Diving into the art of cheesemaking at home might seem like a daunting endeavor, but it’s a surprisingly simple and rewarding process that can transform the way you think about dairy products. Among the most delightful and versatile dairy delights you can create is homemade cream cheese. This recipe not only demystifies the process but also introduces you to a cream cheese that’s incomparably superior to the store-bought versions in both flavor and texture. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a curious beginner, this guide to making your own cream cheese promises a journey filled with culinary discovery and satisfaction. Embrace the joy of creating something as staple and beloved as cream cheese from scratch, and let’s explore the magic of turning everyday ingredients into a gourmet delight.



  • Author: Hannah
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. In a large pot, combine the whole milk and heavy cream. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a temperature of 190°F (88°C). Do not allow it to boil.
  2. Once the desired temperature is reached, add the lemon juice and white vinegar, stirring gently to combine. You will see the mixture begin to curdle immediately.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat. Allow it to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  4. Line a colander with a few layers of cheesecloth and place it over a large bowl. Pour the mixture into the colander, letting the whey (the liquid) separate from the curd.
  5. Tie the corners of the cheesecloth together to form a bag and hang it over a bowl to drain for 1 hour, or until it reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Transfer the cream cheese from the cheesecloth to a bowl. Stir in the salt, adjusting to taste.
  7. Store the cream cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.





  • Serving Size: 8 servings
  • Calories: 150 kcal per serving

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Embarking on the journey of homemade cream cheese is more than just an exercise in culinary skill; it’s an invitation to connect with the food you eat on a deeper level. The simplicity of this recipe belies the rich, complex flavors and the sheer satisfaction that comes from crafting a staple kitchen ingredient by hand. Whether spread on a warm, toasted bagel, incorporated into your favorite recipes, or served as a decadent dip, this homemade cream cheese is sure to elevate your meals and impress your taste buds. So, as you scoop out that creamy, tangy goodness, remember that the best flavors come not just from the quality of the ingredients, but from the love and care that go into making them. Welcome to the delightful world of homemade dairy, where every spread and every bite tells a story of creativity, tradition, and culinary adventure.

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