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How to make Cream Cheese - 2 ingredient Homemade Cream Cheese. No cultures needed and it takes minutes to make.

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My Homemade Cream Cheese recipe could not be easier to make, because everything you need to make rich, creamy, and tangy cream cheese is most likely already in your fridge.


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To say I have received tons of requests for this recipe is an understatement because How to Make Cream Cheese has been the most-requested recipe for my Bold Baking Basics series. Since starting Bigger Bolder Baking, you Bold Bakers have shown me what ingredients are and are not available in the countries you live in, and cream cheese was one that was not available or is a completely different texture from country to country.

I usually only like to use ingredients that are accessible to you no matter what country you’re in, however, some ingredients still aren’t as mainstream as you would think. So what do we do? We make our own!

How to Make Homemade Cream Cheese

This Homemade Cream Cheese could not be easier to make, because everything you need to make rich, creamy, and tangy cream cheese is most likely already in your fridge.

Believe it or not, myHomemade Cream Cheese is actually made with milk. I use whole milk in this recipe to get the richness we all know and love in a thick cream cheese. It starts with milk, then I use lemon juice. That’s right: these 2 ingredients create a reaction which curdles the cheese. Then it’s just the process of straining the cheese from the whey, and what I have left is the beginnings of my cream cheese.

After blending thoroughly, I transfer the mix to an airtight container and store it in the fridge. This way, I always have cream cheese waiting on me for baking, cooking, and of course, spreading onto a freshly toasted bagel!

Is This the Same As Regular Cream Cheese?

When researching “How to Make Cream Cheese,” I tried a lot of recipes and wasted a lot of milk. I couldn’t find a recipe that worked without having to buy active cultures or hang a cream cheese for hours. I hate waste, and I don’t want you to waste your ingredients, so I have a foolproof recipe for you that yields delicious Homemade Cream Cheese. My one piece of advice would be to add a generous amount of salt and try eating it warm.

It is just heaven on a cracker.

If you find after blending the cream cheese is a bit gritty, just keep on going. The added salt will season the cream cheese and help the curdles to break down farther into the most lovely smooth cream cheese.

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How to Use This Cream Cheese, and Can You Bake With It?

This cream cheese can be used just like any other, it’s not just for topping and eating plain, it can be baked and cooked with as well. I love to use this cream cheese in my Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting and of course in the glaze I use to finish off my No-Knead No-Machine Cinnamon Rolls! This cream cheese also acts as a great substitute for yogurt in lots of recipes, the versatility really is endless.

If you enjoy making your own homemade ingredients at home you will love learning how to make Homemade Butter!]

How to Store Cream Cheese

This recipe yields 1 cup (8oz) of Homemade Cream Cheese, so check your cheesecake recipe and see how much Cream Cheese you need and then multiply. You can really easily double or triple this recipe. Just like any other dairy product, it’s important to store the cream cheese in an airtight container in the fridge. Since this is made with fresh milk, and has nothing added to preserve it, I suggest you use it within 10 days of making it.

 

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How to make Cream Cheese - 2 ingredient Homemade Cream Cheese. No cultures needed and it takes minutes to make.
How to Make Cream Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

My Homemade Cream Cheese recipe could not be easier to make, because everything you need to make rich, creamy, and tangy cream cheese is most likely already in your fridge.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 4 cups (32oz /1000ml) whole milk (full fat, not low fat)
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (lime juice or white vinegar)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt (read notes)
Instructions
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the milk on med-high. Stirring constantly until it starts to a rolling simmer.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the lemon juice 1 tablespoon at a time, in 1-minute intervals. Continue stirring constantly.
  3. Continue cooking until the mixture curdles. Stir constantly till the mixture has separated completely, this should take just a few minutes. There will be a green liquid on the bottom and thick curdles on top. Remove from the heat. This should happen within a few minutes.
  4. Lay a sieve with cheesecloth over a large bowl. Pour the curd mixture into the sieve. Let it strain and cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer curds to a food processor and process until curds have come together and are totally smooth and creamy. It will take around 3-4 minutes. Keep going if your cream cheese is grainy.
  6. Add salt and taste. Add more if you want more flavor. Now is also a good time to add herbs, garlic or any other flavors you like.
  7. This cream cheese must be stored in the fridge. I always use it within 7 days but can last as long as up to 2 weeks.
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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  1. Rhonda on August 20, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Can you do this with a blended no prosseser

