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Does anyone know a source for sheep's or goat's milk ricotta?

suepea Apr 22, 2013 06:25 AM

Locally produced or imported.

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    ebpizza Apr 22, 2013 07:24 AM

    Try Italimport Inc in Malden, they had imported goat's milk ricotta a few weeks back - from Sardinia I believe.


    btw.. this place a great selection of southern Italy products.

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    1. re: ebpizza
      suepea Apr 22, 2013 10:00 AM

      Thank you very much for that suggestion; I emailed them, and Stefano Barbiero replied right away - they only carry cow's milk ricotta.

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      ebpizza Apr 22, 2013 10:10 AM

      contact Wolf Meadow Farm, not sure if they do sheep ricotta...


      also call Capone foods in Somerville.

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        suepea Apr 22, 2013 10:29 AM

        Thank you again. Wolfe Meadow says "I only use local milk from Artichoke Dairy in West Newbury, MA." Cows...

        According to Capone's website, they make their own cow's milk ricotta; I've emailed them about goat's/sheep's. I'll report back if I achieve any success.

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          suepea Apr 23, 2013 07:28 AM

          Capone's reply - they carry sheep's milk ricotta salata; totally different product.

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        bear Apr 22, 2013 10:53 AM

        If you strike out, you may want to make some at home. I've made cow's milk ricotta a few times, and was really pleased with how easy it was to make. It literally is just a matter of heating some milk and a little salt close to boiling, and then adding lemon juice and pouring it into cheesecloth to drain after waiting a few minutes for the curds to form.

        It takes quite a bit of milk to make a quart of ricotta, though.

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          suepea Apr 22, 2013 11:00 AM

          Thanks; I am considering that option, however, I wanted the authentic stuff (made from whey).

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            Science Chick Apr 22, 2013 11:14 AM

            Well.....you could make another cheese first then use the whey......now THAT would be a project! ;)

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          Madrid Apr 22, 2013 11:20 AM

          Old Chatham Sheepherders makes lots of sheep milk cheeses and yogurt.....the web site says their ricotta is made from the whey of their cheesemaking processes plus cow and sheep milk. You might want to give them a call. Also,maybe someone will know if it's available at any of the Armenian/Middle Eastern markets in Watertown....

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            suepea Apr 22, 2013 11:34 AM

            Thanks; I did stumble upon them during my web search. Because Formaggio's carries their products, I reached out to them first.. I am still waiting to hear back, but a second look at the site(thanks to you) revealed that a 4 lb tub of ricotta is $45 (plus $10 shipping). Depending on what I learn, this may be the best option, although given the price (and quantity being far more than what I can use) I may just settle for a good cow's milk variety. Does ricotta freeze well?

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              Science Chick Apr 22, 2013 11:52 AM

              Based on my experiences with freezing lasagna, I would say "no" to ricotta freezing. Always gets a dry, grainy texture after freezing and loses its lovely creaminess. However, this is also after baking, which might influence the outcome. Never tried freezing fresh ricotta.

              1. re: suepea
                Madrid Apr 22, 2013 01:04 PM

                I noted the price as well......would using the whey produced by a stove top ricotta work.....as Science Chick suggests? I wonder if there are local sheep milk producers cheaper than Old Chatham.....

                I'm really interested in this topic as well so please keep reporting back as you get more info.

                All that said, I love Al Capone's fresh cow ricotta.

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                  suepea Apr 22, 2013 02:54 PM

                  "I wonder if there are local sheep milk producers cheaper than Old Chatham....." That's why I posted here!
                  Al Capone got back to me - their sheep's milk ricotta is ricotta salata, a great cheese, but a firm one, and not what I'm looking for.

                  Another possibility is your suggestion to try Armenian/Middle Eastern markets.

                2. re: suepea
                  owades Apr 22, 2013 02:08 PM

                  Old Chatham's products are also sold at Whole Foods Markets in the Boton area. If you ask the dairy manager, they will probably be willing to order the ricotta for you. (I've gotten a case of the ginger yogurt that way, since it isnt regularly stocked at WF.) And a visit to the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company is a nice day trip if you're in the Berkshires. I went there and enjoyed meeting many sheep and one very competent sheep-dog.

