This yogurt cheese recipe will make a dish full of both calcium and protein - and probiotics if you use a probiotic yogurt.
To make cheese out of yogurt all you need do is strain the whey from it, so, it's super easy to make and chock full of beneficial probiotic bacteria - that is assuming your yogurt was full of live culture in the first place.
If you already make your own yogurt then it will be suitable. If you're going to buy the yogurt, read the label carefully.
This yogurt cheese recipe shows just how easy it is to make.
First, buy your yogurt. (Or make it.) Think about what the yogurt cheese is for and choose the right sort of flavor. Usually a plain, Greek, vanilla, or unsweetened type will be best although if you're adding it to a desert then a flavored variety might suit better.
Take it home and strain it. Yes - it really is that simple! Yoghurt cheese is nothing more than strained yogurt.
To simplify the process even more, you can buy a proper yogurt cheese drainer. The Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker can be bought through Amazon or or you can simply strain it through cheesecloth, paper towel, or a coffee filter.
UK residents Cuisipro® Soft Yoghurt Cheese Maker
If, like me, your Scottish heritage just won't let you throw out that piece of used cheesecloth and you have to wash and boil it ready for the next time, then the commercial yogurt cheese makers are the way to go. You still have to wash them and the sieve part is a bit of a hassle but not half as much as fiddling round with your cheesecloth.
Roughly, two cups of yogurt will make one cup of the cheese but that varies with your starting yogurt and how long you leave it draining. Spoon it into your strainer and place it over a container to collect the whey and put in the fridge. Much of the whey will have drained within two hours but leave it longer (ideally overnight but up to 24 hours) to get a nice consistency.
Some people discard the whey. DON'T. It is a nutritious liquid full of protein and Lactobacilli and can be drunk straight or used in baking. If I'm not going to use it that way, I feed it to our dogs. When Berry had puppies I added the whey to the puppies food. They loved it and they grew so well. I'm convinced that yogurt cheese is a healthy addition for both man and animals.
Experiment with different starting products because they all taste a little different.
After making your yogurt cheese recipe, spread it on bagels, muffins, or sandwiches; use it as a delicious topping for your baked potatoes (mix in chives and the herbs of your choice).
This is one of these wonderful things that will take on the flavour of whatever you mix it with so use it freely in your whipped cream, mayonnaise and icecream to increase the goodness factor. It's so creamy and delicous that a dollop on a desert turns a plain pud into a treat.
A yogurt cheese smothered desert teaming with health-giving probiotics. Now that's my kind of desert!