Whole Foods has recalled ricotta cheese in 21 states and the District of Columbia, due to a risk of listeria contamination. If you’re worried about the recall, may we suggest making ricotta yourself? Making ricotta at home isn’t totally risk-free, but it’s still a good option.
According to the FDA website:
The recalled Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese was cut into wedges, packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label using PLU 293427. All “sell by” dates through Oct. 2 are affected. Fourteen illnesses have been reported which may be associated with the Frescolina recall.
Affected stores are in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
If you’re wondering whether you may have purchased tainted cheese, you should contact your local Whole Foods to receive a full refund (there’s signage in posted in affected stores, as well). If you’d like to try your hand at making your own ricotta, though, it’s an easy, affordable option.
At-home cheesemaking is having a comeback thanks to the local and DIY food movement. Ricotta, in particular, is very simple to make: it only requires four ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time. There are several different methods for making ricotta, so you have lots of options if it’s something you want to try. Making it yourself is also probably considerably cheaper than paying Whole Foods prices for the mushy, delicious Italian cheese.
Of course, there’s always at least some risk of contamination in home cheesemaking, so be clean and cautious with your ingredients and your materials.
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