Make Your Own Cream Cheese

If you enjoy cooking and love to eat cream cheese, you can make your own without any special equipment or ingredients. All you really need is half and half, heavy whipping cream, a touch of buttermilk, salt and a little patience.

This recipe comes from culinary weblog The How-To Baker, which also has instructions for making your own bagels to go with the cream cheese. The only hard bit is that it there are five days to wait between starting the cream cheese recipe and eating it. If you use ultra-pasteurised half and half and cream, it may not separate into curds and whey very well, so look out for non-ultra pasteurised versions.

What you're doing is pouring your half and half and whipping cream in a saucepan, bringing that to 32C and pouring the mixture into a sanitised mixing bowl. Over the next few days, you'll be taking it out every 12 hours to drain any liquid and let the curd firm up. Full step-by-step instructions and measurement amounts can be found at the link below.

Once the cream cheese is ready, it'll store in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Homemade Cream Cheese without a Starter Culture [The How-To Baker]


    In Australia, half and half *is* "special ingredients".

      Hi Deborah. From a Aussie living in the US. Half and half is equivalent to Pura real cream (whipping cream) this is very thin compared to our bulla thickened cream. And the other is full cream milk. Literally half and half or 50% of each. Also a great flavor in your coffee.

      What *is* half and half?

        It's meant to be something like half milk and half cream. Not really available in Australia...

        half and half is basically half cream and half milk mixture that Americans love so very much and consume so much of it they need it specially made

      Read that and said "half and half of what??"

    Half and Half is half milk and half cream. How's that a special ingredient?

    Either use what half cream and half milk, or use a very creamy milk, or a very light cream. Wouldn't be a problem.

    is it even possible to buy non-pasteurised dairy products in australia?

      Yeah, but it's against the law (I do believe?) for them to be sold, though Aldi sell a cheese that is non pasteurised..

    so is there a simple way for Australians to do this?

      The Australian way would entail us just going to the supermarket and buying a tub of Philly. We're that lazy!!

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