Homemade Cream Cheese Spread

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As I was updating some of my pages including my article on Homemade Farmer Cheese in order to add some fresh information, I went to YouTube and found other cheese making videos. One of the authors really grabbed my attention so as I watched her videos my mind starting wandering as always.

If you are going to take the time to make a farmer cheese, add a few extra minutes and go ahead and create cream cheese and/or different cheese spreads. Now yes, I will admit, getting into the car and going to the store and grabbing a container of cream cheese is very easy to do. However, what if I wanted Cranberry Nut cream cheese? I have never seen that flavor in my store... or what about if I wanted Lemon Pepper cream cheese on veggies, sandwiches or crackers? Yep, again I have never seen that flavor in my store. So my only other option is to make it, which I did!!

It may be a little time consuming, but I promise it will be worth it!

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Let's get the cheese going!!

In order to make cream cheese, you have to start with the basic farmers cheese. It is pretty simple so here you go:

You will need:

1/2 Gallon Whole Milk

2 cups of buttermilk

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Put the whole mile into a pot and heat it up to a 175 degrees. Yes, it takes a little time, but make sure the temperature is 175 degrees! While you are waiting for the milk to heat up.. get a strainer, cheese cloth, kitchen string and a bowl out so it will be ready.

Once the milk has reached 175 degrees, take off of heat and add the buttermilk and lemon juice. Stir a little and walk away! Let the mixture set for 15 minutes or so.

Line your strainer with the cheese cloth and set it on top of the bowl. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the curd into the strainer. Be sure to get every bit of it. The liquid remaining is the whey which if you would like you can put into a jar and keep. Use the whey for baking breads, etc.

Tie the corners of the cheese cloth with a loop with the string and tie off the cheese cloth. Hang this from something in your kitchen with the bowl under it for an hour!! You need to do this to drain out as much liquid as possible.

After an hour of draining when you untie your cheese cloth, this is what you will have. At this point you can either use the whole thing or cut it in half to make different kinds of spreads.

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First thing First

You need to know in advance what kind of cream cheese you are wanting to make. In my case, I wanted cranberry nut cream cheese, but I also wanted a Lemon Pepper cream cheese to try. So I cut my curd in half to make two different kinds of cream cheese.

To make things even more interesting, here is how to make homemade cranberry compote.

23 oz. bag craisins

enough water to cover them in pot

1/4 cup of sugar

Place in a pot and cook until the craisins are tender and plump (approx. 15 minutes). Use your immersion blender and finely chop until the mixture looks pureed. Put into a pint mason jar because you will only need approx 2 Tablespoons for your cream cheese.. the rest can be used in danish, fruit cookies or even fry pies!

Prep time: 1 hour 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: 2- 1/2 pint Mason Jars (each flavor)

Cranberry Nut Cream Cheese

  • 1/2 batch of curd
  • 2 Tablespoons Cranberry Compote
  • 1 Tablespoon Nuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 oz. Heavy Cream
  1. Add half of the curd to a mixing bowl and break up with a mixer. Add the salt and a little heavy cream and mix until it looks creamy. **You will most likely end up using 4 oz. of heavy cream, but only add a little at a time until you get the creaminess you want.
  2. Once mixture is creamy, add cranberry compote and nuts. Again, blend well with your mixer. Taste and if you feel you need a little more salt, or sugar add at this point and mix together with mixer.
  3. Put your cream cheese into small mason jars. The ones I am using in the photo are 1/2 pint jam jars.

Lemon Pepper Cream Cheese Spread

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to try a lemon pepper cream cream because I love lemon pepper. You follow the same directions except instead of the sugar and cranberry compote, you would use Ms. Dash Lemon Pepper. I added even more pepper. You also may have to increase the pink salt a little.. just be sure to taste test as you go along!!

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