    • Gemma Stafford on August 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Rhonda, the problem is with space it has to work in, as the curd creams it may bind in a blender. You could do it in a pestle and mortar, or even with a hand whisk. For a larger curd, which will be easier to work with, use vinegar as the culture,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Uzma Qaddus on August 1, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Hello Gemma !
    I am so excited to try this recipe tomorrow because there is literally no cream cheese available in our country.
    As I was reading comment I observed many people are concerned about the type of milk used. I have fresh milk available but it is just boiled to remove the bacteria.
    Will this one do the job ?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 1, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Hi,

      I don’t think you will have any problem with the milk you mentioned. It is preferred that it isn’t a low fat milk because the more fat the more curds and better the cream cheese.

      Best,
      Gemma.

      • Uzma on August 2, 2019 at 3:25 am

        Hello !
        I just tried your recipe and I must say the cream cheese was absolutely AMAZING. Thank You so much !
        However, I doubled the recipe to get 16oz of cream cheese but was able to yield only 10oz.
        I used around 6 cup fresh milk ( just boiled to remove bacteria) and 2 cups of tetra pack milk ( which is also full cream)

        • Gemma Stafford on August 4, 2019 at 7:23 pm

          I’m thrilled to hear that!! Thanks for trying it out and letting me know 🙂

          Best,
          Gemma.

  3. Aniva on July 30, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I tried your recipe twice. It was delicious to eat with my toast and smoked salmon sandwich, but tried making cream cheese frosting but it didn’t quite have the right taste. I used 120 grams of cream cheese and 3 cups of powdered sugar, along with vanilla extract and salt, but both times it didn’t have the tangy taste I get using expensive store bought cream cheese. I added little bit of lime juice, but that only enhanced the sour taste, rather than tangy. Can you please tell me what else I should be doing? I’m not quite sure what I’m doing wrong. Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 31, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Hi Aniva,
      Here are the ingredients in a well know brand of cream cheese: Pasteurized Nonfat Milk and Milkfat, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cheese Culture, Salt, Whey, Stabilizers (Xanthan and/or Carob Bean and/or Guar Gums), Sorbic Acid as a Preservative, Vitamin A Palmitate..
      You can see from this that it is a totally different thing. The cheese cultures used will give this a different taste for sure, and it is what gives it the tang too. You could try using vinegar as your culture instead of the citrus juice, that will alter the flavor. If you use a good cider vinegar/white wine vinegar/rice vinegar then the flavor not be too harsh.
      I hope this is of help to you and that you will have the results you like,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Aniva on July 31, 2019 at 1:32 am

        Hi Gemma! I did use vinegar to make the cream cheese instead of lemon juice. Again it tastes amazing with toasts but not for cream cheese. I’ll try apple cider vinegar next time. Thank you so much! Love your YouTube channel 😊

  4. Somya on July 25, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    So this is basically running cottage cheese (paneer) in a food processor. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 26, 2019 at 11:41 am

      I’m thrilled to hear that Somya! Thanks so much for trying it out and letting me know 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  5. Eloise on July 24, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Hi! I tried this the other day and although it tasted great I only got about half the yield. I halved all the ingredients and only ended up with about 60 grams of cream cheese. I used full fat milk and apple cider vinegar. Should I try adding more vinegar/leaving it on the heat longer? I left it about 5 minutes.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 24, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Eloise,

      I don’t know why but sometimes your milk needs extra lemon juice or vinegar. This is happened to me. Next time add a little more until you get the proper curds.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  6. Eloise on July 23, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I halved the recipe for this to try it out and it turned out lovely, but sadly I only got half the yield I expected. I used full fat milk and white wine vinegar. Should I have kept it on the heat for longer /added more vinegar? I used 1.5 tbsp, 500ml of milk.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 24, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Eloise. Did you get the milk to a rolling simmer before adding the vinegar? Gemma

  7. Cath on July 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Hi. Thank you for this recipe. I live in the Philippines and there’s not a lot of options for cream cheese in the supermarket. We only get Philadelphia brand and for our standards that’s pricey. Another issue is whole non-pasteurized milk is hard to come by. Our usual milk comes in powder form or uht pasteurized. Could I use uht to make cream cheese? How about goat milk? Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on July 14, 2019 at 2:19 am

