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handcrafted, fresh ricotta cheese

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New York City, NY

The silky texture and the lovely dairy flavor are addictive!

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For handcrafted, fresh ricotta cheese

  • 8 c
    whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt

How To Make handcrafted, fresh ricotta cheese

  • 1
    Line a free-standing sieve or colander with four layers of cheesecloth. Place in sink.
  • 2
    In a heavy saucepan, bring milk and salt to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • 3
    Stir in fresh lemon juice. Lower heat slightly and gently stir until curds begin to form; about 1 to 3 minutes--- no more than 5. Remove pan from heat.
  • 4
    Using a slotted spoon or a handheld sieve, transfer curds to prepared colander. Let drain for ONLY one minute.
  • 5
    Transfer the fresh ricotta to a medium-sized bowl. Cheese can be served warm, or chilled! Covered, the ricotta will last in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Enjoy!