Homemade Ricotta

Yesterday I saw these beautiful tomatoes at the store and just had to buy them! One of my favorite recipes that is so great for Summer but really can be enjoyed anytime of the year is homemade ricotta. This recipe takes all of 30-40 minutes to make and it’s out of this world. Once you make your own ricotta at home you will never buy it at the store again. I love making this because there minimal ingredients. You can either make it to enjoy by itself or for a lasagna! If you already think you have an amazing lasagna this will take your dish to a whole other level!

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Once you make it a couple of times you can really get creative with the flavors. You can make it sweet or savory. I also eat this as part of my ketogenic diet as well. Full fat cheese is great for snacking and it fills you up quickly! I found this amazing recipe that Ina Garten published 2 years ago and it is still one of my favorites. I’ve adapted it just slightly based on my taste.

Ingredients:

4 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

3 tbsp vinegar (honestly any kind you have will work but I would stick with a white wine, rice vinegar, or distilled)

1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

 What you need: 

1 large pot

cheese clothe or clean dish towel

colander or sive

 Directions:
Heat milk and cream over medium heat until it comes to a boil. You may need to stir just a little to keep a skin from forming on top. Once it comes to a boil turn off the stove and pour in 3 tablespoons of vinegar. Stir and watch your curds and whey separate. Once you’ve let it stand for a minute or 2 pour your curds over a dampened cheese cloth and let the whey drain. If you like a softer ricotta let drain for about 10-15 minutes. The longer it drains the more firm it will be.

You can choose to mix in garlic or basil, scallions or honey. Make this delicious dish however you want but I love keeping it simple and eating it warm. I like to just drizzle over a bit of olive oil and sprinkling with Himalayan sea salt and cracked pepper. Believe me it won’t last long!

P. S….If you let it boil for too long it will be too firm and will probably burn on the bottom of the pot so don’t walk away while it’s cooking. One other tip is to save the liquid that you drain off. Your dogs will love it! I save and pour over their food in the mornings! I don’t like to waste a thing!

Enjoy and Let me know what you think?

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