By Food E Fare

Labneh is a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean strained yogurt that has a thick and creamy consistency, similar to cream cheese. It is made by straining yogurt to remove the whey, resulting in a more concentrated and tangy product. Labneh can be enjoyed on its own or used as a versatile ingredient in various dishes. Here's a basic method to make labneh at home:


  • Yogurt (whole milk or low-fat)


Select Yogurt:

  • Use plain yogurt with no added flavors or sweeteners. You can choose whole milk yogurt for a richer labneh or opt for low-fat yogurt for a lighter version.

Prepare Cheesecloth or Muslin Cloth:

  • Place a fine cheesecloth or muslin cloth over a bowl, leaving enough excess around the edges.

Straining Process:

  • Spoon the yogurt onto the center of the cheesecloth. Gather the edges of the cloth and tie it with a string, creating a pouch.
  • Hang the pouch over the bowl or suspend it over the sink to allow the whey to drain from the yogurt. You can also place the pouch in a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl.

Strain Overnight:

  • Let the yogurt strain for at least 8 hours or overnight. The longer you strain, the thicker the labneh will be.

Check Consistency:

  • After straining, open the pouch and check the consistency of the labneh. It should be thick and spreadable.

Transfer to a Container:

  • Transfer the labneh to a container with a lid. You can refrigerate it for later use.


  • Spread labneh on toast, crackers, or pita bread.
  • Use labneh as a dip for vegetables or as a base for other dips.
  • Drizzle labneh with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs or spices.
  • Serve labneh alongside grilled meats, salads, or Middle Eastern dishes.

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