How to Make Cream Cheese with Just One Ingredient
Learn How to Make Cream Cheese with this simple One Ingredient Recipe.
Yogurt Cheese or Cream Cheese?
Making homemade cream cheese couldn’t be easier, and it only takes one ingredient to make it…yogurt! Any yogurt will do—full-fat, low-fat, or fat-free. In this recipe, I am using full-fat yogurt because I believe it creates the best final product. Plus, make sure the yogurt that you use is plain, unflavored yogurt and not Greek yogurt.
Why Not Greek Yogurt?
I recommend making this homemade cream cheese with regular yogurt for two reasons:
- First, plain unflavored yogurt is generally less expensive than Greek yogurt.
- Second, by straining regular yogurt, which is the first step in this process, you will be getting a nice amount of whey liquid. Whey is a nutritious probiotic-rich by-product of making homemade cream cheese. In a future video and blog post, I will be sharing how to use this wonderful liquid in a myriad of different ways. So stay tuned!
Straining Yogurt and Molding Yogurt Cheese
After straining the yogurt for 24 hours, you’ll be ready for the next step, which involves lining a small container—any type you have will do—with some cloth and allowing your cream cheese to “ripen” or “age” for about a week in the refrigerator. Once you un-mold it from your container, you’ll have homemade cream cheese! This couldn’t be easier!!
How to Use Homemade Cream Cheese
You can use your homemade cream cheese in the same way that you would use the block of cream cheese that you can buy from the grocery store. Your cheese can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. And easiest of all, you can simply place the homemade “block” on to a plate and cover it with some spicy jelly or shrimp and cocktail sauce, and you have a quick and easy dessert!!
More Homemade Dairy Recipes
Now that you’ve learned how to make Cream Cheese be sure to try your hand at making other homemade dairy recipes, including homemade Cottage Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Sour Cream, and Cultured Butter.
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Homemade Cream Cheese with One Ingredient
- Bowl or large measuring cup
- Mesh strainer
- Flour sack towel, cheesecloth, or coffee filters
- 32 ounces Plain whole milk yogurt, unflavored Low-fat or fat-free yogurt can also be used
- Line a mesh strainer with a flour sack towel, cheesecloth, or coffee filters.
- Place strainer over a bowl or large measuring cup.
- Pour yogurt into the lined strainer.
- Place lined strainer with yogurt, which is over the bowl (or measuring cup), into the refrigerator, and allow the yogurt to drain for 24 hours.
- The yellowish liquid that will accumulate in the bowl or measuring cup is acidic whey. Transfer this to a lidded jar and refrigerate. This will last, refrigerated, for six months. It is rich in probiotics. You can drink it, use it in place of liquid in baked goods, or use it to soak grains.
- After the yogurt has drained for 24 hours, transfer it to a small container lined with a small flour sack towel, cheesecloth, or coffee filters. (See Video.) And then cover the container with a lid or other weight such a plate.
- After one week, un-mold the "cream cheese" and store it in the refrigerator to be used in any recipe that calls for cream cheese. This homemade cream cheese will stay fresh, refrigerated, for about 2 weeks.
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Favorite Homemade Dairy Supplies
- 8-Cup Measuring Cup
- Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer
- Flour Sack Towels
- Glass Containers with Snap-Tight Lids
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