Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cream cheese recipe? Look no further! This homemade cream cheese recipe is both flavorful and simple to prepare. You’ll love the creamy texture and rich flavor of this homemade cream cheese. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes to make! So what are you waiting for? Give this homemade cream cheese recipe a try today!
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- 1 packet of starter culture
- Fresh raw or pasteurized cream or whole milk
- Cheese salt (if freezing your cheese)
- Over low heat, slowly heat milk or cream to 86 degrees F, then remove the milk from the heat. The milk should be heated no faster than a rate of 1 degree per minute. This can take 30-40 minutes for a gallon of milk.
- Add 1 packet of cream cheese starter and mix thoroughly, using an up-and-down motion rather than a stirring motion. Do not mix for longer than 15 seconds.
- Cover the pot with a lid and culture in a warm spot for 12 hours at 72-77 degrees F.
- After 12 hours the cream cheese should be set. Place a colander in a bowl and line the colander with a tight-weave dishtowel or double layer of butter muslin.
- Spoon in the curds, and then gather up the corners of the cloth and tie the ends together to make a bag.
- Hang the cloth filled with cream cheese over a bowl to drain the whey for 6-12 hours at 72-77 degrees F.
- Knead salt into the cheese to flavor it.
- Store the cream cheese in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. To freeze it, remove as much whey as possible and salt your cheese well using cheese salt before freezing.
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