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homemade ricotta over a small white an blue plate, next to fresh aromatic herbs, both over a wood board,

How To Make Homemade Ricotta

Course: Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Skip the grocery store and make your own -Ready in just 30 minutes, all you need is 3 ingredients to make delicious, fresh Italian homemade ricotta!

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  • 2 litres whole milk
  • 80 ml fresh lemon juice (⅓ cup)
  • tsp fine sea salt


  • Place the milk in a large pot over medium-low heat.
  • Let the milk warm gradually to 194°F or 90°C, monitoring the temperature with an instant-read thermometer. The milk should get lightly foamy, if it starts to boil, remove it immediately from the heat.
  • Once the milk temperature reaches the 90°C, remove the pot from the heat and pour in the lemon juice and season with sea salt.
  • Place a lid over the pot, and allow the milk mixture to sit for 10 minutes undisturbed. After this time the milk should start separating in clumps.
  • Set a strainer over a bowl and line the strainer with a cheesecloth. Scoop in the big curds out of the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer them to the strainer, then pour in the remaining curds.
  • Let the ricotta sit for 15 minutes up to 1 hour, depending on how creamy you want it to be.
  • You can eat the ricotta straight away or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.