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Hey, kids! Make yer own Ricotta for that Calzone recipe!

GretlGretl Posts: 670
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Hi all,
The calzone recipe sounds delicious. So I'll add another little recipe to enhance your Italian culinary pleasure: fresh, homemade ricotta. Here's what you do.[p]Into a large pot (the size you'd use to boil water for pasta), add one gallon whole milk and heat on medium until just frothy, not boiling. Watch carefully to avoid scalding or burning on the bottom; it's better to take longer at a lower temp and stir occasionally than to try rushing it. Using an instant read thermometer, bring the heat up to 180 to 185 degrees. Add about 2 teaspoons salt. When the temperature is reached, remove the pan from the heat, add one-third cup plus one teaspoon white vinegar all at once to the hot milk and stir constantly for one minute. The curds separate from the whey, and you'll have a very unpleasant-looking concoction. Never mind. This is good.[p]Cover the pot with a dish towel and just leave it alone for a while to cool; even if you make this before work and finish it off hours later, it's fine. Line a colander with damp clean cheesecloth and place it in the sink. Gently pour the mixture into the colander. Sometimes I use a wire spoonlike thingie designed to retrieve deep-fried items from the fat (don't know what it's called) and remove the milk solids to the colander instead of pouring. Or use a slotted spoon. Whatever way you choose, the purpose is to drain the ricotta.[p]After draining, squeeze the cheesecloth gently and make the ricotta whatever dryness you prefer. You'll never use the storebought stuff again, I promise. And if you enjoy making desserts with ricotta, add some cream to the milk and cut the salt back a bit. Wow, this is great. This keeps in the fridge covered for about one week, but it's best if used within a couple of days. [p]There is no diet version. And if you're wondering about cutting back on fat by using lowfat or skim milk, don't bother. It's just not worth the effort.

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