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Instant Pot Homemade Curd Cheese

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Enjoy this Homemade Curd Cheese, Cottage Cheese, or Farmers Cheese made in an Instant Pot with only 1 Ingredient daily for your Keto Breakfast, desserts, or dips. Making this fantastic Low Carb, Gluten-Free, and Keto Ingredient for various recipes, you will be additionally left with a perfect Natural Whey Protein to drink. 

Curd Cheese made at home with berries on top for breakfast
Homemade Curd Cheese

Recipes with Curd Cheese

Having Homemade Curd Cheese at home all the time, allows you to make quick Keto Recipes such as our Super Famous Keto Farmer`s Bread, Farmers Cheese Keto Bundt Cake, Wild Blueberries Keto Cheesecake.

Let us not forget of the best Low Carb Chocolate Roulade or Swiss Roll Cake as some might call it. 

Natural Whey Protein

Even better addition to this is, that you will be left with a perfect Homemade Natural Whey Protein Drink, you can either enjoy on its own, add it into any of your Protein Shakes, or make a perfect yummy Whey Root Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Curd Cottage Cheese

Although I have already made this recipe with Farmers Cheese the normal way on the stove, lots of readers have been asking about Instant Pot Version.

Homemade Farmers Cheese
Homemade Curd Cheese

And since I have then tried it, I can 100% confirm that making a Curd Cheese or Cottage Cheese in an Instant Pot is a perfect idea and I might say even easier as a stove version is.

Having an Instant Pot for the last 2 years has changed the way we cook in our family enormously. I love it not only for all of the features this magic pot has. But also for its simplicity and cleanliness compared to always using so many pots and pans while cooking.

Just in case you do not own an Instant Pot yet and would still like to make this perfect Keto Ingredient, have a look at the recipe on How to make Farmers Cheese with only 1 ingredient. Here I have also written a lot about the cheese, its history, various names, and more.

Homemade Quark Cheese
Farmers Cheese Breakfast

Fermenting 

As popular as Fermentation is, especially in the last few years, coming from a little country in the middle of Europe called Slovakia. Fermenting has been around for centuries and passed onto us through all of the generations.

Fermenting vegetables have been and still are made mostly at the end of the summer. Consumed throughout the whole winter when very little produce is grown in our gardens.

As a child, we did not have so much advantage of purchasing fruits and vegetables from abroad. Therefore Fermenting veggies were as popular as they could have. 

And to this day, they are my favorite. 

Take an example, our Keto Fermented Dill Pickles. Within a few days and super easy steps, you have the best Pickles you can imagine. 

And this leads me to our Homemade Farmers Cheese Recipe, Natural Whey Protein Drink as well as this Instant Pot Homemade Curd Cheese. 

All done with the Fermentation Method. 

Homemade Fresh Curd Cheese
Fermented Curd Cheese

Only 1 Ingredient Instant Pot Curd Cheese

Because of using the Fermentation Method, you only need 1 ingredient for this recipe and that is Organic, Full Fat Whole, Fresh Milk. 

As a bonus, if you can get unpasteurized milk from the trusted farmers around you, your Curd Cheese will be the best of all. 

There is no need to use any Culture starters, Rennet, lemon, or vinegar. You simply need only Milk. 

And as a bonus, with this recipe you will get immediately 3 Keto Ingredients:

  • Curd Cheese
  • Fresh Cream
  • Whey Protein

How awesome is that?

Instant Pot Cheese recipe
Farmers Cheese in Instant Pot
What is Curd Cheese?

Curd Cheese is a cheese very similar to a Cream Cheese, just with less Fat. 

Curd cheese contains slow-digesting casein protein and is therefore very popular among sports enthusiasts. 

There are various names used for this exact ingredient, although some are slightly different in texture or taste. Farmers Cheese, Quark, Fromage Blanc, and Curd Cheese. 

Most of Central Eastern Europe are using the name Tvaroh (Slovakia) just with few alterations. 

Curd Cheese as well as Whey Protein (as a side ingredient) is very popular in my country, the country I live, and all around. 

We use Curd Cheese for almost anything. Similar to Americans’ use of Cream Cheese, we add Curd Cheese into cakes, breakfast bowls, crepes, sprinkle on salads, make bread and Fruit Bowls.

Although I know the big use of Curd Cheese In Eastern Europe, I have to acknowledge the Middle East as well.

Living there and spending almost every year afterward on holidays, we had Homemade Curd Cheese as a daily Breakfast choice made by our dear friends.

That is where my younger daughter fell in love with curd cheese for Breakfast. She was able to eat a whole bowl, sprinkled with Sugar-Free Honey on top, and a few berries. And this was daily, year after year. 

