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Farmer's Cheese

highforpie Nov 12, 2007 10:23 AM

Hi all, I have a bunch of Farmer's Cheese and was wondering if you had any good ideas for delicious but easy dips that I might be able to make with the cheese. Other recipes using the cheese would be welcome too. Thanks in advance!

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    tzurriz Nov 12, 2007 10:33 AM

    I know this isn't what you are looking for, but we always use Farmer's Cheese for blintzes. Yum yum.

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    1. re: tzurriz
      Diane in Bexley Nov 13, 2007 08:56 AM

      My initial thoughts exactly! Here in Ohio, I have had a hard time lately finding true Farmer's Cheese (usually Friendship label) and it has gotten very expensive. Have you ever made blintzes with very well drained cottage or ricotta cheese?

      1. re: Diane in Bexley
        tzurriz Nov 14, 2007 07:09 AM

        Oh yes, and that works really well too. Farmer's cheese isn't required, it's just excellent.

        Gosh I hope that makes sense.

    2. farmersdaughter Nov 12, 2007 09:55 PM

      It's great on toasted walnut bread as a crostini (or snack). Or you can dollop it where you'd use ricotta, like on top of a pizza. You can pour a jar of fig jam over a mound of it and serve it with crackers as an hors d'oeuvre.

      1. Morganna Nov 13, 2007 05:07 AM

        I mix it with refried black beans, then use that mixture to stuff cleaned poblano chilis and bake covered with tomatoes and chilis until soft and tender. :)

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          lucyis Nov 13, 2007 05:15 AM

          I make a baked farmer cheese with honey, toasted nuts and dried fruit. You can slice it and make sweet crostini or just eat it by itself for a breakfast or snack. There is an error on their page now but there are many recipes for farmer cheese on www.friendshipdairies.com.

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            egbluesuede Nov 14, 2007 09:10 AM

            I've also used to use Farmer's cheese in mexican dishes that called for a mild, white mexican cheese. Now I have a good international market nearby, but you could use it for that.

          2. seattledebs Nov 13, 2007 07:22 AM

            Not a dip, but farmer's cheese makes a wonderful filling for blintzes.

            Edited to say: oops, somehow I missed the fact that someone already said that. I swear; I did read first.

            I'll see if I can get my grandmother's amazing recipe; she generally believes in sharing recipes.

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              Bzdhkap Nov 13, 2007 07:54 AM

              I have had several versions of store bought baked farmer cheese: Pineapple, chocolate, walnut raisin, and apple cinnamon. The store that sold them no longer exists, and I'd love to have recipes for these. I see that the Friendship site does have a Walnut Raisin recipe. I guess that I could use that as a basis, and try to figure out how to make the other variations - but if anyone has recipes to share, especially for the chocolate, I'd really appreciate them.

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              1. re: Bzdhkap
                Jetneo Aug 18, 2012 10:49 PM

                Was it Ben's Cheese Shop on Houston? My Dad took me there like, 50 years ago. It was the narrowest store with the least inventory I had ever seen. Just a half a dozen kinds of farmers cheese, baked or unbaked. Walnut Raisin was my favorite, although I remember others. Luckily, Russ & Daughters next door still sell their cheese, and I always bring some home whenever I'm in NYC, every couple of years or so. This year for my birthday I celebrated and had them overnight me baked farmers cheese and fresh Holland Herring. After all, food is love!

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                highforpie Nov 13, 2007 08:54 PM

                Thanks to everyone-I'll have to try some of these. I grew up eating blintzes but never thought to use my Farmer's Cheese for that...any recipes from scratch? Thanks.

                1. foxy fairy Nov 14, 2007 11:47 AM

                  I remember seeing farmer's cheese as an ingredient in many of the recipes of the Mollie Katzen's books.

                  She suggests using farmer's cheese on a greek pizza (with spinach, mozzarella, tomatoes, bread crumbs, onion and garlic) as an alternative to feta. Cool! She also suggests using this in piroshki -- Russian calzones :) She recommends a dill cheese filling -- 2lbs cottage cheese, one cup farmer's cheese, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 packed cup scallions, 1Tbsp fresh dill, some fesh parsley, 3/4 cup mild whilte cheese, grated, salt and pepper. My, that's a lot of cheese! Just use that to fill the dough - your favorite calzone dough will do.

                  1. welle Nov 14, 2007 12:10 PM

                    You can make russian sirniki it's basically similar to baked farmer's cheese, but these are fried: http://www.recipezaar.com/177812.

                    My Mom likes farmer's cheese as a spread - try it on a crusty bread topped with a thin layer of blueberry preserve (or any fruit preserve).

                    As a child, I used to like eating farmer's cheese sweetened by a little amount of sweetened condensed milk. As a grown up, my breakfast staple is half a cup of farmer's cheese (or cottage cheese if I'm out of FC) with few raisins or whatever dried fruit I have on hand (just enough to compensate the sourness of the cheese).

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                      Diane in Bexley Nov 14, 2007 12:53 PM

                      My mother makes an excellent salad with finely chopped rashishes, green onions, seedless cucumbers, well drained cottage cheese or farmer's cheese and some sour cream. The veggies give it some crunch and the radish is just subtle enough to give it some bit. This is a much beloved requirement at our Yom Kippur Break the Fast dinner.

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                        free sample addict aka Tracy L Feb 7, 2008 07:47 PM

                        ahhhh, sirniki. It's like a blintz had a love child with a pancake.

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                        polish_girl Feb 7, 2008 01:09 PM

                        I actually make farmer's cheese at home sometimes, it's very easy. Then I either use it to bake a cheesecake, or mix some of it with sour cream, chopped green onions, sliced radishes, some salt and pepper and put it on a piece of bread (it makes a great open face sandwich). In Poland a lot of people just puts it on a piece of bread, with some butter underneath, and salt on top. My dad used to have this for breakfast for years, but instead of salt he would pour some honey on the cheese.

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                        1. re: polish_girl
                          dianne0712 Aug 20, 2012 05:12 AM

                          I would love to know how you make this at home since we don't seem to have the product you're all talking about here. The farmer's cheese sold here is hard, like a cheddar.

                          1. re: dianne0712
                            Jetneo Aug 20, 2012 12:28 PM

                            Is it off-white, hard and a little crumbly with a faint sour tang? That 's the kind of cheese we called farmers cheese in Chicago in the 60's and I've never found it since. I yearn for that flavor. Or is it waxy and fatty like a cheddar? There are a lot of recipes online for baked farmers cheese, some with eggs, some with bread crumbs, but I don't think you'll have much trouble if you search google for baked farmers cheese. But I'm intrigued with the cheese you have access to.

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                              Diane in Bexley Sep 20, 2012 11:56 AM

                              To me farmer's cheese is a very dry cottage cheese without any moisture. If you are in Chicago, try the Friendship brand which you should be able to find at Whole Foods, Treasure Island, and Jewel or Dominick. I know it's available in the northern suburbs. I like farmer's cheese as the primary ingredient for filling blintzes, or making a farmer's salad - essentially a cottage cheese salad with addtional sour cream and cream cheese and a myriad of finely chopped veggies like scallions, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, etc.

                              1. re: Jetneo
                                dianne0712 Sep 20, 2012 03:33 PM

                                More like a bland cheddar, but drier.It's not around very often.

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                            HillJ Jan 25, 2013 05:45 PM


                            We had these blintzes for dinner served with blackberry jam (I made over the summer) red pepper/apricot jam (my husband made) and applesauce (my dd made this morning). So good, so comforting and the ideal use for farmer's cheese.

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