Fresh Ricotta Cheese

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“This recipe is written with cows milk but it's just as good if not possibly better with goat and sheep's milk as well.”
1hr 15mins
1-2 lbs

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 gallon milk
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid (fresh squeezed) or 12 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Pour milk into a large non reactive pot. Add the acid or lemon juice and salt; stir.
  2. Heat the milk to 195 degrees. Stir often to avoid scorching. When curds and whey separate, turn off the heat. Allow to set undisturbed for 10 minute.
  3. Line a colander with a clean muslin dish towel or several layers of cheesecloth and place over a large bowl or container.
  4. Ladle the hot curds and whey into the cloth covered colander. Tie the cloth into the bag and hang the cheese to drain for 1 hour. Makes 1 3/4-2 lbs ricotta.

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