Ingredients: Yields about 4 cups of Ricotta
- 1 gallon whole pasteurized milk
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Rinse the inside of a non-reactive pot (stainless steel works great, I think aluminum is bad) with cold water, this will help prevent the milk from scorching. Heat 1 gallon of milk plus the salt over medium to medium-high heat until it reaches 180-185 degrees. Stir periodically and turn the heat down a bit if you feel the milk starting to scorch on the bottom of your pan.
- When it reaches the correct temperature, remove the pot from the burner, add the vinegar and stir gently for 1 minute.
- Cover with a clean dry dish towel and allow the mixture to cool for 2+ hours (all day even if you want to start this before work).
- Lay a damp cheesecloth or a clean dish towel which has been thoroughly rinsed (I hand washed mine with Dawn to cut through any fabric softener or soap residue remaining from the last wash cycle. I made sure to rinse it very very well) inside a colander. With a slotted spoon, remove all the solid curds from the pot and place them in the prepared colander. Let it drain for 2 hours or so depending on the texture you want. Alternatively, if you're in a bit of a hurry you can gather the corners of the cheesecloth or towel in one hand and then gently squeeze out the excess liquid with the other hand. Be careful not to over-wring the cheese (unless you like super dry ricotta).
- Place in a tight sealed container and refrigerate. It will keep for up to 7 days but it is best fresh. It won't freeze very well (although I've never had a problem with ricotta in frozen lasagna).
Do you see the hole in the top? That was from my greedy little fingers grabbing warm chunks of fresh ricotta and popping them straight into my mouth. Soooo good.
Thank you for reading,