Food Hack: Easy Mexican Queso Fresco

queso fresco & beans

Problem: I love making Mexican food, but can’t easily go buy queso fresco in Sweden… what can I do in a pinch?

Queso Fresco (“Fresh Cheese” in Spanish) is a popular cheese in Mexican cuisine. Although a tex mex style taco can do just fine with shredded cheddar, when you take the time to make a nice carne asada or carnitas and fresh corn tortillas for tacos, you want to use the good stuff: queso fresco.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t have a well stocked latin grocer nearby… or want to buy it overpriced at a posh specialty store. But alas, there is hope.

Queso Freso is essentially fresh cheese from raw cow milk (or sometimes a combination of cow and goat milks), that crumbles nicely with a salty and creamy texture. You know what other cheese can be described the same way? FETA. Where I live in Sweden, not only is feta reasonably priced but you can find it in any store. The main difference with feta is that is make with goat and sheep milk exclusively.

If using the cheese as a garnish, then I doubt you can really mark a big difference…unless you are the “Rain man” of cheeses.

To hack your feta into queso fresco, all you need to do is this:

Let the feta block soak in a small bowl of cool water for 5 to 10 minutes… that’s it!

Just, wait to crumble the cheese until after you soak it.

Otherwise… try a recipe for making your own queso fresco… like this one.