Friday, October 18, 2013

Make your own cream cheese

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I love cheese. One of my favourite grocery indulgences is picking up package of fresh cheese from the deli counter… ricotta, mozzarella, feta, haloumi, I love them all!

I have always wanted to learn to make my own fresh cheese from scratch at home. However at the moment, I am lacking quite a few of the essential equipment and ingredients needed to do so. But then I came across this amazing and easy recipe for homemade cream cheese.

I’ve tried it out for myself a few times and I assure you it is totally doable. And you will be pretty blown away by the results.

What you need:

  • 1 kg of natural unsweetened Greek yoghurt
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • A cheesecloth or muslin bag
  • A fine sieve or colander
  • A large bowl

Mix the salt with yoghurt. Then pour the yoghurt into the cheesecloth and place it into the colander. Stand the colander over the bowl and leave in the fridge overnight.

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The next morning, the whey would have completely drained from the yoghurt, leaving behind a thick and creamy kind of ‘cheese’. Tip the cheese out of the cloth and save the whey for another use.

It tastes awesome drizzled with honey and some fresh bread.

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You can experiment with different flavours by mixing in various spices and herbs in the yoghurt before setting it to drain.

(The whey that is left behind actually has a lot of nutritional properties in it. You can mix it in with smoothies and juices, if you don’t mind the sourish taste. I also found it great in pancakes)

 

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4 comments:

  1. Wow, that's really cool. I am going to try this one day, we love our cream cheese here.

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    1. It tastes a little different than regular cream cheese... but the slight sourish tinge has kind of a Mediterranean touch to it... I also like to drizzle some olive oil over it and enjoy it with some flat bread.

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  2. I have wanted to try cheese but did not know where to start. Thanks for sharing, will definitely give this a go.

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    1. Hi Tanya. Thanks for stopping by. This cream cheese tastes different from the usual commercial cream cheese. But if you take it for what it is, a fresh, tangy cheese with a Mediterranean tinge, I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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