Saturday, June 7, 2008

Cream Cheese that is totally healthy!

The basic method and ingredients used in this recipe are great in a number of other recipes. Any recipe can be substituted for any that calls for cream cheese.

1 large container of non-fat plain yogurt
Cheese cloth
Various herbs or fruit (optional)

Place the yogurt into a cheese cloth that is inside a mesh strainer. Set over a bowl to catch the 'whey'. Sit in the refridgerator for 24 hours. As the yogurt drains it will become thick. If you want to make a delicious 'sour cream' drain for about 4-5 hours. After 24 hours the yogurt in your cheese cloth will now have the consistency and taste of cream cheese. Try it - you won't believe it.

If you would like to make herbed cream cheese or fruit flavored cream cheese. Stir in your favorite fresh or dried herbs or for fruit-flavored cream cheese some strawberry, blueberry or other fruit puree into the yogurt BEFORE you strain it.

You can also use Greek style yogurt to make it even more rich and creamy.

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