Introduction: Home-made Cottage Cheese & Fruit Breakfast

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These are my healthy, delicious, ready-to-go breakfast jars for the work week. Making your own cottage cheese saves you a bit of money and a lot of sodium intake, and it tastes much better than store bought. Paired with fruit, nuts, and chia seeds, this protein, omega-3, and fiber-rich breakfast will keep you sustained for hours for under 300 calories & 30 grams of protein.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients & Tools

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Ingredients for 5 servings:

- 2 gallons of skim milk
- 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 5 tablespoons of chia seeds
- fruit, amount varies by preference but I like quite a bit. the best fruits I've tried are apples and black cherries
- half and half (to taste)
- nuts of your choice

Tools:

- candy thermometer
- large pot
- plastic or metal strainer, or cheese cloth (of the three of these I like plastic netting strainers the best by far)
- cutting board & knife
- tablespoon
- 5 16oz mason jars
- container for storing diced fruit

Step 2: Heat the Milk

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Heat the milk to 120 degrees (F) over medium heat, stirring and checking frequently

Step 3: Dice Your Fruit

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While the milk is heating, dice the fruit. You can get creative here and mix fruits or keep them separate. Apples are great because they're crunchy and sweet. I usually use about 1/2 an apple for each jar. Peaches and other very soft fruits don't work quite as well. Cover the container and put it in the refrigerator. 

Step 4: Pour Vinegar & Stir

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Once the milk has reached 120 degrees (F), remove it from the heat and pour in the vinegar. Stir for 1-2 minutes then set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes. 

Step 5: Rinse the Curds

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Pour the pot's contents into the strainer and rinse and stir the curds with cool water for about two minutes to remove any residual vinegar taste.

Step 6: Jar Time...

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Divide the contents into 5 mason jars. The yield should be about 1 cup per jar, but may be a bit less. You can now add a splash of half and half to each jar.

Step 7: Add Fruit, Chia Seeds, and Nuts

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Add the fresh fruit first. Next add one taplespoon of chia seeds to each jar. Finally, top with a few nuts of your choice. I don't recommend stirring until you're ready to eat.

Step 8: Cap & Store

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Cap, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (the wetter the fruit, the sooner you should eat it). You're all done! 

Notes:

1. This is an awesome post-exercise meal because of its high concentration of slow-releasing casein protein. However, you'll be in a world of hurt if you eat this as a pre-exercise meal. 

2. Even if you're dead tired when you finish making this, take a few minutes to rinse out your strainer and pot. If you don't, the curds will dry to a cement-like consistency and will be almost impossible to remove from both the strainer and the pot. 

3. Here are some links to the products I use:

Strainer/sieve: http://www.amazon.com/HIC-Brands-Cook-Strainer-7-Inch/dp/B0042X9XAY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375720190&sr=8-1&keywords=plastic+strainer

Thermometer: http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Classic-Instant-Read-Pocket-Thermometer/dp/B00004XSC4/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1375720297&sr=8-10&keywords=candy+thermometer

Mason Jars: http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Wide-Mouth-Quart-Bands/dp/B005T6FBOK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375720353&sr=8-1&keywords=wide+mouth+mason+jars

Comments

krayonc (author)2013-10-03

GREAT indestructible! Can't wait to try it..looks delicious.

rvt1985 (author)krayonc2013-10-25

Thank you :)

atepinkrose (author)2013-09-14

I love this!

IrishGael (author)2013-09-07

This is a fresh tasting cottage cheese. With the fruit and nuts, it's such a great taste.

cbjerke freadman (author)2013-08-07

Wow! Is it REALLY as easy as you make it look to make?? I would have NEVER even considered making my own before your instructible! Thanks.

rvt1985 (author)cbjerke freadman2013-08-08

Take it from an impatient non-cook; it's really easy! I never really even liked cottage cheese until I tasted how good it is when it's home made (no slimy curds or sour watery liquid like store bought).

PaganRaven (author)2013-08-07

You have succeeded in making me VERY hungry! I know what I am going to be trying soon! Great 'ible!

RobinCanCook (author)2013-08-06

I have been making my own yogurt and preparing something similar for my husband to take to work as a snack. I'll be making my own cottage cheese today. Thanks so much.

rvt1985 (author)2013-08-05

Thank you! Let me know if you try & how you like it :)

HollyMann (author)2013-08-05

Great job - excellent instructable and looks delicious. I like anything that saves me time during the week as I have narcolepsy and get really tired..too tired to make meals at times. This would help so much...thanks!

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