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Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese

Making your own ricotta cheese from our raw milk is so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before!

Homemade Ricotta cheese from raw milk

  • Because ricotta cheese does not necessarily need a lot of cream to make it, you can skim off the cream on top of raw milk to use it for another recipe. In fact, you can also make ricotta cheese from leftover whey! 
  • If you do not skim off the cream, then simply add in more of your acid into the milk until it curdles

what you'll need

  • 8 cups of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3+ tablespoons of lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar
  • a colander, strainer, or pasta strainer. Love those pots that come with the pasta strainer that sits in the pot
  • a saucepan/pot or dutch oven
  • a cooking thermometer (not necessary, but helpful)
  • a slotted spoon or ladle

directions

  1. heat the milk in your pot on medium heat until 185 degrees F. If you don’t have a thermometer, heat it for about 20 minutes or until you see little bubbles forming near the edge of the pot. 
  2. Then turn the heat to low, and add your vinegar or lemon juice and stir. If you did not skim off the cream, then expect to add more vinegar by tablespoonfuls, alternating with some stirs, until milk coagulates. Because our milk has a higher butterfat content and more nutrients, it takes more acid to react with the milk for ricotta. 
  3. Remove from heat, cover the pot, and let it rest for 20 minutes. 
  4. Meanwhile, dampen a piece of cheesecloth and line the colander or strainer. Have it sit in a pot or bowl to collect the whey.
  5. After the 20 minutes is over, use a ladle or slotted spoon to ladle the ricotta into cheesecloth-lined strainer. 
  6. If you want your ricotta to be creamy, just let it drain for a few minutes. If you need your ricotta to be dry, then have it sit for 20 to 30 minutes in the cheesecloth. 
  7. Refrigerate, eat, and enjoy! Homemade ricotta is excellent for lasagnas, galettes, homemade pizzas, stuffed pasta or stuffed breads. 
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Is the milk free of hormones?

We don’t use hormones for milk production, and dairies don’t use growth hormone anymore anyways. (In ALL milk, there is some minute level of naturally-occuring growth hormone, but that has no effect on humans whatsoever.)

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