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Easy Homemade Cottage Cheese

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Cottage cheese has gotten a bad rap in the past, but we're here to change that! Topped with fruit and granola, mixed into a salad, or simply smeared onto toast, this delicious dairy product is about as versatile as it gets. Plus, you'll be shocked with this recipe by how easy it is to make cottage cheese at home.
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Cottage cheese has gotten a bad rap in the past, but we're here to change that! Topped with fruit and granola, mixed into a salad, or simply smeared onto toast, this delicious dairy product is about as versatile as it gets. Plus, you'll be shocked with this recipe by how easy it is to make cottage cheese at home.

How To Make Homemade Cottage Cheese

How To Prepare Cottage Cheese

We highly recommend using a food thermometer to ensure the proper temperature when cooking your milk. Once you have reached the temperature of 120 degrees F, off heat, then slowly add the white wine vinegar to start the curdling process. Once the whey starts to separate from the milk curds, stir it to break it up. For half an hour, cool it down to room temperature. Once rested, return it to low heat, season it with salt, and continue to stir it to break down the curds more. Drain and squeeze out the whey using two layers of cheesecloth or tea towel, and you should end up with your fresh cottage cheese. Cool it down before adding the heavy cream and storing it.

How To Store Homemade Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese doesn’t freeze too well, but you should keep it in the part of your fridge where the temperature is more consistent. Cottage cheese can keep for a maximum of 10 days. Keep it in an airtight container, and we recommend storing it upside down. This will help reduce the growth of bacteria, prolonging its shelf life.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Whole Milk - usually a base for making homemade cheese. This is also a great recipe to make use of your milk nearing its expiry date.
  • White Wine Vinegar - the chemical reaction of acid and milk creates the curd that separates the whey. You can also substitute lemon juice for white wine vinegar.
  • Salt - we all need a flavor booster for any dish, of course. Salt may be very simple, but it’s an absolute flavor booster! It’ll give that slight salty taste of our homemade cottage cheese.
  • Heavy Cream - adding heavy cream makes the taste and texture creamier, making it more delectable and spreadable.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Keep your excess whey - whey has a lot applications like using it to ferment vegetables, liquid in bread making, adding it to protein smoothies, or even non-food applications.
  • Do not use ultra-pasteurized milk to make cottage cheese; it will not curd. The best milk to use for homemade cottage cheese is whole pasteurized cow milk. Reduced-fat milk is also acceptable to use unless it’s ultra-pasteurized.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Use Cottage Cheese For?

Homemade Cottage Cheese is not just for breakfast bowls, toasts, or scrambled eggs. You can eat it with pancakes, mix into your vegetable and fruit salads, add to smoothies or make these recipes with it: Chickpea and Cottage Cheese Tostadas, Lazy Lasagna

Is Cottage Cheese and Ricotta the Same Thing?

Cottage cheese and ricotta sure have a lot in common. They can be used interchangeably in many recipes for that reason. But they are not the same thing. When it comes to texture, cottage cheese is much lumpier and grainier than ricotta, so when it comes to recipes like lasagna or cheesecake, using cottage cheese might be a bit tricky.

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Ingredients

Servings
4
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16 cups
Whole Milk
1/2 cup
White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp
1/2 cup
Heavy Cream
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
1124
FAT
53.2 g
PROTEIN
35.5 g
CARBS
132.1 g

Author's Notes

Yields about 2 cups of cottage cheese.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Pour the Whole Milk (16 cups) into a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Heat to 120 degrees F (50 degrees C).
Step 2
Remove from the heat and gently pour in the White Wine Vinegar (1/2 cup) . Stir slowly for 1 to 2 minutes. The curd will separate from the whey.
Step 3
Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Step 4
Return the pot to very low heat and add Salt (2 Tbsp) . Gently stir with a wooden spoon to break up curds.
Step 5
Pour the mixture into a colander lined with two layers of cheesecloth and squeeze out most of the moisture. Cool for 10 minutes.
Step 6
Transfer drained curds to a mixing bowl. Add Heavy Cream (1/2 cup) . Stir with a fork to break up curds and combine. Taste and add more salt if needed. Chill before serving.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
1124
% Daily Value*
Fat
53.2 g
68%
Saturated Fat
34.5 g
172%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
181.3 mg
60%
Carbohydrates
132.1 g
48%
Fiber
3.8 g
14%
Sugars
122.3 g
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Protein
35.5 g
71%
Sodium
4778.6 mg
208%
Vitamin D
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Calcium
1224.5 mg
94%
Iron
4.0 mg
22%
Potassium
1686.4 mg
36%
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