We eat a lot of ricotta cheese around here. It’s such a versatile cheese. Ricotta is great on pasta, (like my Lemon Ricotta Pasta or Cheesy Penne with Meatballs) pizza, egg dishes, snacks, baked goods and even desserts! We eat so much ricotta that on more than one occasion while in the middle of preparing a recipe; I’ll go to the fridge for the cheese, and discover it has disappeared! (Hubby likes to snack on it at night…)
Did you know it only takes about 5 minutes and TWO INGREDIENTS to make your own ricotta cheese in the microwave? This method had saved me may times and it’s so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this before!
Homemade Microwave Ricotta Cheese
- 2 cups whole milk (makes about 1/2 cup ricotta cheese)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- Mix salt, milk and vinegar together and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes. (Depending on the wattage of your microwave- mine is 1100 and was ready at the 4 minute mark.) You could also use a food thermometer to check the temperature of the milk- it needs to reach 165 degrees for the milk curds to separate from the whey.
- Using a fine mesh sieve or a colander covered with a paper towel or cheesecloth, pour or spoon the curds into the sieve and let drain for 5 minutes. Store covered in refrigerator.
By the way, I had to google the info to find out my microwave wattage and while doing so, I found this neat trick at ask.com on how to determine your microwave’s wattage:
“A microwave’s wattage may appear on the inside door of the appliance, on the back of the microwave or in the owner’s manual. If owners cannot find this information, they can perform a test to determine the wattage. The test involves boiling a cup of water in a 2-cup measuring cup.
If the water boils in two minutes or less, the microwave is 1,000 watts or higher. If it takes two and a half minutes, the microwave is about 800 watts. Three minutes is between 650 and 700 watts, and between three and five minutes is a 300- to 500-watt microwave”
I like to eat mine still warm with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper.
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