Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Ok, you are probably thinking, why should I make my own ricotta cheese if I can just go to the store and buy it? Well, the answer is, because it will be fresher and you control the quality of ingredients. Anyone can go to the store and buy a container of ricotta cheese, but if you make it at home it will be fresh, and you can impress your family and friends and show off your cheese monger skills. All you need are three ingredients…..that’s it, just three ingredients, unless you don’t count salt, so it’s really only two ingredients. Doesn’t that sound good? Ricotta cheese can be used in sweet as well as in savory dishes. If you are thinking that ricotta can only be used to make cheesecake with, think again. You can put ricotta on a crostini and drizzle it with olive oil…yum! Or you can use ricotta cheese to make a lasagna! Either way, you will love the freshness of a homemade ricotta, so here’s how you make it.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Directions

In a heavy pot, add milk and place over medium-high heat. Add the lemon juice and salt and heat until the mixture reaches 175 degrees F (use a thermometer to measure). The milk will begin to bubble and steam. At this temperature the curds will begin to separate from the whey. Do not stir the ricotta while the curds are forming, this will make the ricotta stiff. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 30 minutes undisturbed. 
Meanwhile, lay a cheesecloth over a colander. ricotta1

Gently remove the curds from the pot to the colander. Make sure the colander sits in a bowl to catch any drippings. Gather the cheesecloth and twist at the top, gently pressing to release some of the liquid. Tie with a kitchen twine and let drain for 30 minutes.

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Remove from the cheesecloth and place in a bowl.
Note: Store leftover ricotta in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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4 thoughts on “Homemade Ricotta Cheese

  1. Fantastic post. I love ricotta cheese but I’ve never thought of making my own. I didn’t actually realise it was that simple! I’m giving this a go! Thanks x

      • What’s farmer’s cheese? Is that like a hard Cheddar-type cheese? I’d love to be able to make my own cheese. I’m going to do a bit more research and make this ricotta though. Great idea!

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