I like cream cheese. Do you?
I don't like preservatives...do you??
In my quest to home make all things store bought, my next task was cream cheese. I knew I had Pumpkin Cheesecake on the menu, so how cool to make the cream cheese I'd be using?? It has a bit more tang then commercial cream cheese but that's because I used beautiful, raw, organic milk. It makes a difference!
Start by making my fresh, crock pot yogurt.
The morning you wake up to fresh yogurt is the morning you begin.
Get a clean cloth. You can use a pillowcase, cheesecloth, floursack towel, or my personal favorite, a Gerber Birdseye Flat cloth diaper. Those things..I tell you what...waste of money if you're cloth diapering! They hold zero liquid..making them perfect for cream cheese making!!
Anyways, dump all the yogurt into the center of your cloth. Bring all the ends up together and secure. (I used rubber bands.) Hang with a bowl underneath to catch the whey. ( I hung mine on my cupboard handle) Let hang until dripping ceases completely. I started mine one morning, and by the next morning, the cream cheese was beautifully thick! That's it, folks! Cream cheese. The easy way. =)
Look how cool I rigged my "hanging" part...haha. =D It worked!!