What is yogurt cheese, and how do I make it? Thanks,
Yogurt cheese is made from yogurt that has been placed in cheesecloth in a colander or a yogurt strainer overnight. What that does is remove moisture from the yogurt, leaving a more solid, cream cheese-like final product. The longer you strain it, the drier it will become and the more it will resemble cream cheese. Usually an 8-ounce container of yogurt makes 6 ounces of yogurt cheese if left to drain for 24 hours.
In fact, you can use it like cream cheese on a bagel, or you can flavor it for a topping. Here's a tasty recipe for a lemon topping that is good on fresh fruit or in place of whipped cream:
- 1 cup non-fat yogurt cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- zest of 1 lemon, finely minced
- juice from 1 lemon
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and chill.
Thanks for the question,
Hannah McCarthy, chef and director of the Whip & Spoon, a cooking school in Maine.