The books author, Karen Solomon, says "Yogurt cheese- sometimes called strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, or labneh- is a sharper alternative to cream cheese, but it has a similar consistency and thus can easily take its place atop bagels or toast, stirred into mashed potatoes, or plaing the starring role in cheesecake. Other attributes of this cheese include its utter simplicity to make, all the health benefits of yogurt, and a tangy personality."
adapted slightly from jam it, pickle it, cure it by Karen Solomon
1 (32-oz.) container plain yogurt
Instructions: Line a large bowl with a clean, think cotton or linen towel, positioning the middle of the towel in the bottom of the bowl. Pour the yogurt into its center. Gather together all 4 corners of the fabric and twist lightly; cloudy whey should be leaking out of the bottom. Tie the bundle up securely and hang over a large bowl or the sink. Let hang, undisturbed for at least 8 hours or overnight.
You'll end up w/ ~12 oz. of whey in the bowl and a very thick, spreadable tangy cheese in the cloth. Transfer cheese to small container w/ lid. Refrigerate covered for up to 2 weeks.
Lemon Yogurt Cheese: Add 1 tsp. kosher salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon to cheese.
Garlic Yogurt Cheese: Add 1 clove garlic, minced, and 2 Tbs. fresh chopped dill to cheese.
Chive and Black Pepper Yogurt Cheese: Add 2 Tbs. fresh chives and several grinds of fresh black pepper to cheese.
Cranberry and Green Onion Yogurt Cheese: Add 1/4 c. chopped dried cranberries and 1 minced green onion to cheese.
Here is Karen herself showing just how easy it is...seriously, the video is under a minute....
So, no excuses okay? It doesn't get much easier than this...come forge with us! Feel free to ask any questions about any cheese or process either in the comment section of that cheese assignment or by email. Since this is sooooo easy, it'll be due July 30!
*Also, we're gonna try something new. We're going to add a linky at the bottom of each assignment post. If you've made the cheese and posted it, please add the link to the bottom of the appropriate post. We'll still do roundups for each assignment...this'll just make it easier to submit your cheesy adventures! Also, please leave a comment once you've linked up so we know to head over and check out what you've done! But, you are alway welcome to email in your link if you do not have a blog or if you can't figure out the linky.