Now that I’ve made Homemade Instant Pot Ricotta at home and have seen for myself just how EASY it is (not to mention freaking delicious!), I doubt I’ll ever use store-purchased ricotta again. Who knew?? It is seriously the bomb. I still can’t believe how fun and easy it is to make! #homemadericotta #instantpot #instantpotricotta #DIYricotta
Homemade Instant Pot Ricotta
So often we buy things at the grocery store that we just assume can only be store-bought, or are too complicated or time-consuming to make at home. Which is why I’m always delighted to stumble on an easy peasy DIY recipe that saves a little in my pocketbook, and makes my food taste great (because homemade always tastes better)! This Homemade Instant Pot Ricotta is one of those awesome DIY recipes.
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Instant Pot to the Ricotta Rescue
Now, keep in mind, you won’t actually be putting this cheese under pressure. That would be a disaster! But you ARE utilizing that handy dandy deep pot with a built-in burner to bring your milk up to temperature and also to hold all of your lovely curds and whey while they separate. I love the ease of the instant pot for things like this because I don’t have to use my stove top.
Tips for Draining Your Homemade Ricotta
- I highly recommend purchasing a nut milk bag. It makes quick work of homemade cheeses and yogurts! (see image below… and yes, I hang it from my cabinet!)
- Cheesecloth also works. You will need to wrap the ends together and tie them securely at the top to hang, or lay your cheesecloth across the bottom of a colander that is then set over a bowl. This way the liquid drains through the cheesecloth and colander and into the bowl below, not all over your counter!
- If you don’t have any of these, nothing says you can’t just spread out a couple layers of coffee filters in the bottom of a colander. I have done this many-a-time when making Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt. It works great!
How to use your Homemade Instant Pot Ricotta
When I think of ricotta I often think of stuffing it in a lasagna. These Skillet-Baked Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Up are heavenly, and low-carb! This time of year, I also love turning my instant pot BACK on to make a cozy, delicious Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker Lasagna Soup. Just a dollop of ricotto in the bottom of the bowl makes this soup so creamy and comforting! Finally, if you want more than just lasagna, this post has some pretty amazing ideas for using fresh, homemade ricotta! Try them out and let me know your favorites: 13 Insanely Delicious Ways to Use Ricotta (buzzfeed)
Printable Recipe for Homemade Instant Pot Ricotta
So-Easy Homemade Instant Pot Ricotta
Well! Now that I’ve made ricotta at home and have seen for myself just how EASY (not to mention freaking delicious!) it is, I doubt I’ll ever use store-purchased ricotta again. Who knew?? It is seriously the bomb. I still can’t believe how fun and easy it is to make!
- ½ gallon whole milk
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
Using the sauté setting on your Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker), add the milk and salt, stirring to combine. Bring the milk to a boil, stirring often to keep it from scalding, cooking the milk until it reaches 190 degrees F. when tested with an instant-read thermometer.
When the milk reaches 190 degrees F., unplug the Instant Pot, adding the lemon juice; give the mixture a very gentle stir. You will notice the milk begin to separate immediately.
Let the pot of milk sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, watching it separate into white, milky curds and watery, yellow colored whey.
Without stirring it, pour the curds into either a colander lined with a double layer of cheesecloth or coffee filters, or use a handy nutmilk bag.
Let the ricotta drain for 10-60 minutes depending on how thick and dry you prefer it. (If it becomes too thickened, you can always add back some of the whey, gently stirring the ricotta to the desired consistency.)
Ricotta can be used right away or stored in an airtight container for up to a week in refrigeration.
Try These Ricotta Recipes… NOW!!!!
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- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Baby Ricotta Bundles
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