How do you make homemade cream cheese?
Cream cheese is soft uncured cheese with the minimum milk fat content of 33 percent and the maximum moisture content of 55 percent. Milk and cream that are used for preparing cream cheese should be pasteurized. Cream cheese is prepared by causing the clotting and coagulation of the milk with the help of acid-producing bacteria, or acidic liquids, and clotting enzymes. Salt can also be added.Prepare the ingredientsTake equal parts for instance, 2 cups or 2 quarts each of whole milk and heavy cream, 1/3 cup lemon juice or 2 tablespoons cultured buttermilk, 1/4 Junket rennet tablet and 2 teaspoons salt.Make the milk and cream mixtureRinse a pot with cold water, then pour in the milk, cream and lemon juice, adding in some salt. Heat the mixture until it simmers gently. Alternatively, warm the milk and cream up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and add the buttermilk. Separately, dissolve the rennet in cool water. Add the rennet to the mixture and leave overnight. Sprinkle with salt. Fish out the curd clumps with a slotted spoon. Drain the cheeseLine a colander with sterile cheesecloth and place the cheese curds into it, over a bowl, to save the whey. Source: fda.gov