Ever tried making your own yogurt? You need to boil milk and stir it to keep a skin from forming. Then you need to use a candy thermometer to make sure the milk is the proper temperature, let it cool, stir in the yogurt starter, move it to another container, let it incubate for several hours, then refrigerate for several more. Who’s got time for that? This Easy Instant Pot Yogurt requires no boiling and there’s only one pot to clean up.
Plain Greek yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, and seeds has become one of my go-to breakfasts. After all, the American Diabetes Association says yogurt is one of the healthiest dairy choices for a diabetic diet. Yogurt has also become the CompostMaster’s dessert of choice. Hence, we go through cartons of yogurt quickly. We noticed a “Yogurt” button on our Instant Pot electric pressure cooker (affiliate link) and decided to try making our own.
I stumbled onto This Old Gal’s Instant Pot No Boil Yogurt (Cold Start Method) recipe and the CompostMaster gave it a spin. If you decide to make your own yogurt, please read through This Old Gal’s article for important details I haven’t included here about safety during the yogurt-making process. We do run our Instant Pot through a “Sterilize” cycle before we start as a precaution.
Technique for Easy Instant Pot Yogurt
Basically, you whisk together some ultra-filtered, ultra-pasteurized milk and plain yogurt (“starter”) in the bowl of your Instant Pot, hit the “Yogurt” button, and set the timer for 8 hours. When the timer beeps, you put the bowl into the refrigerator for a few hours for the yogurt to set. Then you spoon it out and eat the most luscious, creamy yogurt you’ve ever tasted!
Your yogurt only needs two ingredients, but you need to make sure they have certain characteristics.
- Your milk needs to be ultra-filtered and ultra-pasteurized. Look for the Fairlife brand in the U.S. or the Natrel brand in Canada. This type of milk has already had unwanted bacteria removed (therefore, no boiling required). It’s also higher in protein and calcium than regular milk, contains less sugar, and is lactose-free.
- The ONLY ingredients listed on the plain yogurt you use should be milk and live active cultures. Fage and Oikos are good brands to try.
Once you make your first batch of Easy Instant Pot Yogurt, you can freeze some in ice cube trays to use as the starter when you make another batch. And, trust me, you will want to make another batch!