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Defrosting in cold water

How to Defrost Ricotta Quickly in Cold Water

Eat or use thawed ricotta cheese in a recipe within 2 to 3 days.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Defrost Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins


  • A resealable plastic bag
  • A large bowl OR a clean sink
  • Cold water
  • A mixing bowl


  • Take as much cheese as you need out of the airtight container or freezer bag. Leave any extra balls in the container/bag, seal it up, and put it back in the freezer.
  • Put the balls into another normal plastic bag.
  • Fill your sink with cold water (not warm.)
  • Put the bag in the water and leave alone it for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, replace the water with fresh, cold water. Leave the ricotta alone for 30 minutes.
  • Gently squeeze the ricotta cheese to check if it's thawed. If not, repeat Step 5 until the cheese feels soft.
  • Open the freezer bag and unwrap the ricotta ball(s). Put the balls into a mixing bowl and stir the ricotta cheese well.
  • Eat or use the cheese in a recipe within 2 to 3 days.
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