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                    suepea Apr 22, 2013 02:49 PM

                    Thank you. Funny story - Whole Foods and a number of other area grocery stores sell Kate's butter from Maine. A fan of Kate's butter, I was interested in trying Kate's butter milk - I called Whole Foods and spoke with the dairy manager - he was absolutely unwilling to try to obtain this product. He said his hands were tied by what their distributors were willing to sell. I also spoke w/dairy manager at Roche Bros; he explained that they are somewhat beholden to distributors too but he would see what he could do. He was clearly moved by a customer going so far out of their way to express interest in a product. And guess who now carries Kate's buttermilk? Nevertheless, it certainly can't hurt to ask, and I will do so.

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                      Science Chick Apr 22, 2013 04:53 PM

                      FYI, Shaw's sells' Kate's Buttermilk..at least the Waltham Shaw's on Lexington street does. It's yummy!

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                        Gio Apr 23, 2013 04:53 AM

                        Kate's Buttermilk is at the Melrose Shaw's as well.

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                          ebpizza Apr 23, 2013 06:06 AM

                          Kate's buttermilk is also available at Market Basket in Reading.

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                          suepea Apr 23, 2013 07:27 AM

                          Hannafords (don't know which locations, perhaps all?) and Stop & Shop (in Natick, at least as far as I know) alsl carry Kate's buttermilk.

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                          smtucker Apr 23, 2013 07:31 AM

                          Market Basket, Somerville usually has Kate's buttermilk.

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                          catsmeow Apr 23, 2013 04:32 AM

                          Ginger yogurt? I'm a ginger freak. How many containers come in a case?

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                            owades Apr 23, 2013 04:56 AM

                            I believe it's only 12 six-ounce containers to the case, so not an implausible quantity for a ginger-loving individual to consume. None of the local Whole Foods are stocking the ginger flavor, but if they had more requests I'm sure they'd find shelf space for it again. Wegmans in Northborough does stock it, but their price is high than at Whole Foods.

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                              catsmeow Apr 23, 2013 05:52 AM

                              Thanks. I actually might be going to Wegmans Sun on my way back from CT. I'll get a few to try them. Which Whole Foods ordered it for you? thanks again!

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                                owades Apr 23, 2013 12:54 PM

                                The Whole Foods on Prospect Street (the original Bread and Circus) ordered and got the ginger Old Chatham sheep-milk yogurt for me. The bigger stores—River Street and Fresh Pond—have occasionally stocked it, and might do again if they had more requests, but Prospect Street is very tight on shelf space. This yogurt is also offered in maple and blueberry favors, as well as plain.

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                                  catsmeow Apr 23, 2013 04:30 PM


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                                    Science Chick Apr 24, 2013 07:30 AM

                                    Minor point, but the original Bread and Circus was actually on Harvard Street in Brookline! It was a tiny little natural foods store. I believe Prospect Street came next, followed by Hadley (~1982...my first encounter with them, as a student at UMASS!) I recall being blown away by a grocery sized store with all that natural food! Prior to that point in time, "natural" food stores were primarily quirky operations in small spaces, frequented by few.

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                                      Allstonian Apr 24, 2013 08:13 AM

                                      Yes, I remember shopping at that original B&C - it was right next to Congregation Kehillath Israel, in the space that's now Catering by Andrew.

                                      Even at that early time B&C was much closer to a full-service market, albeit small, in contrast to previous health-food stores that had lots of dried grains and dietary supplements, but were often statlingly short on fresh produce. Even more unusual was when they opened the Prospect Street branch and offered naturally-raised meats. (My memory is that they did not have fresh meats at the Brookline store.)

                      2. paulj Apr 22, 2013 02:16 PM

                        I just finished a small container of this brand
                        which I found in a west coast clearance shop. Not too different from a cows milk ricotta. Not as tart as a fresh goat cheese (chreve).

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                          suepea Apr 22, 2013 02:49 PM

                          Wow, interesting. Amazon is often my go to source, even for hard-to-find grocery items, but I completely overlooked it this time. Thanks.

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                            Gio Apr 22, 2013 03:07 PM

                            Bit of trivia: That Coach Farm is owned by Mario Batali's in-laws.

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                            smtucker Apr 24, 2013 09:56 AM

                            I stopped into the Prospect Street WF today and they had quarts of goat's milk that wasn't ultra-pasturized! I bet it would make a great ricotta. The cost was $8.99, so I stuck with buying a bit of milk for my cheese making.

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                              Science Chick Apr 24, 2013 10:11 AM

                              Good luck....let us know how is turns out!!!

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