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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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This homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe is creamy and full of flavor and so easy to make! Once you make homemade ricotta cheese you won’t go back to buying ricotta cheese at the store. 

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

There is nothing better than homemade ricotta cheese! I use it when I make spaghetti pie, lasagna, and every other time I get the chance! It is so easy to make and full of way more flavor than ricotta that you find at the grocery store. 

While it may seem intimidating to make, it is actually quite easy and well worth it! The key to great ricotta is using high quality ingredients! 

Homemade Ricotta Cheese
How is ricotta cheese made?

Ricotta cheese is made by heating milk until the curds and whey separate from each other. The curds are used for other varieties of cheese and the whey is what is used to make ricotta cheese. 

Is it worth making ricotta cheese at home?

Simple answer YES! Homemade ricotta cheese made with high-quality dairy products has fantastic flavor. It is fresh, creamy, and full of so much flavor. Most people don’t realize how easy it is to make homemade ricotta cheese. 

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

What do I need to make ricotta cheese?

  • Whole milk – not UHT – Ultra High Temp  make sure to check the label
  • Heavy cream 
  • Salt 
  • Lemon juice
  • Cheesecloth

How to Make Ricotta Cheese

  • Place the milk and heavy cream in a large pan and heat till it just starts to boil.  Stir occasionally and do not let it scorch.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and add salt and lemon juice. Stir well, place the lid on the pan, then let sit without disturbing for 30 minutes.
  • Double or triple the cheesecloth and place it in a colander.  Pour the cheese into the cheesecloth and allow it to drain.  

  • Once drained, remove from the cheesecloth and refrigerate until ready to use.
Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If you want a thicker ricotta cheese, let it drain for a longer period of time. 
  • A tea towel works great for draining your cheese. Pull up the ends of the towel and twist to squeeze out the extra whey.  
  • Be sure that you are not using ultra-pasteurized milk. You cannot make ricotta with it. 
Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Storage

Ricotta cheese is best used right away. If you have leftovers, you will want to store your ricotta cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Freezer

I do not recommend freezing your homemade ricotta cheese. If you opt to freeze it the texture will change and it will become crumbly as it thaws. 

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
This homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe is creamy and full of flavor and so easy to make! Once you make homemade ricotta cheese you won’t go back to buying ricotta cheese at the store. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • Cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. Place the milk and heavy cream in a large pan and heat till it just starts to boil.  Stir occasionally and do not let it scorch.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add salt and lemon juice. Stir well, place the lid on the pan, then let sit without disturbing for 30 minutes.
  3. Double or triple the cheesecloth and place it in a colander.  Pour the cheese into the cheesecloth and allow it to drain.  
  4. Once drained, remove from the cheesecloth and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1023mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 17g

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