Homemade Ricotta

Have you ever tried making homemade ricotta?  I found a recipe on one of my favorite food blogs and tried it out.  It was so easy and delicious!  All you need is milk, lemon juice, salt, and a cheese cloth.

First, heat 1 quart or 4 cups of milk over medium high heat and stir constantly.

As it comes to a slow boil, add the 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Continue stirring until you start to see it curdle (about 2 minutes).

Then pour the mixture into the strainer that is lined with the cheese cloth.  Let the liquid discard for a few minutes then hang the cheese cloth for about an hour (I tied it to my faucet above my sink).

Transfer the curds to a covered container and keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.  I used mine in a chocolate ricotta mousse for Valentine's Day.  Makes about 8 ounces.

Please note that I altered the recipe from The Italian Dish so if you decide to make your own, use one or the other to avoid any mishaps.