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11 Surprising Uses for Yogurt

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9. Make yogurt cheese
Yogurt cheese has a consistency similar to cream cheese, but is lower in fat and has all that healthy bacteria. It is used as a spread for bagels, toast, and crackers, or as a healthy substitute for cream cheese in many recipes calling for cream cheese, even cheesecake. To make yogurt cheese, empty a pint of yogurt into a large, fine-meshed strainer or colander lined with a double thickness of cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or yogurt strainer. Place a bowl under the strainer to catch the liquid (whey) that drains from the yogurt. Cover the remaining yogurt and refrigerate for eight to 24 hours (texture will vary depending on how long it drains). (Save the calcium-rich whey, it’s a health bonanza: read The Healing Properties of Whey.) Makes about one cup of yogurt cheese.

You can also use yogurt cheese to make a great and healthy pie crust: Yogurt Cheese Piecrust

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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4:38AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

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2:09PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thank you for the information. I will come back to check out the rest later.

9:04AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thanks.

5:03PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Thank you

1:12PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

dzięki za informację i za przepisy

9:04AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:06AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing this article.

9:15PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Great tips - thanks

11:06AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Great article.Thanks for sharing

11:20AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

I was wanting a substitute for cream cheese, so straining plain yogurt sounds like a good idea! Plus, I can use organic,an added bonus!

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