Given a choice, I always prefer using homemade ingredients to store bought ones. Certain ingredients like Mascarpone Cheese, Ricotta cheese etc are not easily available in stores. Even if you find them at gourmet stores, it costs a bomb. Being a passionate cook, I wanted to try a lot of recipes but found that ricotta cheese was not commonly available where I lived. So I started looking out for options. I can’t tell you how happy I was to realise that it can easily made at home, that too with readily available ingredients.
I found the recipe at Baking Obsession. I have been following this recipe for quite some time now.
Homemade Ricotta Cheese
Source: Baking Obsession
Whole milk- 2 litres
Whipping cream- 1 cup (I used Amul Cream)
Salt- 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice/Vinegar- 1/4 cup
In a large pot combine the milk, cream, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom from scorching. When you see steam coming on the surface,add the lemon juice and stir. Reduce the heat to low and continue heating the mixture until the the mixture curdles complately and whey is separated. Do not let the mixture come to the boil. Remove from the burner and let it stand for a little while (for about 15 – 20 minutes) to cool slightly. Meanwhile, line a sieve with several layers of cheese cloth. Set the sieve over a large bowl or over the sink. Transfer the cheese into the lined sieve and drain for about an hour or more. Transfer the cheese into a lidded container and store in the refrigerator. Consume within two days. The ricotta will firm up after several hours of refrigerating.