A white plate of cottage cheese on a white wooden table
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How to Make Cottage Cheese

Gorge on this low-fat cheese with chips!
Prep Time1 hr
Passive Time15 hrs
Total Time16 hrs
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Arab
Keyword: cottage cheese
Appliance: Hot plate


  • 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!