Country: United States
Cheese Type: Fresh
Ricotta is a fresh, soft, unripened cheese made from whey, a natural by-product of cheesemaking. Curds and whey are the solids and liquid that make up milk. In cheesemaking, starter is added to milk, which eats the lactose in milk, creating lactic acid. This acidification sours the milk, making it curdle, and beginning the process of coagulating (lumping together) of the milk solids. Rennet is then added to further coagulation. What's left over in the bottom of the vat is whey, containing water-soluble vitamins, proteins and minerals. Heat this whey up to separate out remaining proteins and you get a cottage cheese-like mass that is ricotta. Delicious for dessert drizzled with honey, but more often moonlighting in lasagna and other Italian baked dishes.
Each package holds 8 oz of Ricotta