Labneh is similar to cream cheese, so it works as a spread or dip ingredient and any way you typically use cream cheese. This is often sold as Greek Yogurt here in the U.S. but by making your own yogurt and straining it, you will avoid the thickening agents and sugar content found in the processed Greek Yogurt that actually makes it thicker. If not using your own homemade yogurt, purchase a yogurt with live-active bacteria and no additives. You may not save any money by making your own Labneh, if using a commercial yogurt, but what you will do is have control over the ingredients used.
If making your own yogurt, you have complete and full control over the final product. A bonus is that you will also have the whey (the milky substance that drains from the yogurt), to add to baked goods, pancakes, biscuits or waffles, instead of the liquid called for and the end result will make them moist and fluffy.
In testing yogurt it has been found that those with a lactose intolerance are often not affected by lactose, and benefit from the pro-biotics of yogurt, the same as with other fermented foods. If making your own yogurt, you can use your choice of milk and/or cream, whether it's cow's milk or goat's milk. The end product will taste completely different, but you may find you prefer one over another. Which is no different than branded yogurts on the market. You choose your own favorite for texture and flavor, as well as what's on the label.
What you need:
Yogurt (Greek or thick plain yogurt--Homemade works as well)
Kitchen string (or twist tie)
A place to suspend it (oven rack, cupboard knob, refrigerator rack etc.)
There is no need to measure, just place the thick yogurt into a square of cheese cloth or muslin (you may need to double the cloth). Pull the corners together in the center, pull the edges to the center and wrap tightly with a rubber band. Secure string or twist tie around the cheese bag then suspend over a bowl to contain the whey. Suspend for several hours or overnight until the whey from the yogurt has finished dripping.
Tip: Reserve the whey to use for tender baked goods, pancakes, waffles or biscuits, or use to marinade meats to add flavor and tenderness.
Suggested Use. Add your choice of fresh herbs, spices, sweeteners or fruit, depending on how you intend to use it.
Note: I used thick yogurt with live, active bacteria, for the extra benefits of the probiotics. The same type of yogurt you would use to make your own yogurt. You can use a low-fat yogurt, but your end result will not be as thick.
To make your own yogurt, please refer to the link:
Refer to the link to make my yogurt spread :
Chicken Coop Chatter© All Rights Reserved 2011-2017