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Feb 25, 2012 07:26 AM

Best supermarket ricotta?

Hi everyone. I'm looking on opinions on ricotta cheese brands -- ones that are pretty easily found in regular supermarkets. I was making a basic baked ziti the other day and made the mistake of buying Target's store brand (Market Pantry, I think). It was low fat/low moisture. Maybe that had something to do with it? It was absolutely awful. I've never paid much attention to the ricotta brand that I buy but this experience told me that it probably makes a big difference. Also, I don't care if it's low fat or not -- just want it to taste rich, creamy, and smooth. The Target brand taste and consistency made me think of wallpaper paste.

Many thanks in advance for your opinions.

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  1. I love love love Biazzo ricotta. It is rich, thick, and creamy. Definitely the best available in our local supermarkets.

    1. Biazzo or Sorrento are the two brands I buy and they're both fine, but I've pretty much given up on buying ricotta since it's so incredibly easy to make at home (just milk, salt, vinegar, a little cream and a thermometer). Cheaper than buying it, too, and the flavor is incomparably delicious.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        It takes a lot of milk, though, doesn't it?

      2. I think I have made it more than purchasing it. There is one that I've bought, in the red, green, white container.... not sure which brand it is. We have limited choices here, just a couple of brands.

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        1. rich, creamy, and smooth
          Definately gol with whole milk ricotta and if you have an Italian deli nearby shop for ricotta from the deli case as opposed to the dairy case.

          1. Organic Valley. Otherwise, just read the labels and stay away from anything with gums (Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum) or "stabilizers". Ricotta should only list milk, salt and possibly vinegar as ingredients.