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ina garten's homemade ricotta cheese

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By Raven Higheagle
from Prescott, AZ

Making fresh ricotta cheese at home is as easy as the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) promises. And it is SO delicious.

serves Makes About 2 Cups
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For ina garten's homemade ricotta cheese

  • 4 c
    whole milk
  • 2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp
    good white wine vinegar

How To Make ina garten's homemade ricotta cheese

  • 1
    Set a large sieve over a deep bowl.
  • 2
    Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.
  • 3
    Pour the milk and cream into a stainless steel or enameled pot such as Le Creuset. Stir in the salt.
  • 4
    Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • 5
    Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar.
  • 6
    Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles.
  • 7
    It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).
  • 8
    Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl.
  • 9
    The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta. (I tend to like mine on the thicker side but some prefer it moister.)
  • 10
    Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining whey.
  • 11
    Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • 12
    The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.