How to Make Real Cream Cheese

How to Make Real Cream Cheese at Home Using an Instant Pot


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Real Cream Cheese
Real Cream Cheese

CULTURING CREAM CHEESE

This is a cultured milk product. A specific culture is added to cream and then the cream is kept warm for hours while it thickens into cream cheese. The culture for making it is a mesophilic culture (medium-loving) that thrives at medium temperatures (around 68-100 degrees F) and is destroyed at a higher temperature (around 113 degrees F). The Instant Pot Ultra has a yogurt setting that can be adjusted to low, where it will maintain a constant temperature of 91 degrees F. This works perfectly for making cream cheese.


Ingredients for real cream cheese
Ingredients for real cream cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING IT AT HOME

Make homemade cream cheese if you want to know exactly what is in it, and use only the best ingredients.

We use Horizon cream since it is high quality and organic. The company is working to fight climate change, which is important when it comes to dairy products, and we just think it tastes better.

The culture is from Cultures for Health. It comes as a powder in tiny packets that conveniently store for months in the refrigerator.

That’s it. No sugar or additives, no preservatives or other things.

Making real cream cheese in an Instant Pot
Making real cream cheese in an Instant Pot

MAKING HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE IN AN INSTANT POT

Because this is a cultured product, it is important that everything is clean. We start with milk that is not near its expiration date. Remove the sealing ring on the Instant Pot lid and thoroughly wash the inner pot, the lid and the ring with very hot water and then put the ring back on the lid.

The Instant Pot is then set to the yogurt setting on low and this will keep the mixture at 91 degrees. After it reaches this temperature, we add starter leave the cream to culture at this temperature for 12 to 24 hours.

Then we strain it through a fine mesh or cheese cloth to remove the water and produce a thicker product.

Helpful tip: Before starting to make a batch, figure out what time it will be ready, so it isn’t ready at an inconvenient time.


How to Make Real Cream Cheese

HOW MAKING CREAM CHEESE IN AN INSTANT POT FITS IN WITH OUR PLAN TO EAT BETTER

By using Horizon dairy products and making other changes, we cut our carbon footprint in half and are helping to control climate change. 

Also, making it in an Instant Pot is not just easier, it is a great way to use less energy. This helps us eat less meat, and also saves money.


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How to Make Real Cream Cheese

How to Make Real Cream Cheese

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Culturing time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump

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Ingredients

Instructions

PREPARE THE EQUIPMENT

  • Remove the sealing ring and thoroughly wash the sealing ring, inner pot and the lid with very hot water, and put the sealing ring back on. This is a cultured product so it is important that everything is clean.

GATHER AND MEASURE THE INGREDIENTS

  • Add 1-4 quarts of cream to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
    Making real cream cheese in an Instant Pot

CULTURE THE CREAM

  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. The valve can be in either the sealed or unsealed position. Select the "yogurt" setting. The cream cheese starter culture is mesophilic, so change the setting to “low” and the time to 12 hours and push start.
  • After 15 minutes, add the cream cheese starter and stir it in for a few seconds. Then replace the lid and allow the process to continue.
  • After the 12 hours of culturing, allow it to remain in the Instant Pot for another 12 hours at room temperature while it continues to thicken.

STRAIN THE CHEESE

  • Strain the cream cheese using a very fine mesh strainer or a cheese cloth suspended above a bowl.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

This recipe produces a light, creamy, natural tasting cream cheese that melts faster than the commercial product. It is made from a real cream cheese culture.

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.03mg

WHY THIS RECIPE IS SUSTAINABLE:

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Real Cream Cheese
Amount per Serving
Calories
101
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
33
mg
11
%
Sodium
 
8
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
28
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
435
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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