Sunday, February 28, 2010

Homemade Cream Cheese: Make Your Own Monday #9

In order for you to see all of the things I put on my list for 2010's Make Your Own Mondays, you will have to stay tuned each week.  Some weeks, it will be boring.  It's inevitable that there will be weeks that feature things you already know how to make or that in fact everyone but  me has made at one time or another.  That is the nature of any list made by one person.

This week, it's cream cheese.  It was on my list for next fall, but after last week's 13 schmears, I thought I'd move it up.  My personal verdict: buy it when it's on sale and stock up.  However, now I have a new life skill.  If I had access to a cow or cream at a really good rate, perhaps I'd make it again. 

Homemade Cream Cheese:
1 pint heavy cream
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
In a double boiler, heat the cream over gently boiling water until it reaches 190 degrees. (I used a candy thermometer).   
 Add the lemon juice and continue to stir until it thickens almost like a custard. It will coat a wooden spoon well.
 It will be really thick at this point.  Let it cool on the counter for about half an hour, then pour into a cheese cloth lined seive and put into the fridge for 24 hours.
 The next day, peel off the cheese cloth and use as desired. 
 I would highly recommend trying one of the schmears.  They were amazing.  Not only were they good on bagels, I put some on baked potatoes, some in scrambled eggs and others in meatloaf.  The possibilities are endless.


~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I just made my own for the daring bakers tiramisu. It was the first time I had and it gave me a new appreciation of Philly cream cheese. :)

The Dutch Baker's Daughter said...

Oh man. I thought I was special when I made my own mayonnaise. That's nothing compared to cream cheese. It looks lovely!

Allie and Pattie said...

This was a project I did with my scout troop a few years ago. Have to agree with your verdict, though the girls loved it with homemade jam swirled in
xoxo Pattie

A Year on the Grill said...

OK... will be trying this... Stupid question for you... Can you reuse cheesecloth???

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

This is absolutely fantastic -wanna make my own soon too....nice post !!!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

This is absolutely fantastic -wanna make my own soon too....nice post !!!

Autumn Living said...

My family and I are now helping to milk a friends cow which means we have alot of milk AND cream!!! Now I know what to do with it. Thankyaverymuch!!!

Kimberlynn (visiting from Homemaker Monda)

Sweet and Savory said...

I am impressed. This is quite delicious looking. I want a bagel and some lox to go with it.

Joanne said...

this is ANYTHING but boring! I am SO impressed by people who make their own cheese. The cream cheese looks delicious. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I will definitely be back often.

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

You are brilliant! Nice work.

Sylvie said...

What can be made from the run off?? the liquid that is drained....surely a frugal mom/cook can up with something so that this doesn't go down the drain!

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