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Varenets (Russian: варенец), sometimes Englished as stewler or simmeler, is a fermented milk product that is popular in Russia.[1][2] Similar to ryazhenka, it is made by adding sour cream (smetana) to baked milk.[2]

Place of origin Russia
Main ingredients Milk
Cookbook: Stewler  Media: Stewler



Varenets is a yogurt drink with a caramel taste and creamy color. In the old days milk was baked in a Russian oven and fermented with sour cream.[2]

Commercially available cultured varenets is milk that has been pasteurized and homogenized (with 0.5% to 8.9% fat), and then inoculated with a culture of Streptococcus thermophilus to simulate the naturally occurring bacteria in the old-fashioned product.[3]

Health benefitsEdit

Varenets prepared in the traditional way is considered beneficial to health as it contains probiotic microbes. The probiotic nature of Varenets is purported to be beneficial to the gut and improve immunity when taken regularly.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Goldstein, Darra (1999). A taste of Russia : a cookbook of Russian hospitality (2nd ed.). Montpelier, VT: Russian Life Books. ISBN 9781880100424. 
  2. ^ a b c translated; introduced,; Toomre, annotated by Joyce (1998). Classic Russian cooking : Elena Molokhovets' A gift to young housewives (1st pbk. ed.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-21210-8. 
  3. ^ "ГОСТ Р 53508-2009. Варенец. Технические условия (International State Standard GOST R 53508-2009. Varenets, Specifications)" (in Russian). Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification. 2014.