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Instant Pot Ricotta

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Homemade ricotta is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. This Instant Pot ricotta recipe costs much less than store-bought ricotta, and it tastes delicious!

Homemade ricotta is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. This Instant Pot ricotta recipe costs much less than store-bought ricotta, and it tastes delicious!

Homemade ricotta cheese couldn’t be easier to make. It’s as simple as heating up some milk, adding an acid, and waiting a minute for the magic to begin.

An Instant Pot makes it even easier than my stove top homemade ricotta. The yogurt setting on the Instant Pot heats the milk up to the required 180 degrees, so all you have to do is add the vinegar and strain the mixture.

Homemade ricotta is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. This Instant Pot ricotta recipe costs much less than store-bought ricotta, and it tastes delicious!

This ricotta is a great spread for crackers or a base for pancakes and muffins. I can never bring myself to buy ricotta anymore now that I know how easy and affordable it is to make my own.

Instant Pot Ricotta

Instant Pot ricotta is so easy to make!
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4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:35 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbs white vinegar

Instructions

  • Pour the milk into the Instant Pot, close the lid, and set the vent to Sealing.
  • Press the Yogurt button and press Adjust until you see Boil.
  • Let the pot run the boil cycle. When it beeps, it means the milk has reached 180 degrees. Remove the top.
  • Remove the inner pot to a trivet and pour the vinegar into the milk. Stir briefly. You’ll see the ricotta separating from the liquid. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the ricotta mixture to a fine mesh strainer lined with butter muslin. Let the liquid drain for a couple minutes, and add a sprinkle of salt if desired. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal
Servings: 6
Calories: 80kcal
Cost: $.07 per ounce

Instant Pot Ricotta Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $.82 to make, and it yields about 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces). This comes out to $.07 per ounce ($.55 per cup). This is less than half the cost of store-bought ricotta, and the homemade version is so fresh and delicious! Try this recipe the next time you’re making something that calls for ricotta. You’ll never go back to the packaged version.

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Homemade ricotta is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. This Instant Pot ricotta recipe costs much less than store-bought ricotta, and it tastes delicious!

73 Comments

  1. I’m confused……..I have a 6qt Duo with the yogurt feature. You say to push the yogurt button until it reaches boil then release the pressure when it’s done. The yogurt function is not done under pressure so there shouldn’t be any pressure to release should there????

    1. Yes, you can use cheese cloth. I recommend folding it over a couple times so the ricotta doesn’t slip through the bigger holes. Enjoy!

      1. 5 stars
        That amount of liquid is for the IP to come to pressure…so you should be able to use any amount. Obviously, don’t use so little that it boils down to nothing.

    1. I hope you enjoy it! I can get milk for less than $3 a gallon at Costco and Wegman’s in my area (eastern Massachusetts). This comes out to less than $.75 for 4 cups. What does milk cost in your area?

      1. I buy organic milk. In southern Delaware, best price I can find is $4 for a half gallon. No Wegmans & nearest Costco is an hour & a half drive away. I’m going to try this anyway just because I prefer homemade.Jea

    1. I’m not sure. Before I had my Instant Pot, I made it on the stovetop. You just need to heat the milk to 180 degrees.

  2. 5 stars
    I will try this. I am Italian and the ricotta we had in our recipes was made from goat milk and it was light and mildly sweet. We could eat it by spoon as children. I would be so excited if this came close. I might even try using goat milk some time.

  3. 5 stars
    Very cool, I’m excited to try this, thank you so much for this recipe. I was wondering if you could use reconstituted evaporated milk? I don’t usually buy or use regular milk or have it on hand.

    1. Teresa, I’ve never used evaporated milk for this, so I’m not sure. Please let me know if you try it!

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