How to Make Greek Yogurt
~ The Traditional Whey ~


Welcome to a tutorial on how to make Greek yogurt and yogurt cheese (labneh). Thick, creamy and delicious. Sounds delightfully exotic yet it's so simple to make you'll wonder why it costs so much at the store.

Greek Yogurt and Honey

How to Make Greek Yogurt: Recipe and Written Directions

How to Make Yogurt Cheese (Labneh)

How to Make Greek Yogurt and Yogurt Cheese (labneh)
~ using a cloth to strain the curd ~

How to Strain Yogurt: Put Cloth In 

Strainer

Step 1
Put Cloth
In Strainer

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How to Strain Yogurt: Place Strainer Over 

Bowl

Step 2
Put Strainer Over Bowl

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How To Strain Yogurt: Pour Curd Into 

Strainer

Step 3
Pour Yogurt
into Strainer

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How to Strain Yogurt: Let Curd Drain

Step 4
Let Yogurt Drain

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How to Strain Yogurt: Whey Draining Into Bowl

Step 4
Whey Draining

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How to Strain Yogurt: Put Strained Curd Into Bowl

Step 5
Put Strained Curd Into Bowl

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How to Strain Yogurt: Whey Drained From Curd

Step 5
Whey Drained From Curd

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How to Make Greek Yogurt: Homemade Greek Curd

Step 5
Homemade Greek Yogurt

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~ using a coffee filter to strain the curd ~

How to Strain Yogurt: Put Coffee Filter In 

Strainer

Step 1
Put Filter
In Strainer

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How to Strain Yogurt: Put Coffee Filter In 

Strainer

Step 1
Put Filter
In Strainer

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How to Strain Yogurt: Place Strainer Over 

Bowl

Step 2
Put Strainer Over Bowl

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How To Strain Yogurt: Put Curd Into 

Strainer

Step 3
Put Yogurt
into Strainer

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How to Strain Yogurt: Let Curd 

Drain

Step 4
Let Yogurt Drain

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How to Strain Yogurt: Spoon Strained Curd From Coffee Filter

Step 5
Spoon Strained Curd From Filter

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How to Strain Yogurt: Empty Strained Curd Into Bowl

Step 5
Empty Strained Curd Into Bowl

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Equipment

  • strainer - plastic or metal
  • muslin or tightly woven cloth or coffee filter
  • bowl or container to suspend strainer over or sit strainer in



Tips for Straining Curd

Greek Yogurt Recipe

Makes approximately 1/3 quart (1/3 litre) plain Greek yogurt.


Ingredients

  • 1 quart (1 litre) Plain Yogurt - skim, partly skim or full-fat, commercial (without thickeners) or homemade curd


Directions

  1. Place coffee filter or cloth in strainer.
  2. Place strainer over bowl or container where it can freely drain.
  3. Pour yogurt into strainer.
  4. Let curd drain for approximately 20-30 minutes.
  5. Spoon strained curd from strainer and put in a clean container.
  6. Close tightly and store in the fridge.




Yogurt Cheese (Labneh) Recipe

Directions

  1. Place coffee filter or cloth in strainer.
  2. Place strainer over bowl or container where it can freely drain.
  3. Pour yogurt into strainer.
  4. Let curd drain for approximately 3-6 hours. Most of the whey should have drained off and the curd should have the consistency of a spreadable cream cheese.
  5. Spoon strained curd from strainer and put in a clean container.
  6. Close tightly and store in the fridge.

Making Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt Cheese
After Straining

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Consistency of Labneh

Consistency
of Labneh

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Homemade Labneh

Homemade Labneh
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Tips for Making Greek Yoghurt and Labneh

Plain Natural Yogurt

  • Can be cultured from cow, sheep, or goat's milk..... pasteurized, organic or raw milk. I like to make full-fat, organic or raw milk curd. It makes a wonderfully, creamy organic Greek yogurt that's delicious on it's own or in a recipe. Yum!
  • If you want a really creamy, rich tasting Greek curd use whole milk.
  • Culture your own milk to strain. Click here for how to make curd.
  • If you plan on straining a store bought curd, make sure it doesn't contain gelatin or thickeners. The whey won't separate and drain from the curd.
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Yogurt Strainer

One Type of Yogurt Strainer
  • Is a mesh strainer.... the same variety as for draining food. It generally comes with a container to rest the strainer over.
  • Most likely you can find a container (bowl, pot) in your kitchen that your regular strainer can rest on.
  • If you have a strainer with legs you can rest it in the sink..... especially if you don't want to save the whey.


Muslin Cloth

muslin cloth
  • If you don't have a muslin cloth try using a tightly woven dish towel, dish cloth or cloth napkin.
  • I like to use an unbleached coffee filter for straining yoghurt..... it fits into my strainer nicely and I don't have to wash it afterwards. :)
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Straining Time

  • Depends on the amount of whey in the curd to begin with..... and how much you want to remove.
  • You can gradually add curd to the strainer as the whey drains off.


Want a Thicker Curd?.... Or is it Too Thick?

  • To make it thicker, let it drain longer.
  • If you've strained it too long and it's thicker than what you'd like, stir some of the whey back in.  You can adjust the thickness this way until it's exactly how you like.

 

Conversion

1 quart = 4 cups


Congratulations! Now that you know how to make Greek yogurt and labneh..... it's time to enjoy eating it. Bon appetit!

There are many interesting and delicious ways to use strained yoghurt in recipes. More recipes are coming..... please check back soon.



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