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Farmers Cheese in a bowl

Easy Farmer's Cheese Recipe

This easy homemade farmer's cheese recipe is made with just 3 ingredients - milk, lemon juice, and white vinegar. A true Slavic staple!
Course How To, Snack
Cuisine American, Russian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
Calories 3509kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • In a large pot, bring the milk to a boil over medium heat. Make sure to stir it occasionally so it doesn't stick or burn to the bottom.
    milk in large pot on a stove top
  • As soon as the milk begins to boil, turn off the heat. Using a spatula or slotted spoon, stir in the lemon juice and white vinegar. Within 5 minutes, the milk should begin to curdle.
    lemon juice and vinegar added into milk that is in a pot
  • Line a colander with a cheesecloth and pour the milk through to strain out the curdles.
    A colander lined with a cheesecloth and the pill being poured over it
  • Bundle the cloth around the cheese like a coin purse and bring out as much of the whey as you can. 
    Cheese being squeezed in a cheesecloth to remove all liquid
  • Place the wrapped cheese on a plate and weigh it down with a heavy pot or pan. Leave it to press overnight.
    Farmer's Cheese on a plate wrapped in plastic wrap with a heavy ceramic pot standing on top of it
  • Keep the farmer's cheese stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use it in your favorite recipes and baked goods. Enjoy!
    Farmer's Cheese crumbled into a bowl


Calories: 3509kcal | Carbohydrates: 285g | Protein: 180g | Fat: 185g | Saturated Fat: 106g | Cholesterol: 568mg | Sodium: 2444mg | Potassium: 7684mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 291g | Vitamin A: 9200IU | Vitamin C: 70.8mg | Calcium: 6427mg | Iron: 1.7mg