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This is the best ricotta I have ever eaten,this recipe can be cut in half:  1 gallon whole milk, 1 pint heavy cream, 1 teas.kosher salt,6 Tabls.lemon juice or 6 Tabls.white vinegar : in a large p
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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 3:39 AM EST
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This is the best ricotta I have ever eaten,this recipe can be cut in half:  1 gallon whole milk, 1 pint heavy cream, 1 teas.kosher salt,6 Tabls.lemon juice or 6 Tabls.white vinegar : in a large pot(not aluminum) bring milk,cream and salt to a boil over medium heat stirring often to avoid scorching when it boils stir in lemon juice or vinegar and reduce to simmer,stir constantly but gently until mixture cuddles about 2 min.,turn off heat and cover let sit for about 20 min.In the mean time line a colinder with a double layer of cheese cloth,place colinder over a large bowl to catch the whey.gently lift the curds with a slotted spoon on to the cheesecloth lined colinder and allow to drain for 1 hour  then gently roll the ricotta into a bowl,this can be used right away or stored in a covered container in fridge for 3 days.The whey can be used in cooking or baking inplace of water.I use the vinegar recipe for cooking and the lemon for baking,this is just a personal preference but either can be used for both.This recipe will make 4 cups of ricotta and half recipe will make about 2 cups.Enjoy !!!

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 7:35 AM EST
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Thank you Gale ...  I can't imagine me doing this but I've copied the recipe.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 11:07 AM EST
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Thank you Gale....Now I am 99% sure I will be making lasagna in the next week.  I will let you know how it turned out.
By the way I think I am going to be sending You and Nancy the bill for a WW membership and my Curves membership!  What one do you want?.......I will send Nancy the other.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 12:40 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese:
Thank you Gale....Now I am 99% sure I will be making lasagna in the next week.  I will let you know how it turned out. By the way I think I am going to be sending You and Nancy the bill for a WW membership and my Curves membership!  What one do you want?.......I will send Nancy the other.
Posted by nikki p


This ricotta is so good I just eat it plain,you could just sweeten with honey or whatever and layer in parfait glasses with fresh berries,with some whipped cream on top.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 1:46 PM EST
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hee hee hee ..... I joined Curves - hmmmmmm - early last year?
That's when I had just joined my little church.  The minister knew I painted so he asked me to paint the walls (!!!) of the church entry way.  loll lol   I said I had never painted a wall but he wanted me to try just one wall, just one wall.  Well, I could paint a wall.
Every morning I went to Curves then on to church.  Every morning the minister found another room or wall for me to paint and I sure found cleaning that needed done. 
I have painted every inch of that church upstairs and down  (I had help in some of the basement and the nursery).  I've painted the auditorium, the bathrooms, the class rooms,  the kitchen, the back rooms, the stair way .... lol.

Anyhow, I quit Curves.  I was too tired to exercise.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 2:52 PM EST
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This sounds wonderful - Thanks for the recipie.
I have made alot of fresh products, but never tried cheese - now I can do that too! 

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 4:13 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese:
hee hee hee ..... I joined Curves - hmmmmmm - early last year? That's when I had just joined my little church.  The minister knew I painted so he asked me to paint the walls (!!!) of the church entry way.  loll lol   I said I had never painted a wall but he wanted me to try just one wall, just one wall.  Well, I could paint a wall. Every morning I went to Curves then on to church.  Every morning the minister found another room or wall for me to paint and I sure found cleaning that needed done.  I have painted every inch of that church upstairs and down  (I had help in some of the basement and the nursery).  I've painted the auditorium, the bathrooms, the class rooms,  the kitchen, the back rooms, the stair way .... lol. Anyhow, I quit Curves.  I was too tired to exercise.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy I hear you,my Dr. wanted me to try to exercise more,so I layed out my schedule and asked him and when would I be able to do that?He scratch his head and said I don't know but try to sometime. LOL LOL

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 12/25/2010 4:44 PM EST
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Thanks Gale for the recipe! It sure sounds good and I hope that it as easy as it sounds. Nothing beats the taste of homemade-it must all the "love" that is put into it.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/7/2011 2:28 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese:
Thanks Gale for the recipe! It sure sounds good and I hope that it as easy as it sounds. Nothing beats the taste of homemade-it must all the "love" that is put into it.
Posted by Diane S


Here it is Elsa,Thanks for your interest in the homemade Ricotta cheese,It's so rich and good.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/7/2011 6:55 PM EST
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This ricotta recipe sounds so far above me  Embarassed
I'm afraid to even try anything like that.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/7/2011 8:13 PM EST
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Nancy, Curves is GREAT.  I joined after I had lost 120 pounds.  I have been able to keep it off for almost 12 years now.  I go to Curves every day, I have a great time am able to vent about problems at home and get a good work out.  Curves is great for the body and spirit.  (Much like this site is good for the spirit, not so sure about the body though)
After I had retired from my "real" job I was asked if I wanted to work at Curves and I jumped at the chance.  My little part time job there lasted about 5 years until the owner closed.  I am now a member at another and still love it.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 7:22 AM EST
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Nikki -- you joined Curves AFTER losing 120 lbs?!  How did you lose the weight?

