Recipe: Swiss-Style Cream Cheese

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



  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 tsp. of the cheese salt. Pour in the remaining curd and sprinkle with 1 more tsp. 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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