…and Finally, on Frugal Friday, cottage cheese

finished cottage cheese

finished cottage cheese

Simplest handcrafted cottage cheese ever. Also fast. This recipe comes from Poppy’s Money Tree, many thanks to them!

1/2 gallon of milk, 1/2 cup of vinegar

1/2 gallon of milk, 1/2 cup of vinegar

As with all dairy projects, they all seem to start with milk in a pan, on the stove

pan of milk

pan of milk

Bring the milk to 120 degrees, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add vinegar

curdling begins, immediately. Stir gently, but thoroughly.

curdle on

curdle on

put the lid on and allow to rest for 30 minutes

30 minutes rest

30 minutes rest

Drain into sieve lined with cheesecloth, and gently rinse the curds in cold water

gently rinse to cool and remove vinegar

gently rinse to cool and remove vinegar

then completely drain, starting by lifting the sides of the cloth off the edges of the sieve, eventually drawing the cloth together and wringing out the liquid

wringing the curd

wringing the curd

allow the bundle to drain a few minutes more

drain

drain

then empty the curd into a bowl

drained curd

drained curd

add a tsp. of salt and fluff with fork. Then add milk or half and half to desired texture. The curd is very small, a mild flavor and very rich.

finished cottage cheese

finished cottage cheese

It is glorious plain, with fruit, or blended as a “farm cheese” spread, with either fruit  and honey or jam or as a savory, with garlic and chives, or basil and sundried tomato.

Eat immediately, or refrigerate for up to 7 days.

And that concludes Frugal Friday!

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