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What is yogurt cheese?

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Yogurt cheese is made from plain low-fat yogurt and has the consistency of cream cheese. To make it, line a large strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth, three layers of paper towels or with a coffee filter. Spoon yogurt into strainer and suspend the strainer over a bowl large enough so the drained liquid will not touch the strainer. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours to form yogurt cheese. One quart of yogurt yields about 2 cups cheese. Use it as a spread for breads or as a base for dips. You may add herbs and spices, chopped vegetables or fruits to make a flavored cheese. Use the drained whey for soups or sauces.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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