      Hi Cath,
      this is an issue in many places where dairy has not been traditional in the diet, for all sorts of reasons, including climate. Buffalo milk will make a wonderful cream cheese if you can get that.
      UHT means Ultra Heat Treated, this tends to denature the milk or cream, meaning that it will not readily form a curd, which is what you need for cheese of any type. That is not to say that it will produce a little curd, but it will not really give you what you need for this recipe. I do not wish to see you waste the ingredients.
      I am sorry, this is not much help. You can try it though, a little sample to see if it will suit your need.
      Powdered milk can be used too, but I suggest you google this, there is a method, you may like to try it,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Mysong88 on July 11, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I absolutely love it!! Used recipe to make an herbed cheese we buy that is pricey and it turned out wonderful!! To stretch it I over seasoned and added extra herbs and cut it with half a block of plain Phil” cream cheese and it was simply delicious 😋. Even better than the much pricier version we buy. Thank you 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on July 12, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Well done! That herbed cheese sounds lovely! Gemma 😊

  9. Butter and Sweets on June 29, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Yeheyyyyy was successful with this cream cheese recipe. I’m ready for frosting.. Thanks Gemma.
    How about making yogurt from scratch? 😬

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that!! Thanks for trying it out.

      I have a yogurt recipe here

      Best,
      Gemma.

  10. Roxxy on June 28, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Can i use mixer instead of the food processor?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Like a Kitchen aid? unfortunately you need a machine with a blade to separate the curds.

      Hope this helps,
      Gemma.

  11. prachi on June 27, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Hi gemma
    I wanted to first try a small batch so I was thinking using 100 gms of milk
    So how much lemon juice and salt should I put in the recipe ?
    (in grams and spoons both)

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2019 at 11:24 am

      I think that it would be better to make a bigger batch as 100 grams of milk might hardly yield any curds. You can try making half the recipe. You could have to do a little math to adjust the rest of the ingredients https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/how-to-make-cream-cheese/ Gemma 😊

  12. Tanja on June 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I tied to make that recipe with fresh milk. The mixture never really separated, not even after almost 20 to 30 minutes. It got some small curds but no separation. I used fresh lemons out of the garden. What can u do differently? Or is it not working with fresh milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Tanja. I am not sure what happened here, especially this is fresh milk. There have been challenges when ultra pasteurized milk is used, which never curdles. If you are using, fresh, full fat milk, this should not be a problem. try using vinegar next time. let me know how that goes

      Gemma 😊

  13. Sonapat on June 17, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Hi Gemma
    Wanted to know if I can use this homemade cream cheese to make cookie cream cookies?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2019 at 10:12 am

      You can use this recipe for any recipe that will require cream cheese. Gemma 😊

  14. Sona on June 17, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Hi can I use this cream cheese to make cookie cream cookies?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2019 at 10:02 am

      You can use this cream cheese in any recipe that would need it. Gemma 😊

  15. Jamie on June 16, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Hi just wondering if I were to use vinegar instead of lemon juice would I use the same amount? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Hi Jamie! Yes, just use the same amount. Gemma 😊

  16. Saufa on June 8, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Hi gemma,
    I just found out your amazing youtube channel and amazing blog! I really want to make this since cream cheese is super expensive in my country. But one question, can i use UHT full cream milk for this recipe? Its really hard to find fresh milk here or whole milk.. Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2019 at 4:43 am

      Hi Saufa,
      I am not too sure! UHT milk should work for you, but it does depend on the process used to heat treat it. I think it will be best for you to try a little sample, use vinegar for best results with this type of milk.
      Thank you for your kind words, I am delighted you found us, or we found you!
      Gemma 🙂

      • Saufa on July 29, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        hi gemma,
        I’ve finally tried your recipe, It worked! I found a pasteurized fresh milk in a supermarket and decided to try it. I used lemon and it actually worked but tasted tangy and bitter. I follow your recipe though.. is it normal? (I never taste a raw cream cheese before. I also add the cream cheese to my coffee and didn’t like the result) then the other day I found a cow farm that sells fresh milk online at a cheaper price, and I decided to use white vinegar. I tried one more time. Finally, it didn’t taste tangy.. all my family loves it! I used it as a foam to my coffee recipes and oreo cheesecake, and my friends love it too. Thank you! you’re a lifesaver 🙂 (i will never buy expensive cheesecake anymore 😉 )

        • Gemma Stafford on July 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

          I’m thrilled to hear that! Thanks for trying t out 🙂

          Yes the tanginess is common. Lemon juice doesn’t seem to be AS tangy as vinegar

          Gemma.

