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Simple Organic Ricotta Substitute

Simple Organic Ricotta Substitute

Even in the food-obsessed city that I live in, organic ricotta cheese is hard to come by. This would be fine if I didn’t have lasagna-loving kids and a sentiment verging on unhinged neurosis about feeding them non-organic dairy products (you can read why here). So I make my own. The truth is, it may not taste exactly like the real thing, but my creamy, homemade organic “ricotta” takes about 30 seconds to make, and nobody’s the wiser, just healthier.

(On a related note: Once I thought that making homemade mozzarella would be the best way to get it organic. There are many brands of organic cheese on the market, but making it at home seemed like such a good idea. Twelve dollars worth of local organic milk and a few hours later, I had an impossibly squeaky little ball of homemade cheese that somehow missed the tender creamy boat and bounced right on over to the rubber food department.)

So what to do about ricotta? I can take a subway ride to the one store I know that stocks organic ricotta, but this does not bode well for the spontaneous dinner desires of my kids.

The answer lies in organic cottage cheese, which is made by some major organic brands and is much more likely to be carried at the supermarket than organic ricotta. With the whir of a blender or food processor (I have an immersion blender that I use right in the container) one can transform lumpy cottage cheese into a quite decent ricotta substitute. Just blend it until creamy, that easy. Tada!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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8:02AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:34AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:04AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:19AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing

3:13AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you :)

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1:23AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:05PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you.

9:52PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Isn't similar to Indian Paneer?

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