What is ricotta salata?
Ricotta salata is made from fresh ricotta cheese that is pressed, salted, dried, and aged for 30 days or more. With a milky white color, a firm texture and a salty taste, ricotta salata can be sliced, crumbled, or grated for use in a wide variety of dishes. When compared to different types of cheese, ricotta salata is perhaps most like feta or queso fresco.
How is ricotta salata made?
Ricotta salata starts as fresh ricotta which is made from the whey that's left over at the end of the cheesemaking process. The milk liquid is left to ferment for a few days before it's heated almost to boiling, helping any remaining milk proteins in the whey to solidify into curd. The curd is strained with a cheesecloth, then salted and pressed into a basket and aged for a month or more.
What's the difference between ricotta salata and fresh ricotta?
Ricotta salata is simply fresh ricotta that has been salted, pressed, and aged. It has a harder, less creamy texture and a saltier flavor than fresh ricotta.