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How to Make Cream Cheese Recipe
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How to Make Cream Cheese
Turn regular yogurt into simple, flavorful homemade cream cheese. See more
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How to Make Cream Cheese

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"We're going to use plain old yogurt, a little bit of salt, and a lot of time to make an easy and incredibly delicious homemade cheese. I found some sheeps' milk yogurt at the farmers' market, but I've done this with regular cows' milk yogurt and it works beautifully. The taste is more flavorful and tangier than regular cream cheese."

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Original recipe makes 1 round of cream cheese Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    3 days 20 mins


  1. Line a colander with 6 thin layers of cheesecloth set over a bowl, letting the edges of the cheesecloth hang over the sides. Pour in the yogurt and gather the cheesecloth at the top. Tie the bundle together at the top with kitchen twine and hang the yogurt partially inside a large bowl or large measuring cup set in the refrigerator to drain for 24 hours. Check liquid level in container and pour off if it gets too high.
  2. Unwrap the cheesecloth and place cream cheese into a mixing bowl, sprinkle with salt, and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a 4 1/2-ounce ramekin or a small bowl with 4 thin layers of clean cheesecloth. Spoon the salted cream cheese into the ramekin, avoiding creating air pockets. Smooth top of the cream cheese and place a small circle of plastic on top, cut out of a plastic bag. The plastic should just fit inside the ramekin. Fold the cheesecloth over the top and cut off excess cheesecloth. Place another piece of plastic wrap over the ramekin.
  4. Cut out a small cardboard circle, just barely smaller than the inside of the ramekin, and place the cardboard circle on top of the plastic wrap. Place a small heavy object (such as a can of food) onto the cardboard. Refrigerate to press and age the cream cheese for 2 days.
  5. Carefully unwrap all the layers of plastic and cheesecloth to reveal the pressed cheese. Transfer to a serving plate with the flat side down to show the cheesecloth marks. Refrigerate leftovers.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Serve with crisp crackers or toasted bread slices, topped with a drizzle of honey and chopped pistachios.

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Dec 15, 2013

Yum! Used 2% greek yoghurt, added minced garlic and chopped chives with the salt. Fantastic on French bread straight out of the oven.

May 28, 2014

This was fun to make and it really worked! Creamy and yummy. Thanks Chef John!


5 Ratings

Dec 12, 2014

This is good


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  • Calories
  • 48 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 213 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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