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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Makes about 1 cup
Time 1 hr 35 min
This fresh cheese is easy to make and delicious in both savory and sweet dishes. For a fresh summer dessert, top cheese with honey and fresh organic berries. Look for cheesecloth in the housewares section of the store.
Ingredients
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
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Method

Line a colander with two layers of cheesecloth and place it over a large bowl.

In a large saucepan over moderate heat, bring milk, cream and salt to a boil. 

Stir gently and occasionally to keep milk from scorching. 

Add lemon juice and simmer, stirring until mixture curdles, separating into curds and whey, about 2 minutes. 

Cover the pot, remove from the heat and let stand for 20 minutes.

Pour mixture into the cheesecloth-lined colander and let it drain for about an hour. 

Discard liquid and put ricotta in a covered container and refrigerate. Use within three days.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.