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fresh ricot!

When you make mozzarella cheese, you end up with a lot of whey; the nutritious and sweet smelling liquid left over from curdled milk when the curds are removed. Whey contains the water-soluble vitamins, minerals and proteins in the milk. There are many things you can do with this leftover whey. You can feed it to your pets, it’s good for them and they love it! You can water your plants with it. And you can make more cheese with it – ricotta cheese!

Ricotta is Italian for “twice cooked.”  It is a soft, smooth, fresh, unripened Italian cheese usually made from the whey of cow’s or sheep’s milk.  It can be used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes including lasagna, ravioli, cannoli, etc. Or you can just stir in some fresh herbs and freshly ground black pepper and use it as a cracker spread.

Ricotta is made by using heat to separate the remaining albumin protein from the whey left over from making mozzarella. Ricotta is not a high yield cheese, but it’s deliciously worth the minimal  time and effort.

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February 3, 2011   No Comments