8 cups whole milk
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
Optional: 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
- In a large pot, bring the milk, yogurt, heavy cream (if using), vinegar, and salt to a boil. Very gently boil for one to two minutes, until the milk is curdled.
- Meanwhile, line a strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth and set it over a deep bowl.
- Pour the milk mixture into the strainer and let drain for 15 minutes. Gather the cheesecloth around the curds and squeeze gently to extract any excess liquid.
- Storage: Homemade ricotta is best served slightly warm, although it can be refrigerated for up to three days, if desired.