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Labneh - Strained yogurt


Labneh - Strained yogurt
Edward Karaa
Labneh is strained yogurt and has a cheeselike consistency. It makes a great alternative to sour or cream cheese. Spread it on bread, bagels, or fresh pita. It is popular for breakfast in the Middle East.


  • 3 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt


In a medium bowl, combine yogurt and salt.

Place mixture in the middle of a large cheesecloth. Bring the sides of the cheesecloth together, making a pouch. Tie the "pouch" with string or twist tie.

Hang in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours with a bowl underneath to catch the whey. You can tie the pouch to a rack in the refrigerator and place a bowl on the shelf below to catch.
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