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Homemade Ricotta with Lemon and Basil

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Fresh ricotta made at home. Better than anything in the store.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ⅔ cups Lemon Juice
  • ⅓ cups Basil, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • ⅓ teaspoons Pepper

Preparation

Yields 3-4 cups of ricotta.

In a large Dutch oven or deep pot, heat milk and salt to 185ºF, stirring frequently to avoid scalding. Remove from heat and pour in lemon juice. Let sit for 25 minutes while curds separate and form. Do not disturb.

Line a large colander or strainer with a double layer of cheese cloth, placing them over a deep bowl. Slowly pour cheese mixture into the strainer lined with cheesecloth and allow to drain, about 10-15 minutes or until the liquid no longer strains freely.

Place in a large bowl. Fold in minced basil, lemon zest, and pepper if desired. Do not mix too much, just enough to incorporate.

Place in sealed containers and let chill for two hours. Serve with garlic toast and olive oil for drizzling.

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catyo on 8.24.2012

another outstanding use for this delicious ricotta, just in case you’re interested: as a base for a tomato salad. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar dressing, and oh my, do you have a lovely salad! Thanks for the recipe. The combo of lemon and basil is wonderful with this cheese.

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ilovepaulduersch on 2.10.2012

I’m excited to try this. Just wondering if I’m supposed to stir in the lemon juice or just pour it in and let it sit?

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Laurie - Simply Scratch on 1.2.2012

Making ricotta is an experience everyone should try at least once! This recipe is super easy and totally fantastic!!

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