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Ricotta Salata Cheese, Sold by the Pound


Ricotta Salata, this is an Italian cheese made from 100% sheep's milk. Characteristic of Southern Italy, it is enjoyable for cooking, salads or on its own and is available in semi-soft form or hard, which is mostly used for grating. Ricotta Salata is one of Italy's most unusual and least understood sheep's milk cheeses. The milk curds and whey used to make this cheese are pressed and dried even before the cheese is aged, giving this pure white cheese a dense but slightly spongy texture and a salty, milky flavor -- like a dry Italian feta. Despite its name, this is not ricotta as Americans have come to know ricotta. In Italian, ricotta simply means ""recooked."" It is a cheese-making process rather than a specific cheese. This ricotta is also a salata, or ""salted,"" cheese. Sicily, because of its abundance of sheep, is justifiably famous for its sheep's milk cheeses. Use ricotta salata to dice into salads of all kinds--particularly pasta salads and spinach salads, or serve with fresh or grilled vegetables, beans, and fruit. Its firm texture makes it perfect for tossing. Also try ricotta salata crumbled over garlicky sauteed vegetables, tomato-based sauces and bean dishes.

Ricotta Salata Cheese, Sold by the Pound

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Country of Origin Italy
  1. ricotta salata at last! Review by Margherita

    I'm so happy to have found one of my favorite cheeses to cook with! Regular stores used to carry it, but then they all suddenly stopped for some reason. So when I found it here it was great! The quality of the cheese is superb, it is very fresh and lasts a long time. If you don't eat it all at once of course. (Posted on 6/24/13)

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