When I got my Instant Pot (also known as IP) two years ago I remember feeling a little scared of this appliance but soon after I started cooking with it, it changed my life. If I could give an Instant Pot to each and every one of my friends, I would – that’s how amazing it is!
The best part of the Instant Pot is that you can have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes, even when using frozen meat. Plus you can dump all the ingredients in the pot, set it to cook and forget about it. Once it beeps your food is ready and nothing is burned. It is the best invention I’ve ever seen and if you’re a busy parent it’s something you definitively want to buy.
When I first started using the Instant Pot I didn’t know all it could do at that time. I used to make rice and chicken with it and that was about it. Now, two years later, I use it to make anything from a meal to desserts. Today I’m going to share with you a recipe that you probably didn’t know you could make in your IP: cottage cheese.
The best part is that all you need is milk and vinegar so if you love cottage cheese you’re going to save lots of money by making your own, instead of buying it. Plus it tastes amazing! If you’re feeling adventurous you can even add some flavoring at the end. I’ve added garlic, oregano and even strawberry jam for my kid’s sandwiches.
This recipe has several steps to it but it is so easy to prepare that even my 4 year old helps me with it. If you love cooking with your kid, this is a great recipe to try with them.
Instant Pot Cottage Cheese
Yields 2 cups.
- 1 gallon organic milk (we like it with whole milk)
- 3/4 cup of organic white vinegar
- 1/2 cup organic milk (reserved)
- Stainless steel mesh strainer
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Pour milk into Instant Pot and reserve the 1/2 cup of milk for later.
Lock the lid into place and turn the valve to seal. Press the yogurt setting, and press the adjust button until the display screen reads boil.
Let the milk go through the boiling process. When the Instant Pot beeps, switch to yogurt. About 1 hour later, turn the Instant Pot off.
Remove the lid and mix the vinegar into the milk slowly.
The vinegar will curdle the milk as you mix it. You will see the whey separate from the milk, the whey should be a greenish color, like this:
Let the milk curdle in the Instant Pot for about 10 minutes.
Other Instant Pot recipes you might like:
- Instant Pot Buttery Lemon Chicken
- Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- Instant Pot Chicken Marsala with Spaghetti Squash
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
When it is done, strain the whey from the cottage cheese with a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Place the cottage cheese in an airtight container, mix in the 1/2 cup of milk that was reserved. This will make the cottage cheese creamy.
Store in the fridge until the sell by date on the milk jug.
Doesn’t that look delicious?
I hope you try this recipe – it’s really easy to make and so far we haven’t messed it up.
You can add seasoning to make it taste even better. Try things like garlic, oregano, basil and pepper for salty treats and fruits or jam for sweet treats.
If you love it as much as we do, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment.
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