Friday, January 17, 2014

Breakfast at Fayme's in the Kitchen; Makin' Ricotta

The weather has triggered me to stay inside as much as possible, these days.... I turn to the kitchen for comfort. Cooking, discovering new recipes and learning how to make your own stuff is what keeps me busy these days. I had a brilliant idea to make my own cheese, too bad I don't have my own cows to milk, however my uncle who lives on the east side of the country has a farm next door, where he gets fresh milk and other dairy products, since I had no clue where to get real fresh milk in this city, I asked him for a weird favor; "Please bring me milk from that farm I like going to", I begged him.... And so he did... 
And then I made ricotta cheese :)
What you need;
- Fresh, whole, unpasteurized milk (1.9 liter)
- Citric acid or concentrated lemon juice (1/3 cup)
- Strainer, cheese cloth and a saucepan

1. Bring the milk to an "almost" simmer. Take the pan of the heat source when the milk is about to boil, when it starts to foam.
2. Slowly pour in the lemon juice, stir and let it sit for 10minutes. You will see the milk curdle (doesn't look that sexy, but it will be delish)
3. Line a strainer with cheese cloth and pour in the curdled milk (if you like, save some of the access liquid aka the whey), let it sit for 10 minutes or however dry you like your ricotta, you can always add some whey to make it moist again.
Et Voila! Your very own batch of ricotta cheese!
Perfect for making lasagna on a Friday night!
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