I just attempted my first batch of homemade ricotta cheese. I basically used Ina Garten's recipe with a couple of variations:
3 C whole milk
1/2 C heavy cream
1/8 t salt
3 T lemon juice
I put everything together in a plastic measuring cup for 4 minutes in the microwave until it was bubbling a bit at the edges. I didn't measure the temperature. I did stir it briefly.
Then I poured it into a strainer lined with 4 layers of cheesecloth. The milk liquid went right through and the few curds that were there got caught in the strainer. There wasn't much.
I put the milk through the strainer a second and a third time in the hopes that it would work, but ... nothing.
What did I do wrong? I'm throwing this batch away, but I will try it again. What was missing?