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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. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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How to Make Kefir Cheese
Now that I know how to make kefir, I decided that it was time to learn how to make kefir cheese. 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. 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.
- 2 cups of fermented kefir (48 hour ferment - grains removed)
- herbs to flavor
- Nut bag or Sprouting bag to strain
- Glass bowl
- 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.
- Pour the fermented kefir in the sprouting bag and allow the kefir whey to drip through into the bowl below.
- Very carefully remove your kefir grains and place them in fresh milk for your next batch.
- Place the bag, colander and bowl in the refrigerator and allow the whey to drip through for at least 24 hours.
- Scoop out the kefir cheese and mix with herbs or honey to flavor.
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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