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 8:15 AM EST
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I want to make this recipe from scratch and it was great tasting .

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 8:28 AM EST
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This sounds like a great recipe - one that I'll have to try, thanks.

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 11:37 AM EST
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wow this would be great! I will take on the challenge!

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 5:56 PM EST
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Thanks for the Ricotta recipe.  Here is a poem I this you will enjoy!

SPECIAL POEM FOR OLDER FOLKS

A row of bottles on my shelf
Caused me to analyze myself.
One yellow pill I have to pop
Goes to my heart so it won't stop.
A little white one that I take
Goes to my hands so they won't shake.
The blue ones that I use a lot
Tell me I'm happy when I'm not.
The purple pill goes to my brain
And tells me that I have no pain.
The capsules tell me not to wheeze
Or cough or choke or even sneeze..
The red ones, smallest of them all
Go to my blood so I won't fall.
The orange ones, very big and bright
Prevent my leg cramps in the night.
Such an array of brilliant pills
Helping to cure all kinds of ills.
But what I'd really like to know............
Is what tells each one where to go!

LAUGH A LITTLE EVERY DAY....

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.
For example
I am sitting here right now thinking how nice it is that wrinkles & fat
don't hurt.  TEE HEE HEE

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 6:41 PM EST
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"I am sitting here right now thinking how nice it is that wrinkles & fat
don't hurt.  TEE HEE HEE"

I don't feel a thing

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 8:38 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese:
Nikki -- you joined Curves AFTER losing 120 lbs?!  How did you lose the weight?
Posted by Nancy G


I will tell you but it is a secret and you must promise not to tell anyone how I did it.
Three important things.
1. Eat less.  Portion control is important.
2. Exercise more.
3. You have to want to do it.  You can't loose weight for a wedding, a reunion, a vacation, or anything else YOU have to want to do it for YOU!

I came to the conclusion that it really is a matter of calories in calories out.  Your body does not care if 400 calories in a meal comes from a salad, vegetables, and a piece of chicken or 400 calories from a candy bar.  It will use 400 calories BUT the 400 from the full balanced meal will keep you feeling full longer.
I always eat breakfast now oatmeal or a smoothie I try to make it high fiber so I feel full longer.  I am pretty strict with myself during the week but weekends I do go out and splurge.  If I go out with friends midweek I take that into account and balance it out.  I will order a salad, my meal and immediately ask for a to go box and promptly pack up half my meal before I even begin to eat. Then I can order a dessert with them and not feel "deprived".  And if I "goof up" no big deal I just get back on track.

So all in all it was pretty easy. 
Funny side story.  We had all gone out to eat my husband, daughter, son in law, my grand son (7 years old) and me.  We were at Golden Corral (a buffet) and my grand son and I were getting food, I was helping him and he saw Sweet potato casserole and we both took some.  At the table I went to take a bit of some and he looked at the plate, then at me and he said Grandma if you go to Curves everyday should you really be eating that?  I looked at him and said I go to Curves everyday so I CAN  eat it. 

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 9:05 PM EST
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Nikki - I am sooooo impressed by your success.  Amazed at such strength.

I had been painfully skinny my entire life..,, wearing many layers of heavy clothes, carrying all the change and other weighty stuff in my pockets and shoes when seeing my neuro.  On the way to his office I STUFFED  myself with bananas (easiest food to carry) and guzzled water.  I HAD to get my weight over 100 or he'd throw me into the hospital.

Of course I was smoking 3 1/2 packs a day. I smoked for 42 years and loved every cigarette I lit.  I quit Oct 10, 2005 because I knew lots of hospital stays/testing and miserable surgery were ahead.

I gained slowly but 2008 came - major changes, giant steps, earth shaking - and I started gaining fast.

I quit smoking when my life fell apart but I don't think that's as hard as losing weight.

As I said .... I am impressed and amazed.........

Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

posted at 1/8/2011 9:37 PM EST
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First: 6/4/2010
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In Response to Re: Homemade Ricotta Cheese:
Thanks for the Ricotta recipe.  Here is a poem I this you will enjoy! SPECIAL POEM FOR OLDER FOLKS A row of bottles on my shelf Caused me to analyze myself. One yellow pill I have to pop Goes to my heart so it won't stop. A little white one that I take Goes to my hands so they won't shake. The blue ones that I use a lot Tell me I'm happy when I'm not. The purple pill goes to my brain And tells me that I have no pain. The capsules tell me not to wheeze Or cough or choke or even sneeze.. The red ones, smallest of them all Go to my blood so I won't fall. The orange ones, very big and bright Prevent my leg cramps in the night. Such an array of brilliant pills Helping to cure all kinds of ills. But what I'd really like to know............ Is what tells each one where to go! LAUGH A LITTLE EVERY DAY.... There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here right now thinking how nice it is that wrinkles & fat don't hurt.  TEE HEE HEE
Posted by Elsa M


Hi Elsa ,thanks for posting the poem,very cute and so very true.No my fat and wrinkles don't hurt but sometimes my hair does.LOL!
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