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Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese, an Italian dairy product, is a versatile and mild-tasting cheese with a soft and creamy texture. Made from the whey leftover after producing other cheeses like mozzarella and provolone, ricotta is produced by heating the whey until the curds and whey separate, then straining the mixture to retrieve the curds, resulting in a mildly sweet and fresh cheese. Ricotta cheese serves as an integral ingredient in various dishes, such as lasagna and stuffed pasta shells, as well as in desserts like cannoli, cheesecakes, and Italian pastries. The cheese can also be enjoyed simply, spread on toast with fresh fruit or drizzled with honey.
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IN CHEESE
567
CAL / 100G
$0.13
AVG / OZ
ricotta cheese
18%
CARBS
54%
FAT
28%
PROTEIN
Ricotta Cheese FAQ
Using ricotta cheese can be a great way to enhance both sweet and savoury dishes with its rich, creamy texture and subtly sweet flavor. Common mistakes when using ricotta include overcooking it in hot dishes, which can lead to a curdled consistency, and not taking advantage of its versatility in a variety of recipes. To get the most out of ricotta cheese, try using it in a number of sweet and savory recipes - not just Italian dishes! It's also excellent for making creamy sauces and spreads. A great hack is to lightly whip your ricotta before using it to achieve a lighter, creamier consistency suitable for desserts and spreads.
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How can I avoid my ricotta cheese from curdling when cooking?
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does ricotta cheese expire?
Unopened, ricotta cheese will usually last about two weeks beyond the date printed on the package. However, if it's opened and stored well in the refrigerator it will be safe and should retain optimal quality for about 5 to 7 days. Once it has been frozen and thawed, it will last for an additional 3-4 days in the fridge. Ricotta cheese typically does not suit as well to freezing because it can cause changes in the texture, hence not generally recommended.
How do you tell if ricotta cheese is bad?
The signs that ricotta cheese has gone bad can be quite noticeable. It will usually develop a sour smell, become yellowish, and might have mold. If your cheese looks like this, do not taste it to see if it's good; it's better to err on the side of caution and throw it away.
Tips for storing ricotta cheese to extend shelf life
• Make sure to store the ricotta cheese in the refrigerator at 40°F or below in a dry, airtight container to keep it fresh for longer. • If it comes in a tub, make sure you replace the lid tightly after each use. • Try to avoid getting any liquid or other food substances in the cheese as this can lead to early spoilage. • Do not freeze ricotta cheese if you can avoid it, as freezing and thawing the cheese can lead to changes in texture and impaired flavor.
EXPIRES WITHIN
4 - 7
WEEKS
Health Info
Macros
9g
CARBS
30g
FAT
15g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
Contains these allergens
MILK
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