Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kefir Cheese

Most of the kefir that we consume here is in the form of a smoothie.  But milk kefir can also be used for so much more!  After milk kefir has cultured, it is possible to make a kefir "cheese" that is a consistency somewhere between sour cream and cream cheese.  More tangy in flavor than cream cheese, kefir cheese makes a delicious dip for veggies or chips!

Start by placing a coffee filter in a colander over a bowl.  Pour milk kefir into the filter and place in the refrigerator.  Allow the whey to drain from the cheese for at least 12 hours.  The more whey that is removed, the thicker the cheese will be.

Here you can see the whey that has separated.

Remove kefir cheese from filter, place in a sealed bowl and refrigerate.  Kefir cheese is ready to use!

Kefir Cucumber Dip :

2 tbsp kefir cheese
2 fresh chives
A sprig of parsley
Dash of salt
Pinch of pepper


  1. I'm totally doing this today! Didn't make our smoothies for a couple days and had a store up of kefir. What to do, what to do with it??? Oh, yeah, I read a post by my fantastic friend about kefir cheese! It is filtering in my fridge at this moment! Yay! And the whey will be added to R's homemade formula! I'm curious.... have you found any other uses for it? -Jenn

    1. Awesome!
      You can bake with kefir, substituting for buttermilk or yogurt. I love to make pancakes or waffes with I have an overabundance of kefir here! (Yes, it gets ahead of me sometimes, too!) You can use the kefir cheese where the flavor profile would compliment a recipe calling for sour cream. Add some "Ranch Dressing" herbs and spices to kefir cheese for a yummy, tangy chip or veggie dip. Depending on how long you strain your kefir and its finished consistency, you can use it like a greek yogurt, or cream cheese, keeping in mind that kefir cheese has that "tang." Baking a recipe with kefir will kill the live probiotics, but you still have the benefit of using a milk source that was cultured! Have fun playing with it!!