Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Gigi Mitts
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 18 to 24 Hours
  • Yield: 1/2 a pound 1x


This is a step-by-step recipe for making cream cheese using whole milk. You can use this cream cheese as a spread on bread and crackers. You can also use it as a base for cheesecake, dips, and frosting.



  • Half a gallon of whole milk
  • One packet of cream cheese culture mixture
  • Salt to taste


  1. The first step is to culture the milk. Heat the milk on a low to medium heat. Attach the thermometer to the pot to monitor the temperature. The suitable temperature to heat milk at this step is about 80° to 86°F.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in a packet of cream cheese culture mixture. Stir well using a wooden or stainless-steel spoon for about 10 to 15 seconds. Avoid mixing the contents vigorously.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid to allow the mixture to culture for about 12 hours at a temperature of 72° to 77°F.
  4. Check the contents once in a while after 12 hours until it appears like yogurt. You may also see the whey separating from the cheese. The whey looks like a clear liquid.
  5. Place a piece of butter muslin or a tight weave towel in a colander placed in a bowl. Pour the cultured milk into the towel or butter muslin gently. Gather the corners of the cloth and hold them up to tie knots to secure.
  6. Then, hang the tied butter muslin containing cultured milk over a bowl to allow the whey to drain. It may take about 6 to 12 hours for the cream cheese to drain completely and reach the desired consistency.
  7. Add salt as per taste and knead gently.


  • Add extra cream to whole milk before heating it if you want the cheese to be creamier.
  • Be careful while heating the milk. Heating milk too quickly can prevent it from setting properly and cause the cheese to taste a bit unpleasant later.
  • If you want to make a larger batch of cream cheese, use the same proportion of ingredients. Add the contents in multiplied amounts of quantities to maintain the same ratio of whole milk and starter.
  • You can spice up the cream cheese with different flavors! Add herbs or spices like cinnamon, garlic, or oregano to enhance flavors depending on your taste and preferences.
  • Allow the milk to ferment for a longer duration if you want the cream cheese to have a tangier taste.
  • Category: Dairy product
  • Method: Fermentation
  • Cuisine: British