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Inclusive Vegetarian Cooking by Taylor Cook & James Seppi

Fresh Cheese

Fresh cheese, also known as queso fresco or paneer, is an important ingredient in many traditional Latin and South Asian dishes.  While cheese making may seem like a daunting task, this mild, soft, unaged cheese is extremely easy to make at home and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Whole milk curd draining in a cheese cloth lined colander.


  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar


  • medium sauce pan
  • spoon
  • cheese cloth
  • colander


  1.  Heat milk and salt in a medium sauce pan. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from burning.
  2. When the milk starts to boil turn the heat down low and add 3 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Stir gently while the curds form.
  3. After about 5 minutes all of the curd will have formed and you can pour the curdled milk in to a cheese cloth lined colander and allow to cool about 10 minutes.
  4. In the cheese cloth, gently squeeze the cheese into a ball and extract excess liquid.  Now it is ready to use!

Tip: Retain the liquid that separates from the curd, or whey, and serve it to your favorite spoiled cat or dog over dry pet food.


Cam, the four legged beneficiary of our whey disposal.

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