Have you been wondering how to make your own homemade Instant Pot yogurt? Well, all you need is 2 ingredients, an electric pressure cooker with a “yogurt” button, and time. I also give you directions to turn your plain yogurt into Greek yogurt, how to sweeten it, and delicious fruity stir in options.
Have you been craving delicious creamy homemade yogurt?
Well, I have you covered with this super simple homemade Instant Pot yogurt.
Ingredients to make Instant Pot yogurt:
- Organic whole milk – While you can make homemade yogurt with skim or non-dairy milk I prefer to use organic whole milk as it results in a creamy full flavored yogurt.
- Plain yogurt with live cultures – The key to making yogurt is using an active culture as a starter. If you have a yogurt starter, feel free to use the proportions that came with it as they will vary. If using store bought yogurt, make sure to check the label and ensure that it says “contains live cultures.”
What is an Instant Pot?
There are a lot of horror stories about using old-fashioned stovetop pressure cookers but these are much safer and WAY easier to use.
They use high-pressurized steam to help cook meat and vegetables at a much quicker rate than traditional stovetop or slow cooker options.
Instant Pots are VERY easy to use and very safe. Don’t worry if you’re new to the electric pressure cooker world. You will absolutely LOVE it!
What is the difference between an Instant Pot and an electric pressure cooker?
Instant Pot is a brand name electric pressure cooker. Since most people recognize the name “Instant Pot” and think of an electric pressure cooker it’s often easier to just title a recipe with IP in the name.
I have also used the crockpot version electric pressure cooker with equally delicious results.
This is the same as most people calling a plastic bandage a Band-aid or a tissue a Kleenex. Over time the brand names become synonymous with a type of product.
Can I make this yogurt Greek style?
To make greek yogurt, place a cheesecloth into a fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl.
Add the yogurt to the strainer and allow it to sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours, or until your desired thickness.
How do I add sweetness and flavor to homemade yogurt?
This recipe will give you 2 pints of plain unsweetened and unflavored yogurt.
However, I know that is not always everyone’s favorite style of yogurt.
For a sweeter yogurt, I like to use sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, agave, or even simple syrup.
If fruit yogurt is your thing you can always stir in homemade jams which will give you fruity flavor and sweetness. My favorite fruity spreads are my Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam and my Vanilla Honey Peach Butter.
How to store homemade yogurt
You’ll want to store your homemade Instant Pot yogurt in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
This recipe makes 2 pints so you can either store them in single-serve containers or a large container.
Homemade yogurt is best consumed within 7 days.
How to serve homemade yogurt:
I really like to simply eat my homemade yogurt with fresh fruit and granola.
However, you can use it as you would any other yogurt.
It’s great in baked goods and savory dishes.
Biggest tips for making homemade Instant Pot yogurt:
Please make sure the ring on your Instant Pot is not smelly!
A lot of times when you make strongly scented dishes the smell will “stick” to the rubber ring around the top of the pressure cooker.
For dishes like this I HIGHLY recommend buying a brand new silicone ring.
Love this Instant Pot yogurt?
Why not try a few of my other delicious recipes that would pair perfectly with this homemade yogurt!
- Want to create a cozy bowl of yogurt? Try my Banana Bread Granola.
- This jam is sweet, fruity, and packed with a vanilla punch! Try my Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam.
- Love cocoa nibs? Try my Try my Coconut Oil and Cocoa Nib Granola.
- One of my most popular recipes! Try my Vanilla Honey Peach Butter.
- 1/2 gallon organic whole milk
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurts with live cultures
- Ensure that your instant pot insert and rubber seal are clean and do not smell. The yogurt will take on the taste of any smells in your Instant Pot!
- Add the milk to the pot and attach the lid with the valve in the “Venting” position.
- Press the “Yogurt” button twice, or until the screen displays “Boil”.
- Allow the Instant Pot to boil the milk to remove any dangerous bacteria. Once the Instant Pot has finished, it will beep.
- Remove the lid and add a thermometer to the pot. The temperature should be at least 180 degrees F. If it is not, replace the lid and complete the boil cycle again.
- If the milk is at least 180 degrees F, allow it to sit until the temperature reaches 100-110 degrees F. In the Instant Pot, this should take about one hour. To speed up the process, set the instant pot in a bowl of ice water and stir with a clean, sanitized spoon until the milk is at the correct temperature.
- Once the milk is 100-110 degrees F, add the yogurt and whisk to combine.
- Once the yogurt has been incorporated, return the insert to the Instant Pot, attach the lid, and set the setting to “Yogurt” by pressing the button once. It should default to 8 hours but if it doesn't, make sure to use the plus and minus buttons to adjust the time accordingly.
- Allow the Instant Pot to incubate for 8 hours. Once it is finished, remove the insert from the Instant Pot and allow it to cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
- Carefully spoon any excess whey (any yellow liquid) from the top of the yogurt and then whisk the yogurt vigorously until smooth.
- Transfer the yogurt to an airtight container and store it in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
- Discard after 7 days.
- The key to making yogurt is using an active culture as a starter. If you have a yogurt starter, feel free to use the proportions that came with it as they will vary. If using store-bought yogurt, make sure to check the label and ensure that it says “contains live cultures.”