How to Make Real Cream Cheese at Home Using an Instant Pot
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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 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 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 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 halfand 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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The bagels are from Holey Roller Bagels in Santa Cruz, that are available at the farmer’s market.
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