Did you know that you can make cheese at home?

Maybe it was the over-abundance of dairy growing up in Wisconsin, but it never occurred to me to make my own cheese.  We visited farms at school to see cheese being made, we ate cheese on a very regular basis, and by regular basis I mean daily, we grew up surrounded by dairy farms and if you were lucky enough to have friends that lived on farms? You’ve experienced a dairy farm first-hand.

When I was a (naughty) senior in high school, I stayed with a friend while her parents were out of town to “help” her with the farm chores. One afternoon during my farm stay, my brother (thankfully) warned me (via a huge Nokia cell phone) that my parents were coming to videotape me helping on a farm. As if  they didn’t think I was really helping! I scurried out to the barn and started scooping hay just in time.

I’ve grown up a lot since those days, but my love for cheese has remained constant and the thought of making cheese at home is now a thrilling one! My teenage self would think that is like, so lame.

So I set out with a Bon Appétit recipe to make my own ricotta cheese.

Now someone please tell me how to make burrata cheese and my life will be complete. Like, seriously.


DIY Ricotta Cheese

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Keywords: cheese

Ingredients (about 2 cups)

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half & half
  • juice of 1 lemon


Combine the milk, cream, salt and lemon juice in sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Remove pan from heat and let mixture sit for 15 minutes. The curds should start forming.

If you only have a few small curds after 15 minutes, add some more lemon juice, gently stir and let sit another 15 minutes.

Carefully scoop the curds into a cheesecloth lined bowl.

Let ricotta drain until it reaches desired consistency.

Use in recipes, or spread on toast and drizzle with honey for a delicious breakfast!

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13 Comments (Reply )

  1. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Beautiful picture! I’ve always wanted to try making my own…


    • emily (a nutritionist eats)
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      I really struggled with the pictures! I thought photographing something I loved would be easy – it was not!!! :)


  2. Anna Johnson
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    fun! let me know when you figure out the burrata….. :)


  3. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    Ooh, fun. I’ve never made cheese of any kind. I wonder how hard it would be to make goat cheese? Then, I think I would be in trouble. :)


    • Emily
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

      I’m not sure if it would work the same way….possibly? I might have to look into that!


  4. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    this is so cool, i’ve never tried making my own cheese before! i love ricotta too, i bet this was delicious :)


  5. Dan
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    Say, young lady lets get back to that farm episode! Is it too late to find some appropriate consequence for both you and your brother? Love Dad


    • Emily
      Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:10 am

      I knew I liked that little brother of mine!! :)


  6. Kate
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    what a great idea! I have been teaching lots of kids cooking classes lately. This would be a great project to do with them. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I love love (LOVE!) ricotta! I never thought to make my own. Gorgeous photos!


  8. janetha
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Wow! I had no idea this was possible!


  9. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    Wow! I saw this recipe, but was way to scared to try it, but it looks like you followed it perfectly!


  10. Dana
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    This is very cool! It never occurred to me to make my own cheese either (and I lived nowhere near any dairy farms lol)… but it sounds like a great idea!


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