Making Cottage Cheese at Home

Marsha Gardner


I love cottage cheese to eat as a salad but I use it a good bit in cooking as well. I love pirogi made with cottage cheese and my Avocado Salad, so if I don't have it on hand I just make my own.

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2 cups


1 gal
skim milk
3/4 c
white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 c
cream or half and half

Directions Step-By-Step

Pour the skim milk into a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Heat to 120-degrees. Remove from the heat and gently pour in the vinegar. Stir slowly for 1 to 2 minutes. The curd will separate from the whey. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Pour the mixture into a colander lined with a tea towel and allow to sit and drain for 5 minutes. Gather up the edges of the cloth and rinse under cold water for 3 to 5 minutes or until the curd is completely cooled, squeezing and moving the mixture the whole time. Once cooled, squeeze as dry as possible and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the salt and stir to combine, breaking up the curd into bite-size pieces as you go. If ready to serve immediately, stir in the half-and-half or heavy cream. If not, transfer to a sealable container and place in the refrigerator. Add the half and half or heavy cream just prior to serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy