How To Make Farmer’s Cheese & 5 Ways To Use It – The Easy Guide

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A mild cross between ricotta and cream cheese, this fresh farmer’s cheese is everything you always wanted in a soft cheese – mild in flavor, creamy but somewhat loose consistency and thus effortlessly spreadable.

 

Made with buttermilk without the intensive labor known to our grandmothers, this fresh farmer's cheese is a mild cross between ricotta and cream cheese.

 

As it happens, making good farmer’s cheese is even easier than finding it at the grocery store. Buttermilk gets transformed into a bright fresh cheese in this easy, no-fuss recipe.

 

I believe with certainty that my grandmother would’ve loved this short-cut to farmer’s cheese. I can still see her skimming the cream from milk that’s slowly boiling on her woodburning cookstove. She endlessly moved the hot pot back and forth from the direct heat using the corner of her worn-out apron in lieu of a pot holder.

 

It was a long (and to me boring) process, one that required her undivided attention. She didn’t seem to mind, though. Perhaps it was her way of tuning out of reality and dreaming of a better life she’d never have or maybe she just enjoyed quietly watching the cream form. We’ll never know.

 

I credit this recipe to my friend Djila who posted this method on Facebook. She obtained it from her friend Ljubica. Since the war outbreak in Bosnia when the food was sparse, Bosnians have become experts in short-cuts and new ways of using ingredients.

 

I share this recipe with permission. Grandma, this one is for you.

 

The ease of making this farmer’s cheese is astounding. Just boil small cartons of buttermilk, let them cool and drain. Voila!

 

Make sure to reserve the whey. It is a good source of vitamins, protein, and minerals and is found to help regulate and reduce spikes in blood sugar levels. Throughout the history, it was used as a medicine and it’s the best natural remedy for the liver.

 

You’ve made the farmer’s cheese, now what?

 

There’s no limit for how to use it, but here are 5 simple ways to get you inspired:

  1. Drizzle with honey and top with fruit for a delicious snack.
  2. Mix in sliced green onions, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve with crackers or crusty bread for an appetizer or as a country-style salad (substitute the cottage cheese).
  3. Use as the filling for lasagna, pasta shells, ravioli, or pierogies.
  4. Blend with yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise as a base for a dip.
  5. Use it as a spread for sandwiches, wraps, and pitas.

 

How To Make Farmer’s Cheese & 5 Ways To Use It – The Easy Guide

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Fresh farmer's cheese recipe in few easy steps

 

INGREDIENTS:
makes 10-12 ounces cheese

  • 4 small cartons of your favorite brand buttermilk (1/2 pint or 8 oz. each)
  • large pot
  • water

 

~ Free Tip ~

If you have an extra deep pot, you can use larger buttermilk cartons. Just make sure the water level is up to the folding point.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the buttermilk cartons into a large, deep pot. Add hot water up to the part where the sides of cartons start to fold.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer (gently boil, bubble) for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove pot with buttermilk cartons from the heat and let cool down. Gently remove the cartons from the water and cool completely in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
  4. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a pot to catch the whey, if desired. Open the cartons by unfolding the top (or cut with scissors) and slowly empty over the sieve. Let drain for a few minutes. For dryer cheese, drain longer.
  5. Transfer the farmer’s cheese into an air-tight container. Store in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.

 

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How To Make Farmer's Cheese & 5 Ways To Use It
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Made with buttermilk without the intensive labor known to our grandmothers, this fresh farmer's cheese is a mild cross between ricotta and cream cheese.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Bosnian
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 4 small cartons of your favorite brand buttermilk 1/2 pint or 8 oz. each
  • large pot
  • water
Instructions
  1. Place the buttermilk cartons into a large, deep pot. Add hot water up to the part where the sides of cartons start to fold.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer (gently boil, bubble) for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove pot with buttermilk cartons from the heat and let cool down. Gently remove the cartons from the water and cool completely in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
  4. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a pot to catch the whey, if desired. Open the cartons by unfolding the top (or cut with scissors) and slowly empty over the sieve. Let drain for a few minutes. For dryer cheese, drain longer.
  5. Transfer the farmer's cheese into an air-tight container. Store in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Recipe Notes

5 simple ways of using the farmer's cheese, just to get you inspired:

  1. Drizzle with honey and top with fruit for a delicious snack.
  2. Mix in sliced green onions, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve with crackers or crusty bread for an appetizer or as a country-style salad (substitute the cottage cheese).
  3. Use as the filling for lasagna, pasta shells, ravioli, or pierogies.
  4. Blend with yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise as a base for a dip.
  5. Use it as a spread for sandwiches, wraps, and pitas.

