Knowing how to make Quark in a yogurt maker is a game-changer for anyone looking to improve his or her daily diet.
When we show you how easy it is—there are just a few simple steps to follow—you’ll waste no time in whipping up a batch for your family and friends.
If you’re already a yogurt lover, you probably know that besides the taste, there’s a lot going on with this dairy product. It’s a good source of protein and other nutrients and may aid in digestive health.
A taste everyone can love
One major reason for choosing Quark over yogurt is its taste.
Personally, I don’t mind the tangy bite of yogurt, but I know lots of folks aren’t crazy about that slightly sour taste.
Quark, on the other hand, has a mellow, milky flavor without any “tang” at all.
Nutrition beyond compare
Quark cheese has fewer calories and more protein than yogurt.
In a 6-ounce serving of non-fat Quark, there are approximately 90 calories and 17 grams of protein; in 6 ounces of non-fat Greek yogurt, there are around 100 calories and only 6 grams of protein.
There is no added sugar or salt in Quark (although trace amounts occur naturally), while sugar and salt are often added to yogurt.
So many uses
Not only is Quark a healthy snack for the entire family, it’s a versatile tool in the kitchen.
And Quark works so well blended into all kinds of smoothies!
Store bought Quark vs. homemade Quark
You may be sold on the idea of eating and cooking with Quark, but you’re probably wondering why you should make it instead of buying it at the store.
Well, here are a few solid reasons:
Unfortunately, you can’t count on your local grocery store to stock Quark cheese (although in Europe, it’s readily available).
At the moment, Greek yogurt is stealing the dairy spotlight, so the shelves are crowded with brands and flavors of yogurt. So, in order to satisfy your Quark craving, your best bet is to make it yourself at home.
The quark that we’ve found for sale is packaged in 8 oz. containers and costs around $4.00-$6.00.
Now, making Quark with a yogurt maker requires 1 quart of buttermilk, which will cost you between $2.00 - $5.00 and it should yield about one pound, or 16 ounces, of Quark.
In other words, you get double the amount for half of the price.
In terms of time and energy, it is much faster and easier to assemble the ingredients and add them to the yogurt maker than it is to search for a container of Quark at the supermarket!
Quark made by hand vs. quark made by yogurt maker
If you’re hesitant to dish out the money for a yogurt maker, here are three reasons why it’s worth the investment.
Depending on the manufacturer and size, you can spend upwards of $100 on a top-of-the-line yogurt maker. That said, there are definitely less expensive models out there that should fit the bill. In other words, there’s a yogurt maker for every budget.
Also, in terms of cost, buying a yogurt maker is a one-time purchase that will pay off over time. After just a few months making Quark on a regular basis, you’ll have saved yourself money!
Making Quark, either by hand of with a yogurt maker, takes time. That said, the joy of using a machine is that you can prepare the ingredients and then walk away with a push of a button.
It’s cumbersome to have Quark-in-the-making on your countertop or taking up space in your refrigerator. With a yogurt maker, there’s no hassle and no mess. The machine is self-contained and built for a streamlined, simple process.
How to make Quark with a yogurt maker
Before you begin, get to know your yogurt maker.
Read through the instruction manual and double-check the “incubation” time on your specific model.
The recipe calls for buttermilk, which is thicker and richer than milk. When using a yogurt maker, be sure to stick with buttermilk instead of substituting whole or low-fat milk. This is because buttermilk has different properties than milk.
You should know that “cultured buttermilk” (which is what we have in the U.S.), is actually milk fermented with lactid acid bacteria. The fermentation process thickens the milk and gives it a slightly sour (but not unpleasant) taste. The fermentation is what makes buttermilk a suitable starter for Quark cheese.
Besides the yogurt maker, you’ll need a sieve (a cheesecloth is optional) and a bowl for it to rest on plus a covered container that fits in the fridge.
1. Pour 1 quart of buttermilk into the yogurt maker.
2. Cover the buttermilk and set the yogurt maker for 12 hours (this may vary according the type of yogurt maker, so check your manual).
3. After 12 hours, pour the contents into a (cheesecloth-lined) sieve and allow it to drain into a bowl overnight or at least for 6 hours. (It’s best to do this in the refrigerator).
4. Squeeze out any remaining liquid.
5. What’s left over is your ready-to-eat Quark cheese! (It should last in the fridge for up to one week.)
Top yogurt makers
How do you know which yogurt maker is the one for you? Well, to help you choose, we’ve found three that are durable, reliable, and easy to use.
Dash Bulk Yogurt Maker Machine
This compact machine (just 1 lb.!) is perfect for anyone on a budget who is looking for a hassle-free experience. After a few minutes of prep, you can push a button and walk away until the next morning.
And when it’s time to clean up, all the parts and pieces of the Dash fit within the base so there’s no clutter and no mess.
Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker
With 7 individual dishwasher-safe, glass containers, the Euro Cuisine YM80 lets you make individual portions with very little effort. An easy-to-read timer on the side plus a clear lid allows you to monitor the process every step of the way.
After 6-10 hours, you should have 42 oz. of yogurt to transform into delicious Quark!
Cuisinart CYM-100 Electronic Yogurt Maker
On the higher end, this larger size yogurt maker works at the push of a button. With easy access time controls and an automatic cooling mode, this machine leaves very little for you to do.
If you’re planning on making large batches of quark on a regular basis, this is the model for you.
Quark at home
We will be celebrating the day that Quark cheese is readily available in our local supermarkets.
However, until that happens, the next best thing is to have a simple and quick way to make Quark in the comfort of your own kitchen. The truth is that there are several ways to make your own Quark.
One method involves using a yogurt maker, and once you have one of those, there’s nothing to stop you from bringing a taste of Europe into your home every day.