Homemade Cream Cheese

With just 4 ingredients, it's easy to make your own cream cheese spread at home.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Flavorings to taste (lox or scallions)


  1. In a pot, heat cream and milk on medium heat, until it comes to a simmer.
  2. Add lemon juice in 3 parts, while stirring for 1 minute in between each addition. Continue gently stirring until larger clumps of curds form and separate from the whey.
  3. Turn off the heat, cover, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth. Strain the curds to drain all of the whey.
  5. Add the curds to a blender or food processor, season with salt, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate.