I am making ricotta and it is not forming curds. I used a gallon of whole milk with salt then took it off heat when temp. Reached 180, added a bot more than 1/3 cup white vinegar and let it sit. How can I fix this?

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ChefDaddy
ChefDaddy May 25, 2011

I think that 180F maybe not hot enough. Although your ratio's are correct a few degrees could make a difference. Try going 185F-190F.

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pollygirl
pollygirl May 25, 2011

can i save the one sitting in my sink?

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ChefDaddy
ChefDaddy May 25, 2011

Oh, one other thing. Don't use "ULTRA" pasturized milk. It won't work. Pasturized is fine just not ultra pasturized. I hope this helps!

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Panfusine
Panfusine May 25, 2011

try squeezing 1/2 a lemon's worth of juice into it..

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ChefDaddy
ChefDaddy May 25, 2011

Panfusine has a good Idea to help try to recover your existing batch but if you used ultra pasturized milk I don't think it will work but it's worth a try.

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melissav
melissav May 25, 2011

I would return it to the pot and heat it more. Remove from heat once you start seeing curds.

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boulangere
boulangere May 25, 2011

I've had the same thing happen, and adding more acid brought it all together. Still, would be a good idea to reheat.

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pollygirl
pollygirl May 25, 2011

thanks - I did put it all back in the pot, went a bit over 180 this time and added another 1/3 c of vinegar. Kept it on the heat for a bit until I saw curds - It produced about 4 cups and it tastes fine. Yay!

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