Things that are close to my heart:
1. A Colombian emerald ring my grandma gave me
2. Amelia’s toes (bc they’re so chubby!)
3. My pager from childhood. My most used pager codes: 143, 80085, 123
4. A sweet note Joshua wrote me a few weeks ago
5. All carbs. Especially bagels.
So naturally, cream cheese is also very important to me. I’ve been wanting to make homemade cream cheese 4evrrrrr. I’m so glad I finally bought da stuff and decided to do it. It definitely took me a few times to get it exactly right. I ended up buying this animal rennet from Amazon. They also have vegetable rennet.
I also bought cheesecloth off of Amazon because yes to anything that can be delivered right to my door.
There are plenty of things that I think are silly to make homemade. Cream cheese IS NOT ONE OF THEM. The texture is a million times better than the cream cheese you buy at the grocery store. It’s so much smoother, lighter, creamier. The main difference is that store-bought cream cheese usually has a gum listed in the ingredients (guar gum, xanthm gum, etc.) which means it’s a lot thicker and denser. Well, not this one.
It’s so good that I probably won’t ever go back to store-bought cream cheese ever again.
One thing I’m SUPER excited about is what I’m doing with the leftover whey. Be sure to save it. We’re gonna put it in something delicious.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk (ultra-pasteurized is ok!)
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk, shaken
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 drops liquid vegetable or animal rennet, dissolved into 2 tablespoons of water
- In a large pot, combine heavy cream, whole milk, buttermilk and salt. Heat to 75 degrees F. (Warm to the touch.)
- Mix in rennet being sure it’s evenly distributed. Cover with clean kitchen towel and allow to stand in place that’s 75 degrees for 14 hours. Just a heads up, I tried this once during the day and once at night. No surprise that the batch that sat for 14 hours during the day was MUCH better. It was just warmer and was overall a better environment for the cream cheese.
- Line a fine-mesh strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth; and then nestle it over a large bowl. Pour the cream/milk mixture into the cheesecloth and allow it to strain, on its own (don’t work it through), for about 4 hours to 5 hours. When it's completely drained, the final product should be a creamier, smoother and lighter version of cream cheese that you're probably used to. It keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks.
Save the whey! We're gonna do something cool with it next week.