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Ricotta is a very easy cheese to make at home. In the old country it is made with whey which is a by-product of cheesemaking. It takes a lot of whey to make a cup of ricotta but it is easy to make it from milk, either skim, regular or regular milk with a cream added.


  • 2 quarts milk, either skim or whole
  • 1 pint cream optional
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (1/4 cup lemon juice if omitting the cream)


  • Put milk and cream if using it into a pot and slowly bring to a temperature just below the boil.
  • Stir from time to time. The milk will start to foam and sweat.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  • You should notice the tiny particles of white protein starting to coagulate.
  • Let sit for an hour or two.
  • Pour into a colander lined with fine cheesecloth and placed over a pot.
  • Allow to drain.
  • When cool tie the four corner of the cheesecloth into a knot and hang to drain for a few hours.
  • You can add a little cream to give a richer moister flavor along with a pinch of salt, herbs or other flavorings.
  • Save the liquid which is like buttermilk to use for cakes, pancakes, or in soups and sauces.

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