Ingredients

How to make it

  • Always use sterilized equipment. Boil utensils in ½” water for 10 minutes, covered.
  • CaCl2 is an important step in this process for pasteurized milks. It increases the cheese yield by 33%.
  • Combine milks and Calcium Chloride Solution in a heavy bottomed non-reactive pot, reserving ¼ c heavy whipping cream. Raise temperature of milk mixture, over medium heat, to 90C stirring often to prevent scorching. It should take about 40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add vinegar. Stir gently. Curds should appear in seconds.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cool to 10C in an ice bath in the sink without stirring.
  • Scoop out any floating curds and reserve.
  • This is a small curd cottage cheese and will clog a tea towel on the initial separation of curds and whey.
  • Gently pour whey into a fine mesh strainer over a bowl.
  • Add reserved curds after whey has coarsely strained down.
  • Save the whey, as we are going to make Ricotta/saved or at the least use it for baked goods and protein shakes.
  • Transfer curds to a tea towel.
  • Alternately at this point you may use a paint strainer. They may be had at Lowes in the 1 and 5 gallon sizes. They are a very small meshed weave strainer and work very well without getting clogged up.
  • You may, if you wish, rinse the curds in ice water to remove any taste of vinegar. I find this step unnecessary.
  • Then gather up corners and tie up tea towel and suspended over a clean bowl for 3 hours.
  • Add the strained whey to the reserved whey.
  • (Alternately at this point you can make Paneer. Let the curds drain overnight. Twist tea towel at top and place, bottom up, on a perforated pan. Place a flat bottomed pot of water, as a weight, on top of curds in the tea towel and let drain overnight, pressing curds into a round shape. Open up tea towel and plate the solidified soft curds. This is known as Paneer.)
  • Continuing with the cottage cheese recipe, container the curds after the 3 hour drain time. Add a couple to five tablespoons of heavy whipping cream back into the container of curds to make cottage cheese. Make it dryer or wetter to your liking.
  • If you prefer a lower fat cottage cheese, use a lower fat milk and nix the 2c heavy cream and use 2% milk or 1% milk or skim milk to add back in instead of the heavy whipping cream.
  • Salt to taste if you wish. I use it straight up.

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  • pointsevenout 8 months ago
    Edited the recipe to include a step for making Paneer.
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  • chuckieb 8 months ago
    This is a very intriguing recipe Points. Thanks for sharing it. The Calcium Chloride thing has me a bit apprehensive, only because I've never used anything like that before, but to make one's own cottage cheese....that's pretty cool.
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