So, I need ricotta cheese for dinner tonight; we were having lasagna.  I realized late in the day that I had forgotten to get any at the store.  So, I quickly “googled” homemade ricotta.  I found a bunch of recipes, but the one thing they all had in common was milk, vinegar and salt.  I figured I had all those ingredients so I’d give it a try.  I decided to use the THRIVE instant milk to see if this would be something I could make from the items in my home grocery store. Here is what I did:

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 c. THRIVE Instant milk
  • 3 T. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Place water, milk and salt in large pot on medium high heat.  Allow milk to heat up slowly. Stir occasionally. Once you see steam start to form above the surface, stir constantly until it boils. Remove from heat, add the vinegar and stir gently for one minute.  Curds will begin forming . Cover and allow it to sit undisturbed for at least 30 minutes (some recipes suggested 2+ hrs, I didn’t have that much time, so I just did 30 minutes).
Ladle the ricotta into a fine mesh colander (you can also line the colander with cheese cloth, I didn’t have any so I skipped this step). Place the colander (with the ricotta in it) in a larger pan so it can drain. Let it drain for for 10+ minutes (depending on how wet / dry you want your cheese).
I then used it in our lasagna tonight and it was great!  I don’t think I’ll ever buy it at the store again: too expensive!  Plus, this was fat free!