AP Studios / Fresh 5: Ricotta Cheese Recipe

11.27.2012

Ricotta is one of those cheeses that have jumped from the wings to center stage in recent years. It’s smooth and spreadable; rich but light, making it a great accompaniment to toast or pasta. Ricotta is made by combining milk at just the right temperature with an acid (usually vinegar or lemon juice). The acid curdles the milk, which is then separated from the remaining liquid and drained. The longer you drain the cheese, the firmer it becomes. So put your feet up. If you’d like a great homemade ricotta for ravioli or lasagna, you’ve got about 20 minutes to hang out.

Ricotta Cheese

This recipe is from the latest Darigold Fresh Magazine.

3 cups Darigold whole milk
1 cup Darigold heavy cream
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice or white vinegar

In a stainless steel pot, slowly bring milk, cream and salt to a temperature between 165 and 180 degrees. Hold at this temperature for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Remove from heat and add lemon juice or vinegar. Gently mix in with a spatula, just to incorporate acid. Let stand for 20 minutes without disturbing. (Mixing will break apart the curds.)

Rinse cheesecloth and fold into four layers and place over a fine-mesh strainer; place strainer in a bowl large enough so that the liquid from the curds won’t touch the bottom of the strainer. Gently pour curds into the cheesecloth, paying close attention not to break them apart.

Tie with twine and hang over bowl and strainer for approximately 5 minutes. (The longer you strain the curds the dryer they will become.) Remove ricotta from the cheesecloth and place into a container. Refrigerate, leaving uncovered until ricotta has cooled. Then cover the container and keep refrigerated; use as desired. Makes 1-1/4 cups.

About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist


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