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Homemade Ricotta

science snack

Explore the chemical reaction and formation of curds in cheesemaking through homemade ricotta.

total time:

90 minutes

active time:

30 minutes



major equipment:

microwave, hot plate, or stovetop

materials include:

  • material list with shopping links

  • printable directions and worksheets

  • troubleshooting tips

  • suggestions for tinkering & extension

for educators

essential question(s):

How does milk turn into cheese?


- Observe how adding an acid chemically changes the milk
- Observe a chemical reaction
- Explain the two main proteins in milk and what role each plays in cheesemaking

science concepts:

acids and bases, chemical and physical properties, solutions and mixtures

grade levels:




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