How to make Cottage Cheese at Home

These days half the dishes are ready-to-eat and easily available in the market. Just add water or oil, cook for a little while and you have a sumptuous feast in front of your eyes. However, they do not taste the same as a meal made from scratch. Well, it is not always easy to have all the ingredients from scratch, but you can definitely have cottage cheese made at home. In fact, if you have milk sitting in your freezer for more than 3 days, you can utilize it to make cottage cheese instead of throwing it away.


½ liter milk

2 tblsp lemon juice

1 muslin cloth

Boil milk and add lemon juice

Boil milk and add lemon juice

Curdled milk

Curdled milk

Pour the curdled milk onto a muslin cloth

Pour the curdled milk onto a muslin cloth

Tie and hang the muslin cloth to drain cottage cheese

Tie and hang the muslin cloth to drain cottage cheese

Boil the milk in a container. When the milk starts to bubble, add lemon juice and let it simmer for 2 mins. Stir continuously with spoon. Take off the flame and drain the milk on the muslin cloth.

Cottage cheese ready for use

Cottage cheese ready for use

For best results, tie the muslin cloth on the mouth of a container and drain the milk on it. Also, you can drain the milk on a sieve and then transfer the residue to the muslin cloth. Tie the muslin cloth and squeeze it under running water to drain out excess milk. Let it hang for an hour. Store in the fridge and use as required.


15 Responses

  1. I bet a lot of people don’t realise it’s that easy!

    I’ve made paneer a couple of times (essentially the same process, except you weight down the curds to press them into shape) – not only do you get homemade paneer, but you can add your own flavouring to it to complement whatever dish you’re putting it into. Yum!

  2. I had no idea it was that easy to make cottage cheese! Now that I learned how to make my own Greek Yogurt too I’ll be saving tons on my groceries (plus a trip to the store). Thanks!

  3. A piece of cake! Thanks for sharing, you make me beamed ^_*

  4. sounds easy and simple I must try that…cheers!!

  5. @Daily Spud. Adding flavor is a great idea. I will definitey try it the next time I make cottage cheese. However, do you have any ideas on flavors for starters?

    @Catms916. Good for you cat. It feels great to be able to economise.

    @ladyhomechef & Ricardo. I am glad you find my recipe useful. No most last moment rush to the market. Have fun making cottage cheese at home.

  6. Thanks. My son will love this. He loves cottage cheese!!

  7. @Bonney. I hope you tried out the recipe and it was a success 🙂

  8. I have been using above method…any suggestions for mild flavouring the cheese.

  9. @shirley…. you can flavor the cheese with cardamom powder or saffron or even black pepper. You can add anything…just make sure it is not too strong.

  10. What kind of milk can you specifically use? As a family, we drink only soymilk, so does that mean we have to buy a different kind of milk, right?

  11. @Fitchef…it is great that you as a family is so health conscious. You can definitely use soymilk in all your recipes. The dishes will turn out just fine.

  12. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.Keep working ,great job!

  13. Maybe you should edit the blog name title How to make Cottage Cheese at Home Sam's Recipes to something more generic for your blog post you create. I loved the post all the same.

  14. Thanks for the advice. Will keep it in consideration.

  15. I actually certainly must think even more in that way and find out what i can do about that.

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