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Homemade Ricotta Is So Easy To Make

Homemade Ricotta - Super Easy To MakeI know I shouldn’t need to make homemade ricotta as I live in Italy but outside of Italy, it can sometimes be a challenge to find ricotta.

While browsing several websites, I came across a recipe for ricotta and after reading it, I was surprised to see how easy it is to make homemade ricotta.

I have read several recipes and this homemade ricotta recipe from is adapted from  The Italian Dish and Giallo Zafferano.  I have used some information from both websites for this ricotta recipe.  (Note: Although it will be easier to have a candy thermometer, you can still make ricotta without one).

Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Ingredients
1 liter of whole milk
125 ml of heavy cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
a pinch of salt

Note:  This makes approximately 250 grams of ricotta.  I have halved this recipe but still used 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Instructions

1. Pour milk, cream and salt into a pan on medium heat.  If you have a thermometer, heat the milk to 185F (85C) .  If you don’t have a thermometer, heat it to a rolling boil and it would look like the video below.  Make sure you stir it occasionally during this step to keep the milk from scorching the bottom of the pan.

2. Once it has reached 185F(85C) or a rolling boil, add the lemon juice and lower the flame immediately. I lowered the heat to the lowest possible and kept stirring for another 2 minutes.  (Note: At this stage, the milk shouldn’t be boiling).  It should start to curdle immediately after adding the lemon juice and looks like the video below. After 2 minutes, turn off the heat.

3. Let it cool until it reaches room temperature.  However, if you don’t want to wait that long, you can pour it into the colander that’s lined with a cheesecloth right away.  I had mine cooled down before pouring into the cheesecloth. This gave me time to line the cheesecloth in a colander over a pot.

Homemade Ricotta - Cheesecloth

4. Some recipes say to let it drain for a couple of hours but I let mine drained for about 5 minutes.  I then wrapped the cheesecloth around the ricotta and squeezed out more of the liquid (whey).

However, the next time I make this, I will not squeeze out too much whey because when you leave it in the fridge to cool, it slightly dries up.  At that moment, the texture was just right.

Homemade Ricotta - Squeeze Out The Whey

5.  Since it was still warm, I had to dig in.  I had some ricotta with just a drizzle of honey and it was delicious!

Homemade Ricotta - Freshly Made Ricotta With Honey

It’s really that easy to make homemade ricotta and even though we get good ricotta here in Italy, I will definitely be making more because it tastes so good when it’s just done!

If you live in a place that’s difficult to get ricotta, experiment with this recipe and you will get a real treat.  On top of that, you can use it in filled pastas such as ravioli.  It’s worth giving it a try!

P.S. Some of you may not have a cheesecloth to make homemade ricotta, here are a few alternatives.

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12 comments

  1. You know what else is really easy to make? Butter! (http://anhourinthekitchen.com/2011/01/homemade-butter-in-a-jar/) It’s incredibly surprising to know how easy it is to make all of these processed dairy products. (I wonder though if low fat or skim milk would affect how much curd will come out of the boil)

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for sharing the recipe. I was going to try it with low-fat milk but as it was my first time, I just wanted to get it right :) I think there will be less curd and taste-wise it will not be as creamy. If I do use low-fat milk, I will let you know how it turns out.

      Many thanks,
      Diana

  2. So easy to make that homemade ricotta. I will follow your recipe, I will try it. It’s worth giving it a try as what you said.

  3. Hi Diana!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my site and leaving such a lovely comment! I really appreciate it! You have a great site here, I love it! And I had no idea that making ricotta was so easy! I should give it a try! We do get ricotta easily here, but home made things always taste better, don’t they!? :-)

    • Hi Manuela,

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment! I love your blog and the step by step pictures that you provide :) I had no idea ricotta was easy to make too and I hope you give it a try. Recently, I’ve been bitten by the make-it-at-home-yourself bug hahaha and yes, it always tastes better! I have been really tempted to make your homemade butter! Hope to keep in touch!

  4. I was just about to ask the same as well, whether you can make it with low fat/skim milk. hmm i wonder how in the supermarkets we can get non-fat ricotta it’s probably ultra-processed.

    On this side of the world (south east asia that is) I wasn’t able to find a cheese cloth, but they have a lot of those soup mesh bags and will see if that works? will let you know how it turns out.

    • I am sure you can make it with low fat milk but it won’t be as creamy. Let me know how it turns out. If you cant get cheesecloth I have heard that if you use a piece of white cotton cloth it would also work. You could easily buy this from a material shop and it would be cheaper.

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