Friday, October 15, 2010

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

My first attempt in cheese making! It is way so easy and simple. You should try it at home too! The whole process only took me about 30mins and you have a nice batch of fresh ricotta cheese to fill in your stomach. Isn't it great we're learning something new everyday! Ricotta cheese and cottage cheese look very much alike but actually they aren't the same. Ricotta cheese is more crumble while cottage cheese is curd-like and moist in texture, and it's made from pasteurized skim milk.

Ingredients :

1Litre full cream milk
1/2 cup yoghurt ( I used 150gm)
1 tpsn vinegar/lemon juice
1/2 tspn salt

Method :
(1) combine all ingredients in a pot and mix well.
(2) bring mixture to a boil and then boil over low heat untill the milk is curdled.

(3) meanwhile, line a strainer with cheesecloth and set it over a deep bowl or container.
(4) pour the milk mixture into the strainer and let drain for about 15mins.

(5) Now, gather the cheesecloth around the curds and squeeze gently to extract any excess liquid called WHEY.

Finally, transfer the cheese to a clean container and keep refrigerated up to 3-4 days. And it's best to serve it warm.

And here's the Whey water! Whey is the remaining liquid after milk has been curdled and strained. It is high in protein and it's a wonderful supplement for type 2 diabetes. Whey protein (derived from whey) is often sold as nutritional supplement in the sport of bodybuilding. Ahhh.... the guys would most probably interested in this one! haha.... And this whey water is best to use them in bake goods like bread and scones.

40 comments:

Jeannie said...

You never cease to amaze me with the vast amount of things you can do. This is indeed very simple. Looking forward to all the ricotta cheese you'll be posting I hope:D
Cheers!

Wai Kitt said...

I agree with Jeannie's comment. It is truly simple to make. Do i need to stir it during the boiling?

Von said...

Ooh! I didn't know you could make ricotta cheese so easily!! This sounds like fun!!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Kristy, sound so easy! May be I shd start more homemade stuff too :)

Jet said...

Ooo...I should try it someday. Thanks for sharing. ^^

MaryMoh said...

Whah...Kristy, you are just a star!! You just make it look so easy....homemade ricotta. Looking forward to more surprises from you :) Have a great day!

reanaclaire said...

really Kristy!! U r so amazing.. cooking seems so easy for you! Making cheese.. so what's next? :)

Blessed Homemaker said...

Kristy, thanks for sharing this great idea!

Cheah said...

Kristy you amaze me, everything you can DIY!

pigpigscorner said...

Sounds so easy!

Heavenly Housewife said...

That is so cool and easy, I'd like to try this!
*kisses* HH

Cathy said...

I want to make lasagna and homemade ricotta would be wonderful to use. You've inspired me to give this a try. It's much easier than I thought it was.

Foodessa said...

Kristy...great minds and all...I just posted on breakfast with Ricotta...however, your homemade one beats my store bought in spades. I should try making my own...so true ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

lena said...

kristy, you're fantastic!!didnt even crossed my mind that this can be home made too!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Is there anything you don't do well??

Claudia said...

Interesting that you make it using yoghurt - that would speed up the process. Looks picture-perfect!

Anncoo said...

Kristy, open a Cheese shop. I be your first customer ;DD

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love ricotta cheese. Great job! I love all your food adventures. And, yes, one day I will give making cheese a try! :-)

My Little Space said...

Hi evreyone,

Thank you so much for visiting and spending your time with me today.

Hope you'll try this easy cheese making at home and enjoy the wholesome goodness of it. Have fun guys!

Wai Kitt : There's no stirring needed if you're using non stick pot. Wish you luck!

Hope you are all having a terrific day and wonderful time.

Cheers, Kristy

the lacquer spoon said...

Homemade cheese looks really tempting! Thanks for the cooking inspiration :)

Emily Malloy said...

I am so impressed. How inspiring you truly are! I would love to make this!

Velva said...

If only I would have checked your blog post this morning. I just made layered pasta and I used a big container of store bought ricotta cheese (sigh). Yours would have been so much better. Thanks for the future inspiration.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is awesome! I still have to try making my own ricotta.

Cheers,

Rosa

Angie's Recipes said...

A very easy and economic cheese recipe!

Dimah said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for the great recipe!

elra said...

Nothing beat homemade ricotta :)

My Little Space said...

Spoon : Thank you! Hope you will try it some time.

Emily : At the beginnng, I thought cheese making is very complicated but actually it isn't at all. So, you must try it out later.

Velva : Haha... never mind! You can always make your own in the futre. You used up one big container of ricotta! That must be pretty pricy!

Rosa : I think it's cheaper too!

Angie : As for me, I have no choice because I can't even get ricotta cheese here, in my town. So, I have to make my own! ^_^

Dimah : Thank you!

Elra : I'm glad it's not too complicated at all!

Thank you all for visiting and hope you're all having a fabulous weekend.
Cheers, Kristy

Abbey said...

yup. yours totally looks better than mine did.

CheapAppetite said...

That's really cool. I don't know you can make cheese at home. :) It looks quite simple too. Yup the whey protein is sold at health store. Bodybuilders use them.

CheapAppetite said...

That's really cool. I don't know you can make cheese at home. :) It looks quite simple too. Yup the whey protein is sold at health store. Bodybuilders use them.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Oh my! Thank you Kristy - your site truly is empowering! You teach us so many skills. Now I can make my own ricotta!! Fantastic!

Alice Law said...

Whey water... I haven't hear of it before this, and yet it's so beneficial!

I love cheese... but it's touch for me to go through the complicated process, lol! Lazy me!:D

Lyndsey said...

Sorry I am way (not whey) out of order here.lol! I saw the pizza post first. I have a lot of catching up to do! You make everything look so easy, which means you are a great teacher. I always wanted to make my own ricotta, paneer or feta cheese, I was just worried about all that cheese that has to be eaten up in 3 days!

Shirley said...

Kristy,
I make cottage cheese regularly at home. I didnt know ricotta was so simple. The process is the same except that in cottage cheese we dont add the yoghurt. I will give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

Shirley said...

HeyKristy,
I tried this out, it was yumm! Thanks again for sharing.

JYuen said...

Hi Kristy,
First of all, just wanna say thank you for your wonderful recipe for this homemade ricotta cheese. I had tried mine and used it to bake cotton cheese cake just last sunday and the result was superb. Better than using cream cheese. Really loved your blogging alot as i'm always checking your new recipe everyday. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful recipe everyday.

My Little Space said...

Hi Yuen, glad you tried this out. And congratulations on you successful baked! It's great to learn more homemade food especially things that we can't easily buy it here. Hope to hear from you more often. Have fun!
Kristy

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristy,
I would love to try this out but wouldn't like to waste the whey water. Can it be refrigerated for future use? If yes, how long can I keep it in the fridge?
Thanks,
Iv

A L TAN said...

Hi Kristy,

A great posting over there on making cheese at home using milk and vinegar. I would like to ask you where to get the cheesecloth since in Malaysia its very hard to get and whats cheesecloth called in Malaysia?
Many thanks for your assistance.

My Little Space said...

Hi A L Tan

Many thanks for stopping by my site. In Malaysia, cheese cloth can be found at Daiso as I've seen it there before. However, I only used common white cloth which is easily found at any local textiles shop. Hope this will help. Enjoy & have fun !

Kristy

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