Ever try making your own cheese? Well, if you’re like me (a novice cook – lol) Making your own cheese sounds kinda daunting. It never dawned on me how simple it is to make until I stumbled upon a recipe on madebylex about how to make homemade ricotta cheese. I was floored! So this weekend I decided to give it a try.
All you need is:
- 4 cups of milk (I used whole)
- 1 cup of cream
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon of salt
Combine all the ingredients together in the pot
Bring to a boil on the stove top. Be careful not to let it boil over – burnt milk does not smell very good as it sizzles on your glass cooktop.. Don’t ask how I know! If you should find out, here’s a great way to clean your cooktop.
Boil until you begin to see the curds forming. Pour into cheesecloth lined bowl.
Now by this point, I was pretty sure I had screwed it up by either over-boiling or not boiling it enough. I just wasen’t sure if I was on the right track or not, but I kept winging it. At first glance in the pot, it just didn’t seem solid like the ricotta I was expecting. But then I lifted the cheesecloth up slightly, and saw this emmerge:
Oh wow! Maybe I did’t ruin it after all. Was this the ricotta? Being my first time making cheese, I didn’t know what to expect. I opened up the cheesecloth, and saw this:
Oh yummy… I immediately got my spoon out and got a taste. It was still warm and it melted on my tongue. Absolutely dee-lish.
Thank you madebylex! This is better than any store-bought ricotta I’ve ever had!
Quick tip: If you make a mess on your glass cooktop, have a look at my diy home made cleaning method on how to clean a glass top stove using baking soda.