Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

homemade ricotta

More delicious than any store-bought ricotta!

For a while now, our customers have been asking us about using the Luvele yogurt maker to make cheese. Now, we love a challenge and – inspired by your curiosity – we embarked on some rigorous research in the Luvele test kitchen. We are delighted to report the answer to the question is a resounding ‘yes’!

Quite frankly, we are continually surprised by the versatility of our own products and in the next few weeks we will share the plentiful fruits of our research. We are super excited to bring you the creamy pleasures of German Quark, Italian mascarpone, French crème Fraiche and Indian paneer. As part of our quest, we also discovered a cheat’s method of making ricotta. This doesn't use a yogurt maker – but it was too good to pass on.

Ricotta is a rich, creamy Italian cheese consisting of delicate, moist clumps of curd. Traditionally ricotta is made by re-cooking leftover whey from Mozzarella or Provolone cheese-making. What an ingenious way of re-using a waste by-product to make yet another cheese!

Luckily for home cooks who just love ricotta, there is a simple milk-based method that doesn't require you to be a cheese maker. Technically this method is not ‘authentic ricotta' and is often called Farmer's cheese instead. Whatever you call it, this cheese is equally delicious. We are delighted with the result, which tastes perfectly milky and sweet.

homemade ricotta

With this method, the ricotta is made by adding an acidic food to milk. We used leftover whey from dripping homemade yogurt, because we have it in abundance, but white vinegar or lemon juice will do the same job. The acid in yogurt whey causes milk solids (curds) to form and separate from the liquid (whey) in the milk. These curds are what will ultimately become your ricotta style cheese after it’s been left to strain through a cheesecloth.  


Because the acidity level in homemade yogurt may vary from batch to batch, we can’t accurately specify the exact amount of whey needed to make ricotta. We used 1 ½ cups of yogurt whey, but less may have worked just as well. Unlike the lemon juice or vinegar methods, adding more whey will not adversely affect the flavour of your ricotta – so don’t worry. Allow the curds forming on the surface of your pot of milk to be the indicator. If after 2 minutes, curds have not begun to form, add another half a cup of whey. You really can’t go wrong.


If you plan to make ricotta to use up your excess whey, read on!  Making homemade ricotta produces even more whey than you started with! It might seem counterproductive, I know, but you end up one and a half cups of delicious ricotta cheese, so it’s well worth it.  

Ricotta cheese whey has a different acid profile to yogurt whey, so it can't be used again to make more ricotta. It also doesn't have the live probiotic bacteria of yogurt whey. Don’t throw it away though, it's still very good for you - bottle it in your fridge for up to a couple of days, and use it instead of water in soups, stews and curries, or bread and baking.

homemade yogurt


Produces approx. 1 ½ cups of ricotta

homemade ricotta method

Homemade ricotta steps

homemade ricotta steps



homemade ricotta