  17. Zahra on June 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Hey gemma.
    What is the best flavour cheesecake i can make with this cream cheese.
    I wish to make a cheese cake for my daughters birthday. Its terribly hot here in india. So please suggest me a nice fresh flavour.
    And also i love all your videos and recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2019 at 11:24 am

      Hi there,
      no-bake cheesecake is always a good choice. You do have to use a high-fat double cream to get a good result. This simple base is easily flavored, with fresh fruits, citrus, etc.
      This recipe would work well for you (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/lemon-meringue-cheesecake/).
      I hope your daughter has a great birthday,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. somebodyelse on June 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

    You know, you never actually answer the question, “Is this the same as regular cream cheese?” Sources say no.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 5, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Hi there,
      I suppose what matters here is what you think ‘regular’ cream cheese is.
      Cream cheese is also known as farmers cheese, made around the world in all cultures where mammal milk was part of the food chain. It is a simple curd which is created by the addition of a culture, in our case lemon juice or vinegar. If you mean is it the same as the one produced in a factory, then probably not as this is a controlled production of this produce, each batch has to be the same as the last, and it needs to be preserved for sale, shelf life etc.
      Paneer in India and Pakistan, for instance, is a simple curd too, which is not creamed but pressed. Ricotta is made from the whey of the milk, getting the final benefit from the production of cheese. Cheese predates recorded history and was a method of preserving milk. So, I am not too sure what it is you want me to say, but you could try it!
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Divina Josy on June 5, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Hi Gemma. I don’t have a food processor. Can I use a blender instead?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 6, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hi there,
      Not so easily. The bowl of a blender is so small that this ingredient would bind in it. It would need to be made in tiny quantities to work. You could try using a fork, and a whisk, it will be hard work, but you should get there. In India, they press this type of cheese (Paneer) rather than cream it. Using a sterile fine cloth you would squeeze the cheese into shape, draining it as you go. You could try that!
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Lynnona on June 4, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Hi Gemma! Is it okay if I use the blender instead since I don’t have a food processor. Thanks for all the recipes!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 5, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Hi there,
      the issue will be that the bowl of the blender is narrow and can bind rather than blend this more solid thing. Perhaps doing it in batches will help, or use a table fork and a whisk. You may need to add a little cream, milk or whey to it to get it to cream well. Full-fat milk and vinegar will give a larger curd which is easier to cream. Farmers made this long before there were food processors. Think Paneer, the same thing, but strained rather than creamed.
      I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Ami on June 4, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Hi gemma,
    actually im wondering that can we make it with low fat toned milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 5, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Hi Ami,
      toned milk is a term used to describe the lowering of the fat in Buffalo milk by adding skimmed milk and powdered skimmed milk. Buffalo milk in its raw state is about 6% – 8% fat. This is twice the fat of full-fat cows milk at 3.5% tops. When ‘toned’ the fat level is reduced to about 3%. This is very similar to cow’s milk. I am telling you this, though it is not relevant to the recipe. Cream cheese does not depend on the fat in the milk, and toned milk will work really well in this recipe.
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Lilach Yuzuk on June 3, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Hi Gemma. In my country the The can only find Whole milk thet is 3.8 will it be okay to use?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hi there,
      yes, that will be perfect,
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Jamie on May 31, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Could this be frozen?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 31, 2019 at 9:48 am

      You know, I’m leaning towards no. It’s hard to freeze dairy and it never really defrosts the exact same way.

      Maybe someone else has more experience with freezing it.

      Best,
      Gemma.

      • Jenny on July 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

        I make my goat cheese in a similar way and mix it with cream cheese. I put it in a plastic container and put a layer of plastic wrap on top of the cheese and then put the lid on. It taste just a great as the fresh stuff

        • Gemma Stafford on July 20, 2019 at 7:58 am

          oh that sounds like something I would love. I bet that would be delicious on pizza 🙂

          Great idea,
          Gemma.

          • Jenny on July 20, 2019 at 8:54 am

            It is. Especially since I add garlic and an Italian herb blend to it.

