Homemade Ricotta

I've had this mother earth news article about making cheese sitting around beckoning me for awhile. I finally got into it today. I was able to get the citric acid at the grocery store, but they didn't have rennet (which I expected) or cheese cloth (which I didn't - argh). So I decided to make the ricotta, since it was the only thing I could make with only citric acid.

I was irritated about the cheese cloth, and I hated the idea that I'd have to go to Wal-mart to get cheese making supplies, so I used a scrap of unbleached muslin instead. It worked fine, although it did take a little longer to drain than cheese cloth would've. I let it hang for a little while to drip.

It had a nice subtle flavor and creamy texture. I put a little on toast with honey, and it was enjoyed by all.


JulieO said...

I'm a little worried that we're reading each other's minds.....I made this a few weeks ago from the ME article too!! Isn't it easy and yummy? I'm excited to try the mozzarella and other types. Maybe we should have a cheese/deodorant making party sometime. I love your blog as always.

Laura said...

how funny! cheese and deodorant - what a combination!

Chara said...

Where do you get rennet? I'm sure you could try a Whole Foods Mkt the next time you're in Nashville (there's one in Cool Springs now) but I don't think Wal-Mart even carries it.

Laura said...

I do think you could find it at whole foods or something similar. Mother Earth News also reccomends:

cheesemaking.com and leeners.com