Cottage Cheese — Yogurt Plus

This is probably my favorite of all my cottage cheese recipes. Kefir cottage cheese and L. reuteri cottage cheese are really good, but this one made with Yogurt Plus has a little bit of a sweet flavor and I just love it. It is also loaded with special bacteria like Streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Plantarum, and L. delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus, with the addition of L. reuteri which is a different strain than the one we have in our L. reuteri superfood starter. It's super fun to make and I just can't get enough of it! Best cottage cheese, and it's probiotic too!!
Servings: 4 cups

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Yogurt Plus that has been previously made
  • 1 gallon milkpasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) whole milk or 2% or even raw milk will work too
  • ¼ teaspoon Celtic Sea Saltoptional

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Instructions

  • Place the yogurt in a gallon of milk in a large pot and bring it to 80°F, cover it with a lid. Then let sit for 24 hours or until you see a thick curd form.
  • The next day, bring the pot to 100°F ever so slowly over low heat (about a degree every minute – 15-20 minutes), stirring every few minutes to break up the curds on the bottom of the pan so they won’t burn.  You will know it’s done when the whey separates from the curd and you see soft fluffy curds floating.  The whey is a clear yellowish liquid. If you are not seeing any whey you can take it to 102-103 F° and hold it for a minute or two until you see a little whey in the mixture and clouds of white.
  • Line a strainer with butter muslin (cheesecloth). Place the strainer over a bowl. Pour the mixture from the pot into the strainer a little at a time. I did this in two batches with the mixture, each time squeezing out the liquid (see next step) and removing the curds. Then I did it again till all the liquid was removed.
  • Drain the whey by twisting the bag and the whey will drain through the cheesecloth. 
  • The finished curds may have consolidated somewhat but are easy to separate. You can now add a bit of salt to suit your preference (about ¼ – ½ teaspoon should do). This is not necessary if you want a salt-free product.
  • You can cover it with a little cream or milk which makes it quite delicious.  Place in the refrigerator in a covered dish to store. This can last a few weeks and up to a month in the fridge.