  24. Stuart on May 26, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Hi Gemma ..just wondering if it would be possible to use strait cream instead of milk ?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 27, 2019 at 8:09 am

      yes you can use cream just note, it will be very rich and also more expensive.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  25. xiao on May 22, 2019 at 9:30 am

    can I use this cream cheese in your cheesecake frozen yogurt recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 23, 2019 at 3:02 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! that will work well for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. JT on May 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I followed this recipe to the T and I tried it multiple times using lemons, white vinegar, and lemon concentrate just to see if it would work well. I found every time ended up being gritty and bland. My kids tried so hard to like it, but it leaves a gritty feeling in your mouth even if you keep it going longer in the processor. Sadly this is the worst cram cheese I have ever had 😢

    • Gemma Stafford on May 19, 2019 at 3:07 am

      Hi there,
      I am sad about this too. What milk are you using? If it is very low-fat milk you will be better to use vinegar to culture it, to get it to form a large curd. The larger curd is easier to cream too. Adding back a little of the whey also helps to cream the cheese.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Amy R on June 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I’ve got to say I agree. I wanted so badly for this to turn out, but the flavour is so off! There’s none of the tangy goodness that I love in cream cheese. I tried to mix a bit into an icing to see if it would hide, but it came out really gritty even though it had been fairly smooth. (Granted I used a hand blended in a bowl because I don’t have a good processer, so it may not have been smooth enough.) I used raw unskimmed milk (so, full cream content) and lemon juice. I think maybe this would work if you needed just a little more cheese to fill out a recipe, but definitely not by itself.

      • Gemma Stafford on June 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm

        I am so sorry to hear about this. Did you use freshly squeezed lemon juice? This helps the milk curdle more than lemon juice from a jar. You can certainly try adding a little more lemon to get the tangy taste.

        Yes, this is an alternative we offer to our Bold Bakers who do not have the same access to cream cheese as we do in the US.

        Gemma

    • Heather Maier on June 20, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      I just now made this! Licked the spoon, bowl…..and almost the blade I used. It worked GREAT with just 2 ingredients, I’m astounded! Lol
      AND in the process, I’ve decided I’m never spending a fortune on ricotta cheese again! Cuz that’s what you have before you make it creamy.
      Can’t wait to have bagels in the morning, and lasagna in the next few days, after another batch, haha

  27. H Nasir on May 14, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    It sounds amazing that I can make cream cheese with this super simple recipe. Thanks Gemma!👍

    • Gemma Stafford on May 15, 2019 at 8:46 am

      Hi there,
      yes, you can. For best results use full-fat milk. If you use a low-fat milk use vinegar as the culture, this will yield a larger curd. Try it!
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Ayo on May 14, 2019 at 8:15 am

    hi Gemma

    Can i use cream instead of milk? will it work?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 14, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Hi,

      Yes you can do that. It will be very rich and delicious but it will work. You can even do 1/2 milk 1/2 cream and that will work well.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  29. Divyani on May 9, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Gemma. I wanted to make cream cheese for frosting and desserts. However, I was wondering if we need to add salt in that case. Since all the frosting uses unsalted butter etc., I was thinking of skipping adding the salt. Can you please tell me if I can skip it?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 9, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Hi,

      Great question! Just skip the salt. Cream cheese is naturally salty so you don’t need to add any extra.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  30. SN on May 6, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Hi Gemma! This recipe is really helpful! And I wanted to know that after making the cream cheese, does it require to be refrigerated and then be used for making any kind of cheese cake? Also, for making cheese cake with this cream cheese, do we have to beat the cream cheese?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 6, 2019 at 6:53 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! this is a dairy food and it will deteriorate really quickly if left at room temperature. It needs to be chilled in the fridge and to remain chilled up to the time of using. Then you can use it as you wish, in all sorts of bakes and in savory foods too,
      Gemma 🙂

  31. Royak on May 6, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Can I used powdered milk and how to I mix it up with water

    • Gemma Stafford on May 6, 2019 at 4:22 am

      Hi there,
      I am reliably told that powdered milk works well in this recipe. You should use a full fat version and vinegar as the culture, that will give the best result,
      Gemma 🙂

  32. Michelle on May 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I’m lactose intolerant and use a lactose free milk. Would lactose free milk work because I would love to eat cream cheese more often without side effects from the regular ones.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 5, 2019 at 3:46 am

      Hi Michelle,
      yes! Lactose is the sugar of the milk, it should not affect the ability of the milk to form a curd unless it has been ultra heat treated. For this type of milk, I suggest you use vinegar, cider vinegar/rice vinegar, etc to get a large curd, which is easier to cream.
      I hope this is of help, let us know how this worked for you, we learn from each other here at BBB,
      Gemma 🙂

  33. Jeronda Bridges on May 4, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Can this be made with Almond milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 4, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      hummm, I’m not 100% about that but we do have a cashew cheese that might work for you

      Hope this helps,
      Gemma.

