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Fresh Ricotta in New Orleans

stlmark Jan 23, 2009 08:52 PM

Does anyone know where I can get good ricotta? Preferably not something in a plastic tub.


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    Isabella Jan 26, 2009 10:02 PM

    Mr. Amato at the Farmer's Markets

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      carol land Jan 27, 2009 11:56 AM

      Someone please give me a link on how to make fresh mozzarella and ricotta. Thanks.

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        gillsnthrills Jan 27, 2009 12:36 PM

        They have locally made ricotta at Whole Foods sometimes, but I haven't seen it lately.
        Yesterday there was a post about making ricotta on Mark Bittman's New York Times blog. Its right here: http://bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/... . some

        1. re: gillsnthrills
          uptownlibrarian Jan 28, 2009 07:34 AM

          True Ricotta is made with whey, not with drained curds. Ricotta is technically a byproduct of cheesemaking rather than a cheese. Bittman certainly made a cheese of some kind, but it's not really Ricotta.

          But Ricotta is not hard to make if you're making something with the first curds anyway. Basically, if you set the whey out overnight and then heat it again, a new set of curds will form from the proetin in the whey. That is Ricotta.

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            carol land Jan 28, 2009 08:11 AM

            Gillsnthrills: Thank you for the link. Next question and i hate to sound stupid. Could I make a semblance of ricotta with skim milk?

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              uptownlibrarian Jan 28, 2009 08:31 AM

              You can make low-fat cheese at home if you skim fresh milk yourself. Most milk from the supermarket is not good for cheesemaking because pasteruization affects the coagulation.

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      chef4hire Jan 25, 2009 12:15 PM

      was just at dorignac's- they had containers marked "dorignac's fresh ricotta"

      both salted and unsalted

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        renoles Jan 24, 2009 11:07 AM

        You could also check out Just Italy Deli in Metairie - Veterans at Aris if memory serves

        If you want to make you own Gourmet or Bon Appetit magazine just ran a spread on a DIY version - could probably find it on their websites.

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          mortalcoil Jan 24, 2009 07:36 AM

          St. James or Martin's. You could also make your own. It is quite easy...

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            uptownlibrarian Jan 24, 2009 09:08 AM

            I disagree to some extent. It's not exactly easy on its own, but if you've got very good fresh milk and are making cheese anyway, you might as well do something with the whey, and that's where the ricotta comes in.

            1. re: mortalcoil
              Davebr Jan 24, 2009 06:06 PM

              I made it for the hell of it last sunday. It was way easy. You can do it! Just find the best milk you can!

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                uptownlibrarian Jan 27, 2009 06:23 AM

                That's cool! What did you make with the curds?

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                  mortalcoil Jan 27, 2009 06:47 AM

                  Cow's milk mozzarella is fun to make.

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              Hungry Celeste Jan 24, 2009 04:23 AM

              St. James Cheese: www.stjamescheese.com

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              1. re: Hungry Celeste
                uptownlibrarian Jan 24, 2009 06:21 AM

                St. James definitely carries ricotta salata, but I wonder what the OP means by "fresh" ricotta? Fresh ricotta would have to come in a tub or some kind of container.

              2. edible complex Jan 24, 2009 03:06 AM

                maybe Nor Joe's

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                  JazzyB Jan 24, 2009 02:19 AM

                  Check Whole Foods and Martin's.

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