After visiting farmer’s markets last year, my mom and I fell in love with the fresh white cheese from a local dairy, which was blended with herbs, garlic, or nuts. However, at a cost of $5 per 8 oz. container, it’s very expensive. Due to the price and since the farmer’s markets are closed for the winter, I’ve been trying to think of ways to replicate their yummy fresh cheese.
Last week, I tried the ricotta recipe posted at the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op, and I was surprised how easy it was. It got me thinking… I could make some ricotta and blend in flavorings to make a cheese that was close to my favorite farmer’s market cheese for a fraction of the price.
The result? Yummy! Here’s how to do it.
You will need: milk, vinegar or lemon juice, flavorings of your choice (see ideas below). You’ll also need a thermometer, cheese cloth, a thick-bottomed pot, and wooden spoon.
- Make some ricotta cheese. The photos here show you how easy it is! My helpful hint is to stir continuously so the milk at the bottom of the pan doesn’t burn.
- Drain the cheese for a few hours.
- Mix in your flavorings. Here are some ideas, but feel free to experiment or use whatever you have in season.
Maple Walnut Cheese
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- sprinkle cinnamon
Garlic Chive Cheese
- 1 minced clove of garlic
- 1-2 Tbsp chopped chives
- salt and pepper to taste
Some other ideas for flavorings I’d like to try include mixing in pesto or honey. I hope you try it!