Oma's Homemade Quark Cheese

➤ by Gerhild Fulson

Making homemade quark is about the only way you can enjoy German treat in many parts of the world. Why? Because, quark is often not available to buy outside of Germany. But, you'll find it so easy to make. In fact, I'll show you two methods to make it. Both ways are inexpensive as well :)

That fact that it's so easy to make is great, because there are so many delicious ways to use this uniquely German food!

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

Homemade Quark Cheese is perfect on its own, mixed with herbs or fruits or used for baking such as the German Cheesecake.

Quark is usually a fermented milk product, classified as a fresh cheese, similar to sour cream and yogurt, yet different! Delicious and required in so many German recipes.

My favorite way of making Quark

I like using my Dash Greek Yogurt Maker. It's such an easy way to make, not only Greek yogurt, but also Quark ... and definitely worth the cost of buying!

Buttermilk costs less than $2.50 per quart here and makes about 1¾ - 2 cups quark. 

How to make Quark showing a collage of step-by-step method using Greek Yogurt Maker and buttermilk

Or, you can use your oven ...

One of our readers and Facebook fans, Carmen McDermott, passed on these important tips regarding making your own quark using the oven method:

  • Always ensure your buttermilk has active culture.
  • Preheat your oven at its absolute lowest setting, turn on oven light and then let cool slightly. (At my oven's lowest setting of 150°F, that means about 20 minutes).
  • Wrap your lidded casserole dish in a thick bath towel and keep in oven for 6 to 8 hours, with only the oven light on and the oven turned off!
  • Strain quark through cheesecloth to desired consistency.

Carmen says that she's used this method at least a dozen times and it has never failed her.

Using Your Homemade Quark Cheese

  • Mix a bit of honey into it and serve it with your muesli or cereal
  • Top a baked potato with it, sprinkle chives over and a bit of flax oil
  • Use it instead of yogurt or sour cream in your salads, such as cucumber salad
  • Mix together with honey and berries for dessert
  • Spread it on your sandwiches
  • Use as a base for chip and veggie dip
  • Use in baking that traditional German cheesecake!

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Is quark healthier than yogurt?

Yes, believe it or not quark is better for you than yogurt! It also has more health benefits and is not as aggressive on your digestive system. Quark is very rich in protein and contains calcium and phosphorus! All of which are spectacular for your body.

Yogurts are high in fats and calories as well, while quark is very low-fat. It actually contains less than 1% fat and has a low calorie count. 

Quark makes for such a healthier alternative to yogurt and other dairy products like sour cream too! The texture and taste is so similar you can hardly tell the difference at all.

How long can quark last?

Quark will last about the same as any fresh cheese will last in your fridge. You will start to notice a certain sourness to the quark when it's nearing the end of its time.

While quark already has a mild sourness to it resembling sour cream and cottage cheese, this sourness will be more potent and noticeable as a sign to make a new batch.

You want to try to finish your homemade quark typically within the first 10 days of making it. Though with its tastiness, it may not be around for that long! I know when I make it in our house, hubby and I eat it very quickly :) 

Oma says,

Oftentimes, for recipes on this website that normally use quark, I've substituted other variations. Sometimes it's a mix of ricotta and sour cream. Other times, it's using drained Greek yogurt. But, using the real-deal, the real Quark, is the best!

Ready to make some Quark?

Oma's Homemade Quark

Making homemade quark is about the only way you can enjoy German treat in many parts of the world. Why? Because, quark is often not available to buy outside of Germany.

But, you'll find it so easy to make. In fact, I'll show you two methods to make it.  :) Use the quark to make a traditional German cheesecake!

Prep Time

5 minutes

Warm Time

8 - 12 hours

Total Time

18 hours


Makes about 1¾ - 2 cups


1 quart buttermilk (4 cups)


Using a Greek Yogurt Maker:

  • Pour buttermilk into Greek Yogurt Maker container. Cover and set for 12 hour incubation.
  • Pour into sieve set into other container to drain in fridge for about 6 hours (catching whey to use for artisan bread!).
  • Store the quark in a covered container in the fridge.

Using an oven if temperature will go low enough:

  • Pour buttermilk into a large casserole. Cover with lid.
  • Put covered casserole into oven and turn on to no more than 115°F (46°C). Leave it there at least 12 hours.
  • Line a large sieve with a clean cloth. Pour the 'cultured' buttermilk into it. Let it sit to drain in the fridge for about 6 hours. Use the whey to make artisan bread!
  • Store the quark in a covered container in the fridge.


  • Do not attempt to do this in the oven unless you KNOW your oven will stay at less than 115°F. If it gets too warm, the culture will die ... and no quark!
  • Use this quark to make a traditional German cheesecake!

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02.03.2022 revision update

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If you've been making quark in a different way, do let me know. I know there are ways of making this with rennet and whole milk, but I have yet to find someone who actually has made it this way.

I only like to promote recipes that I know have been used successfully. So, if you have one, do let me know! I'd love to share it here with others as well. 

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Homemade Quark Cheese is perfect on its own, mixed with herbs or fruits, or used for baking such as the German Cheesecake.

Oma's Homemade Quark Cheese

Oma's Homemade Quark Cheese
Your own homemade quark cheese is perfect for many German recipes. Easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious. Perfect for cheesecake! Wunderbar!

Yield: 2 cups
Ingredients: buttermilk,

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