Michele Joan

Wife, Mother, Blogger & Author

Kefir Cheese!

on August 8, 2013

kefircheeseLast year I shared my introduction to fermented foods with learning how to make a homemade drinkable yogurt called Kefir (see my original kefir post here).  Since last summer, its become an staple in our house and I have split my grains with many of my readers to make their own kefir.

Fermented foods are all the rage now, and for good reason.  They are full of probiotics to help improve your overall nutrition, increase healthy intestinal flora and increase immune function to help fight of harmful bacteria and other pathogens. (See more on the benefits of fermented foods here).

Since I know many of my readers are kefir makers, today I’d like to share with you a new discovery of mine, kefir cheese!  I try to make fresh kefir every few days, but some days I don’t have time to strain it, so I toss it into the fridge to halt the fermentation process.  Last week was one of those times.  Then it got forgotten… and a little too thick.  I left it on the counter with the intention of straining out the grains and tossing the kefir, but when I looked at it, the curds and whey had completely separated.  I did a quick google search on how to make kefir cheese and found this great post on Cultured Food Life.  I took my clumpy looking kefir, dumped it over a strainer lined with a coffee filter sitting in a bowl and let it sit in the fridge.  The next morning, a little afraid of what it might taste like (or if I’d give myself food poisoning), I spread it on my toasted sprouted bread…..

It was delicious!!!  So delicious that I made a second batch and have used it in my sandwiches every day now on my Trim Healthy Mama diet.   Its considered an S or FP (thanks to Stacymakescents.com for the clarification!)  Its spreadable like cream cheese and has a tart flavor.  Its so easy to make too!

I’m sharing this post with you today because I have thought in the past that it was just too hard eat healthy, but I want you to know that there are some simple and very healthy things you can do that are very easy!!!   Kefir and kefir cheese are both great things to give to your kids.  My family loves kefir shakes in the morning and now the cheese on their sandwiches.  Its so delicious and the benefits of fermented foods keep you and your family healthy.

The picture above is my breakfast today. Toasted Trader Joe’s sprouted whole wheat bread with kefir cheese, cucumbers and seasoned with Gwen’s Nest’s recipe for Greek Spice Blend. I served it with egg beaters and sauteed yellow crook neck squash for a fresh summery meal.

This post is linked to Gwen’s Nest and Stacy Makes Cents as part of Trim Healthy Tuesdays.

One response to “Kefir Cheese!

  1. Linda Phillips says:

    I strain our kefir each day for “yogurt” for the kids. I know that most of the carbs are in the whey.. but didn’t realize it could be considered FP. What do you do to qualify it as such?

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