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Uploaded on Oct 24, 2011

You can make homemade cream cheese at home, its so easy to do. You can find written directions at http://www.copykat.com/2011/01/18/mak...

his is Stephanie Manley with copykat.com. I'm going to show you how you
can make your own homemade cream cheese. Homemade cream cheese is so easy
to make and it tastes so wonderfully rich and creamy. So why don't we get
started?

This takes just a couple of ingredients and the first ingredient is half
and half. The second ingredient you will need to purchase from a specialty
store. It's called mesophilic culture. There are lots of stores online that
sell this culture. And you know what? It's so easy to do so why not give it
a try?

All I'm going to do is take this package of mesophilic culture and put it
in. You know and this bit of the small amount of culture will actually do
up to a gallon of half and half, but I don't need quite that much cream
cheese, and all you have to do is stir in the culture. You can see it's
really easy to do.

So the next thing I'm going to do is, I'm going to cover this with plastic
wrap, and I'm going to leave this on my kitchen counter for just about 18-
24 hours. We're going to go ahead and let that culture do its thing, and
turn into cream cheese.

So it's been about 18-24 hours and my cream cheese is done. You're going to
be wondering "Is it done? Is it done?" Well you know what? After about 18-
24 it turns into this, and look at it. It's like Greek-style yogurt, but
you know what? It's not cream cheese just yet. We need to drain the whey
out of this cream cheese.

So I'm going to use a stainless steel pot and some butter cloth. Now this
isn't cheese cloth, because the fabric is much more, dense than cheese
cloth. It will drip right out of cheese cloth, if you try it. So try some
butter cloth or you may want to try a flour sack towel. You can see this
one that I have right here. I think this would work well.

It's going to go ahead and let the whey drain out just fine. So I need to
go ahead and secure my butter cloth into the loops of my pan. If you don't
do this, it'll slide immediately into the pan, which is no big deal, but
you're not going to drain that whey out to make it nice and thick. And I
want to leave a little pocket in here.

Okay, so I've gotten my cream cheese and I am just going to dump it in
here, and then I'm going to reposition my towel or my butter cloth here and
let that whey drain out. Now it's going to take about, I don't know, three
or four hours before it's done, and then you know what? You can put it into
an air tight container and you have homemade cream cheese. For more great
recipes come to copykat.com.

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