Cultured Coconut Milk Kefir “Creem Cheez”
A spreadable probiotic dairy-free cultured coconut milk kefir cheese.

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Cultured Coconut Milk Kefir “Creem Cheez”

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Ingredients

2 cups Coconut milk kefir
Tools Needed
Fine mesh cheesecloth
Glass bowl
Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • Tools Needed

Directions

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When we made the move to eliminate dairy from our diets we really began to miss cheese in our recipes. This cultured “Creem Cheez” is by no means a replacement for dairy-based melt-able cheeses. However it is a great non-dairy substitute for soft spreadable cheeses such as cream cheese. Furthermore it is so simple to prepare and the flavor combination possibilities are endless! We are continuously changing up the ingredients to infuse more variety into our daily menus. Whether sweet or savory, this cheese base yields a lovely creamy result. And as always we look forward to hearing about your results, your favorite flavor combos or new ways you have found to use this probiotic cheese as a substitute for regular dairy cream cheese, or as a stand alone treat in its own right-no need to feel guilty about sneaking spoonfuls of this cheese…there’s medicine in every bite!

Happy crEATing,

Love Liza

*Please use caution when incorporating ferments and probiotics into your diet. For more information on some of the potential risks please read this.

Steps

1
Done
8 hours

Chill Kefir

After harvesting your kefir it is important to chill it before straining. As it cools in your refrigerator the whey and fat will begin to separate, and the fat will begin to harden. After you notice a distinct line between the whey and the solids it is time to strain your kefir.

2
Done

Strain Kefir

Once the kefir has separated and the top is more solid, remove from the refrigerator and pour into a glass bowl lined with fine mesh cheesecloth (I prefer #90). Carefully pull up the corners of the cheesecloth and tie around a wooden spoon suspended over the glass bowl, encasing the kefir in cheesecloth as evenly and tightly as possible without any kefir oozing or escaping out of the sides. Allow kefir bag to hang suspended over the bowl up to 24 hours in a warm location on your counter, allowing gravity to gently pull the whey out of the solids and drip into the bowl (this is a temperature sensitive step-the warmth actually allows the whey to weep from the solids with greater efficiency). Collect the whey and save for use in other recipes or drink as a "Gut Shot" to boost your immune system. Let kefir strain less for a softer, more spreadable product or longer for a more crumbly texture.

3
Done
5 minutes

Harvest Cheese

Once the whey stops dripping from the kefir bag gently lift the spoon and bag from the bowl and transfer to a flat surface. Remove the wooden spoon and untie the cheesecloth. Tada! Just like that you have a dairy-free, plant-based probiotic cream cheese!

4
Done

Serve

Now you are ready to enjoy as is by the spoonful or as a substitute for regular cream cheese in recipes .

LizaPtfc

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