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Cream Cheese That Actually Tastes Good

The beauty of this recipe is that you can whip your cream cheese as thick or fluffy as you want. I'll never go back to store bought again. This recipe goes great with bagels, but I've also made some awesome cheese cake with it.

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Yield

1 lb

Time

About 1 hr total (45 min active)

Ingredients

120 mlAcid (distilled white vinegar or lemon juice)1 GallonWhole milkto tasteSalt

Instructions

1Denature
1 GallonWhole milk

Heat milk, stirring constantly in a large pot over medium-low flame until the temperature reads 190° F (88°C) If you don’t have a thermometer this can be done by heating until the milk smells like warm tapioca pudding and begins to boil.

2Add Acid
120 lmAcid

Once your milk has reached the denaturing temperature, (190°F/88°C) turn off your heat, continue stirring and slowly add your distilled white vinegar or lemon juice.

When curds begin to appear and whey looks bright yellow or green with little clouding, stop adding your acid.

Give the mixture a final stir and allow the curds to rest on the stove for 5 minutes.

3Strain

While resting, set up your straining area by placing a colander inside a bowl large enough to contain your excess whey. Place your cheese cloth inside the colander with ends draping over the sides.

After the 5 minute rest, pour your whey and curds into your prepared cheese cloth.

Allow the curds to strain for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.

4Salt
to tasteSalt

After all the liquid has strained out, sprinkle salt on the remaining curds and give it a quick stir to incorporate. Taste. If you need more salt, add gradually, stirring in between until you reach a flavor you’re happy with.

5Blend

Once you’ve reached a flavor you’re happy with, gather the ends of the cheese cloth into your hand making a ball of cloth covered cheese, give the curds a quick squeeze to get out as much whey as possible.

Dump your curds into a container for emersion blending or use a food processor or blender.

Blitz until you have a creamy, pillowy texture. Tasting often.

6Store
If you have excess whey, avoid putting it down your drain and simply discard in a garden or feed to a tree outside. Leftover whey is extremely nutrient rich and while plants love it, if whey ends up in rivers or lakes it can quickly create algal blooms that reduce oxygen in the water, killing fish and other aquatic life.

Once you’ve reached the desired consistency either serve right away or keep in a container in your fridge for up to 7 days.