Farmer Cheese: What It Is and How To Eat It
This Farmer Cheese post is sponsored by Lifeway.
You may or may not know about my obsession with farmer cheese. There was a period when I was eating it every day and then for some reason, as happens with almost every product that I love, my local grocery store stopped carrying it. WHYYYYYYY.
I’ve gotten back into it and have been wanting to write this post for some time. I begged the people at Lifeway (actually since last year) to help me spread my love for farmer cheese and HERE WE ARE. A quick, nitty gritty about what it is and how to eat it. Simple as that. Enjoy!
What is farmer cheese?
According to Lifeway, farmer cheese is
a low-fat, low-calorie cultured soft cheese made with our Old World recipe. With its distinctive, tangy flavor, it adds richness to all of your favorite dishes. Packed with probiotics, it’s nutritious and delicious.
I feel like that description could use a few more details, so what I tell most people is that the consistency is a drier, denser form of cottage cheese. It doesn’t have the distinct flavor of cottage cheese, which I prefer because I think it makes it more versatile. The taste is milder and a little tangier than cottage cheese.
What I like about foods like kefir and farmer’s cheese is that they are 99% lactose free. I’m somewhat sensitive to lactose, so a lot of it doesn’t make me feel great (but tastes delicious). Having either product doesn’t hurt my stomach or cause me to experience bloating like full-on dairy does. If you have an actual dairy allergy, this probably isn’t for you, but if you’re mildly sensitive to it then this may be a good choice.
The biggest thing I like about farmer cheese is its protein content. In one of the 5 oz containers, there are 14 grams of protein. I prefer high protein snacks like Greek yogurt, turkey bacon, and even protein bars throughout the day because my body responds better to them and they keep me fuller longer, so this fits perfectly.
To recap, here are some of the top health benefits of farmer cheese:
- high in protein and calcium
- 12 probiotic cultures
- 99% lactose-free
How do you eat it?
Farmer cheese has actually been around for a very long time, although most of its popularity was abroad in Eastern European cooking. It seems to be less known in the U.S., but slowly, and thanks to brands like Lifeway, it’s making a comeback.
There are easy as well as more complex ways to incorporate farmer cheese into your diet, which goes to show you its versatility. My preferred method is something quick, whether that means eating one of the single-serving cups or spreading the plain flavor on a sandwich or piece of toast. Here is a list of other potential ways to use farmer cheese:
- plain + add-ins like fruit, honey, jam, etc.
- mixed with herbs for a savory spread on bagels or toast
- pan fried
- filling for blintzes or pierogies
- salad topping
- ricotta substitute in lasagna*
- blended with yogurt or mayo for a veggie dip
- baked pudding or casserole (kugel)
*this recipe, as well as tons of kefir recipes, can be found in the recently released The Kefir Cookbook, which you can check out here.
Let me know your thoughts about farmer cheese — have you had it? Do you love it? How do you eat it? I’d love to know in the comments!