Monday, February 4, 2013

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home

Making ricotta cheese at home is simply delicious and uses very few ingredients.  It's much easier than you might think.


How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home:  it's much easier than you might think

I came across this recipe on pintrest.  Once I read through the ingredients and instructions I was amazed at how simple it seemed.  So I had to try it on my own.  Turns out it is simple and it worked using skim milk and kefir.  All I had to do was boil them together and spoon out the curds that floated to the top.  I was nervous because the recipe called for using whole milk and cream but I only had skim milk so that is what I used and it worked. I'm still excited about how cool and easy it was that I had to share.  I will definitely be making this again.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home



Ingredients:

4 cups skim milk (or any milk)
1 cup kefir (or buttermilk) or 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home: Heat milk and kefir over medium heat

Pour the milk and kefir into a large sauce pan and heat over medium high heat (stirring constantly).

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home:  Milk and kefir mixture as it just starts to curdle

Let heat until it starts to boil (185F if you use a thermometer) and you will see curds float to the top, around 10 minutes.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home:  Milk and kefir mixture right before boil

Be patient, the curds are very noticeable.  Take off the heat and, using a slotted spoon, scoop out the curds and drain in a cloth lined strainer.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home:  let the whey drain off the curds

Let drain for about 15 minutes or until desired consistency.  Add some salt and place in a seal-able container, refrigerate until ready to use.  Makes 3/4-1 cup.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home:  Strained ricotta

If you need ideas on how to use your fresh ricotta try these recipes:

Simple Lasagna
Ricotta Bread
Pepper and Onion Breakfast Pizza

Enjoy.

*updated 2/10/14

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