How to make Queso Fresco?

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½ gallon Whole milk
⅔ cup White vinegar distilled
1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt

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How to make Queso Fresco?


Queso Fresco is a Mexican cheese with a fresh, milky, mild flavor and texture. It is made from whole milk and vinegar. As this recipe shows, it’s actually really simple to make at home – all you need in terms of special equipment is cheesecloth to help with the draining process. Queso fresco is super versatile and you can serve it on many Mexican dishes or you can bake it in the oven or even use it as a fresh substitute for feta or goats cheese in salads.

Making the queso is super easy too. Start by heating ½ a gallon of whole milk. Add 2 types of vinegar so that the milk curdles and curds of cheese start to appear. Then begin the draining process using a colander lined with cheesecloth. Once you have formed the cheese and drained it for the final time, place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

To make Queso Fresco, you will need the following ingredients:

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Prepare a colander


Line a colander with cheesecloth. Place the colander over a large bowl or pot.


Heat milk


Place ½ a gallon of milk in a pot and heat to 170°F, stirring constantly to ensure even heating.


Add vinegars


Once the milk reaches 170 °F, remove the pot from the heat. Add ⅔ of a cup of distilled white vinegar and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Stir well and allow the mixture to rest on the stove top for 30-45 minutes until curds form.


Break up curds


Use a knife to gently break up the curds that form in the milk. Once broken, carefully transfer the curds to the colander using a slotted spoon. Allow the curds to sit and drain untouched in the cheesecloth for 30 minutes.


Add salt


Add 1 ½ teaspoons of salt and stir lightly.


Drain again


Tie the edges of the cheesecloth together using kitchen twine. Hang the parcel from a faucet, and allow the liquid to drain for a further 30 minutes.


Shape the cheese


Remove the curds from the cheesecloth. Gently shape the cheese into a flat disc using your hands. Return the cheese to the colander. Leave it to sit for about 30 more minutes.


Store and serve

Transfer the queso fresco to a nice bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

You’ll be surprised at how easy this Queso Fresco is! Make a batch soon and you try out all of the Mexican queso fresco recipes on this site! If you try it, make sure you tag #CookeMeRecipes in your insta pics!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Maryjane Jedziniak

This is so simple to follow I reallly appreciate you posting this so much.

Raquel Strittmater

Didn't think it was this simple to make, glad to know that it is so I can make it on my own instead of store bought queso fresco.

Noel Piscoya

Perfect,exactly what I was looking for cause I can't buy this anywhere here!

Robyn Bluebird

Great, simple to make thanks to the easy steps so I'll be making a lot of things with queso fresco.

Amiah Zayat

Now I can finally recreate all the meals I've seen with queso fresco in them!

Dayana Feygin

So delicious I love queso fresco so much and now I can make it myself-- perfect.

Lexie Jurs

I actually didn't think it was possible to make this on my own so this is really cool.

Kristina Hartoonian

Oh man I'm very excited to try this out with the hubby tonight we are hoping it turns out good.

Livia Ambrosio

It was a really hard thing to perfect but thanks.

Alora Leger

Yay! I can now make this so easy and in my own home, thank you so much.


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