You can make Labneh yourself by draining yoghurt in a cheese cloth for a long time. Making Labneh is fun to do, but unfortunately the result will never be as good as our Labneh. Our Labneh is made with specific yoghurt cultures and enzymes and goes through different temperatures in the most hygienic conditions. It is impossible to imitate these optimal circumstances in domestic circumstances.
But it is fun to do. For the best result possible, follow our tips!
It’s all explained very well, but I would still prefer to just buy some Labneh in the store
To make Labneh, you will need a cheese cloth (if you don’t have one, you can also use a thin, clean, washed out kitchen towel). Preferably, you can boil the cloth in hot water to disinfect it. That is how we do it too.
You will also need yogurt. Usually, it is recommended to start with a Greek or Turkish yogurt. In that case, we would prefer Turkish yogurt, because it will drain better. Many types of yogurt contain means to prevent leakage. In our dairy we make our Labneh from scratch. We start with just milk. Choose a yogurt of which you know that it will soon contain milk whey in the jar. That may be a low-fat yogurt, but the Labneh will be much tastier if you use whole yogurt for this.
Make some room in your fridge so that you can put your leaking yogurt in. Technically, you can also leave your yogurt to leak at room temperature, but in that case, the yogurt bacteria will further acidify the Labneh resulting in a stronger, more sour and often unpleasant scent. So clean out that fridge! (or in case it gets to be too much, you can always visit our store page)
Most of the work is done. Place a strainer / colander over a suitable bowl and put the clean cloth in it. Mix the yogurt with 1% salt (1g salt per 100g yogurt). Now scoop the yogurt into the cloth. Fold the cloth shut and let it drain in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you let it drain, the drier the Labneh will become. Provided some sense of construction (as in the photo above) you can also hang your Labneh to drain above a pot. If the Labneh is really dry after about 48 hours of draining, you can make balls out of it, and keep them in oil. Labneh Anbaris, as the Lebanese would say