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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ricotta Cheese

(Lor Peyniri)

Ricotta Cheese
4 cup (1Lt) milk
2 tbsp lemon juice

Pour the milk into a medium size pot and turn up the heat over medium. When you see the thin layer on the surface of the milk, turn the heat off. Add 2 tbsp lemon juice and stir. Milk will curdle, if it doesn't add 1 more tbsp lemon juice. Cover the pot with a kitchen towel. Let it completely cool down for at least 2-3 hours.

Place a strainer with a cheese cloth inside over a bowl. Place the curdled milk on it. Grab and squeeze the top of the cheese cloth tightly to strain. Leave in the fridge overnight or in a cold room. The cheese cloth's pattern will leave marks on the Ricotta cheese. Wet the inside of the bowl and place the ricotta cheese in it. Keep it in the refrigerator.

Serve with Turkish black olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and freshly baked Turkish bread for breakfast.


Making Ricotta Cheese from Yogurt

Making Ricotta Cheese from Yogurt
750 gr Turkish yogurt, plain
1/2 tsp vinegar or lemon juice
If you like, a little bit salt

Pour the yogurt into the medium size pot and turn up heat over medium. When the top starts to bubble, wait 2-3 minutes, then add vinegar or lemon juice. Yogurt will be curdle, turn the heat off. Let it completely cool down at least 2-3 hours.

Place a strainer with cheese cloth on top over a bowl. Place the curdled yogurt on it. Turn around the top side of the cheese cloth tightly, strain. Leave in the fridge over a night or in a cold room. Wet the inside of the bowl and place the ricotta cheese in it. Keep it in the refrigerator.

Before serve as a breakfast add some Nigella seeds or oregano in it, stir.

12 Comments:

At 12:27 AM, Blogger Rosabela said...

I love homemade ricotta. I made it last summer and it was so easy. Your recipe is much easier. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 12:59 AM, Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful! So refreshing and delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

 
At 1:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds good. but could you please explain what do you mean by "Turn around the top side tightly" i am sorry but i don't understand that part. thank you.

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger IDania said...

MMMMMMM Good!!!
I've never made ricotta cheese at home. It's so simple...
Thanx alot for this recipe.

Love + kisses,
IDania

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
It is cheese cloth:) It needs to be closed tightly at the top to drain yogurt.

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Tolga said...

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At 12:18 AM, Blogger Ashley said...

Wow! You make ricotta look so easy to make. This looks delicious - wonderful post!

 
At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi
thank u for this chees ,would u pleas put a photo for chees cloth

 
At 10:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
Here is the link for the cheese cloth picture;
http://images.google.com/images?q=cheese+cloth+picture&rls=p,com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7RNWE&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=6i5hSu7_MdDqlAeC-MWsDw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank you. I posted a comment a while ago asking you to post recipes for this and I am so so so happy you did. Thank you so much and it tastes wonderful and easy to make

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger thereislife said...

Hi Binnur,

Thank you! I love lor peyniri! I don't have a cheese cloth. Can I use a normal thin cloth instead?

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi,
Sure, you can also use double layer paper towel instead of thin cloth:)

 

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