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How to make Homemade Cream Cheese

March 4, 2024

Did you know you can easily make homemade cream cheese? We often grab this from the store not even considering the fact that it could be made ourselves. But the process is both easy and inexpensive. It will save you money and will also help you avoid any processed fillers and preservatives from the store bought options at the grocery store. To top it all off, homemade cream cheese is the most delicious cream cheese available. Once you try this, you may never buy the store bought options again.

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Cream cheese is a staple in many homes. It can most often be seen as a spread over warm toasty bagels or crispy crackers. It’s also used in a variety of different recipes including cheese cakes. If were looking from a health standpoint, cream cheese contains a lot of good vitamins and minerals. Store bought versions, however, may come with convenience but they can be loaded with poor ingredients. From fillers and gums to preservatives to keep their shelf life. That is why, if there is an easy accessible recipe, I prefer to make homemade versions. Cream cheese may sound like a daunting thing to make but it’s actually the complete opposite. Cream cheese is incredibly easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. You may already have these ingredients in your home.


All you’ll need to make your own homemade cream cheese is whole milk, full fat cream, vinegar and salt. You can certainly add in extras to kick up the flavor but for a classic cream cheese that is all you require. This makes it a very inexpensive food item to make at home. There are so many pros to making this yourself.

Homemade Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is so easy and inexpensive to make at home. Not to mention, it tastes so much better than store bought options. With only 4 ingredients that you may already have at home and under 30 minutes, you can have the most affordable, healthiest and tastiest cream cheese available.


  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 Food processor or blender
  • 1 storage container
  • cheesecloth
  • 1 strainer


  • 4.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup full fat cream
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • In a large pot, add milk and cream and bring to a boil
  • Turn off the heat and add vinegar
  • stir until you see separation of milk curdling and a yellow liquid whey
  • strain the curds from the liquid whey over cheesecloth
  • squeeze out excess liquid from the cheese curds that are in the cheesecloth
  • take the curds and add them to a blender or food processor
  • add salt
  • blend the mixture until smooth (if you desire smoother, you can add a tiny bit of the liquid whey back into the blender as it blends)
  • place your cream cheese into a storage container and enjoy anytime you wish to have some cream cheese
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After making this I keep it in an air tight glass container in my fridge and pull it out whenever needed. As I mentioned above, you can add inclusions to your cream cheese for different flavors. Some options could include sundried tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and more. You can add these items in during the blending process.  If you want to save this recipe for later, feel free to pin the post below and keep it tucked away on pinterest boards for when you need it.

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