homemade ricotta

at this moment...

Time: 6:25 PM Sunday evening

Weather outside: 90 degrees Fahrenheit with a NW  Delta breeze at 3 MPH. Sunny and Clear.

On my desk: ad hoc at home, sara foster's southern kitchen, food and wine march 2011, a binder full of fundraising calendars and by laws paperwork for my kids school's parent group, my camera, and a rock.

On the back of my chair: Racer X. She has taken to sitting on the back of my computer chair like a pirate's parrot.

On my feet: Nada. Naked as a the day I was born.

On my nightstand: Battle Royale

In my Amazon shopping cart: This is embarrassing...

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
The Submission: A Novel
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook
Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN

Pre Ordered:

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
Zone One: A Novel
The Mozza Cookbook
11/22/63: A Novel

In the movie queue: Howl's Moving Castle

In the oven: Pizza

In my ears: An actual cat's paw [see above] also the Prime Time Emmys.

In my tummy: Soon to be pizza with candied jalapenos on top.

In my future: Pizza

On tap for dinner: Did you see the above mentioned pizza?

Latest obsession: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Tahitian Vanilla Caramels

In March, I was invited by Amy to go to San Fransisco and watch Nancy Silverton do a cooking demo. You can read about it here. Anyways, I am anxiously awaiting her book that I preorded from Amazon (hurry up and get here September 27!!!). The cover alone makes me want to spend some quality time with it away on a secluded romantic beach. We will talk about olive oil, pizzas, and cheese. Because what else would a food blogger do with a cookbook alone on a beach?

At the demo, Nancy Silverton made ricotta. Now I thought I hated... actually loathed ricotta. Come to find out that wasn't necessarily the case. I just hadn't had freshly made from scratch ricotta. It's a whole different beast.

homemade ricotta: nancy silverton
(printable recipe)

yields 8 ounces (which is not nearly enough)

4 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Without stirring, pour milk, cream, lemon juice, and salt in a small heavy bottom stainless steel saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and set aside until mixture cools slightly approximately 5-10 minutes. You will see the ricotta separating into curds. Line a strainer or colander with a cheesecloth and place it in the sink. Scoop the curds out of the saucepan and into the strainer or colander to drain. Don't pour it because you don't want to break up the curds. You can use the ricotta, while it's still warm, or tie the cheesecloth onto the handle of a long wooden spoon. Place spoon over a bowl so the bundle is hanging over the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to drain until you are ready to use it or for up to 2 days.


Joanne said...

What do you do with the whey? sugestions?

Nouveau Chef said...

Arrrgghh, matey! That ricotta be lookin' mighty fine. And, the chocolate treasure from Trader Joes is a plunder in me own kitchen! Arrrghhh!

Melissa said...

Pizza! Pizza. I miss making pizza.

I must bite the bullet and make this at last. Lasagna with both homemade ricotta and noodles is going on my immediate "to make" list for post-move. I already wrote it in.

Elly Lou said...

I keep wanting to try making ricotta but then I chicken out. I make yogurt instead. Which is NOT exciting in lasagna. *sigh*

Kristin said...

Definitely get Bird by Bird...it's awesome!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I seem to recall you lamenting that you didn't do things like make ricotta on that one post I wrote years ago about making it from the sheep's milk. Well now you do. Yay!

Michelle said...

I have never made ricotta cheese before but this sounds pretty easy and I have found that if you make something homemade it usually tastes much better than anything store bought.
I plan on trying this soon.
Thanks! :-)

Anonymous said...

Ahh! This would go great with the Cheese Fritters, which I'll definitely be making tomorrow! Also, I love Howl's Moving Castle, and anything else made by Hayao Miyazaki, it's a crime not to. Haha.

Andie said...

I thought making cheese would be really complicated, but it seems simple from your recipe. I am going to try it.

Nancy @ rivertreekitchen said...

I'm a converted ex-ricotta-hater too, for the same reason: fresh ricotta is just not anything like store-bought. I like to add herbs as the milk heats, or use plain ricotta on crostini with peaches and prosciutto (http://rivertreekitchen.com/2011/08/13/summer-bash-peach-prosciutto-crostini).