Cheese has never been something that I would expect to ever make on my own. Yet, here I stand, a cheese maker! I cannot express to you, how easy this recipe is. It may take practice, so best not leave this to test on the day of your dinner party! But once you get the hang of it, you will never buy ricotta cheese again!
Homemade Ricotta & Goat’s Cheese Recipe
- 1 litre milk
- 2-3 Tablespoons vinegar
- Coffee filters or cheese cloth
- In a large pot, bring to simmer a litre of milk. There is a specific temperature that it should reach, but I do not own a thermometer. I just let it get to the point of rapid simmering, without breaking into a boil. At that point, add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar. This will cut the milk and separate the whey from the curds. The curds will be your cheese.
- As soon as you add the vinegar, turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes. The process happens quickly, but give a good 5-10 minutes.
- I like using coffee filters to catch my curds.You can use a cheesecloth if you have it. Simply place a filter in a mug or bowl. Then gently scoop out the curds with a slotted spoon. Plop it in and let it sit as the watery whey drains out. Give it a bit of a squeeze to help it along.
- When you are done, you will have a something that looks exactly like ricotta cheese. Add a bit of salt, and it will also taste exactly like ricotta cheese!
- In no time you'll get creative adding seasonings and herbs to create your own flavored cheeses!
I got creative, and tried this recipe with goats milk. Instead of vinegar I used lemon juice to cut the milk – half a lemon squeezed right into the hot milk.
I thought it didn’t work at first, it hardly seperated. I went ahead and added some salt, waited a few more minutes, but still, no separation. After it cooled, I placed it in the fridge and the next morning (still hoping) I poured the milk into the coffee filter sitting in my mug, squeezed out all of the watery whey, and I was left with this:
I drizzled raw honey over it, added some cranberries and it made a beautiful spread!