Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Don’t let the fancy, exotic name fool you, ricotta is one of the most, if not the most simple and rewarding cheeses to make.

If you have a spare bottle of milk, an old lemon and half an hour, have a go at making your own ricotta cheese. Along with a saucepan, thermometer and a bit of salt, you will be eating rich, creamy ricotta from your fridge in no time!

The recipe works best with full fat or jersey cow milk. Low fat or skim just don’t cut, well, the fat!

Check out the instructional video below

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Homemade Ricotta


2 cups of full fat or jersey milk

1 teaspoon of salt

juice of one lemon, or about 1/3 of a cup


Add the milk to a saucepan along with the salt and place on a medium heat.

Warm the milk in a saucepan until frothy bubbles start to appear, roughly around 90-95 degrees.

Remove the pot from heat and add the lemon juice, gently stirring to incorporate. Leave for 5 or so minutes.

Set the cheesecloth in the strainer so it can separate the curd from the whey and place it onto of a bowl or jug.

Let the ricotta drain for about 30-40 minutes. Time varies depending on how wet or dry you prefer your ricotta.

Remove the ricotta from the cheesecloth and enjoy!

Feature photo: Author

Video: Author

Music: Damon Albarn, ‘Mr Tembo’, purchased through iTunes music.

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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