You learned in Saturday's post that taking the leftover whey from your mozzarella batch can be heated to 200 degrees F and then you can make ricotta. Also, the post stressed using non-chlorinated water. Well, in our haste to make some mozzarella for picture taking purposes, we (a) used tap water and (b) we tried to hurry the mozzarella process along and accidentally boiled our initial milk/citric acid/rennet/water mix. No mozzarella for us! Failure...no! I wasn't going to waste a gallon of milk!
Our pot was filled with tiny curds and the whey never turned clear. We scooped out as much of the curds as we could and tried to make mozzarella drying out the curds in the microwave so that we could stretch it. We didn't get mozzarella. Instead, well got amazing dry ricotta that would work well on a pizza!
We poured about a quart and a half of the whey into jars and put it in the refrigerator. We decided to leave the remaining whey in the pot overnight and see what we would have in the morning. Look...lots of curds!
We we got a strainer/scoop and scooped out the curds!
We took these curds and placed them in a paper towel lined colander (sitting in a large bowl to catch the whey). We let this drain until the cheese obtained the "dryness" we were looking for.
So when making dairy products, keep an open mind! Oops do not have to be disappointments....they may be a new twist on how to do something!