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Crostini with fresh homemade ricotta cheese, pine nuts and raspberries.
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How to make Ricotta Cheese

Here is a really easy recipe for homemade ricotta.  This is so easy, take very little time and you can add your own flavoring like herbs or lemon. 

Course Cheese
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cheese making, diy cheese, homemade, homemade ricotta, how to make cheese, infused ricotta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4 servings
Calories 502 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon fresh squeeze juice
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a heavy pot, heat milk and cream to 180'F .
  2. When the mixture reaches temperature, remove from heat and add lemon juice, salt, and vinegar.
  3. Gently stir a few times to combine. Allow it to sit undisturbed for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place a colander lined with cheesecloth over a large container.
  5. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the colander.
  6. Gather the cheesecloth around the ricotta and tie it with kitchen twine.
  7. Hang from your faucet and let it drip for about 1 hour, gently squeezing excess moisture every 15 minutes or so.
  8. Store in a glass container for up to three days. Makes about 2 cups.
Nutrition Facts
How to make Ricotta Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 808mg35%
Potassium 705mg20%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1640IU33%
Vitamin C 14.4mg17%
Calcium 580mg58%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.