Although they used to make this homemade Curd Cheese from sour Milk. 

How to make Curds and Whey?

Cheese Curds, Curd Cheese, Cottage Cheese, and Whey Protein are made with a fermentation method, using milk, which is placed into a big jar for 3 days. 
This is then left to naturally ferment. 

On the 3rd day, the sour milk is warmed up at a low heat, where the actual milk splits and curds are formed with a whey protein left. 



Homemade Curd Cheese

What can you use Curd Cheese for?

As already described above, in Central Europe, Curd Cheese is a vital ingredient in so many recipes. Savory, sweets, spreads, desserts, raw, baked, drinks, you name it.

Because of the High amount of Protein, which is slow digesting, Curd Cheese is very popular among sports enthusiasts such as Bodybuilders or marathon runners.

Curd Cheese could be used as
:
Filling for Crepes
Replacement of Homemade Greek Yogurt in various recipes
Replacement of Cream Cheese if less fat is required
Keto Breakfast Bowls with Sugar-Free Syrup and Few Berries
Baked as a quick dessert with egg and sugar substitute
Used into various spreads 
Sprinkle on salads
Bake super yummy Keto Farmers Bread
Wild Blueberries Keto Cheesecake with the best base you can have
Super easy Low Carb Chocolate Roulade
Farmers Cheese Keto Bundt Cake

The best part is, because of its natural taste, Instant Pot Homemade Curd Cheese could be used in savory as well as sweet recipes. Whatever you wish and desire.

What is the difference between Cottage Cheese and Curd Cheese?

The difference between Cottage cheese and Curd cheese is that cottage cheese is washed after you drain the curds. 

Curd Cheese has therefore a slight tingly taste compared to the Cottage Cheese very neutral taste.

How can I make Homemade Cottage Cheese?

To make Cottage cheese is very simple and easy. Follow the same instructions described in this article and add one additional step, where you wash the curds you have strained through the muslin cloth. 

With this step you will wash the tingly taste Curd Cheese is famous for and will achieve the more neutral flavor Cottage cheese is known for. 

Quark Cheese in an Instant Pot
Homemade Cheese Making

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT HOMEMADE CURD CHEESE

Kitchen Gadgets needed:

Ingredients needed:

  • Milk

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CURD CHEESE IN AN INSTANT POT

First Step: Day 1: Milk in a Glass Container

To get the best results for a homemade curd cheese is to use the best milk and the best glass container for the next three days.

Milk should be fresh, full fat, and if possible unpasteurized. 

If you do have farmers around your area, you can trust, I would suggest buying the milk directly from them. If not, try to get the best organic milk there is available.

For the glass container, wider is much better than a slimmer taller glass. The reason for this is that the fermentation happens faster in the wider jars and besides the second day you get to enjoy more fresh cream.

Pour the milk into the glass container.

Homemade Curd Cheese without Rennet

Second Step: Cover

Cover your glass container filled with milk either with a glass top or a plate to make sure no dust or dirt gets in during the three days of the fermentation process.

There is no need to tighten the opening fully, so a plate could be used in case you do not have a glass cover.

Place the jar either on your kitchen counter or pantry.

Do not store the jar in the refrigerator, otherwise, the fermentation process will not work.

Fermenting Cheese at Home

Third Step: Day 2: Fresh Cream

On the second day, you will see a beautiful fresh cream being developed on top of the milk. 

The difference is visible immediately, as Fresh Cream is much whiter in color. 

Depending on how wide your jar is, more or less fresh cream, you will be able to collect.

This fresh cream is perfect as a spread on our Keto Farmers Bread, or just use it as a dip.

Homemade Cheese Fermentation

Fourth Step: Day 3: Instant Pot

On the third day, the fermentation process is supposed to be finished.

You will see how fresh cheese formed on top has been already drying and cracks are appearing. At this stage, it is time to gently cook the milk to get the best Curds possible.

Pour all of the milk into an instant pot and close the lid.

Instant Pot Cheese Making

Fifth Step: Instant Pot Features

To make this homemade curd cheese recipe in an instant pot, I have chosen the yogurt feature which will slightly warm up the milk and make the process of building up the curds and separating them from the Whey.

Switch an instant pot on the yogurt feature and add the timing for 30 minutes.

Switch the instant pot on and let it gently cook.

Whey Curd Cheese Protein

Sixth Step: Let sit

Once your 30 minutes are finished, open the lid and let the Curd Cheese sit in an instant pot until it cools down fully.

Do not in any stage max the curd cheese together with the Whey formed because fewer curds will be formed and therefore fewer curds cheese you will have at the end.

