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Homemade Cottage Cheese in Oven

Updated on January 25, 2020

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Back in the 1930s, grandma used to mix up a few ingredients, and she'd put the bowl down in the wood stove room, where it would be warm, and she'd leave it to do its thing.

That was it.

So, armed with this information, I have decided to experiment with the same thing, except with a few minor 2020 modifications

I'm using a covered slow cooker liner, a plastic crock pot liner, a gallon of cold whole milk, a teaspoon of table salt and three quarters of a cup of white vinegar.

I have my oven set at 190 degrees, and the timer set at 5 hours.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Slow cooker liner
Slow cooker liner
Insert liner into crock pot
Insert liner into crock pot
Smoothen bag, fold over side of crock
Smoothen bag, fold over side of crock
One teaspoon of salt
One teaspoon of salt
Salt in bottom of liner
Salt in bottom of liner
White vinegar
White vinegar
Pour in with salt
Pour in with salt
Gallon of whole milk, plain not treated for longevity, cold milk straight from the refrigerator
Gallon of whole milk, plain not treated for longevity, cold milk straight from the refrigerator
Pour into salted vinegar
Pour into salted vinegar
No stir, just put cover on
No stir, just put cover on
Place in 190 degree oven
Place in 190 degree oven
Set timer for 6 hours
Set timer for 6 hours

I have read recipe, after recipe, about this and that, running the gamut of of a lot of different methods.

At this point, I feel that the chemical reaction of vinegar, salt and milk cannot be avoided. That happens whether I do it right or not.

I do know that if I want to make a thicker sauce for my salad, I add vinegar and it thickens, so I'm fairly confident that heating it for an extended period of time will make it really thick.

I will share my results with you as I get them.

It seems to be separating okay
It seems to be separating okay

There is no smell of vinegar, but then, I do have the cover locked on, so perhaps I cannot smell it. The kitchen smells like deep fried onions since I was creating chedder potatoes in the meanwhile.

Time Almost Up

I checked the temperature of it a while ago and it was barely 170 degrees.

Put back in oven. Looks like two minutes left.

Protect Counter with Hot Board

2 minute warning ..
2 minute warning ..
Cutting board
Cutting board
Out of oven
Out of oven
Cheese cloth in collander
Cheese cloth in collander
Pour cheese into collander and move whey to a different area. Turn cheese cloth to remove excess moisture
Pour cheese into collander and move whey to a different area. Turn cheese cloth to remove excess moisture
Dump out of cheesecloth
Dump out of cheesecloth
Seasoned salt
Seasoned salt
Add heavy whipping cream and it's done
Add heavy whipping cream and it's done

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      18 months ago from Minnesota

      Kona girl, it really doesn't make a massive quantity...couple cups per gallon of milk...

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      KonaGirl 

      18 months ago from New York

      Fantastic! I'll have to try this homemade cottage cheese but in a smaller quantity. Pinning to my Pinterest DIY Dairy Home Recipe board. https://www.pinterest.com/konagirl/diy-dairy-home-...

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