The Delicious Benefits of Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt cheese is a rich, creamy cheese that adds flavor to sandwiches, bagels and baked potatoes. It is also a healthy alternative to cream cheese, sour cream, whipping cream and mayonnaise. It can be used in soups, sauces, dips, salad dressings and spread on waffles or pancakes with maple syrup. You can make it salty or sweet. Yogurt cheese also has many healthy benefits. It is low in fat, contains protein and is rich in calcium. It gives your immune system a boost, helps with digestion and helps lower your cholesterol.

The most popular yogurt cheese recipes are very simple and easy to make. Many people like to add herbs to their recipes such as chives, parsley, basil or cilantro. It you're in need of a spread for your crackers, just add a little pepper or garlic salt. If you're looking for something a little more sweet, try adding some honey or cinnamon. This will make an excellent spread over your favorite fruit. For another easy treat, put yogurt cheese, sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers in a food processor or blender for a zesty alternative. Experiment with your favorite herbs and spices.

You will find that making your own yogurt cheese is easy and inexpensive. All you will need is a cheesecloth or cheese strainer and approximately three cups of fat free plain yogurt to make 1 cup of cheese. You could also use a yogurt cheese maker by Cuisipro if you don't have a cheesecloth.

If you are using a cheesecloth or cheese strainer, place the yogurt in it and put in the refrigerator over a bowl. If you like a thin consistency, allow it to set for at least 2 hours. If you want your yogurt cheese to have a thick, creamy consistency then you should leave it for at least 24 hours. The longer you allow it to set, the thicker the yogurt cheese will be. If you completely fill the strainer with yogurt, you will need to empty the whey after about half an hour because it tends to fill quickly.

When it has been allowed to set according to your preferences, you can remove it from the refrigerator and season it according to your taste. You can also bake a tasty low-fat cheesecake with it. It makes white sauces very creamy and delicious. If your family loves vegetable dip and eats a lot of chips then this would be great. Yogurt cheese can be included in many snacks, breads, desserts and main dishes.

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The author's website "Yogurt Maker Enthusiast" at features tips on yogurt cheese, homemade yogurt and yogurt recipes.