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homemade ricotta

as i mentioned in my post about ricotta gnocchi, i decided to make my own ricotta.


there are lots of different methods online and i chose the simplest version i could find. it’s also the healthiest as it only uses milk not cream. although having said that i did use full-fat (organic) milk as i wanted the ricotta to have as much flavour as possible and it’s the fat in milk which is the tasty stuff.


once the ricotta is made it’s very easy to add flavourings so this is definitely worth experimenting with, especially given no special equipment is needed, just a bit of time.


homemade ricotta (makes c200g ricotta)

1 litre full-fat organic milk

2 tablespoons lemon juice


boil the milk until it is foamy then remove from heat. add the lemon juice, stir and leave for 5 minutes.


line a sieve with a muslin cloth, strain the milk through and press for several hours to remove water (i put my sieve over a large bowl, wrapped the muslin over the top of the cheese and put a heavy jar on top. i then left this in the fridge overnight.


Reader Comments (6)

Nice job for making your own ricotta. I think that made the difference.
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEsi
I love fresh ricotta: how lovely that you have made it yourself, Abby!
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
I made my ricotta from full fat organic milk to and it was surprisingly tasty. I've only ever had the basic supermarket stuff before and this beat that hands down ! I'm tempted to do more and flavour with things like garlic and herbs just to eat as cheese.
May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEsther
fantastic work! i've still yet to make this...


May 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather
esther - i want to experiment too, both with sweet and savoury flavours.

it's lovely to find another cheese which is easy to make at home.
May 17, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
wow--your photo shows the fabulousness of the ricotta texture...great ob on the challenge!
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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