Use this recipe to make cheese from scratch, which can be used in place of cream cheese or ricotta.
* Dissolve rennet tablet portion in warm water. (Note: Rennet tablets are available in most grocery stores near the gelatin section.)
* Thoroughly mix in dry milk, followed by the buttermilk. Cover and allow to stand at room temperature until set (5-10 hours).
* Pour into a cheesecloth-covered strainer. Close the cheesecloth and squeeze out as much whey as possible. Place the cheese in the refrigerator until well chilled (usually overnight).
* Remove cheese from refrigerator and knead until the texture is smooth. Cheese will freeze well for up to 6 months. Finished product tastes like ricotta or cream cheese and may be used as a replacement for either in recipes.