Traditionally, Ricotta was made from the whey left over after making cheeses such as Mozzarella and Provolone, hence the name Ricotta which means "re-cooked".

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About Ricotta

Ricotta is a creamy, moist and soft-textured Fresh cheese with mild and slightly sweet flavours. Ricotta has five times more calcium than the cottage cheese it resembles, and is smoother in texture. Low in fat and high in protein, Ricotta is a dieter's dream cheese.

Keeping Cheese


Fresh cheeses have the shortest refrigerator shelf-life of all the cheese categories, varying from a few days to two weeks according to the cheese. Most Canadian Ricotta cheeses are packaged and bear a “best before” date, so check that date and keep your cheese refrigerated. Drain off any whey before storing, as this can sour the cheese. Discard Ricotta if it is no longer pure white; as it goes off, it becomes yellow and sour.


Freezing is not recommended for Fresh cheeses.

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