Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Has anyone ever made ricotta cheese?  My gosh it is out of this world and ssssoooo easy to make.  Really,  there is nothing to it. My daughter-in-law had been telling me about it for awhile.  She was making it and found it so simple.  I just kept thinking why make it if you can pick it up already made in the grocery store.  Until one day I was watching Two Greedy Italians on TV.  They went to visit and see a couple living on the Amalfi coast.  This couple raised goats and from the milk they made ricotta cheese.  My gosh it looked so good.  So I thought, why not give it a try.

Well, I asked my daughter-in- law for her recipe. I couldn’t believe it.  It was not only easy, it was so simple that I didn’t know why I hadn’t tried it before.  The best thing of all was the taste.  It was so fresh and creamy.  There’s nothing in any of the stores to compare to this.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 001After the cheese had been refrigerated for 1 day, I served it on toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and sliced cherry tomatoes .  OOOHHHH, it was out of this world.  Since, I have put on thyme, honey, fresh figs, grapes, prosciutto, you name it.  Not only have we eaten it like that but I have started to bake with it.

No really, you have to try this.  You will absolutely love it.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 003Into a large stock pot add 2 quarts of whole milk, (8 cups), along with 1 cup of heavy cream and 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt.  Gently bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 006When it has reached a boiling point add 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.  Stir for about 2 minutes constantly.  You will see it start to curdle.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 004At this point remove from heat and pour it into a sieve or colander.  I lined mine with 2 wet dishcloths or you could use cheese cloth.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 009Let it drain for about 1/2 – 1 hour.  Still having some liquid left I…

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 011Then took the dishcloths and brought them together at the open ends and started to twist them together.  This will remove more of the liquid.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 005I purchased ricotta cheese in these little containers and had saved them.  Now I have the little baskets to put in the fresh ricotta, just like in Italy.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 016Once the liquid has been removed, place into a container, cover and refrigerate.  Your done.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 Quarts Of Whole Milk, (8 Cups)

1 Cup Of Heavy Cream, (35%)

1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

3 Tablespoons Of Fresh Lemon Juice

PREPARATION

Line a sieve or colander with 2 wet dishcloths or some cheesecloth.  Set aside.

Into a large pot bring the milk, cream and salt to a gentle boil.  Stirring to prevent burning on the bottom.  When it starts to boil add lemon juice and constantly stir for 2 minutes.  It will start to curdle.  Remove from heat and pour into the colander.  Let it drain for 1 hour.

Next take the edges of the dishcloths, bring them together and start to twist.  This will remove any remaining liquid.  Place into a container and refrigerate.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese 010When ready to serve add some lemon zest and drizzle with honey.  Serve on crackers or bread.

SIMPLE!

ENJOY!

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