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Easiest Homemade Ricotta Cheese {2 Simple Ingredients}

  • Author: gimmie
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 lbs 1x


Now you can make 2 lbs of cheese for the price of a gallon of milk! And, it’s super fun to show kids how to make cheese. Homemade cheese is so easy! So try this DIY Ricotta Cheese recipe today.


  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (use 3/4 cup for firmer cheese)


  1. Heat 1 gallon of whole milk in large pot on stovetop, over medium/high heat until it scalds (thin layer forms on top of milk). Be careful not to let the bottom scorch or burn.
  2. Remove from heat and add vinegar. Stir and watch the curds and whey separate until whey (liquid) becomes clear and yellowish color.
    Optionally, you can add salt. I used about 3 tablespoons of sea salt. Just stir it in while you’re making it, or you can add salt while you’re using (eating) it.
  3. Strain in a colander. Note: your colander needs to have small holes that will keep the cheese in it. I used a pasta pot with it’s own built-in colander top and that worked just fine. You could line a coarse (big-hole) colander with cheese cloth. The longer you let it strain, the firmer the cheese will become.
  • Cook Time: 15