What is Quark, the Quick and Easy Guide
Quark is a dairy food, made from milk that has been fermented. It is a soft, creamy cheese that can be used in cooking or as a spread.
Funny story: I was purchasing milk from our local market when I saw these cute looking tubs displayed in the fridge. "Ice-Cream!" I said with excitement.
"No, it's Quark!"
"Oh wow, I'll try some of that!"
What is Quark?
Quark is a dairy product that is an un-aged cheese.
It is made from milk and can be eaten in its own right or used as an ingredient in other savoury or sweet dishes.
What are the Benefits of Quark?
Quark has a high protein and calcium content. Interestingly, Quark also contains probiotics, much like yoghurt. So it's great for gut health and contains less lactose, so people who are lactose intolerant can use it.
How to Use Quark in Your Diet?
You can use quark in many different ways. It's a low-fat, high-protein food that can substitute cheese, cream, sour cream and yogurt.
You can eat Quark on its own or as an ingredient in sweet or savoury dishes like cheesecake, dips, on top of curries and more. You can eat it with fruit, vegetables, or other types of food to make it more filling and nourishing.
For example, I substituted the cream with some quark mixed with milk in a salmon bake recipe the other day. It was delicious! I've also used it to spread toast and then topped it with a tomato and basil bruschetta mix. My next plan is to use it as a substitute for sour cream in some in a dish like nachos or burritos.
Where to find Quark
Quark is gaining popularity in Australia, so keep an eye out for it at your local supermarket. You're likely to find it along with other soft cheeses like ricotta and cottage cheese.