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Ricotta literally means re-cooked in Italian. It is a soft-curd fresh cheese, made from whey that is l...
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April 27, 2015
Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta literally means re-cooked in Italian. It is a soft-curd fresh cheese, made from whey that is left over after hard cheese has been made. To make hard and semi hard cheeses, rennet is added to warm milk, causing it to separate into curds and whey. The curds are then drained and aged resulting in all kinds of cheeses, depending on how they are handled. To make ricotta, some whole milk is added to the remaining whey and the mixture is brought to a boil or ricotta, a second round of curds forms. These ricotta curds, which contain less fat and are softer and wetter than the first round, are lifted from the whey and set in a basket to drain. Large curds, similar to the ones found in cottage cheese, are favored when it comes to ricotta cheese. In Italy, ricotta is eaten the same day it is made, “as is”. When I was young we used to eat it still warm, spread on a slice of country bread and drizzled with honey. Ricotta is delicious and versatile ingredient giving its flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. It is used as a filling for stuffed pastas, used in baked pastas, and it even makes a wonderful dessert like in cheesecakes. Today, you can buy ricotta in most local grocery stores as well as in many specialty markets or cheese shops