Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Pat DiMercurio

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@javancookie

This recipe is from Cooking Light magazine, where I get a lot of ideas for meals. Many become family favorites. This was my first attempt at making cheese. I must say, when you've tasted freshly made ricotta, the taste of "store bought" can no longer compare.


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Serves:

makes about 3 cups

Prep:

35 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

NOTE BEFORE BEGINNING: YOU WILL NEED A LARGE HEAVY STOCK POT, A CANDY THERMOMETER, A LARGE COLANDER, CHEESECLOTH, KITCHEN TWINE

1 gal
2% reduced fat milk
5 c
low fat buttermilk
1/2 tsp
fine sea salt (added after cooking)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Line a large colander or sieve with 5 layers of dampened cheesecloth, extending over the outside edges of the colander. Place colander in a large bowl.
2
Combine the milk and buttermilk in a large heavy pot. Attach a candy thermometer to the pot so the thermometer reaches into the milk about 2 inches. Cook over medium high heat until the thermometer reaches 170 degrees (about 20 minutes). GENTLY stir the milk occasionally. Stirring too often or too vigorously will break down the curds that are forming.
3
As soon as the milk reaches 170 degrees, stop stirring and let the mixture reach 190 degrees. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. The bottom of the pan will scorch slightly.
4
Using a slotted spoon, GENTLY spoon the curds into the cloth lined colander; discard the whey or save it for some other use. SAVE SOME of the whey for adding back into the cheese if the curds seem too dry after draining. Drain over the bowl for 5 minutes. Gather the edges of the cloth together and tie with twine. Don't squeeze the bag or push the curds. Hang the bundle from the faucet of your sink and drain for 15 more minutes or until the whey stops dripping.
5
Scrape the cheese into a bowl, add the salt and stir gently with a fork to combine. Add some of the whey back into the cheese if too dry. Cool to room temperature. Store in a sealed container until used.
Yields about 3 cups of cheese. Store in refrigerator up to 4 days.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy