Quick & Easy Cottage Cheese Recipe

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Contrary to popular belief, cottage cheese is rather easy to prepare. This particular dish is a low-fat equivalent of cheese, which many love to eat. While this variant of cheese is easily available in the market, one can prepare the same at home without much hassle. The two essential ingredients that one needs to prepare cottage cheese with are raw milk and some salt. While both pasteurized and unpasteurized milk can be used to prepare cottage cheese, the latter is given more preference. Now, let’s take a look at the recipe below.

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How to Make Cottage Cheese

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Arab
Keyword: cottage cheese
Appliance: Hot plate
Prep Time: 1 hour
Passive Time: 15 hours
Total Time: 16 hours


  • 1/2 gallon raw milk
  • As per taste salt optional


  • Begin by skimming the cream from the top of the raw milk, which can be poured into a jar or bowl. Keep this cream separate as it can be used later in the preparation.
  • Keep the skimmed milk in the bowl and cover it with cheesecloth. Allow the milk to sit, undisturbed, for two days.
  • Wait for the milk to take on a thick, solid consistency, somewhat like Jell-O, without any clear, milky whey sitting on top. Do not let the milk curdle.
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  • Remove any additional cream from the top of the milk, which by now is in the form of a thick paste-the same consistency as the sour cream.
  • Add this thickened milk to a pot and boil it over low heat. Carry on this procedure for 5-8 minutes. Remove it from the burner when the curds and whey start to separate.
  • Line a strainer with a thin cloth and pour the milk into it.
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  • Drain the curds for 3-4 hours, until the whey entirely separates and drains through.
  • Remove the curds and let them fragment into small chunks. You can add lemon juice or vinegar to this mixture, or simply, add table salt to enhance the taste.
  • Now, take the fresh cream, you had previously set aside, and pour about 1/4 a cup of the same into the cottage cheese. Stir it well till the curds and cream form an even consistency.
    A white plate of cottage cheese on a white wooden table


You can add your homemade cottage cheese to a number of dishes such as a fruit platter, smoothie, pasta, muffin, pancake, and more!

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Vanya Sharma is a writer at heart with interests in the health and nutrition domain and has experience in content creation, collaboration, and content strategy. Vanya has completed the “Introduction to Food and Health” certificate program from Stanford University, US. She aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.

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