Herbed Soft Kefir Cheese

bread with cheese dip

Milk kefir can be used in a whole host of ways, beyond a simple smoothie or drink. By straining off the whey, as we did yesterday, you can make a tangy, rich, spreadable cheese.

This cheese can be flavored sweet, as in cinnamon, nutmeg, and a drizzle of honey. Or, savory, as in this recipe.



Pour the milk kefir into the cheesecloth, cotton bag or tight weave towel. Hang above a bowl or jar and allow the whey to drain off for 6-8 hours until the desired thickness is achieved.

Mix in herbs and refrigerate for 2+ hours to allow the flavors to meld.  Serve as a soft cheese spread on crackers, bread, etc. Also makes a wonderful vegetable dip.


Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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