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Hello everyone.   It has been a while since my last post.   I will not give you a recipe for this post,  since it was a complimentary dish from a dearest person. All I can say is that it was delicious!    

How to make Ricotta Cheese (similar to Anari Cheese)

Anari is a Cypriot cheese that we normally use in traditional recipes. 
It has a white color and it is light in texture. 

I always wanted to learn how to make it, and finally, I managed to discover the recipe by mistake... Yes, by mistake!!  I found a Ricotta Cheese recipe and while I was trying to make Ricotta cheese I discovered how similar Ricotta is to make Anari cheese.

Here you can find the recipe I made.  It is so easy to make and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fresh cheese.

Here I have a recipe in which used the cheese I made. Give it a try: Tasty Bites with Homemade Anari/Ricotta Cheese (Gluten-Free) 

How to make Cypriot Anari Cheese (Ricotta Cheese)
(Makes 650gr)

2½ liters cow pasteurized milk (3% fat)
300gr fresh cream
½ cup white vinegar
½ tbsp salt

Preparation Method 
  1. In a stainless steel casserole pour the milk and the fresh cream.
  2. Simmer until the liquid reaches 185ºF (85ºC), stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. 
  3. Remove from heat; add vinegar and salt.
  4. Stir gently and allow to cool completely. Do not stir up the curd again.
  5. Line a large colander with a layer of cheesecloth, and place it in your kitchen sink.
  6. Pour into the lined colander and let drain for a few minutes. It is up to you to decide how dry you want your cheese to be.
  7. After discarding the liquid, chill Anari cheese (ricotta cheese), covered.  It will keep in the fridge for 2, maximum 3 days.


  1. That's very adventurous, making your own cheese! :-)

  2. Wonderful - I just love it
    I made cream cheese a few months ago, so I'm thrilled to try to make this cheese.
    Just one question -
    fresh cream - you mean sour cream??

    1. No, sour cream is something else. By saying fresh cream I mean Whipping Cream (no added sugar in it), or Dairy Cream. I used "Elle & Vire".

  3. Beautifully done! I bet it tastes amazing!!!

  4. Wonderful! Is this the same as farmer cheese, I wonder?

  5. Great job making Ricotta. Although we tend to compare anari with ricotta, although it is similar, anari is by far much tastier. I remember you made some halloumia with your grandmother. Anari is made after making halloumi and it's a very easy procedure. I can send you the link if you like.

    1. You are right Ivy about how traditional Anari Cheese is made, but this recipe was very easy for me to make, since I used pasteurized milk that I bought from the supermarket...

  6. I always admire people who can make their own cheese! Thanks for sharing this simple recipe.

  7. This looks easy! I love the idea of making your own ricotta... I'll have to try it myself :)

  8. This sounds delicious. I've been meaning to make my own ricotta, but haven't gotten around to it yet. This Anari sounds delicious too. ;)

  9. I have tried to make Ricotta cheese with lemon juice. It tasted great but did not yield too much of the cheese (about 2 cups of cheese from 1 gallon milk). I wonder if vinegar in milk will produce more cheese. Have you tried it with lemon juice?
    Also, what is the amount of milk in your recipe? It said 2 1/2 cow pasteurized milk.

    1. I never used lemon juice, so I don't know if it makes a difference... Sorry about the measurement. I used 2.5 liters of cow milk (3% fat).

  10. Thanks Efty
    I always have fresh cream in the fridge, I just have to buy regular milk - as I have vanilla milk right now.
    I can't wait

  11. I have never made cheese before at home...thanks for sharing :-)

  12. Thanks for this recipe, now there is a way to make cheese than buying it always. This is surely something that I will try, and add to my recipe book.

  13. Efty, thanks for the recipe. I posted today some dessert I made with home made cream cheese. Homemade cheese is so delicious!

  14. Its always such a great feeling to create something new/learn something new. The cheese looks an absolute beauty. It reminds me of the cottage cheese that we Indians make at home.

  15. I love making cottage cheese, do everything your way except add cream...maybe should try your sure it would be creamier :-)

  16. Hi Eftychia - I was just thinking about you this morning actually and then you posted on my blog! :)

    This is a fascinating recipe! How clever and interesting alternate name. Have a great weekend! Jennifer

  17. I have never made any of my dairy products and I would hate to think of what is contained in the manufactured stuff! Kudos to you for taking the time to makes this yourself. The cheese does look amazing. No doubt this would be a great addition to a recipe or just by itself. Well done!

  18. I made my own ricotta years ago and it was crazy good but had lost the recipe and forgotten how "simple" it was.... THANKS for the reminder, I think i'll try this this week!

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