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32 Comment

  1. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    February 8, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Hiya Jas, We have not tried to make cheese yet, but you have inspired us. Sounds really easy to do. so many delicious things can be made with this delicious simple recipe. Pinning!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 9, 2018 at 11:53 am

      My mom still makes it the old-fashioned way by letting the milk get sauer, etc., but this method is much quicker and yields delicious cheese. Thank you for the 5-star review! X

  2. Reply
    Beverly
    February 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, we love cheese but I have never made farmer’s cheese before. I have heard of it but you are inspiring me. I want to try this.
    Stop by Happiness Is Homemade, since I am featuring you.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you, Bev! It’s really easy to make, otherwise, I wouldn’t even try, ha.

  3. Reply
    Di from Max The Unicorn
    February 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    I love soft cheeses and this Farmers Cheese looks delicious. Now I want cheese!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      πŸ˜€ Thanks, Di! I hope you’ll give it a try!

  4. Reply
    candy
    February 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Love making homemade cheese and this sounds wonderful. Found you on Wonderful Wednesday Link Party.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you, Candy! πŸ™‚

  5. Reply
    angie
    February 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    sounds very tasty have seen several recipes where farmers cheese was an ingredient. Thanks for sharing the recipe and great post
    come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Angie! Sometimes farmer’s cheese is hard to find.

  6. Reply
    Julie- Logger's Wife
    February 15, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of farmer’s cheese before but am going to have to try it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 16, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      I hope you do, Julie. Thanks for stopping in. πŸ™‚

  7. Reply
    Cindy@countyroad407
    February 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    This is so cool. I had no idea nor had I ever heard of Farmers Cheese. I can hardly wait to try this!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Oh, then you must! πŸ˜€

  8. Reply
    Leslie
    February 16, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    OMG. I definitely need to try this. We love cheese of all kinds, and this looks like the perfect recipe to try out with my kids. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Hi, Leslie! It’s perfect for snacking. x

  9. Reply
    laura
    February 16, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    YES! My family is going to be snacking on this recipe next week! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy-we appreciate you!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Laura! Hope you and your family like it. πŸ™‚

  10. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    February 17, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Mmmmmmm, now you’ve got me thinking I can conquer the world Jas. I thought cheese making was this long drawn out process and swishing flies away all the time while the cheese becomes chees. Can’t wai to try this

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      “Swishing flies away” . You’re too funny, Michelle, and also have a great way with words. Ever thought of writing a book? A broccoli fairy tale, perhaps?

  11. Reply
    Rhonda
    February 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    My mother is a big cheese lover. I bet she would love this. I’m going to try making this for her. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      You are a thoughtful daughter, Rhonda! I’m sure your mom will appreciate your homemade cheese. πŸ™‚

  12. Reply
    Teresa
    February 17, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Believe it or not, I’ve never heard of farmer’s cheese before. I’m going to make it with your instructions though. I can’t wait to try it with the green onions, olive oil and salt and pepper. Thank you for sharing it at Party in Your PJ’s! Pinned and shared.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Teresa, that’s my favorite way to enjoy it. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  13. Reply
    Margy
    February 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Our store doesn’t have buttermilk in small cartons, the smallest is a quart. Can you divide it up into canning jars for the boiling process? – Margy

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I can’t say that it would or wouldn’t work in jars as I haven’t tried it, Margy. πŸ™ I made the cheese using a quart carton too, but you need a really deep pot. I figured it would be easier to buy small cartons than a big pot, for most people. If you decide to try jars, keep your eye on it. The boiling process might vary.

  14. Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 19, 2018 at 11:13 am

    What a great tutorial for making this awesome Cheese. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  15. Reply
    Lily
    February 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, that seems like an incredibly easy way to make cheese – cool. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 19, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Super easy! πŸ˜€

  16. Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Congratulations!
    Your post is on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you enjoy your new Red Plate, I am pinning your post to our Features Board!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      I’m doing the happy dance, Miz Helen! Thank you so much. πŸ˜€

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