Crockpot Yogurt, yogurt “ricotta” and Labneh (Yogurt Cheese)

I have only bought yogurt sporadically this year and wanted to try making it. The net abounds with versions of crockpot yogurt and labneh, which looked too good not to try for a girl who likes her creamy things!!

I can access farm milk locally cheaper but do have to drive some distance to get it so thought I would just splash out, try everything and see how we went with it before I make a trip down to this farm. I will be making these alot, I am so pleased with how it turned out. The starter yogurt just has to be bought initially. You need 1 tub, or 1/2 cup for each litre of milk. These were 60c each and the milk $2.50 per lire carton. So, it cost just over 1/2 the price for 2 litres of greek yogurt (if not on special).  Postnote: I have been making this since this with normal dark blue lidded milk, for half the price again.

I do apologise for quality of photos, my kitchen is so dim. I didn’t take photos of the process either sorry.

I started with this:Image

Put the milk into a crockpot on LOW. Keep on low for 3 hours. After this time turn it off and leave it to cool until you can hold your finger in till the count of 10, between warm and hot! Take 2 cups of milk out and mix through the yogurt, return all back to crockpot and stir through well. Wrap the crockpot in a large thick towel (or blanket) and put in the oven WITH THE LIGHT TURNED ON, overnight or for up to 12 hours.

You then end up with this, 2 litres of yogurt. Very simple. Mine was quite thick already and thickened up more on refrigeration. This will last a week or so in the fridge. Remove and reserve 1/2 cup for each litre of milk you want to make into yogurt next time as a starter. You never need to buy the starter again.Image

I prepared a straining basket with 3 layers of cloth (I used a couple of linen teatowels) and placed over a bowl. I tipped just over a half of the yogurt into a cloth, refrigerated this for around 15 hours and ended up with a delicious soft curd similar to ricotta cheese with a slightly sharper taste. Delicious and just begging for a cake to be used on.

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Some was taken off to eat like this and the rest returned to the basket for another 8 hours.Image

If making Labneh straight from yogurt it is suggested to leave draining for 24 hours.

Labneh balls:

With oiled hands take off golf ball sized pieces and roll into balls, roll in fresh herbs if wish, and place gently in a sterilised jar. Cover with olive oil as you do each layer. The balls will last refrigerated for at least a couple of months.Image

The whey has also been saved to use in smoothies. I have seen suggestions it can be used in place of buttermilk.Image

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6 thoughts on “Crockpot Yogurt, yogurt “ricotta” and Labneh (Yogurt Cheese)

  1. This has to wait for a while for me to be able to use it, but I have it bookmarked! I used to make yogurt by the gallon for my boys; we didn’t have electricity, so I warmed the milk (I used a mixture of powdered and added a bit of canned for texture), added the starter, then put the gallon jar in a large pot with warm water halfway up the jar or a bit more, lid on and set the whole thing on a sleeping bag, then wrapped the bag around it all. Worked very well. This is easier, though.

    And thanks for the labneh balls recipe; I’ve never had them, but they look yummy! ~ Linne

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    • I used to make yogurt in a similar way back in the 70’s and early 80’s 🙂 hadn’t made it since though and this is so simple. And yep, I will be making those balls alot in the future, I am really enjoying them but a bit too different for my husband…suits me fine 🙂

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  2. Yummmm 😀 Am I invited ???..Yogurt and Labneh ??…How did ya knew my favorites ?
    Oh, please, labneh and a moist falafel with pickles will do me fine 😀

    NOT TO FRIED, BUT MOIST, JUST CRISPY BUT TENDER, JUICY YET WELL COOKED, NOT TO COOKED BUT RIGHT, SHAPED ROUND BUT NOT TO MUCH, A TOUCH OF SALT BUT NOT TO SALTY, ENOUGH LETTERS YET NOT OVER DONE, GREEN PICKLES YET SLICED THIN, WITH HUMMUS of course, BUT NOT TOO MUCH, etc, etc…. 😀
    Thank you.

    SHALOM 😀

    Jackie’s Mason latest movie is playing “On Demand” …..LOL

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