Make Your Own Cream Cheese!
Did you know that you only need one ingredient to make your own homemade cream cheese? All you need is 1 quart of whole milk (or low fat) yogurt, a large cheesecloth, a strainer or colander, and a big bowl! It's incredibly simple to do for yourself, and the only frustrating part will be having to wait to try it out!
1 quart whole milk yogurt
*Note: You can use low-fat yogurt, but the final result will be a bit less creamy.
The basic idea of this process is that you will be draining the liquid from the yogurt. You will need to put your yogurt in a cloth thick enough for liquid to permeate (but not the yogurt itself) over a bowl that can catch the liquid.
- Fold a large piece of cheesecloth over three or four times and line a colander with it. Place the colander inside of a larger bowl; the colander should be raised from the bowl, since you don't want the drained liquid to touch the cloth and be re-absorbed.
- Pour your yogurt into the lined colander and cover it with a towel or cloth. Put the whole set-up into the refrigerator and let it drain for 5 hours!* The longer you wait, the thicker the cream cheese is likely to be.
- When it's ready, store your cream cheese in an airtight container and enjoy! Feel free to mix in whatever flavorings you like, whether it be chives, sun-dried tomatoes, or strawberry jam. Your homemade cream cheese should last about a month. *Note: It's good to check up on the draining process to make sure that the liquid has not gotten high enough to touch the colander and cloth.
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