How to make Kefir Cheese and Whey

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How to Make Kefir ‘Cream’ Cheese – in the strainer

What is Kefir cheese? It is basically cream cheese but with all of the benefits of kefir. Making kefir cheese is the same as making yogurt cheese and whey and is really quite simple. You just need the right tools. I make this once a week because we are making so much kefir and I need to do something with it other than make smoothies. This kefir cheese can be used as a substitute for cream cheese in any recipe and will give you great probiotics vs. cream cheese which doesn’t have any.


2 cups whole milk kefir (or you can use whole milk yogurt instead)

Tools needed: metal or plastic strainer, bowl, cheesecloth


Set the strainer on top of a bowl and line with the cheesecloth. Pour in the kefir or yogurt and cover with the cheesecloth (it will get wet so put it in the bowl vs. hanging over the sides). Place the whole thing in the refrigerator and let it strain overnight or up to 24 hours.

Remove the ‘cream’ cheese from the cheesecloth and store in the fridge. The whey will drip through the strainer and land in the bowl below. Save the whey in the fridge as well for lacto-fermenting projects.

Whey in the bottom of the bowl

Here is the plain kefir cream cheese

Eat the cream cheese plain or mix with whatever you like to add a little zip.

This week we blended in 1 cup of fresh strawberries and it was a huge hit. I think you could even use this as a ‘frosting’ as it was a lovely shade of pink which of course my 3 year old daughter loved!

Here is the strawberry cream cheese

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16 Responses to How to make Kefir Cheese and Whey

  1. jodi says:

    Hi Lindsey, Great blog and so exciting for you!
    I also love to use the cream for face soap. It’s a special treat!
    All the best,

  2. sarah says:

    A while back I attempted making this and it came out SOOO tart. My husband(the adventurous eater) wouldn’t even eat it. Suggestions?

  3. I make kefir cheese too. What a nice idea about the strawberries!

  4. […] One byproduct of making fermented dairy is live-culture whey, which can then be used as a starter in making lacto-fermented fruits, vegetables and even sodas! Check out Homemade Mommy’s post on how to make kefir cheese and whey. […]

  5. […] When discussing this guest post with Lindsey, we rattled off a few topics. Somehow the topic of “fat bombs” surfaced and I mentioned I had a few for desserts. She asked me if there were savory fat bombs. I thought about it and said, “Sure! You could make them the same way, but swap out the fats for something a little different, add a bit of cheese and you have a savory fat bomb. What would you say to an emulsion of cream cheese and bacon fat, with bacon, parmesan cheese, garlic and fresh herbs? She responded, “That’s it! Make that! Then, I’ll try it with my Kefir Cream Cheese!” […]

  6. […] post (how to make kefir cheese and whey) will tell you how to make yogurt cheese using the same method as you would use to make kefir […]

  7. erja says:

    the honey &/or fruit helps with sourness, but I also found that over the past year or two, our slow reduction of sugar has changed our taste buds & my kids are happier with less sweet. Try it in small increments :)

  8. Marina Plish says:

    My son loves it with banana:)

  9. […] 1-2 Tbsp sauerkraut juice from a prior batch or whey […]

  10. […] you can drink it plain or add it to a smoothie or even drain the ‘whey’ from it to make kefir cheese (like cream cheese) to use in dips like ranch dressing, […]

  11. mark says:

    hi,so i been making kefir for some time iv found i love pitted dates, blend in about 8 stoneless dates to 1 pint of kefir and a few drops of vanilla,
    if making cheese kefir, i strain threw cloth and i even drink the whey after,
    i was wondering if this is a good or bad idea?
    the cottage cheese i chop some red onion garlic and Rosemary and mix it all together with black n white pepper, good for a week

  12. […] 1/4 cup whey (how to make whey) […]

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