Queso Fresco
Queso Fresco
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The name, Queso Fresco, is Spanish for White Cheese. This is a common white cheese similar to Cottage Cheese and Paneer and comes to me from a very good friend in the US. There is difference in fat content than Cottage cheese. I made this on 21 May 2018, very good quality, before pressed it is a very creamy cottage cheese, and after pressed, a firmer Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 cups cheese 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 cups cheese 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2-3 hours
Queso Fresco
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The name, Queso Fresco, is Spanish for White Cheese. This is a common white cheese similar to Cottage Cheese and Paneer and comes to me from a very good friend in the US. There is difference in fat content than Cottage cheese. I made this on 21 May 2018, very good quality, before pressed it is a very creamy cottage cheese, and after pressed, a firmer Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 cups cheese 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 cups cheese 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cups cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the milk, buttermilk, and cream, stir to combine. Heat the milk on low heat only, target temp is 88 C (190 F), if no thermometer, heat the milk until you see bubbles on the sides and top, remove from heat.
  2. After removing from the heat, gently stir the milk and slowly add the vinegar, once the vinegar is added, stop stirring and allow the milk to cool, about 30 minutes. It will curdle before your eyes. I took this photo 5 minutes after I added the vinegar.
  3. Line a strainer with 2-3 layers of cheesecloth. You can see in this photo I am just using a plastic strainer basket with the cheesecloth added. Place the strainer on a large deep pot.
  4. When cooled, pour the mixture into the cheesecloth, allow to drain for about an hour. Let this sit in the colander for an hour or so. Looking very much like cottage cheese.
  5. When the cheese has drained well, fold over the edges of the cheesecloth on all sides to cover the center. Place a flat plate (I used an upside down trivet on the cheesecloth and place some canned goods on it to press the cheese. Press like this for 2 or 3 hours until all of the whey is drained. You don't get a lot more whey but the pressing really helps.
  6. When all of the whey has drained, remove remove from the cheesecloth and store in the fridge in an airtight container. Use within 2-3 days.
  7. Use the whey in place of water for baking or cooking, water plants with it, or give to pets to drink.
Recipe Notes

Lower cost than buying from a store in Thailand.

Shortcut: Buttermilk.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
United States.

Cottage Cheese from Milk
Cottage Cheese from Milk
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This is also known as Farmers Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, and if more dry and pressed, then it is called Paneer. Regardless of the name, this is a easy to make shortcut. Cottage Cheese and Ricotta Cheese can be used interchangeably in most recipes. True Ricotta Cheese is made from just from the whey and just a finer, drier curd than Cottage Cheese.
Servings
3 cups, approximate
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings
3 cups, approximate
Cook Time
10 minutes
Cottage Cheese from Milk
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This is also known as Farmers Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, and if more dry and pressed, then it is called Paneer. Regardless of the name, this is a easy to make shortcut. Cottage Cheese and Ricotta Cheese can be used interchangeably in most recipes. True Ricotta Cheese is made from just from the whey and just a finer, drier curd than Cottage Cheese.
Servings
3 cups, approximate
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings
3 cups, approximate
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups, approximate
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk in a large pot, if you have a thermometer, you are looking for 88 C (190 F), if no thermometer, heat the milk until you see bubbles on the sides and remove from heat.
  2. After removing from the heat, gently stir the milk and slowly add the vinegar, once the vinegar is added, stop stirring and allow the milk to cool, about 30 minutes.
  3. When cooled, pour the mixture, which is now curds and whey into a fine mesh colander and drain off the whey into another pot, allow to drain for about an hour. You can also line the colander with a clean cloth, cheesecloth, or a paper towel. I used a metal strainer with tiny holes, not a mesh strainer, use a spoon and move around in the curd, along the bottom of the strainer and the whey will drain, let it sit in the strainer for an hour or so, use the spoon every 5-10 minutes.
  4. Pour the curds, this is the cheese part into a bowl, add salt and mix or enjoy or use as is in a recipe that calls for Cottage Cheese or Ricotta Cheese or as a side dish. Can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. In this photo you can see the cheese has thickened up as the whey is draining, and you can see the holes in the strainer.
  5. For the firmer 'Farmer's Cheese' used in recipes, once you have the cottage cheese strained, line a large bowl with 2 or 3 layers of cheese cloth and pour in the strained cottage cheese, gather up the corners and tie that into a bag shape. Place a cutting board in your sink, place the tied up bag of cottage cheese on the cutting board, place another cutting board or large place on top of the bag, place some heavy canned goods on the top cutting board or plate to force out the remaining whey. After a few hours, Farmer's Cheese.
Recipe Notes

The yield from 3 liters of whole milk is about 3 cups of cheese. Cost for this is 55 Baht for a 946 ml carton of Meiji brand milk (just call it a liter and go with that) 3 cartons is 165 Baht, or about $4.85 for 3 cups of Cottage cheese. You can use the whey to make stock, use in place of milk or water in soup recipes and baking recipes, feed it to animals, and even water plants with it. If you refrigerate this, it will become quite stiff, add some milk and stir, you will have perfect Cottage cheese.

Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:
Crock Pot Lasagna,
Cottage Cheese Meatloaf,
Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas, Made it, GO-TO recipe,
Cottage Cheese Pierogies,
Paneer Cheese from Milk,
Lasagna Pot Pie,
Skillet Lemon Chicken Pasta I,
Baked Ziti Casserole,
Amish Breakfast Casserole,
Basic Lasagna, Made it, GO-TO recipe,
Homemade Manicotti Shells,
Skillet Ziti.

Adapted from an internet recipe.