up your straining station.  I happen to have a special yogurt cheese funnel (a gift from Morgan's mother), so my set-up is simple.  Just don't buy special equipment if you don't already have it!  Use what you have

You can strain yogurt with:
~ a colander double-lined with cheesecloth (or any finely-woven cloth)
~ a fine mesh sieve
~ a suspended cheesecloth (or other fine material) pouch, as pictured
~ another innovative method I haven't thought of yet

Once you've chosen a strainer, set up your drip-catcher.  Mine is currently a water glass, and is most often a mason jar.  Depending on your strainer, you may want to use a deep bowl or pot.  Just make sure it's big enough to hold about 2/3 the volume of yogurt, and that it has enough clearance below the strainer that your yogurt cheese won't end up stewing in its own whey.

Next, add your yogurt to the strainer!  Since I make my own yogurt, I've got a steady supply.  You can use any kind, non-dairy, low-fat, whatever - just use yogurt you like! 

Here's my set-up - you might notice there's not much clearance between the funnel and the bottom of a glass.  I ended up having to switch the glass out for a bigger jar, since the whey rose too high.
Put your set-up somewhere out of the way.  Some people like to keep it in the refrigerator, but I don't think that's necessary. If you have small animals (especially cats), put it out of their reach - possibly in a cupboard, or an unused oven overnight. 

Now, you wait.  Depending on how thick you want it, let the yogurt cheese stand for 12-24 hours, or until the whey stops draining. 

I'm usually a 12-hours-or-less kinda gal, because I've got a touch of the impatience.  Luckily, I got sleepy and had to let this stand overnight. 

Here's how mine turned out, after 20 hours (notice how the yogurt compressed by about 50%):
Now you've made basic yogurt cheese, strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, or labneh.**  Congratulations!  You can stop here if you like, but that's just not as much fun.

** You've also made sweet whey - chock full of protein, vitamins (B12 & Riboflavin), minerals (Potassium & Phosphate), and enzymes.  Don't throw it out!  You can use it in baking, for lacto-fermentation, in stews... check out 16 Ways to Use Your Whey for even more ideas.

Add-in inspiration:
~ salt + cracked black pepper + minced garlic
~ chopped kalamata olives + sundried tomatoes
~ fresh basil + rosemary
~ salt + lemon juice
~ cracked black pepper + chives
~ honey + strawberries
~ whatever your heart desires!

I chose the first variation for this batch, and mixed in the minced garlic (raw, for its rad medicinal effects!), salt & pepper.  So very, very tasty. 
Once you've added any extras, store the yogurt cheese in a sealed container in the fridge.  It will keep for about 2 weeks, but trust me - it won't last that long! 

What are your favorite flavors to add in?  Do you have any great recipes that use yogurt cheese?

You might like:
- Make Yogurt!
- Crunchy Almond Granola
- Chocolate Almond Milk: How-To
- Kombucha: Brew Your Own 'Booch

Subscribe & Share!

4/15/2012 09:05:11 am

This looks good. Isn't this greek yogurt? Also, I'm not sure I would leave out pasteurized milk that long...raw milk is fine to leave out for 24-48 hours, but pasteurized milk/yogurt can make you ill if left out for as long as you suggest.

4/15/2012 09:19:34 am

Yes indeed - Greek yogurt! And you're right - I haven't had any ill effects (yet) from leaving the yogurt unrefrigerated for 12-24 hours, but refrigeration is definitely safer for the less fool-hardy folks!

4/16/2012 06:09:46 am

Mmmm, yummy! I plan on trying this in the next week or two with my first gallon of raw milk! I pinned it for later :)

Found you through the Barn Hop!

4/17/2012 12:46:07 pm

I haven't made homemade yogurt for several years, but this post has inspired me to dig out my yogurt maker (do I still have it?!) and give it a whirl again. I've seen the idea of yogurt cheese, but didn't realize this was the same thing as Greek yogurt! Also pinning! :)

Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
4/17/2012 10:44:46 pm

I'm glad you're inspired! If you don't still have your yogurt-maker, check out my post 'Make Yogurt!' for an way to make yogurt in a cooler.

