Homemade Ricotta

Cook time 1 hour
Servings 200g approx

Traditionally ricotta (Italian for re-cooked) is made from the left over whey which is acidified and then re-cooked

Ingredients

3L whey (approx. 6 ph), taken from the cheesemaking process

500ml full cream milk

25g salt


Whey ingredients

6l full cream milk

1 tbsp yoghurt

1ml rennet diluted with 50 ml water

Equipment

Large Pot

Draining spoon

Thermometer

Ricotta basket, colander or sieve

Homemade Ricotta

Traditionally ricotta (Italian for re-cooked) is made from the left over whey which is acidified and then re-cooked

Method

Heat 6 Litres of milk to 40 degrees, stir through 1 tablespoon of yoghurt and 1ml rennet. Allow to rest for 10-20 minutes for the curds to form and the whey to split from the curds.

Pour whey into a pot, add salt.

Heat the whey and bring it to 60 degrees while constantly stirring, then add milk and bring it to 90 degrees, remove from the heat. The ricotta will rise to the top. Leave to sit for approximately 5-10 minutes before scooping into baskets. If the ricotta is still very soft, leave it to sit for a further 5 minutes.

Ricotta can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator.