Making your own batch of versatile, nutritious, probiotic-rich yogurt has never been easier. We all know the Instant Pot is awesome acting as both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, but if you’ve ever wondered about the other claim on the box—Wait, can I really make yogurt in my Instant Pot?—trust us, we tried it out and it’s actually super simple using the Instant Pot’s “Yogurt” setting. All you need is whole milk and a few tablespoons of plain yogurt (you need just a little bit that’s already made to act as a “starter” for your yogurt). Once you’ve made your first batch, be sure to save a few tablespoons of yogurt to start your next batch when your supply is low. Use your homemade yogurt for nutrient-rich smoothies, as a tangy topper for soups and tacos, to make rich sauces and dips, and more. If you want to simply enjoy a bowl for breakfast, top your yogurt as desired with fresh fruit, honey, granola, chopped nuts, etc. You can also stir in a little vanilla extract to taste in order to make vanilla yogurt.
1/2 gallon whole milk
3 tablespoons plain whole-milk yogurt
How to Make It
Pour milk into Instant Pot. Cover with lid, and secure the vent to the “Sealing” position. Press “Yogurt” setting, and press “More” to set pot to “Boil.” Instant Pot will start cooking within 10 seconds of the beep.
When boiling stage is over and Instant Pot beeps, let stand 5 minutes. Turn Instant Pot off, and remove lid. Carefully remove the inner stainless steel bowl, and transfer to a wire rack. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until milk reaches 115°F, about 30 minutes. (You can also place the bowl in a larger bowl of ice and water about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.)
Place yogurt in a medium bowl, and stir in 2/3 cup of the warm milk. Return mixture to the stainless steel bowl, and place in Instant Pot. Cover with lid, and secure the vent to the “Sealing” position. Press “Yogurt” setting. (Time should say 8 hours. If it doesn’t, adjust the time to read 8:00.)
When yogurt stage is complete, turn Instant Pot off, and remove lid. Transfer yogurt to a clean glass or plastic container, and chill at least 6 hours before serving.