We made ricotta a few weeks ago. We, as in my friends from church, and ricotta, as in the cheese. That’s right folks you heard correct, I made cheese. Even though I really just watched, I still consider it a personal accomplishment. I’ve tried 3 times in the past to make mozzarella and 3 times it ended in tears. (It was all the milk’s fault; it was UHT milk, not at all the right thing)
Now about the Home Ec Club, that’s what we’ve coined it, a group of ladies from church, all with an interest in seeing how cheese was made, got together and did it. Just like that. Everyone brought different talents to the party, we had two dairy farmers, one woman who pasteurizes goat milk, one experienced cheese maker, one food scientist who can’t make cheese to save her life (that’s me), one mom who was happy to leave her kids at home with dad, one mom who was just happy to get out of the house and one mom with four kids who love cheese, and cartoons.
We started out our lovely cheese making adventure by enjoying a cup of coffee, or two, or three and chatting. An hour later we watched a pasterization demo, chatted, watched two far more talented ladies than myself make the cheese, chatted some more and then ate lunch.
It was so much fun. I encourage you to start asking your friends if they would like to learn how to make cheese too. You may end up making new friends as well as cheese.
Oh and I was sent home with a wedge of fresh ricotta. It was delicious.