4/18/2012 02:07:46 pm

LOVE it! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday. :)

4/18/2012 10:26:03 pm

I have to make this, it just looks so good! Thanks for sharing this at Natural Mother's Seasonal Celebration Sunday! x

4/17/2013 04:45:34 am

yummy! I plan on trying this in the next week or two with my first gallon of raw milk!

8/19/2013 10:58:11 pm

Excellent and decent post. I found this much informative, as to what I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and keep it up

9/5/2013 08:11:00 pm

These ilk of items confines the users share in the website, moreover confine on sharing plus .Pro join penmanship is the process that you choose enjoy to do.

10/3/2013 09:25:13 pm

Thanks for posting this. Your blog is so interesting and very informative.Thanks sharing. Definitely a great piece of work Thanks for your work.

10/18/2013 04:26:29 pm

I liked your blog and went ahead and created a weebly blog too!

10/28/2013 10:32:36 pm

Well this is very interesting indeed.Would love to read a little more of this. Great post. Thanks for the heads-up…This blog was very informative and knowledgeable.

1/31/2014 01:58:43 pm

Your post is just what I had in mind, Thanks for your sharing. That's very kind of you.

3/7/2014 01:05:40 am

Hello,I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation

4/30/2014 11:19:05 am

i love your share information!Your approach to this topic is unique and informative I'm glad i find this useful information. Please let me know if you're looking for dvd into your blog

3/6/2015 01:32:58 pm

i love your share information!Your approach to this topic is unique and informative I'm glad i find this useful information. Please let me know if you're looking for dvd into your blog

5/3/2015 02:33:25 pm

These types of rubber mats are created to ensure the and safeties of the kids remain while you want these phones be. Heavy responsibility rubber lawn mats for course is for individuals who want to achieve the grass in order to play their own games.

1/17/2017 08:21:20 am

This is very nice information my friend, good job i like it and i loved it, keep going and good luck for the next article brother good job.

3/18/2017 01:24:54 am

I needed to post you that little bit of word so as to thank you very much the moment again for all the pleasing opinions you've posted here.

5/29/2017 11:14:37 am

thanks information so coming to website me in :


5/30/2017 06:01:40 am

Thanks for the information. This is very good post published by you.

6/27/2017 12:57:12 am

Main Bandar <a href="http://sponsorqq.website/">Sakong Online</a> Terpercaya dan Teraman Disini Kalian Bisa Menjadi Bandarloh. Main di SponsorQQ.website ya guys. Disini kalian mendapatkan bonus cashback 0.5% dan bonus referral 20% untuk kalian semua. Info <a href="http://togel.8skor.com/">Prediksi Togel</a> Terpercaya dan Semoga Jackpot Togelnya

10/17/2017 04:20:09 pm

it seems like I really like the article that you make really interesting to read and thank you

10/29/2017 06:12:24 pm

interesting articles and this is my first first reading a very interesting article thanks for this article that fits with the theme news
"<a href=""http://www.gadispoker.com/"">raja poker</a><br /> "

11/30/2017 06:16:54 am

thanks very much

12/8/2017 10:47:24 pm

is very fond of this article because it gives a lot of inspiration <a href="http://www.mgmdomino.com/">poker online</a><br />

1/3/2018 09:46:58 pm

articles that are very good and for the future I hope your article more useful thanks again.

1/15/2018 02:42:25 am

interesting articles and this is my first first reading a very interesting article thanks for this article that fits with the theme news.
<a href="http://www.mgmdomino.com/">raja poker</a><br />

1/16/2018 04:21:09 am

This post is just what I consider a well thought out posting. Straightforward as well as the point. I'll definately keep a look out for more posts like this.
<a href="http://www.gadispoker.com/">raja poker</a><br />

1/26/2018 03:55:03 am

interesting articles and this is my first first reading a very interesting article thanks for this article that fits with the theme news.
<a href="http://www.dompetmgm.com/">raja poker</a><br />

3/14/2018 04:46:42 pm

Very good ideas my friend i like it so much thanks again man.

6/1/2018 12:06:45 pm

It’s really a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you just shared this helpful information with us.
Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing. ??


5/5/2020 09:36:00 am

I have lost my cheese funnel and can't find any on line.. Any suggestions?


Leave a Reply.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...