February 22, 2013

{Food Contributor} Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Hi there, Sugar Bee Crafts readers! I'm Shannah, from the blog Just Us Four, and I'm here to share a new recipe with you!

The origin of this recipe dates back to a random Friday night when I was super pregnant with my youngest. I was spending some downtime hanging out with my two closest friends {they're married!} while the Mathlete was indulging his racing pastime. We were watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and they shared a brief rundown of how to make homemade ricotta.

Now, a lot of you might question why to even bother making something homemade that is so readily available at the store. I certainly did...until I made it! 



Seriously, though, homemade ricotta is soo much better than any of that stuff you buy in the store {unless you are already buying super fresh ricotta from a cheesemonger}. 

What You'll Need: 
- 4 cups whole milk {please please please use whole milk} 
- 2 tsp salt 
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice 
- Cheesecloth 

Let's Make It: 
1) Line a sieve with double layered cheese cloth and set over a bowl.
2) In a heavy pot, bring your milk and salt to a simmer over medium heat. 

3) Once it begins to simmer, add the lemon juice. Simmer 1-2 minutes until the curds form.
4) With a slotted spoon, scoop the curds into your cheesecloth. Let drain for a few minutes. The curds will still look pretty wet which is totally fine!
5) Transfer the curds into a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Super simple but oh so delicious! I like to have some on top of Melba toast with a little honey.

Of course, there are a billion options for using the homemade ricotta from cheesecake to pasta! 

I hope you come visit me over at Just Us Four to see all the other delicious recipes, crafts and DIY projects I have to share.

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About Author:

Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

3 Fabulous Comments:

OOooo I'll have to try this! Already been experimenting with making my own buttermilk, very similar except without the salt. Thanks!

Awesome. Super easy and no special ingredients. Thanks for saving me so much money!!! I love it!

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