Mascarpone Cheese (Italian Cheese) - the Real Thing - Substitute

"This is the genuine article. It is very expensive in the stores, but doesn't take much effort to make at home."
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Ready In:
1 pint


  • 1 quart cream (not ultra-pasteurized if possible)
  • 14 teaspoon tartaric


  • Heat CREAM to 180 degrees F (82C).
  • Add 1/4 t TARTARIC ACID.
  • Stir for about 10-15 minutes.
  • The cream should thicken with small flecks of curd.
  • Using a DOUBLE layer of FINE cheesecloth in a strainer, pour off the whey and let it drain for about an hour.
  • Put the strainer in a bowl and place it in the refrigerator to drain overnight (or 12 hours).
  • In the morning, scoop out the cheese and put into an airtight container.
  • **Tartaric Acid is available from any cheesemaking supply company and most wine making companies.
  • Since at home winemaking is much more common, look in your phone book for a local winemaking supply store.
  • Many wine and liquor stores carry wine making supplies and may have tartaric acid.

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  1. This is really simple to make. So far I have made two batches (I'm making a mascarpone cheescake for Easter) and I don't want to have to order it online again. None of my local stores carry it and with shipping an 8 ounce container is $27 with shipping! At first I was nervous because it thickened but was still runny. After cooking put it in a bowl and let it cool for an hour, then put it in the cheesecloth (I used butter cloth, it has a finer weave) and let it set in the fridge in the strainer overnight. The next day it was thick, but not as thick as it should be so I placed a weight on it and let it set for another day. This made it thicker like soft cream cheese. A defiante keeper! Just keep in mind if you need this for a recipe, you need to start two days in advance.
  2. another common form of tartaric acid is cream of tartar.
  3. I have a suggestion. You might try using "mr coffee" filters in place of cheesecloth, or a new pair of nylon women's stocking feet. (one inside the other)



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