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How To Make Ricotta Cheese In Minutes

Updated on December 3, 2015

Home made Ricotta cheese

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Ricotta Cheese Recipe

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Quick Ricotta Cheese

I wanted to make a cheese strudel, I had nearly everything set up, when I realized that I had run out of ricotta cheese. I don't know why I had not checked my fridge first. It would have been more logical to make sure that I had all the ingredients, before starting my recipe. Sadly, as usual, I get this sudden inspiration to cook something, and just go for it, Anyway, the lack of fresh cheese was not going to deter me from my quest for cheese strudel. I needed a quick ricotta cheese.

Simple homemade ricotta cheese recipe

There are a few ways to make fresh cheese, I decided to use this recipe, because it was the quickest way to make the cheese, that I want for my strudel.
I realized that there could be occasions, where this simple homemade ricotta cheese recipe would come in handy. I'm sure that I'm not the only person who forgets to stock up their fridge, It will save you from having to get ready and drive to your local store to get some.

Quick and easy ricotta cheese

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Desserts using ricotta cheese

This homemade ricotta cheese can be used for all kinds of desserts, other then strudel, for example, if you were to make pancakes, you could take 400g ricotta cheese , 3 tbsp double cream, 1 egg, sugar, lemon juice and half a cup sultanas, mix it all up, spread the mixture onto your homemade pancakes, roll the pancakes up on a baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes. Just delicious. I use this same mix for my strudel. I layer my puff pastry with a little butter, add the home made ricotta cheese mix, roll it up and put it in the oven.

Ricotta blueberry cups

Another easy recipe is, ricotta blueberry cups. This is a great dessert, you need to crush some digestive biscuits, mix in ricotta cheese, honey, whip cream and blueberries. Portion it into nice dessert cups and put them in the fridge for an hour, top with whip cream and blueberries before serving. This dessert can be made with any berries.

Ricotta cheese with fruit bread

Ricotta with fruit bread - toast some raisin bread, spread ricotta cheese on it and top with thinly sliced apples and brown sugar, bake for 10 minutes or until apples are caramelized.

Jamie's Italy [Hardcover]

I find this cheese great for quick meals or snacks

Tomato and ricotta pizza - make basic pizza dough, mix some olive oil, salt and finely chopped garlic in a bowl stir well. Slice up some fresh tomatoes. Spread garlic mix on the pizza dough, top with tomatoes, little chunks of ricotta cheese and some fresh basil leaves, sprinkle some olive oil, bake for about 25 minutes or until pizza dough is a done.

Ricotta sandwich

Ricotta bacon sandwich - toast whole meal bread, top with crispy bacon and ricotta cheese, bake for 10 minutes, serve with halved cherry tomatoes sprinkled with a vinaigrette dressing.

Ricotta cheese omelet

Ricotta omelet - beat eggs add salt, ricotta cheese and fresh baby spinach, pan fry for a healthy and tasty breakfast. A great way to start your day.

Easy homemade ricotta cheese recipe

Ingredients

1 liter full cream milk
3 tbsp of white vinegar

Strain the cheese

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How To Make Ricotta Cheese In 5 Minutes

Method

Heat milk until just below boiling point ( 80' Celsius ).
Take off the stove.
Pour in the vinegar, leave for 2 minutes, you will see the milk separating from the vinegar and forming curds, if you don't see curds forming, just add a little more vinegar. With this recipe you pretty much get instant results.

Spoon curds gently onto a muslin cloth or cotton type cheesecloth, leave to drain for 5 minutes.
Cool and refrigerate.

Makes one cup of ricotta cheese.

You can put it in a jar, or place in a mold, to shape the cheese.


Family recipe

My great grandmother grew up in a village. In those days it was the norm to make your own cheeses, Jams and to preserve your own fruits and veg . Everything in those days was made from scratch. She in turn, taught my mother, who taught me. I am very grateful to my mother and great grandmother for passing these great recipes down to me, I know that a lot of families have lost some really great traditional recipes over the years, Happily enough in my family, care was taken to write down and keep track of all the recipes that are in our family.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Hi Dolores, I advise you to use pasteurized milk. I always use pasteurized milk, the cheese turns out great, and its much safer. For this recipe I used homogenized milk, but you can use milk that has not been homonegized.

      Happy cheese making :)

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Oh I love this! I have always wanted to make cheese. My son said that you need pure milk that has not been homogenized or pasteurized. Is this so?

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Thank you Celeste :) I'm happy that you are going to make Ricotta cheese now :) it's great. Thanks for the vote useful :)

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      I had no idea that I could make Ricotta! Yogurt, yes, ricotta no. Thank you for an awesome recipe. I will be pinning this for future reference. Thank you. Voted useful.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Dear. Frustrated Momom, I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience with cheese making, Your recipe does sound a little complicated. I recommend that you try this much simpler recipe. I have included a how to video. I am confident that this will help you make a successful, super easy, homemade ricotta cheese. For good cheese, pour in vinegar and stir once or twice very slowly, so as not to disturb the curds, leave on the side for one minute, before delicately removing the curds from the pot, and placing it on the cheese cloth to drain. Note that the curds will be delicate when warm, for sturdy curds, please cool the ricotta cheese and put it in the fridge for one hour.

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      momom 4 years ago

      what did I do wrong? I have done it 2 differnt times now with NO success!! I heated the whole milk until it was 80 degrees C. then I slowly poured in and stirred in the white vinigar. and All I have is something that resembles BABY PUKE!! No kidding. so, what did I do wrong. My EXACT thing I did was as follows: 4 cups whole milk, 2 cups heavy cream, 2 cups half and half,1 Tablespoon of Kosher Salt- heated milk stirring occasionally until 80 degrees C. Then added 6 Tablespoons of white viniger , stired for about 20 seconds. Then set aside in a cool spot and waited 2 hours. Only to have baby puke float to the top of my pan!! no curds!! the FIRST time I did it, thier were actual curds, but they disapered after I stirred in FULLY the viniger. SHOULD I NOT STIR IT AFTER I PUT VINIGER IN?? This is so frustrating? 2 times in 2 days and alot of milk and cream down the dumps!! I Want to get this right, please help!! Signed, frustrated Momom

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      I am crazy about cheese too Lovedoctor926 , always have at least 3 to 4 different types of cheese in my fridge at any given time :) Thanks for the comment and the vote up.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I love cheese any type of cheese. Thanks for this awesome recipe! voted up!

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Helllo Billybuc , Goes great with baked pancakes :)

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that. Thanks for the instructions; we just might do this.

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