Friday, October 1, 2010

Homemade Cottage Cheese

Few days ago I got Mark Bittman's recipe for cottage cheese making from Heather, I finally managed to make it and I'm so happy about the result !
In Italy the only cottage cheese we get is the low fat type so it is always associated with diets, when I came to the US I was amazed by all the different kinds there were in the supermarkets !

So now thanks to this very simple recipe I can make my own as I wish !
In my neighbourhood twice a week there is a little truck selling unpasteurized milk (prize winning ) ad cheese so I used their rich milk for my cheese.

kindly given to me by Heather

1/2 gallon milk (highest fat content you can find for creamiest results)
1 qt. buttermilk
salt (optional)
Put milk in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally to keep itfrom scorching, until the milk bubbles up the sides of the pot, 10 to 15 minutes.
Line a strainer with 3 layers of cheesecloth or a piece of undyed cotton muslin.
Add the buttermilk to the boiling milk all at once and stir constantly until the mixture separates into curds and whey. It will look like cooked egg whites suspended in a slightly thick yellowish liquid. Remove from the heat and stir in a large pinch of salt if you like.
Carefully pour mixture into cloth and strainer. Let curds sit in strainer until they've drained the amount of moisture you desire, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Scoop the curds into a container and store in the refrigerator.

I'm submitting this recipe to Roz at la bella vita


Leslie said...

Ciao Natalia! You make cottage cheese sound (and look) delicious! I'm afraid it also has a reputation in this country as a diet food, yet it's so much more. How lucky that you can get wonderful unpasteurized milk so easily!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

elra said...

Now I am tempted to make my own cottage cheese.

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

This recipe looks amazing, thanks for sharing it!


Ivy said...

Great job Natalia. Sounds very easy.

Hanna said...

HI there! I am your newest follower from the Weekend blog hop! Lovely blog:) You can find me at

This is amazing!! And I'm so jealous your in ITaly:)

Sara said...

so easy! i just made ricotta last week, i think i will try this recipe soon!

girlichef said...

Thanks for the awesome shout-out...but you did all the "work" ;). Wasn't it so simple? It turned out creamy! YUM :D

terry said...

Ricettina che copierò di sicuro!!! l'idea del cottage cheese in casa è stupenda!

bella (roz) said...

I have never known anyone that can make their own cottage cheese. With peaches, I can eat it endlessly. And as a very bad childhood habit, I can dip potato chips in it endlessly (but I can't do that anymore!) Thanks so much for posting it on my Fresh Friday get-together. I am highlighting it as a special addition next week. I mean talk about FRESH!!! This is IT! Roz