Todaaaay… I tried to make a recipe which includes cottage cheese. But! I found out I have no cottage cheese! What a shame a thought at the time.
There was my all-time biggest saviour (a.k.a. my mom). And she said I can make it by myself. Therefore I searched the internet and found that it is extremely easy to make one. You need only two ingredients.
And as the cottage cheese can be also extremely healthy snack I am sharing the recipe with you. 🙂 I’ll show you how to make the original version and a little spiced up version.
But for now, without furder ado, let’s go to the super easy healthy recipe.
- 1L low-fat milk (~1,5%)
- 1dcl white vinegar (works also with apple-cider vinegar or lemon juice)
Warm up the milk almost to the boiling point (but don’t boil it!). Just before it starts boiling add vinegar. Don’t mix it at the moment.
Cook for another three minutes at low temperature (still, keep it under the boiling point). Then turn off the heat, gently mix it and cover with a lid. Let it chill for at least 3 hours.
This is how it looks after three hours:
We’re almost done.
Drain it through the strainer. And if you want you can keep the water. The water is actually whey. 100ml of whey contains approximately 5g of carbohydrates, 1g of protein and less than 0,5g of fat. You can use it for smoothies. 🙂
Okay. If you want just the original version you are done. Put it in a box and save the cottage cheese in the fridge. 🙂
However, if you don’t feel like eating just regular cottage cheese you can spice it up a bit. I used Mediterranean spices, salt and sun-dried tomatoes. But you can use any spices you like.
Basically what you have to do is to add spices (to the drained cottage cheese), mix it and then put it in the strainer again. Use a little imagination and weight it down with something heavy (I used a plastic bag at the bottom, a small plate and a heavy jar). Once again let it chill and drain for couple more hours or overnight.
If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine than you’re probably familiar with paneer. You can prepare paneer the same way. But in this case, you wouldn’t use spices.
And that’s it. You’re done with your own cottage cheese.
I like to eat plain cottage cheese with grated apples and some cinnamon for a dinner or I used it in other recipes. And I usually eat spiced cottage cheese with some wholemeal toast for a snack (…I just thought it would be nice to share this information with you. How nice 😀 ).