Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yogurt Cheese

Ok, I am an easily distracted person.  Let's just get that out there right now.  (Those who know me already know that.)  Here I am in the midst of my August peaches and other produce theme, and I just discovered a neat website that concentrates on cheese-making. Forging fromage features all kinds of neat dairy challenges.  I have to take a break today from peaches. I have to make some cheese.  I decided to try the easiest one first:  yogurt cheese.  Yogurt cheese is apparently made the same way as instructions I've found for Greek yogurt, which I love!  So here's the process.  I emptied a large container of plain yogurt into a tea towel.  I used low-fat because that's what I had on hand.
I tied a string around the top of the tea towel to prepare to hang it to drain off the whey.

It looks a bit ghostly casting shadows on my basement wall!  The tea towel is a mite too big for the job.

After the recommended amount of time, I took down the hanging thing and, voila!  I had yogurt cheese!

I had to make this picture extra large so you could see how CREAMY it is.  And I didn't even use creamy yogurt!  I will next time.  It was easy, it tastes good and I am excited about making it with whole milk yogurt and adding herbs to it next time!  Actually I will try some of this with a suggested chive and black pepper addition.  The texture is actually closer to cream cheese than Greek Yogurt because of the length of time I let it hang.  Check out the site--they have some really fun projects.

10 comments:

girlichef said...

Nice job! It is so creamy and delicious looking (and tasting, I know!). It's so great to have you forging with us =)

Laura said...

Hahaha I love your easily distractedness.

ButterYum said...

I've done this overnight in the fridge using a coffee filter lined sieve. I'm curious to know how long you hung yours in the basement. Great photos of the finished cheese!

:)
ButterYum

ap269 said...

This looks like butter, doesn't it! Great job!

poppyseed said...

Thank you--can't wait to try the next one!

poppyseed said...

That's because you're one of the ones that know me, Laura!

poppyseed said...

ButterYum, I let it hang about 8 hrs. A lot of whey came out of it.

janie said...

Your cheese looks awesome!I seem to remember trying this a while back but mine didn't look nearly as good as yours.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Wonderful! Yogurt cheese is so simple and satisfying to make.
So glad to be forging with you!

Foodycat said...

You got such beautiful slices out of it! Lovely!