Homemade Cottage Cheese

How to make homemade Cottage Cheese!

recipe for home made cottage cheese

Too many times I wish I had cottage cheese in my fridge for one recipe or another, and find I am completely out.  I don't want to run to the store just for cottage cheese!  So I started looking on line for ways to make my own at home.  After some tweaking, here is what I've come up with.  I've eaten it plain, in salads, and in other dishes that call for cottage cheese.  And it tastes great!

I've also read that when you get the munchies at night, cottage cheese is a good thing to eat.  It helps keep your metabolism working all night, without keeping you awake.

Recipe for Homemade Cottage Cheese 

1 gallon milk (I've used whole milk and 2% and personally prefer 2%)
1 gallon milk makes approximately 4 cups.

Heat this in a quality pan that will hold more than 1 gallon of liquid.  Heat on medium heat to 180 degrees, or just to the boiling point.  Stir to keep from scalding on the bottom.

recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Heat Milk to 180 degrees

Once milk reaches 180 degrees, stir in 3/4 cup vinegar slowly.  (I've tried apple cider vinegar and white vinegar.  The white vinegar tastes better to me.)

recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Stir in Vinegar
 Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.  You will see it start to curdle right away.
recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Milk starts to form Curds
Pour this through a cheese cloth or quality mesh strainer to separate the curds and whey.  You can keep the whey and use it later in just about anything item you will make that calls for water, soups, cakes, smoothies, etc.

recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Pour Milk through strainer to separate curds and whey

recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Whey to be used in other foods

Remove the whey container once drained.  Then rinse with cold water.

recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Rinse Cottage Cheese with Cold Water
Sprinkle with Salt to taste
Sprinkle with salt to taste, and place in an air tight container until you are ready to use.  Can be used immediately.  If you want a creamier cottage cheese, add a couple of tablespoons of half&half or cream.

recipe for homemade cottage cheese
Finished Product
Cottage Cheese

And there you have it! A finished product. If you have any comments or suggestions on your own homemade recipes please let us know!

Check out our homemade recipe for some yummy carrot cake jam!

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