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why didn't my ricotta set up?

sparkareno | Aug 25, 201509:59 PM     17

I tried making ricotta tonight for the first time & it is a disaster. I used a quart of milk, 2 cups of cream (not ultra pasteurized), 1 tsp salt. I brought it to 190 and then added 3 tbs of lemon juice. I let it sit in the pot for about 10 minutes and it wasn't big curds...just little lumps. I poured it into a cheesecloth lined sieve and it's been sitting for about 3 hours. It's down to about 1 cup and you can still drink it. There's no way it's cheese.
I guess I have to stop at Trader Joe tomorrow and buy some fresh ricotta but I want to know what I did wrong. And can this be saved? It tastes ok...if you have a straw to drink it.

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