Ina Garten's Homemade Ricotta Cheese
Making fresh ricotta cheese at home is as easy as the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) promises. And it is SO delicious.
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Makes About 2 Cups
- 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
- 1Set a large sieve over a deep bowl.
- 2Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.
- 3Pour the milk and cream into a stainless steel or enameled pot such as Le Creuset. Stir in the salt.
- 4Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- 5Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar.
- 6Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles.
- 7It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).
- 8Pour 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.
- 9The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta. (I tend to like mine on the thicker side but some prefer it moister.)
- 10Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining whey.
- 11Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- 12The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.