How to Make Yogurt Cream Cheese

Yogurt cream cheese is delicious stuff. It’s basically yogurt that has been strained until it is thick and spreadable. If you strain yogurt for an hour or so, you’ll get Greek yogurt. If you strain yogurt overnight, you’ll get yogurt cheese. The process is super simple.

Start with good yogurt:

Trader Joe's Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
Trader Joe’s Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt

My favorite yogurt is Trader Joe’s Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt, because it tastes amazing: rich and creamy with a good amount of yogurt sourness. Also, look at the ingredients:

Trader Joe's Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt ingredients
Trader Joe’s Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt ingredients

There’s no junk or weird stuff of gelatin in this yogurt: just milk and yogurt cultures. Mmm, I feel healthy just looking at this label.

Scoop some of your delicious wholesome yogurt into a strainer lined with a coffee filter. Set the strainer over a bowl or measuring cup.

yogurt being strained through a coffee-lined sieve
yogurt being strained through a coffee-lined sieve

Let the yogurt strain for about 8 hours (all day or overnight). I usually just leave it on the counter all night. However, if your home is very warm and/or potentially bug-infested (that would describe my first apartment in Chicago), or if you have a yogurt-loving cat, you might want to put the yogurt strainer contraption in the fridge.

When the yogurt is nice and thick, scoop it into a little container and store it in the fridge. The liquid that comes out of the yogurt is whey. It’s supposedly good for you, so use it in a smoothie. Or, if you’re bold, try drinking it straight.

thick yogurt cheese
thick yogurt cheese

The consistency of yogurt cheese will be similar to whipped or spreadable cream cheese. I love it on toast. The kiddos love it on toast. You will love it on toast.

mmm, yogurt cheese on toast
mmm, yogurt cheese on toast

And, if you happen to have an amazing jam-making, triathlete, philosopher, business ethics professor friend who sends you a jar of freshly make peach apricot jam, slather that on your toast as well.

toast with yogurt cheese and "Jeffery's Jam"
toast with yogurt cheese and “Jeffery’s Jam”

 

2 Replies to “How to Make Yogurt Cream Cheese”

  1. I have successfully made two quart yogurt containers that were rapidly approaching their use by date into yogurt cheese. Hurray! I felt squeamish at first about letting it sit as you described for 8 hours but it turned out great just as you promised.

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