How To Make Your Own Cottage Cheese

I found this recipe for cottage cheese on the Guardian website and thought I’d give it a try.

  • 1tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1l milk

 

  • Boil milk in large saucepan (watch out for it bubbling over!).
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice and salt.

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  • Leave for 5mins+ for the milk to separate (and look gross!).

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  • Sieve the lumpy milk, the liquid is whey and can be used in other recipes that I have yet to try!  But it’s the goopy ‘solid’ stuff are the curds and that’s what you want.
  • I followed the Guardian recipe and rinse it under cold water here to cool it down but I don’t recommend this as I think it watered it all down and made it really mushy.  Just squeeze out all the water then place in the fridge to cool.

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And that’s it.  Pretty easy!  I estimate it would last 2 days max in the fridge as cottage cheese doesn’t have much staying power generally and bad cottage cheese is a truly disgusting experience!

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I ate mine with a baked potato and it was very bland!  I think that might be because I used semi-skimmed milk and full fat would have more flavour, and because I rinsed it with water as directed but this meant it soaked up a lot of bland water.  Also I’m not sure how cost effective it as I used a whole litre of milk for a relatively small amount of cottage cheese.

But it was easy and I can definitely experiment with this and see if I can improve the flavour.