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Apr 22, 2013 06:25 AM

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

Locally produced or imported.

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  1. 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

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

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

      also call Capone foods in Somerville.

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      1. re: ebpizza

        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.

        1. re: suepea

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

      2. 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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        1. re: bear

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

          1. re: suepea

   could make another cheese first then use the THAT would be a project! ;)

        2. 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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          1. re: Madrid

            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?

            1. re: suepea

              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

                I noted the price as well......would using the whey produced by a stove top ricotta 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.

                1. re: Madrid

                  "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

                  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.

                  1. re: owades

                    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.

                    1. re: suepea

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

                      1. re: Science Chick

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

                        1. re: Gio

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

                        2. re: Science Chick

                          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.

                        3. re: suepea

                          Market Basket, Somerville usually has Kate's buttermilk.

                        4. re: owades

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

                          1. re: catsmeow

                            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.

                            1. re: owades

                              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!

                              1. re: catsmeow

                                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.

                                  1. re: owades

                                    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 ( 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.

                                    1. re: Science Chick

                                      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. 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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                        1. re: paulj

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

                          1. re: paulj

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