If you aren't a ricotta fan, don't despair. This ricotta isn't at all like the grainy rubbery ricotta in the tubs at the grocery store. There is some grain to it, but it's not at all rubbery and if you aren't a fan of the grain, simply drain off more of the whey until you get a cheese that you're happy with. Other than the noticeable difference in texture there's a taste difference. Store bought ricotta is bland and rather flavorless to me. Between the lack of flavor and the nasty texture it's defiantly not high on my like list. Homemade ricotta, on the other hand, is sweet from the cream and milk, salty and slightly tangy. It's delicious in lasagna as well as dessert.
Source: Ina Garten
Makes about 1 cup of cheese (approx. 8 servings) ~*~easily doubled or tripled~*~
2 cups whole milk (2% works fine too)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
heavy 1/2 t kosher salt
1 1/2 T white wine vinegar
In a stainless steel pan add the milk, cream and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium high heat, stirring to avoid scortch spots. Once liquid is boiling turn the heat off and add the vinegar. Give it one good stir to incorporate the vinegar and allow to sit for at least 1 minute to form the curd.
While the curd is forming dampen some cheesecloth. Lay a double layer of cheesecloth in a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to catch the whey. Pour the cheese curds and whey into the cheesecloth and allow to drain undisturbed for about 20-30 minutes. The longer the cheese sits the finer and less distinct the grain becomes. Transfer the ricotta to a air tight bowl and use anywhere you'd normally use ricotta like lasagna or stuffed pasta recipes. Stores in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
|Cheese curds set and ready to be seperated|
|Whey draining from curds|
|Curds after draining for 10 minutes|
Nutrition Facts calculated at SparkPeople recipe calculator Amount Per Serving Calories 133.5 Total Fat 12.2 g Saturated Fat 7.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g Monounsaturated Fat 3.5 g Cholesterol 45.6 mg Sodium 156.3 mg Potassium 125.1 mg Total Carbohydrate 3.8 g Dietary Fiber 0.0 g Sugars 3.0 g Protein 2.6 g