Today I decided to venture out and try something new. With social distancing in place, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to not only start cooking more often, but also start experimenting more in the kitchen.
It has been hard for me to find a number of items in grocery stores lately, Ricotta Cheese being one on that list. I came across a post on Instagram where a woman made fresh ricotta cheese, and I was floored! I had to try it out immediately.
I went out and purchased whole milk. This was the only thing I needed to complete this recipe since I had all of the other ingredients in my house. To make this cheese, I used Anne Burrell’s recipe which can be found here. Growing up, I remember watching Anne on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef on the Food Network, and I have always loved her. Therefore, I had a lot of faith that this attempt at her recipe was going to go well.
When it comes to trying new things in the kitchen, I’m always nervous to share it with the world until I know I’ll be 100 percent satisfied with the results. Today, I decided to take a different approach & take you along this journey with me.
Have you ever heard the saying “a watched pot never boils”? This rang true when I was trying to get this milk to hurry up and simmer. Patience was the key in this process, because it took well over 30 minutes to get this mixture where I needed it to be. Boy, was it worth it. After the ricotta was strained and ready for me to taste, all of the anxiousness and nervousness I had at the beginning of tackling this recipe vanished.
I made cheese! Fresh, light, perfectly seasoned cheese. This is probably the proudest I’ve been in my culinary journey thus far. More awaits & I can’t wait to dive into something else that I haven’t attempted.
I recorded this whole process (shown above), and I’m so happy that I did. I hope that you give it a watch and enjoy it as much as I did. Until next time, happy eating!
~ 6 cups Whole Milk ~ 2 cups Heavy Cream ~ 3 tbsp Distilled White Vinegar ~ 1 tsp Kosher Salt (I used Diamond Crystal brand)