How to Make Kefir Cheese

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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.

How to make kefir cheese

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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.

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How to Make Kefir Cheese
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fermented kefir (48 hour ferment - grains removed)
  • herbs to flavor
  • Nut bag or Sprouting bag to strain
  • Colander
  • Glass bowl

Instructions

  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.
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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.

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Comments

  1. I have made yogurt cheese but have never tried kefir cheese. looks interesting!
  2. I would love this on Triscuts.  My youngest daughter loves Kefir especially when it is frozen.
  3. Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
    I'm totally in awe of your kefir cheese!  I would love to try it on a crusty bread or crackers. 
  4. Impressive! I wouldn't dare to make my own cheese but I love eating it!
  5. I have never made my own cheese but it sounds fun. I will give it a try one of these days. Thanks for the recipe.
  6. I have never made my own cheese of any sort, and am so fascinated by this!
  7. 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.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I would think it should work. Definitely can't hurt to try!
      • I just used a coffee filer placed in a bowl to hold while i poured in the kefir and pulled in the edges and secured with a chip bag clamp and used the clamp to hang the bag in cup. We'll see how it goes.  I feel like MacGyver.

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