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Friday, April 20, 2012

Homemade Ricotta for Breakfast (Tvorog Recipe)

This is my favorite Cheese to cook with and for BreakfastRicotta is Italian for "recooked" because it is made by "cooking" whey. It makes delicious Lasagna, Sweet Dumplings, Gnocchhi, Crepes with RicottaApple Ricotta ButerfliesVanilla Bean Ricotta TortillasRicotta MuffinsSavory Muffins for BreakfastCream Cheese filled Pastry HeartsPancakes, Quiche, White Chocolate MuffinsRhubarb Cake and Zapekanka Russian cheese cake. 



     Ingredients:
1 cup Ricotta
2 tbsp Greek yogurt or sour cream
1-2 tbsp Honey or Berry jam to taste
1/2 tsp Vanilla bean paste
Sprinkle with sliced almonds, nuts or hemp hearts.  

 


Mix all ingredients together.
                                                          


Enjoy!!!




To make your own Ricotta cheese you need milk and  Kefir grains.

                                 Kefir grains look like this.
            
To make your own kefir (zakvaska), put grains in 4 cups of milk overnight (or more depends on the room temp) uncovered until it becomes thick. After it will becomes thick, I usually keep it in the fridge until i am  making another batch of tvorog. 

                           Bring 1 gallon of milk to a boil.

Add Kefir with the the plastic strainer with large holes, mix .
Bring to a boil remove from the heat (Do not boil). Rinse kefir grains with filtered water. 

 Tvorog is done wait for it to cool down.

Put it in the strainer or Cheese cloth. And let it drip for couple of hours or squeeze the strainer to get dry tvorog.  
 Now ready to enjoy any way you like it. It will last for couple of weeks in the fridge.


15 comments:

  1. Is tvorog exactly the same as the farmers cheese?

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    1. Yes and ricotta is very similar.

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  2. Lena said u made it with her very easy i need to see to. One day i love cheese but my take days to make. Tanya linnik

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  3. Instructions are pretty unclear

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  4. Kefir is made in the fridge using zakvaska (grains), you don't need to warm it up? Then after you dump freshly made kefir into the milk, you don't need to wait until the whole mixture turns into kefir? I know that tvorog is made from either kefir or yogurt (I have successfully made it from greek yogurt), hence all the questions:) Thanks! -Sveta

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    1. No, I keep kefir in the fridge until I ready to use it. No, you just bring it to a boil and it turns to ricotta right away. I haven't tried other ways yet. I want to try the one with vinegar:)

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    2. Ok I did kefirnyi gribok once before but had trouble straining) maybe it deserves another shot. I think vinegar might give it slight smell/taste change, but didnt research that so not positive. Thanks for the site-good job! - Sveta

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    3. You are welcome Sveta:)
      Enjoy ♥¸.•*´¯*♥

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  5. Hello Lea,
    I want to try making my own tvorog,
    could you tell me where to get KEFIR GRAINs?
    Do you reuse them? I saw that you rinse them off, so you can probably use them twice?

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    1. I love making this tvorog. It's so easy. I got these kefir grains on Ebay. Kefir grains grow, you can share with others. I have mine for many years. Milk kefir grains are live active cultures consisting of yeast and bacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. This dairy kefir culture is reusable, and with care will allow you to make kefir over and over again.
      Enjoy!!!

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  6. how much you put kefir grains in 4 cups milk ? and after its done you use all of it into yor 1 gal milk ?

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    1. It's about 1 tbsp size of the kefir grains.Yes, use all 4 cups of kefir for 1 gallon of milk to make your tvorog.

      Enjoy!!!

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  7. I am very interested in making this cheese but I'm confused Do you strain the kifer grains and just add the liquid before you bring it up to a boil? I would think that if you bring the kifer grains to a boil it would kill them

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    1. Yes, cooking the kefir grains will kill them. You pour the ready kefir thru the strainer, so your grains will be safe then you rinse them.

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