Swiss-style Cream Cheese

 

Make your own delicious cream cheese with a few simple steps.


Ingredients

  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 packet direct-set mesophilic starter
  • 1 drop liquid rennet diluted in 2 tablespoons of cool, unchlorinated water
  • Cheese salt


Instructions

  1. In a medium-size non-reactive stockpot or double boiler, warm the cream up to 65°F over low heat. Once this temperature has been reached, add the starter and mix in slowly using steady up-and-down motions. Add the diluted rennet by pouring it through a cheese spoon and incorporate using the same up-and-down strokes for 1 minute.
  2. Cover the cream and allow to set at a constant 65°F for 24 hours.
  3. Line a colander with clean butter muslin and suspend it over a bowl. Pour in half of the cream cheese curd, then sprinkle the poured-out half with 1 teaspoon of the cheese salt. Pour in the remaining curd and sprinkle with 1 more teaspoon of salt.
  4. Fashion a draining sack with the butter muslin and hang the cheese to drain for 12 hours.
  5. Take the cheese out of the butter muslin sack and place into a cheese press lined with damp cheesecloth and press at 10 pounds of pressure for 5 hours.
  6. Remove the cheese from the mold and store in a covered bowl in the fridge until you are ready to eat/use it.


This cheese can be rolled in herbs, sugar, or peppercorns for added flavor.

 

 

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