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Quick Ricotta Cheese

Quick Ricotta Cheese

Quick Ricotta Cheese is very similar to a paneer or queso fresco cheese except it shortcuts the pressing or long hanging time that make a more solid cheese, but stll has the sweet, mild flavor or traditional ricotta.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Draining Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • Stock Pot
  • Slotted Skimmer Spoon
  • Instant Read Thermometer
  • Butter Muslin
  • Colander


  • 2 gallons milk
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste


  • Heat the milk to 180F in a large pot.
  • Slowly stir in the apple cider vinegar for a couple minutes. You will see the curds separate from the whey. The whey should be translucent, not cloudy. If it’s cloudy, add in another splash of acid to increase your yield.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Line a colander with butter muslin.
  • Ladle the curds into the cheesecloth and let it drain for a few minutes until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Sprinkle the salt over the cheese and use your fingers to break up the curds to your preferred size and work the salt throughout.


Store leftover cheese in the refrigerator for up to one week.