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43 Ways to Use Kefir Cheese

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I make a lot of kefir cheese. I use kefir cheese in place of any recipe that calls for cream cheese, sour cream, or  Greek yogurt. It’s very versatile, and the length of time you strain it will determine how thick it becomes. Making kefir cheese is one of my favorite things to do with kefir—and it’s a great way to sneak kefir into the diets of picky eaters because it tastes much like cream cheese. We have 43 different ways to use kefir cheese in dips, salad dressings, kefir ice cream, soups, and more! I make it regularly and use it constantly. You can also use the leftover whey to make cultured vegetables and kefir soda, and we have  9 ways for using your extra kefir whey too.  

Kefir cheese is 99% lactose free

The curds (or the cheese) portion of kefir contains most of the fat, casein, and vitamin A, but whey also contains a lot of beneficial properties and they both contain probiotics. Kefir cheese is loaded with calcium because it is so concentrated. The good lactic acid bacteria in kefir eat the lactose (milk sugars) out of the milk, lower the pH, make it tart, and cause the milk protein to thicken. The digestion of the lactose as these bacteria ferment milk makes kefir easily digestible. Kefir is considered a pre-digested food. The bacteria make probiotics from the sugars and also make it 99% lactose free.

43 recipes for kefir cheese

Go ahead and make some kefir cheese, it’s really easy to make. You’ll just need a strainer, coffee filter, and some kefir. Scroll down to see the 43 recipe!

Kefir Cheese & Whey
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Homemade kefir is the way to go if you are making kefir cheese. This does not always work the same if you are starting with store-bought kefir. It never really thickens right and remains runny. You also get the added benefits of large colonies of beneficial bacteria that is in homemade versus commercial brands. You can use kefir cheese in place of recipes that call for cream cheese and sour cream, and it will have probiotics too! We have lots of recipes on my site that call for kefir cheese, and it's simple and easy to make. Check out 43 ways to use your kefir cheese. The longer you strain your kefir, the denser the cheese will be. Depending on the recipe, you may want to let it strain longer to achieve a thicker curd. I make this at least once a week and use it often. Make the switch and swap kefir cheese for sour cream, your body will thank you!
Servings
6 -10 servings
Servings
6 -10 servings
Kefir Cheese & Whey
Print Recipe
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Homemade kefir is the way to go if you are making kefir cheese. This does not always work the same if you are starting with store-bought kefir. It never really thickens right and remains runny. You also get the added benefits of large colonies of beneficial bacteria that is in homemade versus commercial brands. You can use kefir cheese in place of recipes that call for cream cheese and sour cream, and it will have probiotics too! We have lots of recipes on my site that call for kefir cheese, and it's simple and easy to make. Check out 43 ways to use your kefir cheese. The longer you strain your kefir, the denser the cheese will be. Depending on the recipe, you may want to let it strain longer to achieve a thicker curd. I make this at least once a week and use it often. Make the switch and swap kefir cheese for sour cream, your body will thank you!
Servings
6 -10 servings
Servings
6 -10 servings
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Materials
Ingredients
  • 2-4 cups Kefir for each cup of kefir you will get 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup of whey. See note*
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Instructions
  1. Place a basket style coffee filter in a strainer and place the strainer in a bowl. Pour prepared kefir into the coffee strainer. The bowl will catch the whey which is the liquid that will drop through the filter. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. The next day you will have a beautiful lump of kefir cheese in the filter and whey in the bottom of the bowl. You can let it strain another day if you like the cheese to be denser.
  3. Remove the cheese from the strainer by folding over the coffee filter sides and carefully picking up the coffee filter from the bottom of the strainer. Sometimes the coffee filter can tear or break if you try and pick it up from the edges.
  4. Place the cheese on a plate or bowl. You can use the cheese immediately or place it in an airtight container in the fridge.
  5. Save the whey that has dripped into the bowl and place it in a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator. You can use this whey to make fermented drinks or cultured vegetables.
Recipe Notes

* You can make a larger amount of kefir cheese, but you'll need the bigger 12 cup coffee filters and a bigger bowl. I like to use 1/2 gallon of kefir to make 3-4 cups of kefir cheese.

Storage note: Store kefir cheese in a covered container in the refrigerator. It can last for several weeks but will continue to ferment slowly in the fridge. You might get a little more whey leaking out and it will turn more tart tasting. It tastes best if eaten within a couple weeks of making it.

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