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homemade fresh ricotta cheese on muslin cloth
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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Too amazing for words, ricotta cheese. 
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Erin


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp vinegar white or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt


  • Add milk and cream to a sauce pan. Bring just up to a simmer (not over) over medium high heat.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vinegar and salt. Let sit for 5 minutes for curds to form, you should see them lumping up on the back of the spoon and in the mixture.
    pot of heated milk and cream with vinegar stirred in to curdle for ricotta cheese
  • Pour mixture through a couple layers of cheese cloth (or 3-4 layers for a looser, wetter ricotta), or one layer of muslin cloth. Either tie the bag-like shape together and hang it over something to catch the draining liquid, or fix it over a large mouth jar with a rubber band.
    large jar with cheese cloth rubber banded on draining whey out for ricotta cheese
  • Once the ricotta is the consistency you like, remove it from where it's hanging or fastened to and give it a final squeeze.
    squeezing cheese cloth with ricotta cheese
  • Dump it from the cloth into a bowl or container. You can use it as is, in various recipes, or add herbs to it for a nice spread.
    homemade fresh ricotta cheese on muslin cloth