Ricotta Cheese is easy and inexpensive to make at home with simple ingredients.
Have you ever come across a technique that you have been intrigued by and been surprised that it is something you can easily do at home? I had heard many times how easy it is to make your own ricotta cheese and knew I had to give it a try.
Simple Ingredient, Outstanding Results
They were not kidding when they used to term simple. The hardest part was finding a store that carried the cheese cloth used to drain the liquid off.
It take less then 10 minutes cook time and 10 minutes drain time and you have a cup and a half of the freshest ricotta cheese available!
The ingredients are minimal and you only need a few tools for the job.
Cheese cloth is needed to drain the cheese and a cooking thermometer is very helpful though you can still make it without the thermometer. You can usually find the glass candy thermometers in the gadget section of your grocery store for around $5.00.
- 4 cups of whole milk (3%)
- 1 cup of buttermilk
- ⅓ cup of whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt to taste
- In a large pot bring the milk, cream and lemon juice to a simmer over medium high heat.
- Allow to come to a temperature of 185 degrees.
- This will take less then 10 minutes.
- Stir occasionally.
- If you do not have a thermometer just watch the milks and when the curds separate from the whey it is ready to come off the burner.
- Line a fine meshed colander with two layers of cheesecloth.
- Slowly pour the curd into the colander to drain.
- Once the liquid has drained off bundle up the cheese cloth and give it a bit of a squeeze.
- Remove the cheese to a bowl and lightly salt.
Playing With Flavours
Depending on what you plan on using your ricotta for you could add some extra flavor buy adding herbs or garlic.
The recipes for using ricotta cheese are endless, from sweet to savoury, and the best part is you can whip up a fresh batch in minutes.