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homemade ricotta cheese

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a recipe by
Kim Novosel
Temple (currently in Houston TX), GA

I discovered Ricotta is really easy to make. Especially when you mess up a yogurt batch before hand. Enjoy!

★★★★★ 2
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For homemade ricotta cheese

  • 1/2 gal
    whole milk
  • 1/4 c
    fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp
  • jars to put it in
  • cheese cloth
  • strainer
  • electronic food thermometer

How To Make homemade ricotta cheese

  • 1
    In a non-reactive pot heat the milk and salt on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the milk reaches 180 degrees.
  • 2
    Remove the milk from heat when it reaches 180.
  • 3
    Pour in lemon juice slowly and gently stir.
  • 4
    Let set for 5 minutes. After the curds should have separated from the whey. If the curds have not separated, keep adding a teaspoon of lemon juice and waiting for 5 minutes until they have.
  • 5
    Let the curds set for 40 minutes.
  • 6
    Line the strainer with your cheese cloth. Pour the curds and whey into the strainer to separate. Once drained, the whey can be used in cakes and baking, the curds is your Ricotta!
  • 7
    Store the Ricotta in jars in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

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