February 25, 2021
Labneh

Labneh

The following recipe is for making Labneh and is inspired by Labneh, Recipe and Illustrations by David Fankhauser and How To Make Arabic Labneh! طريقة عمل كرات اللبنة – by Easylife by LebanonEasyLife. Labneh is a Lebanese soft cheese made from yogurt. See my posts Yogurt: Four Quarts and Yogurt: Two Quarts for instructions on how to make your own yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 quarts plain yogurt
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • Olive oil as needed

Equipment

  • Nut milk bag
  • Two bowls
  • Whisk
  • Colander
  • One or two quart jar with lid

Directions

  • Add your yogurt into the first bowl and stir until smooth.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salt for 1 quart and 3 teaspoons of salt for 2 quarts and mix.
  • Place a colander into a second bowl and a nut milk bag into the colander.
  • Pour the yogurt into the nut milk bag.
  • Close the bag and hang above the bowl or leave in the colander to dry for 2 to 4 days.

  • The whey will drain into the bowl and can be discarded or saved for other uses.

  • On the following days, remove the labneh from the bag, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt (for one quart) or 1/2 teaspoon of salt (for two quarts), clean the bag, and replace the labneh in the bag to dry.
  • After 2 to 4 days, once the whey has been completely drained, remove the labneh from the nut milk bag and place into a bowl.

  • Fill a jar with an inch or two of olive oil.
  • With a little olive oil in the palm of your hand, form the labneh into balls roughly 1-inch in diameter.
  • Place the balls into the jar.
  • Add enough olive oil to the jar to completely cover the labneh.

  • Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • This is the first time I made this. Four days might have been excessive as the cheese became crumbly and not as smooth as I anticipated.
  • The left over salted acidic whey can be used in soup stock, baking, and sprouting grains.
  • After one day, this can be put into a tub and served as a cream cheese substitute. The consistency and flavor is so similar that I do not think most people would notice the difference.
  • Serve on a plate surrounded with black olives, slices of cucumber, and tomatoes wedges and eat with toasted pita bread.

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