Your First Cheesemaking Lesson!

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When we have the privilege of meeting our fellow cheese lovers they often ask if we give cheese making lessons. We do not. When they ask how we started making cheese the answer is, from the internet. One of the easiest cheeses to make is whole milk Ricotta. Traditional Ricotta is made using whey. Ricotta translates to recooked in Italian. We use whole milk for a better yield.

Ricotta can be smeared on good bread and drizzled with honey infuse olive oil or super good aged balsamic. It can be savory or sweet. Lasagna or cheesecake. The choice is yours. Please send a picture of your creations. ENJOY!

Homemade Ricotta

Your First Cheesemaking Lesson! 1

Total: 43 min

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 23 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: about 2 cups


  • 4 cups whole milk (you can use raw milk. You cannot use ultra-pasteurized milk)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons good white wine vinegar


  1. Set a large sieve over a deep bowl. Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.
  2. Pour the milk and cream into a stainless-steel or enameled pot. Stir in the salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles. It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).
  3. Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl. The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta. (I tend to like mine on the thicker side, but some prefer it moister.) Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining whey. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.

Let us know how your first go at cheese making works out.