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It's actually really easy to make your own fresh ricotta. Just heat up 8 cups milk and 1 cup heavy cream in a stainless steal pot (the best quality milk and cream you can get makes it tastier). Bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Add 3 1/2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and stir. It will curdle and separate into curds and whey. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or a a colander lined with cheesecloth - you will end up with about 3 cups of ricotta. Season with salt to taste and chill. It takes only a few minutes and probably costs less than buying it at the store!