How to Make a Simple Little Cheese

I’ve been a fan of New England Cheesemaking Supply ever since I picked up a copy of Ricki Carroll’s book, Home Cheese Making. Having followed her instructions for everything from 30-minute Mozzarella to Halloumi to Manchego, my copy of her book is proudly well-worn. I asked Jeri Case at New England Cheesemaking if she would help put together a guest post on cheesemaking, and she was happy to oblige!

How To Make A Simple Little Cheese

We at New England Cheesemaking Supply Company are proud to support you in your pledge to eat healthy food.  Andrew has been one of our guest bloggers several times and we’re big fans of his website.

We want to take this opportunity to tell you that you don’t have to be a gourmet cook to make your own cheese. In fact, our mission is to make it very easy for you.  We have many recipes in our book, on our DVD, at our website, in our blog, and in our monthly “Moosletter.”

In fact, just recently we received a recipe from one of our customers, Nancy Ferland, which will be featured in our November Moosletter. It’s basically an American version of queso blanco (South America) and panir (India).

This recipe is absolutely foolproof! The only equipment you may not have is cheesecloth, but you can use an old pillow case or even a paper towel. Any milk (except ultra-pasteurized) will work.

So, try it and we think you’ll be hooked. Then you can come to our website at, and we’ll have you aging your own Camemberts in no time!

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Simple Little Cheese

I'd like to share this wonderful, easy, inexpensive recipe for a simple but delicious little cheese. Kids, with adult supervision with the heating, can even make this, as the ingredients are all just simple stuff from your kitchen!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 8 servings
Calories 332 kcal
Author Nancy Ferland


  • 1 gallon Goat or Cow Milk
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 2-4 tsp. Sea Salt


  1. Put milk in stainless pot, sprinkle on the salt and stir it well.
  2. Heat to 190 degrees F.
  3. Remove pot from heat and quickly stir in the vinegar, making sure it's well blended; let set for 20 to 30 minutes (checking to make sure it is good and curdled).
  4. Line colander with cheesecloth, pour milk through (whey should be yellow and a little cloudy).
  5. Bring up the corners of cheesecloth and squeeze as much whey out as possible; I let it sit hanging from the edge of the pot at this point for maybe 15 to 20 minutes to make sure all the whey has dripped out.
  6. Open the cheesecloth and you will have a lovely ball of cheese. Put it in a covered crock in the fridge until chilled.
  7. You can use it as a spread, or in salad like feta, or crumbled like queso fresca in enchiladas or tacos, or instead of ricotta in lasagna or manicotti. We have even made a rustic cheese/pear pie with this cheese when we couldn't find mascarpone locally, letting the mixed filling sit in the fridge overnight to soften it up a bit and make it a bit smoother. You can also use it as the base for filling for cheese danish pastry.
  8. We like to stir herbs, nuts, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, etc into it when it’s still liquid (it’s easier to stir that way) and this makes a great spread for crackers as an appetizer. Hope you enjoy this nice little cheese!

Recipe Notes

Be sure not to use "ultra-pasteurized" milk.

Photos by George Wesley and Bonita Dannells.

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June 24, 2017 6:23 pm

Very good! Excellent on wedge salad!

April 9, 2016 5:19 pm

Can I use a different vinegar. For instance I make my own pear and Apple vinegar

June 28, 2015 9:10 pm

What percentage of fat is needed for milk (2%, whole, etc)?
Looks great! Can’t wait to make it!
Thanks in advance.

April 8, 2015 8:51 pm

Hello. I am trying to use up my frozen breastmilk and would like to make some dishes for baby. Would this work with breastmilk?

March 13, 2015 9:25 pm

the liquid that is left from making the cheese is now buttermilk,use it in cooking, its great stuff

January 2, 2015 4:30 pm

I made this cheese today. My cheese seems to be a bit dry. Could I have squeezed too much liquid out of it?

July 31, 2014 7:00 am

5 stars
Me and my son have just made this cheese and it’s really nice.
But there is loads of whey left, any suggestions on what to do with it?

Theunis de Winnaar
Theunis de Winnaar
May 17, 2014 4:00 am

5 stars
Good day all my name is Theuns de Winnaar,I live in South Africa
and will definitly try the recipe.HAPPY CHEESE MAKING TO ALL.

December 25, 2013 12:26 am

Does it need to be sea salt? Or does it even need salt, if so, how does it help?

December 16, 2013 4:30 pm

I had the day off and came across your recipe. I made it exactly as it was written (in a smaller quantity) and it came out great! I can’t wait to experiment with different herbs and things I can mix in!
Great recipe, and super easy!
P.S I used the pillow case and it worked great! 🙂