My Homemade Cream Cheese recipe couldn’t be easier, because you likely have everything you need to make rich, creamy, and tangy cream cheese.

How to Make Cream Cheese

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time : 25 mins

  • 4 cups (32 oz /1000 ml) whole milk (full fat, not low fat)
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (lime juice or white vinegar)
  • ¼-½ teaspoon salt (read notes)
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the milk on med-high.
  2. Stirring constantly until it starts to a rolling simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the lemon juice 1 tablespoon at a time, in 1-minute intervals.
  4. Continue stirring constantly.
  5. Continue cooking until the mixture curdles.
  6. Stir constantly until the mixture has separated completely, this should take just a few minutes.
  7. There will be a yellowish liquid on the bottom and thick curdles on top. Remove from the heat.
  8. This should happen within a few minutes.
  9. Lay a cheesecloth in a large sieve and place it over a large bowl.
  10. Pour the curds into the sieve. Let it strain and cool for about 15 minutes.
  11. Once cooled, use the cheesecloth to squeeze the excess whey out of the curds. (Note: You can reserve the whey for marinades, bread, pancakes etc)
  12. Transfer curds to a food processor and process until very smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  13. If the mixture seems grainy and stiff then add in a splash of the whey or cream to loosen it.
  14. Add salt and taste. Add more if you want more flavor.
  15. Now is also a good time to add herbs, garlic or any other flavors you like.
  16. This cream cheese must be stored in the fridge. I always use it within 7 days.
Recipe Notes:

SMALL CURDS: I have heard feedback that lemon juice yields a smaller amount of curd than vinegar, and this may very well be true for pasteurized milk. Choose a white vinegar, cider vinegar/white wine vinegar will do it. When using lemon juice use it fresh from the fruit.

Salt: Just add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and then taste. If you would like it saltier then feel free to add more.


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