Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

My mother used to talk about making her own cheese back in the "Old Country". This makes a good creamy cheese, with no preservatives.


  1. Bring milk and salt very slowly to the boil.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in white vinegar.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. When cool pour mixture into a muslin bag and allow to drip.
Most Helpful

Mirjam, this was my first cheese-making experience, and I must thank you for making it absolutely wonderful! This is an excellent, creamy cheese, if not as tart as Philadelphia Cream Cheese. I halved your recipe and got approximately 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) of cheese. I was worried it might be too salty, but most of the saltiness gets drained off so it comes out just right. I let the milk cool completely before straining, and I let it drip for about 8 hours. I also made Jacques Lorrain's Dill Buttermilk Bread (#636) yesterday, and gawsh, this tastes fantastic on it! Mirjam, this was one recipe I had oodles of fun making... thanks!

Anu May 31, 2002

Definately one of the easiest recipes for homemade cream cheese I've tried. A good texture and delicate, slightly sweet flavor. When I made it again today, I added an extra 1/2 Tb of vinegar and a 1/2 Tb of lemon juice, in an effort to duplicate the tang of "Philly" cream cheese. That did seem to help, but its still not "Philly" ;) (personally I think this is better than "Philly" even without the extra "tang").

Dee514 June 04, 2002

Great recipe. So very easy and it's delicious. I don't imagine it's really any cheaper than buying cream cheese, but what fun it was and the tangy taste is wonderful. Would probably be a good way to use up milk if you found yourself overloaded. I did drain mine in paper towels rather than muslin--seemed to do a great job. Thanks for a great recipe.

Spoongal June 02, 2002