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Traditional Serbian Kajmak Recipe

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Traditional Serbian Kajmak Recipe

"Kajmak" cheese spread.

(c) 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

Kajmak is a Serbian / Croatian fresh, unripened or "new" cheese made from unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk.

It's usually served with bread as an appetizer (lepinja sa kajmakom), but also as a condiment melted on the Balkan version of a hamburger patty (pljeskavica sa kajmakom), as well as simmered with beef shank meat (ribic u kajmaku), or tucked in pita bread with cevapcici sausages.

If left to ferment, aged kajmak has a stronger taste and is yellow in color, and is required for a pastry (pita) called gibanica.

Makes about 2 cups


  • 2 quarts unpasteurized, unhomogenized (raw) cow or sheep milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a rolling boil. Turn off heat and let cool completely without stirring (4 to 5 hours). Skim off cream that has accumulated on top and refrigerate.

  2. Repeat the boiling and cooling process several times, skimming off cream and adding it to container in refrigerator. Add salt and mix well. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Note:Traditional kajmak was made by boiling raw cow or sheep milk and placing it into wide, shallow bowls known as karlice. As the milk cooled, the cream rose to the top and formed a thin layer on the surface, which was skimmed off and placed in salted layers in a small wooden tub called a cabrica. The boiling and skimming procedure was repeated many times until the tub was full.
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Correction, Member hetneo

Kajmak must not be collected more then once off the milk. It is not cheese, it's closer related to butter as being almost only milk fat. If it will not be left to age for few days then it shouldn't be salted, otherwise it must be salted to prevent spoiling.

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