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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Make it from Scratch


Cream cheese is listed under a cheese, so please, no bubble bursting today.

I thought I would try the simplest recipe for a cheese I could find. And since I use so much cream cheese, I thought that it would be best to start there. I looked around and made sure that I had everything I needed {unfortunately I was unable to score any raw milk} I added 1 cup buttermilk to 2 cups warm milk and did the unthinkable. I left it out on my counter for 24 hours. I did this to allow it to clabber. Clabber? Hey kids stop clabbering around! She made her way down the eerily quiet hallway, suddenly there was a clabber that startled her. Clabber, make curds. A cutesy word to potty train with? After allowing the milk to. . . clabber, I warmed it over hot water for 30 minutes, then poured it out into a cloth bag to allow it to drain. And left it alone for an hour before removing it and wrapping it in wax paper and placing it in the fridge.

If you can get over the clabber, it tastes just like the store bought cream cheese. And then there is the upside that I will not be listing this entry with the tag mistakes. Of course I went the simple route when it came to making cheese, but I am going to take baby steps on this one. Once I have conquered the soft cheeses I will move on to the semi-hard and then the hard.

I am however listing this with the tag frugal?. The cost of buttermilk and milk versus buying the same amount in pre-made cream cheese is cheaper.

And the winner of the homemade noodles is......Please e-mail me the address where you want this to be sent.

Who would like some homemade cream cheese? If you don't mind it sent in a Styrofoam box {I reused this from something I had ordered in the past} Please leave a reply here, include the words I want to enter. I will leave this open for one week.

16 comments:

The Fool said...

I want cream cheese...and I want Susie Creamcheese to deliver it (ah, I miss you Frank).

I gave you a plug on this too.

How's dad? *hugs&prayers*

The Fool said...

And what am I supposed to do with a rabid Edgar Allen Poe? Take him with you...

Phelan said...

Dad is doing well thank you for asking. Thank you for the plug. And you can do all kinds of fun things with a rabid Poe.

abbagirl74 said...

Hooray!!! I am so excited! I will send you the address you can send it to. I think it is so cool that you made cream cheese. I love flavored cream cheese. I bet you could add the extract or something to flavor it, couldn't you? Cool!

Hope your father is doing well.

Phelan said...

Got the address. I will send it out this week. Will have to make it tonight and allow it to dry.

I could flavor cream cheese. Maybe this spring I will try it with added fruit. Thanks for the idea.

Laurie said...

Hi Phelan. As many times as I've seen your comments on other blogs, I can't believe it's taken me this long to actually visit your blog!

I'm relatively new to raw milk - I drank it as a child and now I've bought a cowshare and have been drinking it on a regular basis. Would you really have used raw milk to make cream cheese if you had had the choice? I've been told to always keep it cold, but then again I've been told a lot of things that I no longer believe - ha!

Cheryl said...

Very cool, I will definitely be trying this out myself. Organic cream cheese costs a mint around here, and we go through a lot of it. How much do you think you ended up with?
Thanks for the info!

maggie said...

I will definately try this out. I am too far to expect your cheese to make it to me in any edible shape so I must pass on the contest. Great job.

Stephanie said...

I want cheese!

That really sounds pretty easy. We also go through a lot of cream cheese. I might try this!

Thanks for entering it in the carnival too!

Phelan said...

Laurie, welcome. I would love to use raw milk if I had it. This summer I hope to have a couple of cows.

Cheryl, I am assumeing it was about 8 oz. But I will measure the next batch for you.

maggie, thank you.

Stephanie, give it a try! And thanks for the carnival

Carla said...

Yum! I'm going to try this out. I love cream cheese. I've only ever made cheese with buttermilk. You've just given me inspiration to try again. Thanks.

Robbyn said...

Wow, it sounds easy and fun to make! Way to go!!

Now I'm craving cream cheese with roasted onions on an onion bagel. Great for cravings, bad for breath...lol! (No wonder I grow mint??)

I think clabbered cheese was around long before refrigerators...I wonder how we can relearn the way folks did things before we got all "modern"?

Put my name in the hat for the cream cheese, if I'm not too far away.

There are a few goats farms around here who sell "pet-grade milk," but I'm still looking for a good source for raw cow's milk...

Alexandra said...

Wow, that doesn't sound too difficult at all! I'll have to try it.

devildogwife said...

That's so cool! I'd love to try some!!

Faren said...

Phelan, since I think you are close to Wichita I thought I would give you a link to the farm I buy my raw milk, eggs, soap, and all kinds of good stuff from. I really love all their products. www.fullerfamilyfarms.com
Might come in handy till you can get your own cows.

Phelan said...

Faren, thnk you very much! I will have to head in there some time this week.

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