Homemade ricotta: Our how-to video. Plus, enter our cheese recipe contest

January 30, 2010 | By | Comments (2)

Remember when we featured homemade ricotta in our spring one-block feast? You’ll find the recipe in the current (February) issue of the magazine and if you click here.

We learned how to make it by getting a hands-on lesson at Bellwether Farms, an excellent cheesemaker in Sonoma. Their ricotta is amazing—one taste and it’s hard to go back to the substandard mass-market stuff.

Making ricotta normally takes at least 1 1/2 hours. It is slow, peaceful, and meditative. Here’s my attempt to make it in 5 minutes, for TV:



And now, our cheese contest!
As I mentioned near the end of this clip, we’re sponsoring a cheese recipe contest with California’s Artisan Cheese Festival.

How it works: Send in a breakfast or dessert recipe using either ricotta or fromage blanc (the other cheese in the magazine story, which we learned to make from Cowgirl Creamery), or go crazy and use both!

The prize: Free tickets to the festival (March 26-29), in Petaluma. Plus, we’ll announce you and your recipe on stage, and we’ll publish your recipe on Sunset’s main website, in the food section.

To enter, click here.

Let’s see your cheese chops!


  1. r4 sdhc

    I have just watched that video and I think it is easy to make cheese.Thank for this post for home made ricotta.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm
  2. Isabella

    This is a very nice video. And your cheese was made so fast! Thank you for this informative demo. It does not look like it is too hard to follow and less intimidating than I originally thought. I will try to make my own fresh ricotta when my time permits!

    February 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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