When we think of ricotta and fresh cheeses we imagine hours and hours of processing and great difficulty in preparation. But perhaps not everyone knows that you can also prepare an excellent ricotta at home and in a short time.
Ricotta cannot be considered a real cheese, but simply a dairy product because it is obtained by heating the whey left over from the processing of the cheese. Hence the name "re-cooked" because of the double cooking.
In practice it is not produced from the curd, but from one of its by-product, that is the whey.
For prepare 250 g of ricotta at home you need 1 liter of fresh milk, 1 teaspoon of salt and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Pour the milk into a saucepan and then bring it to a boil. Add the salt and lemon juice and stir with the wooden spoon. After about minutes the milk will begin to condense. Turn off the heat and continue stirring. Collect the cottage cheese in a colander and then transfer everything to a ricotta cheese.
Refrigerate for about 3-4 hours.
you can flavor your homemade ricotta with the grated orange or lemon rind or with aromatic herbs like basil and parsley. You can also make it spicy with the addition of paprika or chilli. The ricotta with le is excellent and good to serve rocket leaves inside, perfect to accompany with tomatoes and fresh summer salads.
Ricotta is not very caloric. It brings about 174 kcal per 100 g and therefore is a food suitable even for those who follow one Slimming diet. It also has a noticeable satiating effect.
One can also be prepared vegan version of homemade ricotta. Just replace the cow's milk with soy milk and proceed in the same way.
We offer you now some delicious ricotta-based recipe taken from our archives.
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