  34. Teresa on May 3, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Just discovered your website and would love to try this recipe but I have dairy allergies, can i use coconut milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 6, 2019 at 4:40 am

      Hi Teresa, there are ways to make non-dairy cream cheese but the method is totally different.
      Cashew nuts are often used in this. The alternative is to use coconut cream and just flavor it with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. This is of course not a curd, but it is difficult to replicate cream cheese without animal milk. It will be a compromise.
      Refrigerate a can of full fatcoconut milk, if you do this upside down, then open right way up, the cream will have settled at the bottom of the can. Pour off the coconut water, use it for drinks, and scoop out the cream. It really is worth a try.
      Gemma 🙂

  35. Valencia on May 2, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Hi I will definently try to make it as i like homemade stuff.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 2, 2019 at 3:52 am

      Good Valencia, I will be delighted to know how you get on,
      Gemma 🙂

  36. Elsa Grace on April 30, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Thank you, this was very helpful! I made it with sour milk, and the curdles didn’t get very big. I whisked it by hand, it was a little grainy, but still tasted great!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 30, 2019 at 8:35 am

      I’m glad you got good results, Elsa.

      Best,
      Gemma.

    • Liz Walker on May 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      I made mine with sour milk to was so happy it worked. It made it taste kind of like a medium cheddar, it’s very good.

      • Gemma Stafford on May 16, 2019 at 1:59 am

        Hi Liz,
        That is interesting!
        I presume when you say ‘sour’ you do not mean bad! Milk in this day and age tends to go bad rather than ferment as it used to do back in the day. you can, of course, ferment the milk, add a little kefir to fresh milk, that would alter the flavor too. You can make cream cheese from kefir too, so many ways to experiment!
        Gemma 🙂

  37. Trinette on April 29, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! I was wondering is there something I can use the whey/drained liquid from this recipe in anything else? Or is it best to throw it away?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 30, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Yes absolutely use it! It works as a great marinade for meat because of the acid in it tenderizes the meat. Also it can be used in bread making where water or milk is called for.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  38. Lemchem on April 28, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Gemma! Can I use this for baked American cheesecake? Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 29, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Hi,

      I don’t always recommend it for my homemade cream cheese because you can’t always get it super super smooth like store bought. So technically ‘yes’ you can use it for cheesecake but only if you don’t mind being a bit grainy.

      Best,
      Gemma.

      • Lemchem on May 1, 2019 at 8:14 am

        Thanks!!! I tried today and it came out good but yes like you said little grainy but it was yummy…keep doing what you are doing…love all your recipes!!!

  39. Hayley Lewis on April 27, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I don’t have a good processer, is there another way i can make this?
    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on April 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Hi Hayley,
      this depends on the size of the curd. A large curd is easier to cream by hand whisk. Using full-fat milk, and vinegar as the culture helps to get a large soft curd.
      Try it, then use a handheld whisk to cream it.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  40. Melissa on April 22, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. With a family milk cow, I am always looking for ways to use all the milk we have. I especially appreciate being able to make my own kitchen staples such as butter, cheese, and cream cheese. I find that I prefer the taste of this cream cheese when made with vinegar. Leom juice certainly leaves a lemon flavor, albeit slight. I wonder if you have a temperature for the milk at its original “rolling simmer”. I also found that, even when the texture is nice and creamy, the cream cheese is a bit dry. I wonder if anyone else has had this issue and if anything has been found to improve it.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Yes, it works very well with vinegar too if you do not have lemon juice. I love that you have a family cow, that’s awesome!

  41. ken on April 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Do you have a bagel recipe to go with the cream cheese? I tried the search options with no results. Thanks. BTW GREAT site!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 22, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Ohhh, i love them i dont have a recipe for them but will need to work on that, thank you!

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