What does Labaneh mean to Palestinian

Labneh, a timeless treasure in Palestinian gastronomy, traces its origins back through generations, entwining itself within the rich tapestry of Middle Eastern cuisine. Often referred to as "labneh cheese," this cherished dairy creation embodies the essence of simplicity and indulgence. Derived from strained yogurt, labneh boasts a velvety texture and tangy profile that has graced tables across Palestine for centuries. From the traditional labneh recipe that preserves its authentic flavors to the myriad of culinary adventures it embarks upon, this versatile delight is a testament to the enduring culinary legacy of the region.

So, what is labneh, you ask? This beloved dairy creation emerges through a meticulous process of yogurt straining, transforming it into a luscious spread that marries creaminess with a slightly tart note. Its roots run deep within Palestinian culture, signifying comfort and culinary artistry that transcends time. As labneh graces the breakfast table, its delectable companions range from warm pita bread to freshly picked olives, offering an exquisite marriage of flavors that awaken the senses.

Beyond being enjoyed as a standalone spread, labneh elegantly transforms into an inviting labneh dip—perfect for pairing with fresh vegetables or as a delightful addition to mezze platters. Its versatility knows no bounds, even venturing into the realm of crossword puzzles, as enthusiasts contemplate the ideal "labneh go-with" to complete the puzzle.

For those eager to craft their own labneh journey, the quest begins with learning how to make labneh at home. Embrace the ancient technique of straining yogurt to perfection, resulting in a velvety canvas that awaits your culinary imagination. Embark on an exploration of recipes with labneh, discovering its remarkable ability to enhance salads, elevate wraps, and lend a creamy touch to both savory and sweet creations.

Whether you're seeking the perfect labneh recipe or wondering, "Where can I find labneh near me?"—this blog is your gateway to unraveling the magic of labneh. Join us in savoring the delightful symphony of flavors and traditions that labneh brings to the forefront of Palestinian cuisine.


  1. Yogurt: Choose your preferred fat content—whether you lean toward indulgence or opt for a lighter touch. The beauty of labneh lies in its adaptability; you can even experiment with goat yogurt or various dairy variations to suit your taste.
  2. Salt: A pinch of salt adds that perfect balance, enhancing the flavors of the yogurt as it undergoes the transformation into creamy labneh.
  3. Mansori Bag: An invaluable addition that comes with every purchase from our collection. This traditional fabric bag, a cherished part of Palestinian culture, serves as a vessel of history, encapsulating the essence of labneh-making and enhancing the experience.

What the Bag Represents:

This unique bag holds more than just practical value—it encapsulates the essence of labneh-making and pays homage to generations of tradition. As you unfold its fabric, you're connecting with the culinary heritage that labneh embodies—a journey that extends back through time.

Here's step-by-step video

Step 1 - Preparation
  1. Pouring Yogurt into the Bowl:
    Gently pour your chosen yogurt into a mixing bowl, letting its creamy potential come to the forefront. Remember, the choice of yogurt—whether cow, goat, or other variations—offers you a canvas to curate the flavor and richness that resonate with your taste buds.
  2. Adding Salt to the Yogurt:
    Sprinkle a pinch of salt into the yogurt—a seemingly simple step that yields a significant impact. The salt not only enhances the yogurt's flavors but also helps kickstart the straining process. This touch of saltiness acts as a harmonious note, bridging the creamy texture with a delicate tang.
Step 2: Prepping the Bag for Transformation

Turning the Bag Inside Out:

Begin by delicately flipping your cherished Mansori bag inside out. This ingenious step ensures that the sewing lines are on the outside, eliminating the possibility of any stray strings or fabric pieces mingling with your yogurt mixture. This meticulous care ensures that your labneh-making process remains as pure as the tradition it encapsulates.

Pouring the Mixture:

With your bag ready, pour the yogurt mixture you've crafted into the bag's welcoming embrace. As you do so, visualize the journey your yogurt is about to undertake—a journey that will unveil the creamy texture and tangy essence that labneh is renowned for.

Capturing the Liquid:

Be prepared for the magic that follows. As the yogurt mixture starts its transformation, liquid—the whey—will begin to gently separate from the yogurt solids. To capture this liquid, have a plate ready beneath the hanging bag. This liquid not only signifies the journey your labneh is undertaking but also holds potential for other culinary creations.

Hanging the Bag:

With the mixture safely nestled within the Mansori bag, it's time to hang the bag somewhere that embraces shade and room temperature. This nurturing environment allows the yogurt to strain and transform over the next 24 hours, embracing the ancient wisdom of time-honored labneh-making.

Step 3: Unveiling Your Creamy Creation

Solidifying the Labneh:

As you examine the Mansori bag, you'll notice a significant change in the consistency of the mixture. What once was yogurt has now been transformed into a more solid, velvety creation. This change is a testament to the magic of time and tradition, where the straining process has resulted in a texture that's perfectly poised for savoring.

Bringing Forth Your Labneh:

With anticipation running high, it's time to gently remove the labneh from the Mansori bag. The fabric that once cradled the mixture is now infused with history—a silent witness to the artistry of labneh-making. As you carefully extract the labneh, take a moment to appreciate the journey it has undertaken, and the connection it holds with Palestinian heritage.

Plating Your Creation:

Place your labneh onto a plate, letting its creamy elegance take center stage. Its luscious texture is an invitation to savor—whether spread on warm pita bread, drizzled with our Extra Virgin Olive Oil for an added touch of excellence, or enjoyed as a standalone delight. The journey from yogurt to labneh is complete, and your creation is now ready to be shared with loved ones and enjoyed to its fullest.

Step 4: A Flavorful Feast Awaits

Enhancing with Olive Oil:

To begin this feast, consider drizzling a touch of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil over your labneh. This addition elevates the experience by infusing the velvety spread with a delicate, fruity undertone and a hint of rich, peppery notes. This marriage of labneh and olive oil encapsulates the very essence of our land's flavors—a connection that echoes across generations.

Exploring Za'atar and More:

As you prepare to enjoy your labneh, don't hesitate to explore the realm of flavors further. Sprinkling a dash of za'atar—a traditional Middle Eastern herb blend—adds layers of complexity, with earthy thyme, tangy sumac, and toasted sesame seeds harmonizing in perfect unity. You can also experiment with fresh vegetables, elevating your labneh with vibrant colors and textures that tantalize the senses.

Unveiling Surprising Pairings:

In Palestine, culinary creativity knows no bounds. For a unique and refreshing twist, pair your labneh with watermelon. The contrast between the creamy labneh and the juicy, sweet watermelon creates an explosion of flavors—a symphony of sour and sweet that's as bold as it is delightful. This unexpected pairing is a testament to the art of balancing tastes, reflecting the ingenious nature of Palestinian cuisine.

Make Labaneh

Make Labaneh


  • Romy Overstreet

    I was so happy when I received my order of olive oil and za’atar as it brought back wonderful memories of visiting my dear friend Hana’s family – all originally from the West Bank – the Dajanis, in northern Jordan and eating so many wonderful things but above all I learned all about the magic of Labaneh!

  • Anncharlotte Westberg

    Hi and thank you for the oliv oils and your genlte way of stegring your knowledge of taste. Love everuthing that is tasty but still, so simple. Now 3 questions.
    How long will the chees manage and ahiuld it be in the frige then?
    And the bag, how do i Wash it, best?
    Sincerly good luck/ anncharlotte

  • Kewen

    This olive oil is perfect when pairing with labneh, love it!

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