How to Make Homemade Ricotta

Food Network Kitchens' Andrea Albin shows Food Network Magazine how to make fresh ricotta in three easy steps.
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Photo By: Ben Goldstein ©Hearst Communications Inc., 2012

Photo By: Ben Goldstein ©Hearst Communications Inc., 2012

Photo By: Ben Goldstein ©Hearst Communications Inc., 2012

Tell friends you're a cheesemaker at your next party and break out some homemade ricotta. All you need is a sieve, some cheesecloth and a saucepan.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Ricotta

Line a large sieve with 2 layers of cheesecloth or paper towels and set it over a large bowl.

Bring the milk, cream and 1 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a large nonreactive pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and vinegar and cook, stirring, until the mixture curdles, about 1 minute.

Pour the mixture into the prepared sieve and let drain, discarding the liquid (whey) from the bowl as necessary, at least 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes for thicker cheese. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.