I have been anxious to get my hands on some goat milk to help me decide if we want to try milking our 3 Nubian does when they kid this fall. At this point I’m leaning toward foregoing milking and letting the does raise their kids on their own, or doing a once per day milking. However, I should say that I don’t have a great deal of experience with goat milk. A few months ago I bought some goat cheese from out local food co-op. It did not go over well with the family. Then I got a jar of fresh goat milk from our neighbor….much better. This week I was lucky enough to be the recipient of 4 gallons of goat milk, so this weekend I have had lots fun making different recipes for the family to try. I have made a few different kinds of cheese, yogurt, healthy pudding and a healthy hot chocolate recipe. I figure if all else fails, I have a little Nubian bottle baby who will be more than happy to make quick work of any extra milk.
The first thing I made was…
Homemade Ricotta Cheese
2 quarts whole milk ( I used goat milk)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used cheese salt from Hoegger Supply Co.)
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Bring milk, cream, and salt to a rolling boil in a 6-quart heavy pot over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
Add lemon juice, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture curdles. This should happen fairly quickly.
Pour the mixture into a colander lined with a high quality, fine weave cheese cloth. (This is different than cheese cloth you find the local discount store, mine comes from Hoegger Supply Company) Let the curds drain 1 hour.
Remove cheese from colander, you can mix in additional salt or herbs if desired. Cover and store ricotta cheese in refrigerator for up to a week. I understand it can also be frozen although I haven’t tried it.
Whey (the liquid that drains out of the curds) can be used in a variety of ways. I will be feeding it to our pigs.
This recipe should yield about 2 cups of ricotta cheese. I am planning to use it to make lasagna this week.
I like this ricotta cheese recipe because it is easy to follow, doesn’t require any special equipment and of course turns out delicious!
**Linking to Nomday Monday