How to Make Kefir Cheese

Last Updated on May 9, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Wondering how to make kefir cheese? Learn how to make fermented milk cheese and why it’s beneficial for your body.

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How to make kefir cheese

How to Make Kefir Cheese

One of my some day dreams is to have a dairy goat. It’s a lot more work than I have time or stamina for so I will probably never follow through.

 I have always wanted to be able to milk a goat (or cow) for my own fresh, raw milk.

Since I can now purchase raw milk from a local farm a few miles from us, having our own goat or cow has been put on the back burner.  So, you may ask, why do I want a source for fresh, raw milk? I have always wanted to make my own cheese.  I have made labneh which is yogurt cheese but that’s about as far as I’ve gone. 

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Now that I know how to make kefir, I decided that it was time to learn how to make kefir cheese.

What is kefir?

A bit of a background before I get started. Kefir is a cultured milk beverage made from kefir grains. It is sort of similar to yogurt except not as thick and slightly tangier.

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 In order to make kefir cheese, you need to have fermented kefir milk. I did a 48-hour ferment to make sure it was thick enough.

How to make kefir cheese

Kefir cheese is similar to a tangy cream cheese.  If you want a more mellow taste, you can add a bit of honey, maple syrup or even pureed fruit to the cheese to take away some of the tang.

If you enjoy the tang, add chives, onion, parsley or dill and eat on celery or crackers.

What would you spread kefir cheese on?

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Yield: 6

How to Make Kefir Cheese

How to make kefir cheese

Wondering how to make kefir cheese? Learn how to make fermented milk cheese and why it's beneficial for your body.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cups of fermented kefir (48 hour ferment - grains removed)
  • herbs to flavor


  1. Place the nut bag or sprouting bag in a colander that is over a glass bowl. Please do not use metal. I used a sprouting bag and it worked perfectly.
  2. Pour the fermented kefir in the sprouting bag and allow the kefir whey to drip through into the bowl below.
  3. Very carefully remove your kefir grains and place them in fresh milk for your next batch.
  4. Place the bag, colander and bowl in the refrigerator and allow the whey to drip through for at least 24 hours.
  5. Scoop out the kefir cheese and mix with herbs or honey to flavor.


You will need:

Sprouting bag
Glass bowl

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

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18 thoughts on “How to Make Kefir Cheese”

  1. Someone stated you can use a small, 4 oz, coffee maker to do this. Put the kefir in the part you would put the grinds (with the coffee filter) and put the coffee pot where it should go, to catch the whey. I haven't tried it but can't find a reason it wouldn't work. You can get those little coffee pots for $10 at Walmart, and as often as I plan to make this it seems a good buy.
  2. I'm totally in awe of your kefir cheese!  I would love to try it on a crusty bread or crackers. 

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