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Nov 18, 2012 07:34 PM

commercial ricotta cheese.

fresh ricotta is becoming more and more difficult to buy.
please recommend a preferred commercially available brand
for baking cheesecake. thanks, J

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  1. Making fresh ricotta is pretty easy, if you are inclined to do so. Melissa Clark did a video on it a while back:

    1. I buy the store brand (shoprite) unless another brand is on sale. Works fine for eating, cooking, baking

      1. Polly-O is okay; maybe a little salty. When I discovered the ease of homemade, it was my Oh Happy Day.

        5 Replies
        1. re: mamachef

          +1 on the Polly-O. Also use their whole milk mozz on pizza.

          1. re: njmarshall55

            i used to use polly-o, but it has gone downhill since being bought out by kraft. i no longer buy supermarket ricotta. ever.

          2. re: mamachef

            I agree that Polly-O is okay - Sorrento is slightly better, but homemade is 1,000,000 times better than any grocery store brand and SO easy that I never use grocery store anymore.

            1. re: biondanonima

              JOOC, how much milk yields how much cheese for homemade?

              1. re: njmarshall55

                not biodanonima, but 6 c. milk+2 c. cream yielded me about 4 c. cheese. And the whey can be used to make bread.

          3. Whole Foods makes a wonderful ricotta. It is the 365 brand. It is by far my fave.

            1. Calabro ricotta, in the metal tin, is very good.