Simple Yogurt Cheese

What is the difference between Greek yogurt, labneh and yogurt cheese

Strained yogurt is also known as Greek yogurt or labneh. It is thick and creamy yogurt. Perfect for making dips or spreading on crackers. See the section above for how to customize this yogurt cheese recipe for Greek yogurt or labneh.


  • 2 cups of yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Line a strainer with two layers of cheesecloth.
  2. Pour in the yogurt and leave it to drain for 24 hours. If your house is warmer than 70F (21 C), then put the yogurt into the fridge to drain.
  3. The whey is probiotic and healthy, so don’t pour it down the drain. See the notes for some ideas on how to use the whey.
  4. Scrape the strained yogurt into a container for storage. Mix in the salt.
  5. Store in the fridge and use within two weeks. See the sections above for different serving options.


  • I recommend using homemade yogurt for the best flavour and consistency. Store-bought yogurt often contains thickeners, which won’t finish as nicely.
  • The whey can be added to smoothies, used for baking or as a culture for other ferments. Here are my favourite ways to use up whey.
  • Cheap grocery store cheesecloth has a much looser weave than cheesemaking cheesecloth. If you plan on making lots of yogurt cheese, it’s worth buying a package of quality cheesecloth (affiliate link).

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