Homemade Cottage Curd Cheese

Seventh Step: Strain

Once everything is cooled down gently check with the end of the spatula if the curds are properly formed.

When you feel comfortable that enough curds have been formed gently strain the curds through the strainer covered with a Muslin cloth.

Let all of the whey drips into the glass container.

If you want to achieve even dryer curds, let the Whey drip through the Muslin cloth for a few hours or you can also hang the muslin cloth and squeeze it gently.

An additional step in case you would like to make a homemade cottage cheese is the wash all the curds formed.

This will give the Curd Cheese a more neutral taste and therefore can be called a Homemade Cottage Cheese.

How To make Curd Cheese in an Instant Pot

Tips and Tricks

Cottage Cheese – additional step is added at the end washing the curds you have strained through the muslin cloth

Room temperature – jar should be placed for all 3 days at a location with room temperature. Storing it in the refrigerator will not start the fermentation process. 

Fresh Cream – do not forget to collect Fresh Cream, formed on top of the milk  on a second day 

Do not stir – do not at any stage of cooling down stir the mixture. By mixing the milk, some of the curd cheese will get mixed with the whey and therefore less Curd or Cottage Cheese you will get at the end. 

Natural Whey Protein – do not PLEASE throw the Whey. It is one of the greatest side ingredients you can get.  Use it plain as a  Homemade Natural Whey Protein Drink, add it into your Protein Shakes or make various recipes like Whey Root Vegetable Soup.

Instant Pot Homemade Curd Cheese
Curd Cheese

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Can I make Curd Cheese or Cottage Cheese without Instant Pot?

You can easily make your Cottage Cheese or Curd Cheese without an Instant Pot. 

That is what our mums and grandmothers have been making for centuries. 

On the 3rd day pour the milk into the pot and let it cook on low heat for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the amount of milk you had. 

Check more on Homemade Farmers Cheese with all additional details. 

How do you store homemade Curd Cheese?

To store homemade Curd Cheese is best in a Mason jar or any other glass container in your refrigerator. 

How long can I keep homemade Curd Cheese?

Following the previous step of storing homemade curd cheese in a glass container fully closed, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

I would not suggest storing it for longer as this is fresh produce without any additional ingredients to give it a longer lifespan.

If you need to store it for longer, I would suggest freezing it. 

Can you freeze Curd Cheese made in an Instant Pot?

You can freeze this homemade Curd Cheese or a Cottage Cheese without any problem in a sealed container or a Mason jar.

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Homemade Curd Cheese

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Instant Pot Homemade Curd Cheese

Curd Cheese made at home with berries on top for breakfast

Enjoy this Homemade Curd Cheese, Cottage Cheese, or Farmers Cheese made in an Instant Pot with only 1 Ingredient daily for your Keto Breakfast, desserts, or dips. Making this fantastic Low Carb, Gluten-Free, and Keto Ingredient for various recipes, you will be additionally left with a perfect Natural Whey Protein to drink.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) Organic Whole Milk

Instructions

    1. Pour the milk into the glass container.
    2. Cover your glass container filled with milk either with a glass top or a plate to make sure no dust or dirt gets in during the three days of the fermentation process.
    3. Place the jar either on your kitchen counter or pantry.
    4. On the second day, you will see a beautiful fresh cream being developed on top of the milk.
    5. On the third day, the fermentation process is supposed to be finished.
    6. Pour all of the milk into an instant pot and close the lid.
    7. Switch an instant pot on the yogurt feature and add the timing for 30 minutes.
    8. Switch the instant pot on and let it gently cook.
    9. Once your 30 minutes are finished, open the lid and let the Curd Cheese sit in an instant pot until it cools down fully.
    10. Once everything is cooled down gently check with the end of the spatula if the curds are properly formed.

      If you want to achieve even dryer curds, let the Whey drip through the Muslin cloth for a few hours or you can also hang the muslin cloth and squeeze it gently.

Notes

Cottage Cheese - additional step is added at the end washing the curds you have strained through the muslin cloth


Room temperature - jar should be placed for all 3 days at a location with room temperature. Storing it in the refrigerator will not start the fermentation process.


Fresh Cream - do not forget to collect Fresh Cream, formed on top of the milk on a second day


Do not stir - do not at any stage of cooling down stir the mixture. By mixing the milk, some of the curd cheese will get mixed with the whey and therefore less Curd or Cottage Cheese you will get at the end.


Natural Whey Protein - do not PLEASE throw the Whey. It is one of the greatest side ingredients you can get. Use it plain as a Homemade Natural Whey Protein Drink, add it into your Protein Shakes or make various recipes like Whey Root Vegetable Soup.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 93Total Fat 4gCarbohydrates 3gProtein 11g

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