Homemade Farmer's Cheese


My Polish friend's mother gave me this farmer's cheese recipe years ago. She's been making this easy homemade cheese forever in her house and also ate it while growing up in Poland. It doesn't age well, so store it in the refrigerator and be sure you eat it within a week after it's made if it lasts that long! If you bake with it, it melts beautifully. It's a great soft cheese for snacking.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 pound


  • 1 gallon whole milk

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 large lemon, juiced


  1. Pour milk into a large pot, then stir in salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent milk from scorching on the bottom of the pot.

  2. When milk begins to boil (small bubbles will first appear at the edges), turn off the heat. Stir in lemon juice. Milk will curdle; you may need to wait 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Line a sieve or colander with a cheesecloth. Pour milk through the cloth to catch the curds. Gather cheesecloth around the cheese and squeeze out as much liquid (whey) as you can. What is left in the cheesecloth is farmer's cheese. Use the whey for another use (some people drink it), or discard. Wrap cheese in plastic or place in an airtight container.


My Polish friend would also put hot pepper or black pepper into the milk before straining. This cheese is very flexible, so I'm thinking that you could put in jalapeños or other things that you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 280mg 22%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 359mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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