Today I found a recipe for 5-minute ricotta that you make in the microwave! (I still can’t believe that such a thing exists.) In Hubbs’s quest for a constant supply of cheese, we’ve been looking for ways to make various sorts of cheeses. Its surprising to learn how many can be made at home without any sort of special equipment. But this recipe is the quickest and easiest I’ve seen yet.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 t salt
- 2 T vinegar or lemon juice (I only tried the vinegar)
You mix the ingredients, microwave it for 5 minutes, and strain it into a paper towel-lined colander. So easy! Now the recipe doesn’t make much. After its strained, it makes about a half cup. But with a batch time of only 5 minutes, it won’t take long to make the amount you need.
And it tastes delicious, just like real ricotta! Better yet, here’s the cost breakdown:
- A gallon of milk cost $3.16, and I used two cups for the recipe. That means that the two cups of milk needed for this recipe costs $0.40. So the price per ounce of homemade ricotta: $0.09
- A 15 oz container of ricotta at Safeway costs $3.50. Price per ounce: $0.23
So there you are: quick, easy, and even cheaper than buying it at the store. And always nice to know how to make a useful ingredient that I never seem to have in the fridge when I need it.