Best Homemade Cream CheeseFrom annieamie 8 years ago
How to make it
- Place a dry cheesecloth (folded over 3-4 times) over a strainer that is resting in a large bowl.
- Place the yogurt directly on to the cloth and fold the cloth over the yogurt.
- Place a pan or a plate over the filled cloth and add something heavy over the plate to press down upon the yogurt to help drain if of any fluid. (I use a cake pan and put a very large jar filled with water in the cake pan. )
- Let this sit on your counter for a few hours until at least 2 cups of fliud has drained out of the yogurt.
- Then remove the fluid and replace the weighted object and place the bowl, strainer, yogurt and weight into the refrigerator.
- Let the yogurt drain over night.
- Once the draining is complete, the yogurt can be removed from the cheesecloth and placed into a bowl.
- It should now be firm enough to use in any recipe of your choice or served as it is.
- *A Personal Note
- Someone told me to try using a knee-hi nylon stocking. I bought a pair of them and washed and dried one of the stockings. I used a large wide-mouthed jar and slid the stocking opening over the mouth of the jar with the toe portion of the stocking at the bottom of the jar. I used an ice cream scoop to put the yogurt into the stocking. Everything was going great at this point. Then I lifted the stocking up and it stretched and stretched, leaving me with a large amount of yogurt in the toe area and a tube of yogurt going down the rest of the nylon tube. (And I wondered how was this supposed to drain in the jar when most of it was sitting in the jar with the liquid!) I then lifted the entire stocking out of the jar, without trying to press the rest of the yogurt to the bottom because the yogurt comes out of the nylon with the liquid at this point and I didn't want to waste any of it.
- I managed to get the whole stocking out and tied it to the top shelf of my refrigerator with almost four feet of hose hanging down to the bottom where I placed a folded dish towel to catch any liquid that would eventually drop to the bottom of my refrigerator. I closed the door and let it hang there all night! (I really did!) I hate to tell you what my boys thought when they saw this beige thing hanging in the fridge!
- The next morning, I removed the yogurt and gently cut the knee-hi down to the bottom. Inside that nylon hose was a very long tube of lucious cheese with a lovely white mass of it at the bottom! I have to tell you that this is the best cream cheese that I've ever had. As I didn't add anything to the whole milk yogurt, it didn't have the salty flavor that's in the well-known cream cheese brand. Its just rich and creamy and ready to be used just as it is. I placed it into a bowl and formed a mound out of it and what you see in the picture above, is the cheese that I made.. white, creamy and ready for a bagel, cheesecake or a few crackers! By the way, four pounds of yogurt made about 1 1/2 pounds to 2 pounds of cream cheese.
- I have to add that I've done this before using the cheesecloth and ithe method of pressing the fluid out works great. I had used low-fat yogurt in the past but the whole yogurt leaves you with a much richer and flavorful cheese. The low-fat yogurt also has a slight bitter flavor which is not at all in the whole yogurt cheese. Just have fun and consider it a great kitchen experiment!
- **Optional additions:
- Sliced or chopped fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries. If you enjoy lox, add some slivers or chopped bits of smoked salmon or white fish. Add chopped chives or green onions or even a pack of dried onion soup mix, etc..
- Add jams or jellies for a sweeter flavor. You can even add peanut butter or any nut butter available.
- For cheese balls and dips, add some of the following:
- Dry Ranch, Italian or blue cheese mixes, nuts, black or green olives, finely chopped green onions, white onions, salsa, canned and chopped tomatoes, finely chopped vegetables, etc..
- For a decadent cheeseballs, add chocolate chips or any ice cream toppings, ganache, nuts, chopped cookies of your c hoice, chopped cherries or strawberries (with chocolate chips!), drained mandarin oranges, etc, etc!
- *Fruit Pizza Recipe
- Spread a prepared and baked pizza shell with the cream cheese. Sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar. Add slices of your favorite berries and fruit to the top of the cream cheese and slice to serve.
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The Cookannieamie Los Angeles, US
The Rating11 people
I do like this one!midgelet in Eastern loved it
I will have to try this...your description of the knee-hi version had me cracking up... thank you for a great recipe as well as a good laugh...peetabear in mid-hudson valley loved it
Oh my! Thank you for the giggles!! I needed that one. So, what did your boy's say?!!
Thanks for the great recipe. I'll make sure I follow the instructions to a "T".
Jettjett2whit in Union City loved it